MSHA en 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 Transitioning to a Trump Administration: What It Could Mean for the Department of Labor and OSHA <div class="field-deck"> Former Assistant Secretary of Labor Edwin G. Foulke Jr. shares his thoughts on what to expect in the first few months of the Trump administration. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA, Edwin G. Foulke Jr. served from April 2006 to November 2008. He also served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, D.C., chairing the commission from March 1990 to February 1994. Foulke is the only person in the United States to serve as both head of OSHA and chairman of OSHRC.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSHA OSHA Safety News Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:53:00 +0000 51271 at Fisher Phillips Hear and Now: Entrepreneurs Get Creative to Solve the Noise Safety Challenge <div class="field-deck"> OSHA, MSHA and NIOSH partner on the first “Hear and Now” Noise Safety Challenge, offering the top 10 finalists the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges on Oct. 27 in Washington, D.C. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As many as 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise every day at work. To combat that significant occupational health and safety challenge, OSHA, MSHA and NIOSH developed the &ldquo;Hear and Now&rdquo; Noise Safety Challenge. Open to the entrepreneur community, the challenge offered 10 inventors, selected from 28 challenge submissions, the opportunity to travel from all over the United States and Canada to present their solutions to better protect workers from hazardous noise.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSHA OSHA Hearing Protection News Fri, 04 Nov 2016 16:28:00 +0000 51141 at <p>The &quot;Hear and Now&quot; Noise Safety Challenge was launched with the dual goals of inspiring creative ideas and raising business awareness of the market for workplace safety innovation.</p> Alyson Fligg/Department of Labor Fifteen Years After 9/11: EHS Today Looks Back <div class="field-deck"> EHS Today has published more than 300 articles that examine the events and aftermath of 9/11. No other event has impacted this magazine – or our country – more. Fifteen years later, we still think about it, talk about it and feel the impact of it. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As I write this while working from home on Sept. 8, it is a warm, sunny, perfect late-summer day. Almost too warm. Almost too perfect. It&rsquo;s hard to believe that autumn, followed quickly by winter, will be here before I know it.</p> <p>On Sept. 11, 2001, my circumstances were different: I was living in a different home, had a different job, was &ldquo;almost&rdquo; engaged to a different man, had different dogs&hellip; One thing was the same: it was a warm, sunny, perfect late-summer day and I was working from home. Life could not have been sweeter.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Emergency Management MSHA Environment OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Safety News Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:09:00 +0000 50011 at <p><span>Work continues at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center attacks Oct. 29, 2001 in New York City. </span></p> Mario Tama/Getty Images Going Up! Trapped Miners Rescued in New York <div class="field-deck"> Workers trapped in an underground elevator hundreds of feet below ground were freed this morning. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Workers at a Cargill Salt Mines location in upstate New York were freed after having been trapped some 70 stories underground when an elevator broke down. The mine shaft is the deepest salt mine in North America at 2,300 feet.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSHA Safety News Thu, 07 Jan 2016 20:30:00 +0000 44741 at <p>Seventeen workers were rescued from a malfunctioning elevator some 800-900 feet below ground at Cargill&#39;s Cayuga Salt Mine in upstate New York.</p> Cargill Agreement With U.S. Department of Justice Gives Bite to OSHA’s Bark in Criminal Cases <div class="field-deck"> OSHA and the U.S. Department of Justice put employers on notice on Dec. 17 that serious jail time could be in their future if employees die as a result of violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and other Department of Labor statutes. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>At first glance, the case was no different than many other OSHA fatality investigations. An employee suffered a fatal fall, the employer claimed he had issued fall protection to his employees and this particular employee, for whatever reason, wasn&rsquo;t wearing it when he fell.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSHA OSHA Safety News Thu, 17 Dec 2015 19:15:00 +0000 44521 at Thinkstock The Conviction of Don Blankenship: What Does it Mean? <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>You have seen the news. The jury convicted Don Blankenship of conspiracy to willfully violate mandatory federal mine safety and health standards at Upper Big Branch South Mine (UBB).</p> <p>Such an important case deserves some scrutiny of the details. They are in the federal grand jury indictment.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSHA EHS OutLoud Blog Fri, 04 Dec 2015 16:52:00 +0000 44361 at Coal King Convicted of Conspiracy: Jury Convicts Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship <div class="field-deck"> Jury says Blankenship is guilty of conspiring to violate federal mine safety and health standards and impede an investigation by MSHA inspectors. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>After a two-month trial in U.S. District Court in Charleston, W.Va., former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has been convicted of a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy, one of three criminal counts against him. A jury found that Blankenship, from about Jan. 1, 2008 through about April 9, 2010, conspired to commit and cause &ldquo;routine, willful violations&rdquo; of mandatory federal mine safety and health standards at Massey Energy&rsquo;s Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine, located in Raleigh County, W. Va.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSHA Safety News Thu, 03 Dec 2015 18:31:00 +0000 44321 at Alex Wong/Getty Images A Miracle Comes to the Movie Theater: The Story of the 33 <div class="field-deck"> It’s not often that Hollywood turns a workplace safety story into a film, even one as dramatic as the rescue of 33 men from a mine in Chile. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It truly was the stuff of miracles (and a Hollywood movie): Thirty-three Chilean miners who were trapped underground Aug. 5, 2010 when their mine collapsed were found alive 17 days later, giving their loved ones and the entire nation cause to celebrate.</p> <p>But the drama continued...</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSHA Health Industrial Hygiene Safety News Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:59:00 +0000 43861 at <p>The 33 rescued Chilean miners and their families enjoyed a day of fun at Universal Studios Hollywood on Nov. 19, 2010 in Universal City, Calif. Five years later, a movie would be released that shares the story of their rescue.</p> Universal Studios via Getty Images Bad News from BLS: Several Industries Experiencing Higher Rates of Occupational Fatalities <div class="field-deck"> Mining, construction, manufacturing, law enforcement and agriculture experience significant increases in fatal injuries in 2014, and the news isn’t great for older workers, either. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A preliminary total of 4,679 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2014, an increase of two percent over the revised count of 4,585 fatal work injuries in 2013, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Three industries/occupations &ndash; mining (17 percent), law enforcement (17 percent) and agriculture (14 percent) &ndash; experienced double-digit increases, while manufacturing deaths were up by nine percent and construction fatalities increased by six percent.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction MSHA OSHA Industrial Hygiene Safety News Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:43:00 +0000 42831 at