Tag Archives: safety

Poster’s Child

OSHA’s continued effort to fight COVID-19? A multilingual poster OSHA’s “Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus” poster (pictured below), mentioned in a previous edition of Direct & Current, is now available in 13 languages. In addition to English, the poster is being disseminated in Spanish, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, […]

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Fiery Déjà vu

California wildfires continue to rage this season This kind of déjà vu is the worst to experience when put in writing. Imagine multiplying that by a thousand, with the utmost severity, for those who are living it. If you’re feeling redundancy from reading about California wildfires—it isn’t a mistake—they’re just happening all the time. Especially […]

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ASSP: Safety 2018

New brand debuts this month with San Antonio show as highlight The world’s oldest professional safety society transitioned this month to a new brand that includes a new name, refreshed logo, redesigned website and rebranded social media channels. The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), with more than 37,000 members worldwide, represents the many diverse […]

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Train Derailment

Fatal Amtrak crash in Washington state exposes safety oversight An Amtrak train derailed in Dupont, Wash., along the Cascades route just outside Olympia and Tacoma, on Monday morning, killing three people and injuring more than 70. There were about 80 passengers total on board. Seven crew members were on duty. In the process of derailing, it […]

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HH: Avoiding Fire Ants

Potentially fatal stings can be doubly dangerous after severe flooding Another danger stemming from floodwaters is a threat from fire ants. These pests, already terribly familiar to many industrial workers in the Southeast and Texas regions for their ability to destroy electrical equipment, become especially problematic during a flood as they form their own floating […]

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Smart Meters, Risky Bets?

Energy grid maven warns: cyber threats may begin at home As the UK pursues a goal of installing smart meters in every home by the end of 2020, British businessman and former National Energy Grid CEO Steve Holliday tells The Guardian’s Adam Vaughan that concerns about cyber attacks are “off the scale.” Holliday has been focused […]

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Rail Fail

Unsecured rail causes NY subway to go off track File this under “the hazards of improper storage.” A New York subway train was derailed in upper Manhattan in late June when it struck and dragged a spare rail that had been stored between the two rails in use, reports the Associated Press. Such storage practices are […]

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Nightmare Scenario in Oakland

Last weekend’s lethal warehouse fire in Oakland, which killed 36 people, is yet another reminder of the severity of electrical fires and the need to take safety measures, for those within the industry and outside of it. While nothing has been confirmed yet, all signs point towards the cause of last Saturday’s fire in Oakland being electrical. […]

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OSHA’s Annual “Not Top 10”

Much of the same in 2016’s most frequently cited safety and health violations As odd as it may sound, OSHA would probably like to see this list change. At least, if that change were due to certain injuries decreasing in frequency (and thus falling off the list), not new kinds of injuries overtaking them.  Every October, OSHA releases a preliminary […]

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Factory Fire

Workers at metal components plant stave off blaze, avoid injury Workers at a Pennsylvania plant that manufactures mechanical and hydraulic parts kept their cool under fire on Tuesday, as they used fire extinguishers and followed safety protocols to stave off a fire while they waited for the fire department to arrive. A sigh of relief […]

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