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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Safety News Briefs - OSHA Disputes Nebraska Senator's Claims

A regular news feature summarizing workplace safety related news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have safety news, or safety tips, send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

Lawsuit Targets West Virginia Inaction On Mine Safety

State mine regulators in West Virginia have been looking at new technology that is designed to protect workers from getting to close to operating machinery.  However the governor's Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training and the Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety have put off making a decision on using this new technology. The West Virginia Gazette reports that a lawsuit has been filed seeking to require the state agencies to require the proximity detection systems as being the best available technology.

The article reports that:

"Specifically, the lawsuit targets inaction by government regulators to prevent one of the more common types of mining injuries: being crushed by underground equipment. Mine safety experts say proximity detection systems could prevent these incidents by stopping mining machines and coal-haulage vehicles when they get too close to workers."

Read the article here.

How To Determine The Best Electrical Safety Practices For Your Plant

"Developing a safe and efficient workforce requires more than yesterday’s training models. The days of providing disconnected courses driven by an immediate need or worker request with hopes that somehow employees will get some of what they need or find a resource from which to get it are over. World-class employers know that to provide the level of safely delivered expertise required to succeed, nothing can be left to chance."

The article is in the current issue of Plant Services magazine. It addresses preparing, preserving, and protecting your most important assets... your employees

Read the article here.

OSHA Official Disputes Senator Johanns' Claim of "Regulatory Burdens"

Last week I reported on Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns stating that OSHA stopped dead in their tracks concerning regulating small farms that have fewer than 10 employees. The issue came up when OSHA issued a $132,000 citation to a one employee farm for grain bin safety violations.  You can read that post here.

Jordan Barab, deputy assistant secretary of labor for OSHA, has responded, stating that OSHA “has clearly not violated the terms of the congressional rider prohibiting the agency from inspecting small farming operations.”  OSHA's position is thatb grain storage is not a part of farming, and thus is not included in congresses exemption for small farms.

You can read about OSHA's response in the Grand Island Independent.

Related past posts:
Senators Call For OSHA To Be Stopped
Is OSHA's New Use Of The General Duty Clause Legal?
EPA Citation Can Result In An OSHA Fine

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