1. Report: Proper training may have prevented $1.8M in damages from ship’s engine fire

    An engine fire on a towing vessel was made worse when the ship’s crew failed to successfully activate the fixed fire-extinguishing system due to a lack of training.

    There were no injuries, but the vessel suffered $1.8 million in damages, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) stated in an Oct. 13, 2022, investigation report.

    2 crew members used 8 portable fire extinguishers

    The towing vessel Captain Kirby Dupuis was pushing loaded dry cargo barges on the Ohio River near Belleview, Kentucky, on Nov. 9, 2021, when a fire broke out on its portside engine.

    Two crew members initially fought the fire using eight portable fire extinguishers and eventually attempted to activate the ship’s fixed fire-extinguishing system.

    The Captain Kirby Dupuis was outfitted with a manually activated fixed fir
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  2. Workplace Violence by Occupation

    It's a very grim statistic. From 1992-2019 workplace violence has killed almost 18,000 people. This number comes from a recent study conducted by NIOSH, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a broad view of workplace violence in the United States during the 27 years from 1992 to 2019. they define workplace violence as incidents that occurred outside the workplace but stemmed from work-related issues. Looking specifically at 2019, the most recent year included in the study, the total of 454 homicides represents a 58% decrease from the high of 1,080 in 1994 but also an 11% increase since 2014. Homicides as a percentage of total fatal occupational injuries fell from 17% in 1993 to 8.5% in 2019.

    More than 40% of workplace homicides in this period occurred in public buildings such as convenience stores and office buildings. Most other workplace homicides took place on streets, in private residences, and on industrial premises.

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  3. Chemical Safety Board reminds schools of hazards in chemistry labs

    Washington — In response to a recent fire in a high school chemistry laboratory that resulted in multiple injuries, the Chemical Safety Board is calling on schools and educators to review agency guidance for lab and classroom work involving flammable liquids.

    CSB states that although it isn’t investigating the Oct. 12 incident at Dinwiddie High School in Virginia, it’s reminiscent of past instances that prompted an incident investigation. In those cases, an individual, as part of a lab demonstration, poured the flammable chemical methanol from a bulk container onto flames. A flashback to the bulk containers led to fires that caused injuries.

    Tips from the agency:

    • Don’t use bulk containers of flammable chemicals in educational demonstrations when small quantities are sufficient.
    • Implement strict safety controls when demonstrations necessi
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  4. 6 Tips to Help Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls

    It’s probably happened to most of us. That momentary lapse of attention, thinking about a personal problem or distraction by an activity that ends in a slip, trip or fall. A stumble down a stairway. A trip over an uneven surface. Slipping on the ice. It can lead to a variety of regrettable events ranging from a simple bruised shin to an extremely serious injury. It’s just one of a number of conditions and situations that set the stage for slips, trips and falls in the workplace.

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slips, trips and falls make up the majority of general industry accidents, which account for:

    • 15% of all accidental deaths per year, the second-leading cause behind motor vehicles
    • About 25% of all reported injury claims per fiscal year
    • More than 95 million lost work days per year — about 65% of all work days lost

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  5. OSHA: Philadelphia contractor’s history of exposing workers to deadly fall hazards continues

    A Philadelphia framing contractor faces $269,594 in proposed penalties after the company was again found exposing employees to deadly fall hazards at a residential worksite in the city’s Roxborough section on April 21, 2022.
    OSHA inspected Max Contractors Inc. in response to a report that the company was exposing workers to fall hazards while conducting framing work in a residential structure on Carson Street. Inspectors observed workers on the building’s second and third levels working near floor holes and the edge of the building without fall protection, exposing them to falls up to 22 feet.

    OSHA cited the company for three serious and six repeat violations for not providing fall protection and protective eyewear while using air-powered nail guns, failing to train employees as required and allowing improper use of ladders. The company was issued proposed penalties of $269,594.

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  6. 17 Safety Tips For Tunnel Construction

    In this article, we will discuss safety tips for tunnel construction.

    1. Introduction

    Safety measures should be carried out in any of the construction sites. One small mistake is enough to occur an accident on the construction site. An accident can take a life of a worker on the construction site. So, to be safe while working on construction sites it is very necessary to adopt all the preventive measures that can avoid accidents on construction sites.

    If any accident happens then there should be a facility of first aid as it can save the life of a person. There are a few safety tips that can help you to avoid accidents on construction sites. So, before starting a work always remember the below-mentioned safety tips for tunnel construction.

    2. Safety Tips For Tunnel Construction

    Here are 17

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  7. 4 Critical Layers of Flammable Fixed Gas Detection

    lammable gas leaks continue to pose a real threat to workers and assets across the process industry. Gas and flame detection provide an early warning against this risk. But no single detection technology alone is 100 percent effective, which is where a layered approach comes in. By integrating the following four layers of protection, you can minimize the risk of flammable gas leaks going undetected.

    Detecting a gas leak early is key to preventing major disruption to plant operations. This is where ultrasonic gas detection technology is superior. This technology can ‘hear’ the ultrasounds emitted by escaping gas at the speed of sound. Even a small and low-pressure leak within a 20 m range* can be identified, buying you critical time to respond.

    However, ultrasonic detection alone isn’t enough. Only pressurized gas can cause an ultrasonic detector to activate, meani

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  8. Study shows that texting toolbox talks to supervisors helps make safety meetings happen

    Portland, OR — A recent study of residential construction supervisors in Oregon who received toolbox talks via text messages showed that their compliance with Oregon OSHA’s standard on safety meetings increased – and the delivery method was welcomed.

    Researchers sent seven different toolbox talks, based on Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation reports, to 56 supervisors via text every two weeks for three months. Results show that adherence to the agency’s standard, which requires at least one safety meeting a month and a meeting before the start of each job that lasts more than a week, rose 19.4% among the participants.

    “We were able to see that using mobile phone technology to disseminate these toolbox talks was feasible and desirable among supervisors,” study co-author Sean Rice, a biostatistician with the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Scie

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  9. Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2022

    Falling down on the job seems to be a perennial workplace issue, as does failing to provide adequate fall protection, because for the 12th year in a row "fall protection - general requirement" is the most cited standard violation, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA). Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement (DEP), presented preliminary data at the recent National Safety Council show in San Diego, reflecting violations occurring from October 1, 2021, to September 6, 2022. (The tally includes only federal OSHA data; data collected from state OSHA agencies is not included.)

    All of the violations on this year's list also appeared on the previous year's list, although there was a good deal of shifting up or down the rankings. While fall protection kept its grip on the top spot, last year's # 2 violation (respiratory protection)

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  10. How to Protect Yourself and Coworkers During Flu Season

    The pandemic could have led to a difficult 2021-2022 flu season if it weren’t for the COVID-19 protocols already in place. The upcoming flu season won’t include mask mandates and social distancing despite COVID-19’s high numbers, causing experts to worry about the flu’s rapid spread.

    If there was ever a time to concentrate on reducing the spread of the flu, it’s now. Employers must read up on the proper use of disinfectants, make wearing masks more normalized and encourage sick workers to stay home. Otherwise, they’ll be understaffed for the entire season.

    The Severe 2022-2023 Flu Season

    In the U.S., health officials are already worried that this year’s flu season will be more severe than the last. A CNN article about flu season concerns interviewed members of local school districts. At the beginning of October, nearly 4000 s
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