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GA Tire Distributor Hit with Almost $200K in Safety Penalties

GA Tire Distributor Hit with Almost $200K in Safety Penalties
OSHA has cited Mavis Southeast LLC – operating as Mavis Discount Tire – for exposing employees to fall, struck-by and other hazards at the company’s distribution facility in Buford, Georgia. The company faces $191,895 in penalties. OSHA cited the tire company for exposing employees to fire hazards by failing to ensure emergency exits were not blocked and there was signage to the …

January is Radon Action Month

January is Radon Action Month
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked. On January 13, 2005, Dr. …

FAA Issues Proposed Rule on Remote ID for Drones

FAA Issues Proposed Rule on Remote ID for Drones
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced a proposed rule that would continue the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly called drones, into the nation’s airspace by requiring them to be identifiable remotely. Besides recreational use, drones are hugely popular in the building industry due to the fact that they provide an aerial view of …

Dollar General Slow to “Clean Up” Their Act

Dollar General Slow to “Clean Up” Their Act
When we think of employees being subjected to dangerous work conditions, we might not think of a store like Dollar General. However, the discount retail store has a long track record of violations of OSHA safety standards. According to FairWarning, “in a recent 12-month period racked up citations at 34 of its stores...” and many of those citations are “willful” …

Resolve to Start 2020 Safely

Resolve to Start 2020 Safely
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates 163 people may die on our roads this New Year's Day holiday period. Whether you're on the job, driving that long-haul cross country, or taking time out to be with family and friends, this estimate doesn't have to be a reality. Plan ahead to #DriveSober or designate a sober driver. Put away the cell …

Get OSHA’s Free (and Mandatory) Poster Here

Get OSHA’s Free (and Mandatory) Poster Here
Recently, OSHA offered via its website a free “Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law” poster for US workplaces. Required at all non-sole proprietorship workplaces, the OSHA Workplace Safety and Health poster lists fundamental worker rights and employer responsibilities and is available free from OSHA. You can download it here: OSHA’s FREE WORKPLACE POSTER. You can also order a print …

Respiratory Virus Hazards for Health Care Workers

Respiratory Virus Hazards for Health Care Workers
Those bugs are everywhere, and if you're employed in EMS or in the hospital as a health care worker, you're at even greater risk. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Epicenter for Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections analyzed swab samples collected from the PPE of 59 health care workers before further sampling the workers’ hands, faces, and medical scrubs. …

OSHA Aims to Reduce Amputation Hazards

OSHA Aims to Reduce Amputation Hazards
Safety + Health reports that effective Dec. 10, OSHA has updated its National Emphasis Program on amputations in manufacturing industries to “identify and reduce or eliminate” amputation-related hazards. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5,920 amputation injuries occurred among U.S. private-sector employees in 2018. The updated NEP: Revises coding requirements for agency amputation inspections in the OSHA Information System …

Metal Products Manufacturer Facing Stiff Fines for Dangerous Working Conditions

Metal Products Manufacturer Facing Stiff Fines for Dangerous Working Conditions
Lavonia, GA – OSHA has cited Wright Metal Products Crates LLC – based in South Bend, Indiana, and operating as WMP Crates – for exposing employees to amputation, chemical, and other safety hazards. The company faces $195,034 in penalties. OSHA cited the metal container manufacturer: For failing to train employees on lockout/tagout procedures; For employees not applying their own locks when …

International Public Safety Conference

International Public Safety Conference
The role of the first responder is a critical one, being the first in line to react to an emergency situation, caring for the welfare and protection of the general public. The International Public Safety Association (IPSA) will be holding its annual conference in Feb 2020, bringing together law enforcement, fire, EMS, telecommunications, emergency management, and allied emergency responders from …
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