Keeping the Fourth Fun and Safe

The Fourth of July is days away, with families and friends getting together to celebrate with fireworks, picnics and more. After Independence Day, news reports are filled with stories of injuries and fires related to fireworks. Burns and injuries to the eyes are not uncommon when safety precautions are not followed for fireworks. FEMA is offering these tips to help everyone celebrate a safe Fourth of July: Make sure that fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them. Keep a bucket of water or garden hose readily accessible in case of fire or other mishap. Soak fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing into the trash […]

OSHA Settles With ConAgra Foods to Protect Workers from Anhydrous Ammonia Releases

The agreement protects workers at Idaho, Arkansas, Missouri and Ohio facilities of the Nebraska-based company. It requires ConAgra to implement controls to reduce hazards associated with release of ammonia from low pressures receivers (LPRs). Among other products, Lamb Weston manufacturers Arby’s Seasoned Curly Fries. “This agreement ensures that ConAgra will protect workers from releases of ammonia by enclosing older LPRs that were not already enclosed, and by providing other controls such as normal and emergency ventilation to prevent exposure,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “OSHA’s corporate-wide settlement agreements are highly effective tools for ensuring that companies take a systemic approach to addressing […]

Liverpool John Moores University uses Riedel Intercom System to connect new Screen School facilities

Main control room at Liverpool John Moores University Designed and specified by Drama by Design, and supplied and integrated by Sony Broadcast, Riedel’s Artist and Performer systems support communications between control rooms for the school’s large full-HD TV studio and a smaller full-HD news studio, the cameras on each studio floor, the technician’s office, and the central technical room. The product combination allows the LJMU facility to integrate both studios into one system and to establish talkback into the studios, the green room, and preshow areas. The Performer C22 partyline system interface converts two two-channel Cat5 matrix ports to two phantom-powered digital beltpack lines and vice versa, enabling integration of […]

Martin Audio speakers installed inside €50m Kaunas Arena in Lithuania

Martin Audio loudspeakers inside the Kaunas Arena in Lithuania Owned by the Kaunas City government, the  €50m Žalgiris Arena is the largest in the Baltic states. A Martin Audio H3+ horn-loaded system, proposed by Martin Audio’s Lithuanian distributors, Audiotonas, was chosen as it met the overall specification and could also be used for basketball or ice hockey matches. Audiotonas co-owner, Algirdas Sidiskis, said: “During basketball play, in particular, we typically have audience noise crossing over at 105dB — and thanks to the H3+ the bowl sound can be heard loud and clear above it. On top of that, powerful enclosures, run with no subwoofer support, are great for the music […]

Augmented reality app Blippar announces partnership with F1 driver Max Chilton

The Blippar logo on the car of F1 driver Max Chilton In addition to featuring on the nose of Chilton’s car, the Blippar logo, when blipped, will trigger exclusive multimedia content featuring Max Chilton. Photo cards of Max Chilton will also be Blippar enabled to launch multimedia content when blipped. When the logo is blipped using the Blippar app, fans will be given access to multimedia content personally introduced by Max Chilton. The blipp will include video content that will be updated with each Grand Prix. The first videos will feature an interview with Max and Martin Brundle and a tour of the Marussia F1 car factory. The blipp will […]

A Dark Day for Arizona: 19 Firefighters Die in Wildfire

On June 30, 19 firefighters rushed to battle a wildfire in Arizona and lost their lives in the process. The Prescott Fire Department in Prescott, Ariz., confirmed that 19 members of the department’s Granite Mountain Hotshots died while fighting the 2,000-acre Yarnell Hill fire that ignited June 29. “This weekend, our state lost nineteen of its bravest firefighters in the wake of the Yarnell Fire, near Prescott,” said Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. “This fire is the deadliest wildfire in state history, and our nation’s deadliest in 80 years. The fire has also claimed the lives of more first responders than any single disaster since 9/11.” Brewer has ordered that all […]

Groups Demand Better Workplace Safety Protections for Massachusetts State Employees

Four days after undergoing surgery for a neck injury caused by years of lifting patients at a state hospital, Martha McNamara, a nurse, asked the Massachusetts legislature to pass a law that would protect other nurses from suffering similar occupational injuries. Joining a diverse group of workers, workers compensation insurers, occupational health experts and union leaders, Mcnamara testified before the legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, urging them to pass legislation that would require the state to comply with national occupational safety standards. While private sector workers are covered under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, public employees are not. Currently, a state law provides some safety […]

AIHA, ASSE and NSC Offer Support for OSHA and NIOSH Appropriations

In an unprecedented move, the presidents of three major EHS organizations – American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the National Safety Council (NSC) – jointly have appealed to the members of the Senate and House appropriations committees to ensure that NIOSH and OSHA at least are funded at their FY 2012 program levels. In a letter to the legislators, NSC President Janet Froetscher, ASSE President Richard Pollock and AIHA President Barbara Dawson noted that each day, more than 5,000 workers sustain disabling injuries on the job, 11 workers die from an unintentional injury and 146 workers die from work‐related diseases. The burden costs industry […]

Paterson, N.J., Contractor Faces $49,600 in OSHA Fines

OSHA has cited Paterson, N.J.-based R.E. General Contractor LLC for alleged repeat and serious violations of occupational safety standards found while workers replaced a roof on a commercial building. The general contractor faces a total of $49,600 in proposed fines following a December 2012 imminent danger inspection by OSHA’s Hasbrouck Heights Area Office. Two repeat violations, with a $46,800 penalty, were issued for exposing workers to fall hazards of approximately 50 feet while workers engaged in roofing work without fall protection in place. Workers also used an extension ladder that did not extend at least 3 feet above the upper landing surface. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously […]

Engaging Gears to Support Safety Culture, Continuous Improvement

The Rockwell Automation Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards are given to companies with exemplary performance in culture, compliance policies and procedures, and use of automation technologies to improve worker safety and productivity. Special emphasis is placed on the collaboration between EH&S and engineering to ensure compliance, worker safety, and productivity. For more information, contact Steve Ludwig at 440-646-4013 or email Engaging Gears to Support Safety Culture, Continuous Improvement Today