by , on March 6, 2013
In This Issue Burn Up the Myth New Team Member OSHA Fines Electrical Safety News New appointment by US National Committee of the IEC OSHA Webinar Norfab Corporation Governor’s Safety and Health Conference Arc Flash Training Forum ISHN Magazine Article Train the Trainer Class Arc Test Dates Combustible Dust Standard UPDATE: ASTM standards and Work...
by , on March 6, 2013
NFPA has a new way to make public comments.  They are done electronically and with a new format. Here is the page to help with understanding how to make a public comment to an NFPA 70E proposal. To comment on NFPA 70E Proposals for 2015 cycle, click here. Give the committee your the input!
by , on March 5, 2013
OSHA has cited Watco Mechanical Services, Jordan General Contractors Inc. and JP Electric after a combustible dust flash fire claimed the lives of two workers at a Hockley work site. Proposed penalties for the three companies total $119,840. Employees were cutting metal with a torch when a fire broke out, killing two workers employed by...
by , on March 5, 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Landes Foods LLC with six safety and health violations, including four repeat violations, after an August follow-up inspection found workers were continuing to be exposed to workplace hazards at the company’s tortilla manufacturing facility on Hines Place in Dallas. Proposed penalties total $129,500....
by , on March 5, 2013
OSHA hasn’t made major changes to the U.S. electrical safety standards since OSHA 1910.269 was created in 1994. That should change in 2013. OSHA’s regulatory calendar issued last year announced it will update by March, 2013, this critical standard and some parts of OSHA 1926 (related to electric utility construction) and 1910.300 series related to...
by , on March 5, 2013
26 year old Maximiliano Martinez died while working in a 3-by-5-foot, underground electrical vault in Benicia, CA. In a six-month probe of Martinez’s death, Cal/OSHA found nine violations by PG&E of workplace safety laws. The probe concluded that PG&E managers hadn’t conducted a legally required on-site safety briefing for Martinez’s crew before the work started....
by , on March 5, 2013
Two men working at a commercial warehouse in San Jose were seriously burned when an electrical panel exploded. Three men were working on an electrical unit in the back of the building when it suddenly exploded, causing a small fire. One of the workers was critically burned in the blast, while another suffered serious burns...
by , on March 1, 2013
Norfab Corporation of Norristown, Pennsylvania, is a manufacturer of FR fabrics used in the preparation one of the lightest weight, 40 cal NFPA 70E HRC Level 4 compliant electric arc protective suits currently on the market. These specially engineered, inherently flame resistant fabrics and systems offer the wearer lightweight comfort and superior performance and value...
by , on February 20, 2013
The final report from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has been released regarding an electric arc furnace explosion that killed two workers and injured two others at Carbide Industries in Louisville, KY in March of 2011.  According to the final report, the accident resulted from the company’s failure to investigate other, less critical explosive...
by , on February 8, 2013
From time to time we receive questions/comments on published articles. One such case is an email from a “concerned worker” in reference to an article posted on the OH&S website in 2011 regarding the importance of PPE and it’s proper usage. I wanted to thank you for your article from 2011. You mentioned in your...
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