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Steelworkers sue EPA over changes to chemical safety rule
 Washington — United Steelworkers is suing the Environmental Protection Agency and its administrator, Andrew Wheeler, over the agency’s recent changes to the Obama-era Chemical Disaster Rule.In a lawsuit filed Jan. 7 in the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...
Research project seeks better dust control in underground mines
 Blacksburg, VA — Researchers at Virginia Tech have launched a project aimed at boosting the effectiveness of dust scrubbers in underground mining to enhance dust control and improve miner safety.In a Dec. 11 press release, Aaron Noble, the project’s primary investigator and an associate...
Company fined after airport baggage handler suffers skull fractures and brain injury
 A company providing a range of airline ground support services has been fined after an employee fell from a height of more than two metres.Luton Magistrates’ Court heard that on 24 December 2016 Rebecca Smith of Menzies Aviation (UK) Limited was injured during the loading of luggage onto...
‘Toxic culture’ in English fire services, according to new report
 Fire services in England suffer from a “toxic” culture, with some firefighters not treating colleagues with “enough humanity”.A new report, part of the first annual assessment of the country’s fire and rescue services by Sir Thomas Winsor, Chief Inspector of Her Majesty’s...
Food safety news round-up: Nine-month prison sentence for a woman for failing to comply with food hy
 A vegetarian curry restaurant, Saravanaa Bhavan in Tooting, London was fined and ordered to close for cockroach infestation.Cockroach in flourA customer had spotted a cockroach in a meal ordered from the restaurant, and alerted Wandsworth Council’s food safety team, which immediately...
N-methylpyrrolidone poses ‘unreasonable risk’ to workers in certain operations: EPA draft risk evalu
 Washington — The Environmental Protection Agency has extended to Jan. 21 the comment period on a draft risk evaluation for the chemical substance N-methylpyrrolidone, also known as NMP.The chemical presents an unreasonable risk to workers under certain conditions, according...
FRA delays implementation of training for safety-related railroad workers
 Washington — In response to a petition for rulemaking, the Federal Railroad Administration is delaying by 16 months the implementation dates of its Training, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees regulation.In November 2014, FRA published a final rule...
£150k fine after equipment falls onto worker
 A Co Antrim firm has been fined £150,000 after an employee suffered serious injuries when a heavy piece of equipment weighing approximately 1 tonne landed on him when it was being unloaded.Briggs Equipment UK Ltd pleaded guilty to five breaches of health and safety legislation at Laganside...
Case is reminder of need to assess risks associated with flammable atmospheres
 Chemical company LMA Services Ltd has been sentenced for safety breaches after a fire which quickly took hold of buildings and storage areas at the site.The fire started on 30 June 2016, during a chemical dispensing operation in a Warehouse on Halifax Way, Pocklington Industrial Estate,...
London’s Barbican Centre set to address health & safety issues in new £10m upgrade
 Major upgrade work planned, with £7m set aside for health & safety repair work.The Barbican Arts Centre in London is set to undergo a major upgrade to address a series of health & safety corners within the grade II-listed building.A £10.1m package has been put together, part of...

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