Montana researchers study how much smoke wildland firefighters can handle

Wildland firefighters don’t care to be called “smoke eaters” anymore, but smoke is what’s on their menu. And it’s on the minds of Joe Domitrovich and Joe Sol at the U.S. Forest Service’s Technology and Development Center in Missoula, where they’re studying just how much smoke a firefighter can eat – or breathe – before […]

Tianjin blasts: Another of China’s ‘profound lessons’

Apocalyptic scenes of the smoldering aftermath of successive explosions in Tianjin have once again illustrated the dangers of Chinese industry. Lax safety procedures and oversight have been blamed for the blasts, which have killed more than 100 people and sent toxic fumes into the air, threatening even greater devastation. CNN

Fed-OSHA cites staffing, manufacturing firms for hazards

A staffing firm in Houston and its manufacturing company client have been cited by federal regulators for allegedly violating federal health and safety regulations. The agency has proposed penalties of $64,350 against Alabama-based Rock Wood Manufacturing and $21,600 in penalties against Houston-based C and C Personnel. Houston Chronicle

Fed-OSHA questions maintenance records, but doesn’t fine firm in fatal silo collapse

Three seconds. That was all the time Tony Gabriele had to react after an earthquake-like shaking started in the control room of a Bristol Twp., Pennsylvania cement storage and distribution center, where he worked as a maintenance mechanic. Security video showed a severe vibration started suddenly, about 10 minutes before midnight on Jan. 7, according […]

Iowa worker dies after trench collapses

A worker with a Fort Dodge, Iowa plumbing company died following a trench collapse at a construction site Friday. IOSH is investigating. Des Moines Register

Fed-OSHA updates National Emphasis Program on Amputations

Fed-OSHA on Friday issued an updated National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Amputations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, manufacturing employers report that 2,000 workers suffered amputations in 2013. National Law Review

City of Toledo releases NIOSH findings for fatal 2014 fire

Internal reports concerning a fire that claimed the lives of two Toledo, Ohio firefighters were released by the city Friday. The contributing factors to the deaths of Pvt. Stephen Machcinski and Pvt. James Dickman as released by the city cited lack of safety officer appointment, wind direction, the miscommunication of the fire’s origin and the […]