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OSHA Cites Massachusetts Contractor in Scaffold Collapse

Two contractors operating as a single employer at a worksite in Massachusetts, had a serious accident and subsequent citation from OSHA, when at least two crew members of the company fell from a wooden plank on a scaffold. OSHA investigated and found that the wooden plank they were standing ...

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Fatality Rate Still Too High: Fall Prevention in Construction

Fall prevention in construction has been an ongoing hot topic with OSHA – and it does not look like it is going anywhere any time soon. Falls in Construction Statistics From the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2015- released on December 16, 2...

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Associated Builders and Contractors Safety Training Program

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) is a national association of merit shops, with chapters all over the continental U. S., Hawaii, Alaska and Guam. Their philosophy is based in the system of free enterprise, and that any kind of price or wage fixing, in either the public or the ...

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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.” ( "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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