Standards en Heather Von St. James: Why I Fight <div class="field-byline"> Heather Von St. James </div> <div class="field-deck"> Heather Von St. James was diagnosed with mesothelioma three months after her daughter was born and was given 15 months to live. She fought back and over the last 11 years, has dedicated her life to fighting for a ban on asbestos. This is her story, in her words. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>&ldquo;Was your dad a miner or did he work in construction of any kind?&rdquo;</p> <p>These are not the typical questions that you get from your doctor when you&rsquo;ve just been diagnosed with cancer. But I was being asked those questions for a reason. I was 36 years old and found out I had a <a href="" target="_blank">nefarious and rare cancer called mesothelioma</a>, the cancer almost always caused by asbestos exposure.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership EPA Health Industrial Hygiene News Tue, 23 May 2017 14:32:00 +0000 55181 at <p>When Heather Von St. James was diagnosed with mesothelioma &ndash; a rare cancer most closely association with exposure to asbestos &ndash; her doctor asked her if her dad had been a miner or a construction worker. She was exposed to asbestos through the dust that permeated his clothing and his car. Her father died of cancer in February. Here he is with his granddaughter, Lilly, who was three-and-a-half months&#39; old when her mother was diagnosed.</p> Heather Von St. James Brooklyn Construction Company Owner Indicted for Manslaughter <div class="field-deck"> Workers’ safety concerns and industry protocols allegedly were ignored prior to a wall collapse that killed a young, inexperienced worker. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The owner of a Bedford-Stuyvesant construction company and his businesses have been indicted on manslaughter and other charges after a wall collapsed at an excavation site, killing construction worker Fernando Vanegaz and injuring two others.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA Training News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 22 May 2017 16:31:00 +0000 55161 at <p>The owner of a construction company has been indicted on charges of manslaughter after a wall collapse killed one worker and severely injured two others. He allegedly ignored building codes, worker safety concerns and workplace safety laws.</p> Thinkstock Regulation to Expand Safety at California Oil Refineries <div class="field-deck"> California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board passes regulation outlining new safety order. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A new regulation in California aims to improve workplace safety and health at oil refineries across the state.</p> <p>The state&rsquo;s Department of Industrial Relations&rsquo; (DIR) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board <a href="" target="_blank">approved the rule</a>, which provides a standardized framework for anticipating, preventing and responding to hazards within the refinery sector.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety News Fri, 19 May 2017 17:53:00 +0000 55141 at Thinkstock Are Injuries Still the ‘Cost of Doing Business’ at Some Companies? <div class="field-deck"> The struggle between safety and production continues: A new study finds that managers, struggling to meet earnings projections, are willing to sacrifice worker safety and health. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>New research conducted by Professors Judson Caskey of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and Naim Bugra Ozel from the Naveen Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas and published in the <em>Journal of Accounting and Economics</em> finds that managers of U.S. companies facing market pressures to meet earnings expectations may risk the health and safety of workers to please investors.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety Training News Tue, 16 May 2017 15:32:00 +0000 55081 at Thinkstock Cal/OSHA Cites Two Companies After Confined Space Death <div class="field-deck"> D&D Construction Specialties Inc. and Tyler Development Inc. are cited for ten serious and three willful violations following a worker's death. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Oct. 21, 2016, a D&amp;D Construction employee entered a drainage shaft to clean out mud and debris.</p> <p>No personal fall protection was utilized as the worker descended via bucket 10 ft. into the shaft, which was 4.5 ft. in diameter and lined with concrete.</p> <p>At some point, the worker lost consciousness due to the oxygen deficient atmosphere in the confined space and fell 40 ft., then drowned in a foot&nbsp;of water.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA Industrial Hygiene Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 10 May 2017 15:37:00 +0000 54961 at Thinkstock Ohio Auto Insulation Manufacturer Faces $500,000+ in Fines Following Amputation of Worker's Hand <div class="field-deck"> Autoneum North America was cited for willful violations of machine safety procedures following the amputation of a worker’s hand by a shredder. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>An auto insulation manufacturer in suburban Toledo faces $569,463 in proposed penalties following an OSHA&nbsp;investigation triggered by a report that a machine amputated a 46-year-old worker&rsquo;s right hand, wrist and part of his forearm two days before Christmas.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Fri, 05 May 2017 15:47:00 +0000 54851 at <p>An Ohio auto insulation manufacturer faces $569,463 in proposed penalties after a shredding machine amputated a 46-year-old worker&rsquo;s right hand, wrist and part of his forearm two days before Christmas.</p> Spokane Business Fined More than $150k for Exposing Employees to Ammonia Leaks <div class="field-deck"> Lack of emergency planning for ammonia leaks put workers at Johanna Beverage Co. of Spokane in harm’s way three times in the past year. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Washington Department of Labor &amp; Industries (L&amp;I) has fined Johanna Beverage Co. $154,000 for multiple willful, serious and general workplace safety violations related to three ammonia leaks at the facility.</p> <p>In each of the three incidents, when the leaks occurred, employees were unsure what to do, which way to run to escape the corrosive vapors and how to call for emergency help. In one situation last August, panicked employees ran downwind of the leak into the vapor cloud. Eight employees were exposed; one was sickened and taken to the hospital.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Training News Thu, 04 May 2017 14:51:00 +0000 54811 at <p>The company was issued a serious violation for not ensuring that voluntary use of respirators was done safely. During a hazardous situation, improper use of a respirator can result in a serious injury or even death.</p> Thinkstock MSHA: Five Miners Die in First Three Months of 2017 <div class="field-deck"> MSHA announces safety campaign to encourage mine workers and operators to perform regular inspections and account for all employees. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div>Working alone is a risk outlined in MSHA 30 CFR &nbsp;56.18020. It states:<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div><em>No employee shall be assigned, or allowed, or be required to perform work alone in any area where hazardous conditions exist that would endanger the employee&#39;s safety unless the employee can communicate with others, can be heard, or can be seen.</em></div></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 04 May 2017 13:09:00 +0000 54801 at Thinkstock Governors Urge President Trump to Stay in Paris Climate Agreement <div class="field-deck"> The governors of 12 states urge the president to keep America’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gases. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Following climate&nbsp;marches&nbsp;by hundreds of thousands of Americans over the weekend, 12&nbsp;U.S. governors are urging President Donald Trump to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement and keep&nbsp;the United States&rsquo;&nbsp;commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions&nbsp;26-28 percent below&nbsp;2005 levels&nbsp;by 2025.</p> <p>The governors of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington signed onto the letter, which was sent to the White House on May 3.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EPA Environment News Wed, 03 May 2017 17:39:00 +0000 54791 at <p>Under the Paris Agreement, all the world&rsquo;s major economies are taking action on climate change for the first time, including China and India, which have put forward their own commitments to cut their carbon pollution domestically.</p> Thinkstock Cal/OSHA Cites Building Supply Company for Fatal Forklift Accident <div class="field-deck"> Cal/OSHA cited Good View Roofing & Building Supply Corp. for multiple serious safety violations following the investigation of a fatal forklift accident in San Francisco. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Nov. 21, 2016, a 60-year-old forklift operator was transferring building supplies from the Good View Roofing &amp; Building Supply Corp.&rsquo;s warehouse to a customer&rsquo;s vehicle. When the forklift descended a sloped ramp, a bag of mortar mix fell off of the load and blocked the front right wheel.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA Safety News Tue, 02 May 2017 18:44:00 +0000 54761 at <p>&nbsp;A 60-year-old California worker was crushed beneath the forklift he was operating when it tumbled off the edge of a ramp at the loading dock.</p>