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Crane Operator Certification Deadline: November 2018

Crane Operator Certification Deadline: November 2018OSHA final rule this month sets Nov. 10, 2018, as the date for employers in U.S. construction industries to comply with a requirement for crane operator certification.Nov 22, 2017An OSHA final rule this month sets Nov. 10, 2018, as the date for employers in U.S. construction industries to comply with a requirement for crane operator certification. The final rule itself became effective Nov. 9, 2017.OSHA issued its final cranes and derricks rule in August 2010, and stakeholders then raised concern about the rule's certification requirements. OSHA published a separate final rule in September 2014 extending the crane operator certification and competency requirements by three years; the new one-year extension provides additional time for OSHA to complete a rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns about the standard.OSHA reported that its Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health recommended delaying enforcement of the certification requirement and extending the employer assessment responsibilities for the same period.Let's block ads! (Why?)

BWC, Ohio Fire Marshal Post List of Firefighter Health Resources

BWC, Ohio Fire Marshal Post List of Firefighter Health Resources"Firefighters put their lives on the line on a daily basis," State Fire Marshal Jeff Hussey said. "We want to ensure they're equipped with the best resources to do their jobs safely."Nov 22, 2017Following a five-day series published by The Columbus Dispatch on cancer afflicting firefighters, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation has partnered with the State Fire Marshal's office to educate Ohio firefighters about safety resources available through their agencies. BWC said the newspaper conducted two statewide surveys of firefighters and fire chiefs from across Ohio, and one in six of the nearly 1,300 firefighters who responded said they had been diagnosed with cancer at some point in their careers, while about half said they believed cancer was their biggest threat on the job."Firefighters face unique and life-threatening hazards as they protect the lives and property of their fellow Ohioans, and they deserve our best efforts to keep them safe on the job," said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. "We have committed a number of resources to reduce these dangers and improve the safety and health of Ohio firefighters."State Fire Marshal Jeff Hussey added, "Firefighters put their lives on the line on a daily basis. We want to ensure they're equipped with the best resources to do their jobs safely."The resources include fire department grants and safety grants, as well as the Public Employment Risk Reduction Program, research services, and firefighter safety training. To ease costs to local governments, the State Fire Marshal's office and Ohio Emergency Medical Services provide $500,000 to fund Firefighter I Training, a 120-hour certification class, and BWC committed another $1 million for the training to help prevent accidents and improve preparedness and response times during emergencies.There are fire department equipment grants and other types of grants available, as well.Let's block ads! (Why?)

Ένας γκαφατζής κλέφτης

Ο κλέφτης που θα δείτε στο παρακάτω βίντεο πέτυχε αυτό που ήθελε αλλά δεν φανταζόταν ότι το πρόσωπό του θα φιγουράρει στο YouTube.Σκοπός του είναι να κόψει τα καλώδια για να μην καταγράφει η κάμερα ασφαλείας στην πολυκατοικία που μπήκε να κλέψει στην Ουκρανία, αλλά όπως φάνηκε αυτό δεν ήταν και τόσο απλό. Στην προσπάθειά του σωριάζεται στις σκάλες αλλά δεν το βάζει κάτω.Βέβαια, δεν σκέφτηκε ότι η κάμερα καταγράφει μέχρι να κόψει το καλώδιο και έτσι έγινε διάσημος μέσω των κοινωνικών δικτύων.Η τούμπα του πάντως συγκέντρωσε τα πιο πολλά σχόλια...[embedded content]ΚΑΝΤΕ LIKE ΣΤΟ NEWSBEAST.GRLet's block ads! (Why?)

Explosion Kills Worker, Injures Dozens at NY Cosmetics Company

An explosion ripped through the Verla International Ltd. cosmetics factory in New Windsor, N.Y., around 10:15 a.m. on Nov. 20, injuring approximately 25-30 employees and killing one. Workers fled the building and local emergency responders arrived on scene and were inside the building at 10:40 a.m. when a second explosion occurred, injuring seven firefighters, at least two of whom were transferred to the burn unit at Westchester Medical Center, according to authorities.Firefighters and hazmat teams continued to battle the fire – which was fueled by flammable and combustible chemicals used in the manufacture of perfume, nail polish, lotion and other beauty products – throughout the day and into the night."A deceased male employee was recovered from the plant fire at approximately 7:40 p.m.," Orange County spokesman Justin Rodriguez said in a statement. The worker has not been identified by authorities and the company cannot be reached for comment.The facility has been cited three times by OSHA since 2012:In 2012, Verla was issued six citations, five serious and one classified as “other.” The citations included violations related to general requirements for personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, control of hazardous energy, electrical and wiring and hazard communication. The company was issued $13,600 in fines.In 2013, the company reached an informal settlement with OSHA for two serious, one repeat and one “other” violation. The violations were related to the storage of flammable and combustible liquids, respiratory protection and sanitation. The company was issued $7,700 in fines, which was negotiated down to $5,775.In 2016, Verla International was cited for nine occupational safety violations earlier this year; six classified as serious and three as “other.” The serious violations are related to exit routes, flammable and combustible liquids, eye and face protection, respiratory protection and first aid. The “other” violations are related to PPE, respiratory protection and hazard communication. The company has reached an information settlement with OSHA, negotiating $63,148 in penalties down to $41,046, but the inspection has not been classified as “closed” on the OSHA web site.NY Governor Announces Investigation into ExplosionN.Y. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has launched a multi-agency investigation into working conditions at Verla International. The investigation follows the state’s response to the chemical explosion and fire at the company, and will examine worker safety, conditions and compliance with state environmental regulations at the plant. Cuomo has directed the Department of Labor, Department of State and Department of Environmental Conservation to lead this investigation into overall compliance at Verla International.“Ensuring the safety and welfare of New Yorkers in the workplace is critically important, and following today’s chemical explosion, I am directing a multi-agency investigation to get to the bottom of what happened and review compliance with state labor and environmental laws,” Cuomo said. “Worker safety and environmental protection are top priorities and if there was any misconduct or negligence that led to this incident, we will use the full force of the law to hold the company accountable.”The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will investigate facility operations, including chemical storage and use practices, to ensure that there are no environmental violations that led to the explosions and fire at the facility. In particular, DEC investigators will inspect the facility to ensure it is in compliance with all applicable state and federal environmental regulations, including hazardous waste management methods of waste collection, storage and disposal; the existence of emergency preparedness plans, response equipment and communication devices; and the proper training of facility staff involved in hazardous waste management. DEC also has deployed air monitoring equipment to evaluate conditions in the area and will continue to monitor water quality impacts from the fire. “DEC takes seriously our responsibility to ensure that all companies are complying with appropriate regulations for chemical and hazardous waste management,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Investigators from DEC will leave no stone unturned to figure out what happened and work to ensure that incidents like this do not occur again.”The Department of State Division of Building Standards and Codes will review code compliance activity at the plant and has offered the town of New Windsor assistance in assessing the overall condition of the building and providing any technical support in determining if code violations contributed to the cause or the spread of the fire.“The Department of State works tirelessly with code enforcement offices throughout the state to make sure buildings are safe for occupancy by residents and workers,” said N.Y. Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. “The Department of State Division of Building Standards and Codes will be assisting town of Windsor officials in determining whether code violations played a part in this tragic incident.” The N.Y. Department of Labor (DOL) will dispatch worker safety and health experts to the facility to determine if any asbestos is present on-site or a malfunction in any of the plant’s three boilers contributed to the incident. Additionally, the department will coordinate with OSHA to interview workers and assist with any OSHA investigation. “Today’s fire in New Windsor underscores the importance of rigorous worker health and safety standards,” said DOL Commissioner Roberta Reardon. “At Gov. Cuomo’s direction, the Department of Labor’s Division of Safety and Health will be dispatching investigators to the site in order to help determine if any negligence on the part of the company played a role in this incident. The department will also be looking closely into any possible asbestos or boiler issues that may have contributed to the severity of the explosion and subsequent fire.”Let's block ads! (Why?)

Organic farming: new European rules confirmed

On 20 November 2017 member states represented in the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) endorsed the deal on the overhaul of existing rules on organic production and labelling of organic products, for which a provisional agreement with the European Parliament had been reached on 28 June.The new EU rules set more modern and uniform rules across the EU with the aim of encouraging the sustainable development of organic production in the EU. They also aim to guarantee fair competition for farmers and operators, prevent fraud and unfair practices and improve consumer confidence in organic products.Next stepsFollowing approval by the SCA, the spokesperson of the SCA will send a letter to the chairperson of the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.That letter will indicate that, if the Parliament adopts at its plenary session the compromise text as approved by the SCA, the Council will adopt the same text in first reading without amendments.The new regulation will apply from 1 January 2021.Download as pdfLet's block ads! (Why?)

Τεράστιο φίδι τυλίγεται στο πόδι παρουσιάστριας

Φαίνεται πως ακόμα και μέσα στις πολύβουες μητροπόλεις δεν είμαστε και πολύ ασφαλείς από τα φίδια.Ρωτήστε τη Holly Willoughby γι’ αυτό!Η 36χρονη παρουσιάστρια της πρωινής εκπομπής «This Morning» είδε λοιπόν το πελώριο φίδι να τυλίγεται στο πόδι της. Τρομοκρατήθηκε, όπως ήταν επόμενο, προσπάθησε ωστόσο να διατηρήσει την ψυχραιμία της με αμήχανα γελάκια.Αναγκάστηκε μάλιστα να ανασηκώσει τη φούστα της για να το βρει!Να πώς τα πράγματα μπορούν να γίνουν από αστεία τρομακτικά…[embedded content]ΚΑΝΤΕ LIKE ΣΤΟ NEWSBEAST.GRLet's block ads! (Why?)

Fine Assessed in 'Horrific' UK Fatality

Fine Assessed in 'Horrific' UK FatalityA British recycling company has been fined about $1.1 million and two individuals were given suspended prison sentences for the death of an employee who was pulled onto a conveyor and into an industrial waste shredder.Nov 21, 2017A British recycling company has been fined £880,000 -- about $1.1 million in U.S. dollars -- and two individuals were given suspended prison sentences in a case that a Health & Safety Executive inspector described as a "horrific fatality." A man working for Mid-UK Recycling Limited near Ancaster was cleaning near a conveyor when the recycling line started up and he was pulled onto the conveyor and into an industrial waste shredder.HSE reported Nov. 10 that its investigation of the July 19, 2013, death showed that a fixed gate that fenced the area off and prevented access to the conveyor had been removed several weeks before the incident, which meant workers could freely gain access to the area. Management was aware the gate was not in place just days before the incident, and the company had failed to design a recycling line that was safe for those working on and around it, including separation of wheeled vehicles and pedestrians, HSE found.Mid-UK Recycling Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) and Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, was fined, and was ordered to pay costs of £100,000, or about $130,000. Its managing director, Christopher Mountain, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. He was given a 20-week prison sentence suspended for two years and fined £50,000, while Alan Munson, former director of operations, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of Health and Safety at Work Act and was given a 20-week prison sentence suspended for two years."This horrific fatality could so easily have been avoided by simply installing and maintaining physical guards around conveyors and ensuring that safe working practices were in place. Employers should make sure they properly assess, apply, and maintain effective control measures to minimize the risk from dangerous parts of machinery," said Dr. Richenda Dixon, the HSE inspector.Let's block ads! (Why?)