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Explosion at Tonawanda Coke Corp. Results in Serious Safety Violations and $161,100 in US DOL OSHA Fines

Tonawanda Coke Corp. and Kirchner LLC face a total of $161,100 in fines from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an explosion on January 31, 2014 that caused the collapse of brick walls, damage to electrical equipment, and injuries to two permanent employees and one temporary employee. The explosion was -->

Women and Personal Protective Equipment: Finding the Right Fit

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is one the most important factors in preventing injuries in workers. However, in certain industries such as construction, women are less fortunate than men when it comes to finding gear that fits properly. “I am a woman under 5 feet [tall] and I can tell you, there isn’t much PPE that -->

OSHA Issues New Directive to Keep Communication Tower Workers Safe

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has updated its Communication Tower directive regarding the use of hoist systems used to move workers to and from workstations on communication towers. The movement follows a dramatic increase in preventable injuries and fatalities in the industry. More fatalities involving communication tower workers occurred in 2013 than in the -->

Skid Steer Loader Safety Tips for the Workplace

A skid steer is one of the most diverse pieces of equipment in the construction industry. It can be maneuvered into tight spaces and has a multitude of attachments that are available to complete specific job types. With the versatility of this machine in mind, there are several key safety factors to consider before or -->

5 Workplace Safety Tips for Today’s Worker

June is National Safety Month so check out these simple safety tips for the average worker!: 1.    Understand the risks involved with the work you are performing. Once you know the hazards involved, you can take the necessary steps to reducing your risk of work-related injury or illness.2.    Reduce workplace stress. Common causes include long -->

Scaffolding Safety: How to Prevent Falls and Injuries in the Workplace

If scaffolding is not used correctly and if proper precautions aren’t taken, serious injuries or even death in workers can occur. It is critical that managers and supervisors are aware of how to construct a safe working environment for its employees. It’s equally important for you as an employee to understand these safety measures, so -->

Preventing Falls in the Workplace

OSHA requires that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet at shipyards, six feet in construction, and eight feet in longshoring operations.OSHA requires that industry workplaces:•    Guard every hole into which a worker can accidentally walk using a railing and toe-board or a floor hole cover.•    Provide -->

Failure to Provide Fall Protection Resulted in Construction Worker’s Death

Following the death of construction worker Kyle Brown, 23, the U.S. DOL’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that his employer, Watertown-based general construction contractor MTL Design, Inc., failed to provide adequate fall protection safeguards that would have prevented his death. OSHA has cited the company for a willful and a serious violation. The fatality -->

Working at Heights – What is Suspension Trauma and How Can You Avoid It?

When working at heights, most consideration is devoted to scaffolding and safety harnesses. But what about suspension trauma?What is Suspension Trauma?Suspension trauma, also known as “harness hang syndrome” is caused by holding the body upright and unsupported for an extended period of time. The heart struggles to overcome the effects of gravity, reducing blood flow -->

Job Site Safety: 12 Hazards that Cause Injuries and Deaths

The workplace can be extremely dangerous if proper precautions aren’t taken. It’s also important to be aware of the hazards in the workplace that cause injuries and or deaths. 1.    Chemicals: Corrosive chemicals have a variety of uses, including making new chemicals and products. However, chemicals can cause burns to the eyes and the skin, -->