OSHA QuickTakes – September 16, 2013

#Silica #StopFalls #OilAndGas In this issue Notice of proposed rulemaking for respirable silica published in Federal Register OSHA awards $10.1 million in Susan Harwood safety and health training grants to 70 organizations Adams Thermal Systems to pay $1.34 million in wake of OSHA citations, criminal penalties in 2011 death of worker OSHA orders MGM Resorts … Continue reading OSHA QuickTakes – September 16, 2013

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New Technology Helps In Preventing Grain Bin Deaths

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa -- The one sure-fire way to avoid dying in a grain bin is to stay out. That's where Scott Haugan and some high-tech wizardry come in. Haugan, who runs the Howgan grain storage technology firm in Marshalltown, has teamed up with the Iowa's science and technology apparatus to push the idea of using … Continue reading New Technology Helps In Preventing Grain Bin Deaths

90 Minutes About OSHA Most People Have Never Seen

We’ve always known OSHA as the official authority of safety and health in the U.S. But very few are aware of the fact that it produced and distributed three films in 1980. While these films are nothing like the Hollywood blockbusters you queue for in movie houses, they were real pro productions. In fact, two … Continue reading 90 Minutes About OSHA Most People Have Never Seen

CSB Chair Calls for Regulatory Coverage of Reactive Chemicals Following the West Fertilizer Explosion and Fire

Washington, DC, August 20, 2013 – In a new video safety message released today, CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso calls for regulatory coverage of reactive chemicals following the massive ammonium nitrate explosion that killed at least 14 people and devastated the town of West, Texas, on April 17, 2013. Reactive chemicals, like ammonium nitrate, can undergo … Continue reading CSB Chair Calls for Regulatory Coverage of Reactive Chemicals Following the West Fertilizer Explosion and Fire

New! – OSU – Grain C.A.R.T. (Comprehensive Agricultural Rescue Trailer) Grain Bin Rescue

  Program Goal: The overarching goal is to collaboratively develop a comprehensive agricultural rescue program. The program will consist of Ohio Fire Academy curriculum, professional training and education, outreach education and awareness. Project Goal: Design a portable grain rescue training modular suitable for agricultural rescue and other safety educational programs for agricultural audiences. Project Objectives: … Continue reading New! – OSU – Grain C.A.R.T. (Comprehensive Agricultural Rescue Trailer) Grain Bin Rescue

Columbus, Ohio Farmer Dies, Trapped In Grain Bin

By  Holly Zachariah The Columbus Dispatch Thursday May 30, 2013 5:31 AM   Enlarge Image BETHEL TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT Bethel Township firefighters try to save Warren Mumma. The Clark County farmer had tried to install a secondary augur in his grain bin on Tuesday. It was with a heavy heart that Professor Dee Jepsen heard … Continue reading Columbus, Ohio Farmer Dies, Trapped In Grain Bin

Fire Prevention Weekly Update – May 7, 2013

Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts Campus fire safety Inspections/Code enforcement Smoke Alarms Sprinklers Wildland Fire Safety Fire safety tips and reminders Other Safety News International News Links to Fire Prevention-related news articles - Updated 05/06/2013 Campaigns/ Other Fire Safety Activities MFRD: students ride fire boat; learn about fire safety on Mobile River (Alabama) Donated … Continue reading Fire Prevention Weekly Update – May 7, 2013

Bill to Prevent Combustible Industrial Dust Explosions Re-Introduced in the House

Excellent Combustible Dust Seminar - Training Video WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the senior Democratic member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Rep. John Barrow (D-GA), and Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), the senior Democrat of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee, reintroduced legislation today to prevent workplace explosions caused by combustible industrial … Continue reading Bill to Prevent Combustible Industrial Dust Explosions Re-Introduced in the House

Combustible Dust: An Insidious Hazard

Any combustible material (and some materials normally considered noncombustible) can burn rapidly when in a finely divided form. If such a dust is suspended in air in the right concentration, it can become explosive. The force from such an explosion can cause employee deaths, injuries, and destruction of entire buildings. Such incidents have killed scores … Continue reading Combustible Dust: An Insidious Hazard

Two Volunteer Fire Fighters Die After an Explosion While Attempting to Extinguish a Fire in a Coal Storage Silo – South Dakota

Executive Summary On September 15, 2011 a 20-year-old male, and a 22-year-old male, both volunteer fire fighters, were killed while attempting to extinguish a fire in a coal storage silo. After removing approximately 80 of the 100 tons of coal inside the silo, the two victims attempted to extinguish the fire by applying water through … Continue reading Two Volunteer Fire Fighters Die After an Explosion While Attempting to Extinguish a Fire in a Coal Storage Silo – South Dakota

OSHA NEP Conflicting With Fire Service Combustible Dust Fire Response

Wheel Alignment or New Tire? Earlier this year a combustible dust fire and explosion at a North Carolina fiber recovery facility resulting in four injuries has safety professionals scratching their heads and wondering why OSHA continues to ignore the multitude of manufacturing sub-sectors (NAICS) in the OSHA Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program ((NEP). For instance, … Continue reading OSHA NEP Conflicting With Fire Service Combustible Dust Fire Response

Firefighter Injuries Unacceptable Combating Combustible Dust Related Fires

By John Astad Recent firefighter injuries such as fighting a combustible dust related fire at plastics material and resin manufacturing are unacceptable. This brings back dark memories of the 1993 fire and catastrophic dust explosion at a wood fiber facility in Langerak, Netherlands resulting in 2 firefighter fatalities and 10 firefighter injuries. A question arises … Continue reading Firefighter Injuries Unacceptable Combating Combustible Dust Related Fires

Firefighter Suffers Second-Degree Burns Battling Blaze & Apparent Combustible Dust Explosion At Business

Crews from Monroe, Middletown and Franklin and Deerfield, Turtlecreek and Liberty townships were called to Deceuninck North America, 351 New Garver Road, just before 2 p.m. for a piece of equipment on fire. By Michael D. Pitman and Denise G. Callahan and Michael D. Pitman Staff Writers MONROE — One of the three Monroe firefighters … Continue reading Firefighter Suffers Second-Degree Burns Battling Blaze & Apparent Combustible Dust Explosion At Business

Six Top Safety Priorities for the Next Two Years

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has polled its membership on occupational health and safety priorities. See if you agree with the poll’s results. AIHA conducts the survey (PDF) every two years. Here are the top 6 industry-related issues that the group’s members said were the most important overall priorities for the coming two years: … Continue reading Six Top Safety Priorities for the Next Two Years

Tunnel Vision: CSB Incorrectly Labeling All Hoeganaes Incidents As Combustible Dust Flash Fires

Photo Credit: U.S. Chemical Safety Board -"Large hole (approximately 3 x 7 inches) in a corroded section of piping that carried hydrogen and ran through the trench." Incorrect labeling the third Hoeganaes incident on MAY 27, 2011 as a combustible dust flash fire resulting in three fatalities. “...not just one, not just two, but three … Continue reading Tunnel Vision: CSB Incorrectly Labeling All Hoeganaes Incidents As Combustible Dust Flash Fires

2010 Chester, Illinois Grain Elevator Explosion Leads to $180 Million Jury Verdict

A federal jury recently awarded three workers approximately $180 million in damages for injuries sustained in a 2010 explosion at a grain elevator owned by ConAgra Foods, Inc.  See Jentz v. Conagra Foods, Inc., No. 3:10-cv-00747 (S.D.I. June 1, 2012).  At the one-month trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, … Continue reading 2010 Chester, Illinois Grain Elevator Explosion Leads to $180 Million Jury Verdict