NFPA Journal features the rebuilding of the St. John Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. after the 2011 tornado

NFPA Journal features the rebuilding of the St. John Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. after the 2011 tornado Other topics include Superstorm Sandy, emergency preparedness and a look ahead at the 2013 NFPA Conference & Expo January 10, 2013 — The latest issue of NFPA Journal®, the official magazine of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), features the rebuilding of St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri which was devastated in May 2011 by one of the most powerful tornadoes ever recorded. The NFPA cover story details lessons learned from that event that will lead to the building of a new facility better able to handle the circumstances of living […]

Out of Control

Every time I step onto an airplane, I remind myself that air travel is much, much safer than driving. We’re all more likely to be involved in a car crash than we are to experience an airplane crash or flight-related safety scare. In fact, according to the National Safety Council’s “The Odds of Dying” graphic, your lifetime odds of dying in motor vehicle incident are 1 in 98, while your odds of dying in an “air and space transport incident” are 1 in 7,178. Knowing the facts, however, doesn’t necessarily comfort a nervous airliner passenger. I rack it up to an issue of control – or lack thereof. When we […]

OSHA Investigating the Death of an Exotic Dancer in Cleveland

Lauren Block succumbed to head injuries she suffered Jan. 2 after falling 15 feet while working as an exotic dancer at a Cleveland strip club. Lauren Block, a 22-year-old stripper, died Jan. 9 of injuries she suffered several days earlier while working at Christie’s Cabaret in Cleveland. Cleveland police and paramedics were called to the club in the early morning hours of Jan. 2, where they found a bloody and unconscious Block lying on the floor. Police determined that Block was critically injured when she fell head first over a railing at the club while performing a move in her lap dance routine. They have ruled the incident […]

Safety Is No Accident: OSHA Names Winners of App Challenge

Safety is no accident, and neither is the success of the project that won the $15,000 grand prize in OSHA’s Worker Safety and Health App Challenge – a Web site developed to help young workers, ages 13-24, access information on common workplace hazards and their rights to a safe workplace. OSHA’s app challenge awarded those who created tools that best demonstrate the importance of recognizing and preventing workplace safety and health hazards and help young people understand their rights in the workplace. The winning Working Safely Is No Accident site was developed by the University of Tennessee Construction Industry Research and Policy Center and the Department of Industrial and Systems […]