EHS Today en OSHA Fines Arrow Plumbing LLC After Fatal Trench Collapse <div class="field-deck"> Blue Springs, Mo.-based Arrow Plumbing LLC faces more than $700,000 in penalties after a 33-year-old employee died in a trench collapse. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Dec. 15 2016, 33-year-old Donald Meyer&nbsp;arrived at a job site and began to perform his duties as a plumber. He never returned home.</p> <p>While working in a 12-ft-deep unprotected&nbsp;trench, the walls collapsed around Meyer, burying him in 10 ft. of dirt. Rescue crews did not recover his body until that night.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:19:00 +0000 55771 at OSHA and Ergonomics: The Past, Present and Future <div class="field-byline"> John Ho </div> <div class="field-deck"> Ergonomics was a hot topic for OSHA in the 1990s, with the agency issuing a standard for ergonomics in 2000, which quickly was repealed in 2001. So why should employers continue to concern themselves with ergonomics? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Ergonomics is the study of work. From an OSHA perspective, it is the process of designing the job to fit the employee, rather than forcing the employee&rsquo;s body to fit the job. This process may include modifying tasks, the work environment and equipment to meet the specific needs of an employee to alleviate physical stress on the body and eliminate potentially disabling work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Health Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:49:00 +0000 55761 at <p>The ergonomics process may include modifying tasks, the work environment and equipment to meet the specific needs of an employee to alleviate physical stress on the body and eliminate potentially disabling work-related musculoskeletal disorders.</p> SLC 2017 Speaker Q&A: Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls of Lockout/Tagout <div class="field-deck"> This upcoming session at EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference discusses some of the challenges confounding employers about lockout/tagout and offers guidance to employers to maintain compliance with OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Collin Warren, a partner with Fisher Phillips, knows that lockout/tagout (LOTO) is one of the most demanding compliance issues for employers. As such, it generates OSHA citations that can be difficult to defend.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership OSHA Training News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:19:00 +0000 55751 at Survey Findings Show Workers are Unprepared for Cardiac Emergencies <div class="field-deck"> Survey findings from the American Heart Association show most employees feel they are not trained and unprepared should a cardiac emergency occur. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>More than 10,000 cases of cardiac arrests annually occur in the workplace.</p> <p>Does your workplace have access to CPR and first aid training? Does it have an&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12.8px;">automated external defibrillator (AED) should a cardiac emergency occur?</span><br /> <br /> Two new surveys from the American Heart Association (AHA) shows that most U.S. employees are not prepared or trained to handle cardiac emergencies in the workplace.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Wellness Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:39:00 +0000 55731 at North Carolina Prepares for New Drug Formulary and Treatment Guidelines <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by HealthWorks Safety </div> <div class="node-body article-body">North Carolina is poised to embark on a new drug formulary for workers’ compensation claims that will impact how injured workers are treated—a change that may result in significant savings while curbing opioid addiction and promoting optimal employee care.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored OSHA Health Industrial Hygiene Standards Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:01:00 +0000 55721 at Safety 2017: The 7 Cs of Success <div class="field-deck"> Tom Morris, published author, philosopher and professor, spoke to ASSE Safety 2017 attendees about what mindsets are needed to achieve success. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A smile never left the face of Tom Morris as he energetically spoke to the general session audience at Safety 2017 in Denver.<br /> <br /> Aptly nicknamed, &ldquo;World&rsquo;s Happiest Philosopher,&rdquo; Morris drew on personal experiences as well as those of his friends to demonstrate the 7 Cs of Success. The key elements in the mantra are needed to meet and exceed any goals in life, he told attendees.</p> <p>The 7 Cs involve both inner and external mindsets and skillsets a person must realize in order to move forward and obtain success. They include:</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News Safety 2016 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:35:00 +0000 55711 at How Much do you Know about Dangerous Dusts? <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Camfil APC </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Take the dangerous dust quiz and learn more about protecting your facilities and people from dangerous dusts. Sponsored by Camfil APC. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored Quiz Mon, 19 Jun 2017 04:01:00 +0000 55131 at SLC 2017: Speaker Q&A: Achieving Safety Excellence in Small- to Mid-Sized Companies <div class="field-deck"> Smaller companies present a different set of challenges when it comes to workplace safety. Speakers Bob Toohey and Paul English will tell 2017 Safety Leadership Conference attendees about what best practices they can use to achieve safety excellence. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>EHS Today&#39;s</em> 2017&nbsp;Safety Leadership Conference will be held in Atlanta, Sept. 11-13. &nbsp;Bob Toohey,&nbsp;CSP,<em>&nbsp;</em>Continental Mills will speak along with&nbsp;Paul English, safety director,&nbsp;CMC Steel Texas, in a session about using critical thinking and best practices to achieve overall safety excellence. This discussion&nbsp;is part of the Safety and Risk Management Track. Here is a preview about what to expect during the presentation.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:04:00 +0000 55701 at Creating a Safety Culture <div class="field-byline"> Samba Safety </div> <div class="field-deck"> Moving from Policies to Habits </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Engaging employees in safety means not only creating awareness of what to do, but also why it’s important to them. Safety discussions must go beyond numbers, accident reports, and checklists – what’s really at stake are the lives of individuals. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored White Papers and Case Studies Thu, 15 Jun 2017 19:30:00 +0000 55661 at The Importance of Safe Behavior (Cannot Be Stressed Enough) <div class="field-byline"> David R. Leng </div> <div class="field-deck"> Regulations alone cannot improve safety. Buy-in at all levels is needed to change the culture. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Although OSHA-compliant, many employers continue to have injured employees. DuPont demonstrated this point through a study of over 40,000 injuries, where it was revealed that unsafe actions caused over 80 percent of injuries. This illustrates that in order to reduce injuries, you need to improve your safety culture.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership OSHA News Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:10:00 +0000 55641 at <p>Make safety everyone&rsquo;s responsibility, not just that of the loss control department or safety professionals on staff. Safety and productivity can work in harmony. In fact, the desired safer behavior can lead to increased production and profit.</p> Thinkstock Michigan Attorney General Charges Five Officials with Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Water Crisis <div class="field-deck"> On Dec. 13, 2015, Robert Skidmore died of Legionnaire's disease. The state attorney general alleges his death could have been avoided had state and local officials alerted the public and taken action to stop the spread of the disease. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has charged Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, former City of Flint Water Department Manager Howard Croft, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality&rsquo;s Drinking Water Chief Liane Shekter-Smith and Water Supervisor Stephen Busch with involuntary manslaughter related to their alleged failure to act in the Flint water crisis. A criminal charge merely is an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Emergency Management Environment Health Industrial Hygiene Safety News Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:55:00 +0000 55621 at <p>Multiple Flint-area residents died of Legionnaires&rsquo; disease in the time immediately following the switch from Detroit Water and Sewer Department to the Flint River. All defendants charged with involuntary manslaughter are charged in relation to the death of Robert Skidmore, 85, of Mt. Morris, Mich. Skidmore died of Legionnaires&rsquo; disease after many others had been diagnosed with the illness, yet no public outbreak notice had been issued.</p> Getty Images Safety 2017: Q&A with Jeremy Bethancourt <div class="field-deck"> ASSE named Jeremy Bethancourt the 2017 recipient for its Safety Professional of the Year award. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>ASSE formally will honor Jeremy Bethancourt, LeBlanc Building Co.&nbsp;director of health, safety and training, at Safety 2017, which will be held June 19-22 in Denver.&nbsp;</p> <p>In an interview with <em>EHS Today</em>, Bethancourt explains what receiving the award means to him as well as what safety measures EHS managers can take to protect workers from heat exposure, falls and distracted driving.</p> <p><em><strong>How did you get involved in a safety role? Can you please give readers a little bit of your background.</strong></em></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:44:00 +0000 55611 at SLC 2017 Speaker Q&A: Navigating the Changing Currents of OSHA <div class="field-deck"> Navigating OSHA regulations and employment law is never easy, but speakers Todd Logsdon and Barry Spurlock explore recent OSHA rule and policy changes during their session in the Compliance Track at the 2017 Safety Leadership Conference. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EHS Today is conducting Q&amp;As with speakers scheduled to present at the Safety Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Sept. 11-13. Todd Logsdon is a partner with Fisher Phillips and he will be co-presenting with Barry Spurlock, assistant professor, Eastern Kentucky University. Their session is scheduled for the Compliance Track.</p> <p><strong>EHS Today:</strong>&nbsp;What is the title of your presentation for EHS Today&rsquo;s Safety Leadership Conference 2017?</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership OSHA News Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:21:00 +0000 55601 at SLC 2017: Safety Leadership: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly <div class="field-deck"> Brian Grossguth will tell attendees why emotional intelligence is key to safety leadership during his Sept. 12 session at SLC 2017 in Atlanta. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>EHS Today&rsquo;s</em> Safety Leadership Conference will arrive in Atlanta Sept. 11 and conclude on Sept. 13. During the event, attendees will learn best practices in the following&nbsp;tracks: Safety &amp; Risk Management, Safety Technology, Construction and Compliance.</p> <p>The goal of the 2017 Safety Leadership Conference is to guide EHS managers to understand their roles, communicate to others about the safety process and improve the safety culture at their companies through session presentations, workshops, plant tours and keynote speakers.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Safety News Wellness Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:06:00 +0000 55591 at Thinkstock Superheroes of Safety: Who Inspires Us? <div class="field-byline"> Sandy Smith </div> <div class="field-deck"> Who inspired you in the past or inspires you now to work safe and work smart? Whose name pops into your mind if I ask: "Who do you consider to be an EHS leader?" </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A few weeks ago, I asked these questions of our audience members: &quot;Who do you consider to be an EHS leader?&quot; &quot;Who motivated you to become a safety professional?&quot; and &quot;Who engages your brain when it comes to occupational safety and health?&quot;</p> <p>The response was amazing. I was hoping for three or four names that I could integrate into our traditional &quot;50 EHS Leaders&quot; roundup. Instead, this project took on a life of its own.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EHS Today Magazine Safety Leadership Safety Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:13:00 +0000 55571 at Crown Equipment Challenges Individuals to Embrace Forklift Safety <div class="field-deck"> June 13 is National Forklift Safety Day! </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Crown Equipment Corp., one of the world&rsquo;s largest material handling companies, is celebrating <a href=";d=DwMF-g&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=wl8LxMf7W1a5tNpUrLyQVgyhVDNc9jvXLAGUieOHfeE&amp;m=meE5SeV5Hm6ZIX521z9tcNashm9MTMLXHLm38LcMtlc&amp;s=lcViUVaT1dQET1UhAEgFzRn8wzF-x-O47JHygNT62Sc&amp;e=" target="_blank">National Forklift Safety Day</a>&nbsp;sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association (ITA) with a challenge.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Training News Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:08:00 +0000 55561 at <p>Crown&#39;s campaign this year for National Forklift Safety Day, &ldquo;Safety: It&rsquo;s Up To You,&rdquo; emphasizes the role each individual &ndash; regardless of role &ndash; has in promoting a safety-based culture.</p> Crown Equipment Corp. Sandy Says: Letters from Don Blankenship <div class="field-byline"> Sandy Smith </div> <div class="field-deck"> Donald Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, is out of prison and writing letters. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>ormer Massey Energy CEO Donald Blankenship was sentenced to a year in prison for conspiracy to willfully violate mine health and safety standards. He was investigated after 29 workers died during an explosion at Massey&#39;s Upper Big Branch mine on April 5, 2010.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EHS Today Magazine MSHA Health Safety Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:34:00 +0000 55551 at Getting Ahead of the Safety Curve: Keys to Building a Successful Active Threat Plan <div class="field-byline"> Jay Hart </div> <div class="field-deck"> As the national conversation regarding violence in the workplace suggests a heightened awareness stemming from increased media coverage, recent studies suggest there may be statistical evidence supporting increased episodes of workplace violence. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>More often than not, active threat training is the elephant in the room. Everyone has seen or heard of incidents, but are reluctant to take the steps toward mitigation.</p> <p>The reasons may vary from believing it&#39;ll make employees more fearful than empowered to worrying the training might not be &quot;right&quot; for the team. However, looking the other way is not a solution to any problem, much less one with harmful consequences.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EHS Today Magazine Emergency Management Safety Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:08:00 +0000 55541 at EHS Today June 2017 <div class="node-body magazine_issue-body">Who inspired you in the past or inspires you now to work safe and work smart? Whose name pops into your mind if I ask: "Who do you consider to be an EHS leader?"</div> <div class="field-desc"> <p><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: inherit; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; ">In this issue &mdash;</strong> Superheroes of Safety: Who Inspires Us?</p> <p>Who inspired you in the past or inspires you now to work safe and work smart? Whose name pops into your mind if I ask: &quot;Who do you consider to be an EHS leader?&quot;</p> <p>To subscribe to EHS Today Magazine,&nbsp;<a href=";PK=WOZHP" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(0, 112, 187); text-decoration: none; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; ">click here.</a>&nbsp; Sample issue,&nbsp;<a href="" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(0, 112, 187); text-decoration: none; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; " target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> <div class="field-mag-teaser"> <a href="/safety-leadership/superheroes-safety-who-inspires-us">Superheroes of Safety: Who Inspires Us?</a> <a href="/safety-leadership/president-thomas-cecich-beat-goes-asse">President Thomas Cecich: The Beat Goes On for ASSE</a> <a href="/training/identify-record-develop-training-and-engaging-your-workers">Identify, Record, Develop: Training and Engaging Your Workers</a> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Magazine Issue Tue, 13 Jun 2017 04:00:00 +0000 55581 at AEDs: The Life-Saving Devices that Everyone Should Know How to Use <div class="field-byline"> Joe Sovak </div> <div class="field-deck"> Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death and a major health problem in the United States, with more than 356,000 people suffering from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the American Heart Association. Without immediate treatment, death can occur within minutes if the victim collapses, causing nine out of 10 victims of SCA to lose their life (Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation).</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:18:00 +0000 55531 at <p>For the best chance of survival, an AED should be used within three to five minutes after collapse. For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, the chance of survival for a victim of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) decreases by 7 to 10 percent. After 10 minutes, very few SCA victims survive.</p> Thinkstock Tesla: Is Safety Sacrificed to Production? <div class="field-deck"> A recent report from California group Worksafe claims Tesla’s total recordable injury and illness rates are significantly higher than the average for the automobile industry and Tesla fires back. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In April, workers at Tesla&rsquo;s facility in Fremont, Calif. requested copies of the company&rsquo;s OSHA Form 300, the log of work-related injuries and illnesses. An analysis of that data conducted by Worksafe, a California-based organization, appears to have shocked even Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who reportedly vowed to speak to injured workers and to perform their jobs tasks to experience first-hand their work process and safety challenges.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Safety News Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:09:00 +0000 55521 at Tesla Modern Change Management: Planning for Environmental Compliance <div class="field-byline"> Becky Corbin, CHMM, CPEA </div> <div class="field-deck"> A comprehensive management of change process is critical to ensuring efficient and effective facility upgrades, expansions or process improvements. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Whether adding a new manufacturing line, evaluating product formulation changes or upgrading facility utilities or infrastructure, a defined process whereby all internal stakeholders participate is key to including all pertinent factors in the planning and decision-making process. One area that may be overlooked or brought into change management late in the game is environmental regulatory compliance. Environmental factors simply may not be on the radar screen of project management teams.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EHS Today Magazine Environment Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:21:00 +0000 55511 at No Worker Left Behind: Protecting Lone Workers in the Oil and Gas Industry <div class="field-byline"> Ken Schmidt and Brent Moore </div> <div class="field-deck"> How wireless technology and the Internet of Things can extend a company's culture of safety to connect and protect lone workers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>With oil prices gradually rising in recent weeks, oil production sites that were shuttered during the industry downturn finally are gearing up again for operation, perhaps marking an end to an extended slump in the oil market. As oil companies react to these improving conditions, more remote workers will be driving hundreds of miles weekly on back roads in rural areas to work on compressor stations, pipelines and pump jacks. It&#39;s a fact of life for thousands of workers in the oil and gas industry.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EHS Today Magazine Industrial Hygiene Safety IoT Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:43:00 +0000 55501 at Honeywell Industrial Safety June 2017 Product Innovations [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Each month,&nbsp;<em>EHS Today&nbsp;</em>&nbsp;features the latest personal productive equipment and safety software for the workplace.</p> <p>The June 2017 issue highlights products from UL, Brady, Rosetta Stone, ClickSafety, Mil-Ram Technology, VelocityEHS, Pelican Products Inc., Carhartt, FallTech and Mount Vernon FR.</p> <p>To view the&nbsp;product descriptions and photos, use the arrows to move back and forth through the slideshow.</p> </div> PPE Galleries Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:11:00 +0000 55491 at OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool Addresses Summer Hazards <div class="field-deck"> More than 65,000 people seek treatment for heat-related exposure each year, and extreme heat is the number one cause of weather-related deaths. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and U.S. Department of Labor&rsquo;s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have collaborated on a new app aimed at addressing weather-related hazards for workers during the summer months.</p> <p>The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool mobile app, available for both iOS and Android devices, displays heat index values based on temperature and humidity. The tool uses the smartphone&rsquo;s geolocation capabilities to pull temperature and humidity data from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellites.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Wellness Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:27:00 +0000 55481 at Thinkstock OSHA's New Fall Regulations to Affect 112 Million Workers <div class="field-deck"> Dakota Safety President Andrew J. Miller offers an update on the latest in OSHA standards for fall protection. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As an employer, one of your most important responsibilities is to provide a safe, injury-free environment for your workers. Your job is not done simply after rolling out a safety program and spearheading training sessions.</p> <p>Each year, OSHA releases new rules and modifies its safety standards. As a result, it is crucial for businesses and construction companies to stay up-to-date with these changes. This&nbsp;not only will ensure a healthy workforce, but also will protect your business from potential lawsuits and other legal implications.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 08 Jun 2017 19:13:00 +0000 55471 at Thinkstock Opinion: The Real Top Cause of Incidents <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I often see posts, blogs and articles on the common causes of incidents or the top three, or top ten, causes of incidents. Many of these discussions revolve around unsafe acts, or errors, by workers. The unfortunate truth is far too many believe these are actual causes.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:32:00 +0000 55461 at DOL: G Farms Forced Workers to Sleep in School Buses and Semi-Truck Trailers <div class="field-deck"> The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained an injunction order against G Farms and three other defendants for providing unsafe housing to workers under the H-2A visa program. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The federally-mandated agricultural visa program which allows foreign laborers to come to the United States for work is under increasing scrutiny because of low wages, unsafe living conditions and employee abuse.</p> <p>The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained its first preliminary injunction order under the H-2A visa program after investigators discovered G Farms provided &ldquo;dangerous and substandard&rdquo; living conditions to Mexican farmworkers in El Mirage, Ariz.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:28:00 +0000 55451 at YouTube Four Minutes: Life and Death in Confined Spaces <div class="field-deck"> Of all the workplace hazards, confined spaces are some of the most deceptive. What looks like a "normal" space could be a deathtrap: filled with hazardous gases or, just as likely, lacking in oxygen. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Four minutes is all it takes for a confined space &quot;rescue&quot; to turn into a &quot;body retrieval&quot; exercise. After only four minutes without oxygen, it highly is likely that a worker who is not wearing a respirator will experience brain damage or death.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction EHS Today Magazine Respirators Safety Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:12:00 +0000 55441 at Sincerely Stefanie: 10 Days Later <div class="field-deck"> Being your brother's keeper only isn't about practicing safe work habits. It means being there for them during personal struggles as well. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It was a cold day in January 2014 &ndash; the kind where your lungs burn as soon as you breathe the air. At the time, I was working close to home. Our friend Big Mike, a tall, hulky, teddy bear with an infectious laugh that rose from the depths of his stomach, asked to take a shower at our house.</p> <p>Big Mike was one of our closest friends. So, we didn&#39;t think twice about the request. He stopped by around noon, when I was home for lunch, and took care of what he needed to do.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EHS Today Magazine Health Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:52:00 +0000 55431 at