Sandy Smith

EHS Today

Sandy Smith is editor-in-chief of EHS Today magazine, a Penton Media Inc. publication. She has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for documentaries and television programs, has served as a panelist on roundtables, has provided the keynote address for occupational safety and health conferences and has won national and international awards for her articles.

Construction Worker Killed When Pipe Rolls Off a Trailer

Construction worker David Earl Hyde was killed Feb. 20 when a large metal pipe rolled off a trailer and struck him.

According to the state patrol, the 38-year-old Missouri man was assisting in the unloading of large metal pipes from a trailer when a pipe weighing as much as 2,500 pounds landed on him. They said that Hyde died at the scene.

According to a statement from Ames, the contractor on the project, “the worker was delivering pipe to the project and a section of pipe may have rolled off the delivery truck when the worker unstrapped it.”

I Spy: Researchers Use Eye-Tracking Technology to Detect Deception

The average person has about a 50-50 chance of knowing when someone is lying. Iowa State University researchers are using eye-tracking technology to improve those odds, specifically for interviews conducted online.

Joey George, John D. DeVries Endowed Chair in Business and a professor of information systems at Iowa State, says people think they can detect deception, but they often looking are at the wrong thing.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt: From Chief Opponent to Agency Chief

On Feb. 17, Scott Pruitt was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He subsequently resigned his position as attorney general of Oklahoma.

Eight Ways to Wellness in the Workplace [Photo Gallery]

John Hitch is a staff writer at New Equipment Digest, and he covers manufacturing technology and trends. John often reviews products and services.

Motor Vehicle Deaths in 2016 Estimated to be Highest in Nine Years

Open any newspaper, log on to your local news web site or tune into the evening news and it’s obvious we have a problem:

Is Your Workplace Becoming a Battleground?

The concern in the workplace used to be office politics. Who was the favorite? Who was out of favor? Who got the best view, the biggest office, the cubicle next to the bathroom?

Now, some managers are wondering if the politics will ever end, and they’re not talking office politics. Loud, disruptive and divisive political debate has invaded some workplaces, with offices becoming partisan battlegrounds as many of us continue to fixate on what’s going on in Washington.

Tow Truck Driver Got Carried Away, Is Ordered to Repay Benefits

A service technician who claimed he was too injured to work but who got a job driving a tow truck pleaded guilty Feb. 10 for running a workers’ compensation scam.

Kyle Valle, 30, of Algona, Wash., pleaded guilty to felony, second-degree theft in King County Superior Court. Judge Hollis R. Hill sentenced Valle to 20 days in jail, but allowed the jail time to be converted to 160 hours of community service. Hill also ordered Valle to repay the state $12,585, the amount of disability benefits he wrongfully received.

A ‘Blow Torch’: Louisiana Pipeline Explosion Leaves Five Injured, One Missing

The call came in at 6:42 pm on Feb. 9 from an unnamed operator at the Phillips 66-operated Paradis Pipeline Station, located 30 minutes west of New Orleans in St. Charles Parish, La. The caller was reporting an electrical fire at the facility. Multiple calls to the parish’s emergency response office and 9-1-1 line followed within minutes, with the callers reporting loud noises and a possible explosion at the pipeline. Shortly thereafter, emergency response operators lost communication with the facility.

Guide Helps EHS Professionals Choose the Right Slip-Resistant Footwear

The Institut de Recherche Robert-Sauvé en Santé et en Sécurité du Travail (IRSST) has published “How to Choose Slip-Resistant Occupational Footwear.” The guide presents the procedures for selecting footwear that will provide good grip and adequate protection against other hazards.

The Super Bowl Is a Big Game in More Ways Than One [Photo Gallery]

Each year, the NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College and share the exercise equivalents needed to burn off those tasty Super Bowl snacks. Here are those equivalents and some "fit tips" to cut calories.

Nick Walters: Career Highlights

For 25 years, Nick Walters distinguished himself at OSHA, excelling in roles in the agency’s area, regional, national and state plan offices. Here are some of the highlights of his distinguished career.

Regional Administrator, OSHA Region V in Chicago, IL

Director – OSHA Directorate of Training and Education, in Arlington Heights, IL

Acting Director – OSHA Directorate of Enforcement Programs, Washington, DC

An Insider's OSHA: A Q&A With Former OSHA Regional Administrator Nick Walters 2

For 25 years, Nick Walters distinguished himself at OSHA, excelling in roles in the agency’s area, regional, national and state plan offices. In January, Walters transitioned to the position of vice president of Safety Engineering Services at Safety Controls Technology.

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