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Health and Safety in Bangladesh's Garment Factories

Four years later survivors of the Rana Plaza factory collapse are still haunted by nightmares, anxiety and depression, not to mention lifelong crippling injuries.  1,138 people died on April 24, 2013, and 2,520 were seriously injured. Less than half of the factory workers survived. The ...

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OSHA's Volks Rule: What does it mean for your OSHA 300 Log?

OSHA has long maintained that most US companies need to promptly record their recordable incidents on their OSHA log and keep that record for 5 years. But, per federal law, if a company did not place an entry on their log, OSHA could issue a citation for that error, but limited to within 6 m...

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Do You Need LOTO to Change a Ballast?

Yes. As a matter of fact, you do need a lock out tag out device in place for changing a ballast. It would be relatively easy to forget to include this work task in a lock out tag out program. Changing ballasts is a seemingly minor ten-minute task that happens frequently. However unlike s...

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Green Line Extension Project Back on Track?

The MBTA has been talking about extending the green line of the T into the underserved communities of Medford, Mass., and Somerville, Mass. since 1990. In 2012 construction finally began, however in August 2015, the MBTA announced that the green line extension project would go over budget by...

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New Ordinance in Boston: OSHA Violators May Not Get Permits

Mayor Walsh has filed an ordinance that will allow the City of Boston the right to “deny, revoke or suspend a permit for work in Boston based on an applicant’s work safety history.” (Boston.gov) "We know how dangerous work sites can be, and in Boston we are committed to doing all we ...

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Transitioning to Civilian Work as a Veteran

Veterans historically have had a higher than average unemployment rate. The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) has helped reduce that number to 4.3%, and the national unemployment rate is 4.9%. Through TAP, service members transitioning out of the military are required to complete Transitio...

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Gone Too Soon: Another Worker Fatality in Massachusetts

Scott Frey, 37, of Wareham, MA, was killed Monday, October 31 while signaling to the operator of a tractor-trailer who was backing into a loading dock at his workplace, Hi-Way Safety Systems. While the accident remains under investigation by Massachusetts and Plymouth County authorities a...

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Prevent Fatalities: Training in Trenching and Excavations

Our hearts go out to the families of the two people who lost their lives Friday in a trench collapse on Dartmouth St. in Boston’s South End. Atlantic Drain Service Co., employed the two construction workers who were trapped in a trench when a water line ruptured filling the excavation and th...

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Host an OSHA Class for Your Subs

Ever been on a job with many different subs, where there are folks from each company that need their OSHA 10 or 30 cards, or another safety training certification? Be the one to host the training! We will come to your site to conduct training for your employees, your subcontractors, your ...

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1926 Subpart R: Steel Erection

29 CFR 1926 is the construction standard for safety and health under the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.  Part 1926 currently has 28 subparts that cover a wide array of construction topics like Blasting and the Use of Explosives, Excavations, Fall Protection and Steel Ere...

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