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Structural Collapse at Nebraska Livestock Feed Manufacturer Results in Fatalities
An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has found that the January 20, 2014, structural collapse of International Nutrition Inc.’s Omaha facility —which resulted in the deaths of two workers and injuries to nine others—was caused by an overloading of storage bins on the building’s roof level.



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ASSE Article Reveals How Retired Equipment Poses Hazards
According to a recent article in the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE’s) monthly journal, retiring equipment in the chemical processing industry may pose a greater risk than initially thought.



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OSHA Cites Ohio Company for Exposing Workers to Silica Dust
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Piqua Champion Foundry Inc. for seven repeat and thirteen serious safety violations after exposing workers to dangerous levels of silica dust, respiratory hazards, and unsafe work conditions.



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NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards Available
To help professionals and others recognize and control occupational chemical hazards, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers its NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards, a source of general industrial hygiene information on chemicals in the work environment.



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Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance Formed
A memorandum of understanding was signed at ASHRAE’s 2014 Annual Conference in Seat4tle, Washington, creating the Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance (IEQ-GA), which will serve as a global source for information, guidance, and knowledge on indoor environmental quality.



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OSHA Fines Abrasive Blasting Contractor for Exposing Workers to Lead and Silica
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that during a renovation of an Easthampton, Massachusetts, mill, workers performing abrasive blasting were overexposed to lead and silica.



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AIHA Awards Henry F. Smyth Jr. Award to AIHA Fellow
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has awarded the Henry F. Smyth Jr. Award to AIHA Fellow Fred Boelter.



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OSHA Launches Updated Demolition Website
To protect workers from demolition hazards, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it has developed new educational resources and training for the construction demolition industry.



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Filtration® 2014 International Conference & Exhibition Taking Place in Baltimore
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced that the Filtration® 2014 International Conference & Exposition will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, from November 18-20, 2014.



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OSHA Fines Automotive Car Fabrics Manufacturer Over $800,000
The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined Formed Fiber Technologies LLC a total of $816,500 for 14 safety violations, pursuant to its Severe Violators Enforcement Program.



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Fatal Work Injuries in U.S. and EU Compared in New Study
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union (EU), recently developed a study comparing fatal work injuries in the U.S. and the EU in order to provide better information about fatal workplace hazards.



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OSHA Schedules Meeting for NACOSH Workgroup
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has scheduled a meeting for the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health’s (NACOSH’s) Temporary Workers Workgroup.



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NIOSH Publishes Summary of Fifteen Years of Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention
A new publication of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) compiles fifteen years of childhood agricultural injury data and lists the research funded by grants from the Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention Initiative (CAIPI).



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OSHA Cites Contractor and Subcontractor After Trench Wall Collapses on Employee
Following a worker injury, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited R.E. Arnold Construction Inc. with one willful and two serious safety violations, and a subcontractor, Suntree Technologies Inc. for four serious safety violations.



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OSHA Fines Aircraft Parts Manufacturer for Exposing Workers to Electrical Shock Hazards
After investigating the TLD Ace Corp. manufacturing plant which produces aircraft parts and auxiliary equipment, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has found that workers were exposed to potential falls, burns, and electric shock.



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NSC Announces Winners of 2014 Industry Leader Award
The National Safety Council (NSC) announced that 46 organizations have been awarded the NSC 2014 Industry Leader Award for safety performance in their industries.



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EIA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Announces 4th Annual Fall Technical Seminar
The Environmental Information Association (EIA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter will be holding its 4th Annual Fall Technical Seminar at the Loews Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland, on Friday, September 19, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.



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Houston to Host OSHAssociation USA Safety Conference
Promoting “zero accidents at workplaces,” the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHAssociation) is hosting its USA Safety conference and exhibition in Houston, Texas, from October 15-17, 2014.



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Interim Enforcement Policy Issued by OSHA for Final Rule on Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution
OSHA released an interim enforcement policy on the new final rule on Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment, which will be in effect on July 10, 2014. The interim policy will delay enforcement of most new requirements until October 31, 2014.



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Two Pep Boys Work Sites Cited by OSHA for Workplace Safety Violations
Cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for one serious and two repeat violations, two Pep Boys work sites in Colorado face $58,300 in penalties.



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VPPPA Announces Keynote Speakers and Mobile App for 30th Annual VPPPA Conference
For the 30th Annual National VPPPA Conference, the VPPPA has announced two keynote speakers—Keni Thomas and Jeff “Odie” Espenship—and, for the first time ever, an Annual Conference mobile app.



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NIOSH Expanding National Program of Health Surveillance for Coal Miners
NIOSH is expanding its national program of health surveillance for coal miners in response to new requirements in MSHA’s recently published final rule on controlling coal mine dust exposure.



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4th of July Fatality/Injuries Estimates Released by National Safety Council
For the upcoming Independence Day Weekend, the National Safety Council released estimates concerning traffic crashes and advice for those traveling or lighting fireworks during this time.



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Registration Open for 8th Annual EIA Fall Technical Seminar
The Environmental Information Association (EIA) will hold its 8th Annual EIA Fall Technical Seminar on Friday October 17, 2014, at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia.



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J. Robert Sims., Jr. Begins Term as 133rd President of American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Elected at ASME’s 2014 Annual Meeting in June in Portland, Oregon, J. Robert Sims, Jr. will start his one-year term as president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers beginning July 2014.



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OSHA Urging Safety and Vigilance of Those in Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Industry
While manufacturing, storing, transporting, displaying, and selling fireworks for public events, workers and employers in the fireworks and pyrotechnics industry are being urged by OSHA to be vigilant of possible hazards.



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Power Line Safety Reference Card Available from NCCCO
The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is making its Power Line Safety card available to help operators understand and apply OSHA’s new guidelines for operating cranes around power lines.



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