Industry News

US Approves $2 Billion of Canada Cross-Border Transmission

Two projects will bring low-cost renewable energy to American customers

The U.S. State Dept. has approved nearly $2 billion of high-voltage transmission lines that will bring low-cost Canadian renewable energy to the U.S. The department on Dec. 5 approved construction of the $1.2-billion New England Clean Power Link, between eastern Canada and Vermont, and last month green-lighted the $710-million Great Northern Transmission Line, between Manitoba and Minnnesota.

Fall Protection tops the list of OSHA's 10 Most Cited Violations

Every October, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year, compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff.

One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes. Year after year, our inspectors see thousands of the same on-the-job hazards, any one of which could result in a fatality or severe injury.

OSHA Fact Sheet: Lightning Safety

Lightning strikes can severely injure or kill workers whose jobs involve working outdoors. Lightning is often overlooked as an occupational hazard, but employers need awareness about lightning hazards to ensure their workers’ safety. This fact sheet provides employers and workers at outdoor worksites with lightning safety recommendations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

Department of Labor's BLS release 2014 workplace fatalities stats

A preliminary total of 4,679 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2014, an increase of 2 percent over the revised count of 4,585 fatal work injuries in 2013. 
Read the full report HERE

Read OHSA’s newly published standard on Silica.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is amending its existing standards for occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. 

Subpart V - Enforcement Dates for Minimum Approach Distances

 Here is a recent interpertation of minimum approach distance enforcement

OSHA Subpart V - Enforcement Dates for Minimum Approach Distances memorandum

Pennsylvania company named a 'severe violator' after worker killed in trench collapse

Pennsylvania company named a 'severe violator' after worker killed in trench collapse

OSHA renews alliance to protect roadway construction workers

OSHA has renewed an alliance with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners to protect workers in roadway construction work zones from injuries, illnesses and fatalities. The renewed alliance, which will continue for five years, promotes a culture of safety in the roadway construction industry, especially among non- and limited-English speaking workers.

Iowa OSHA Declaratory Order on not Allowing Short Sleeve FR Shirts to be Worn Under Rubber Sleeves

The Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives (IAEC) petitioned the Labor Commissioner for a Declaratory Order concerning the use of short-sleeved fire-resistant shirts to be worn under electric linemen's protective rubber sleeves.  The Petition states that the IAEC is currently made up of 34 distribution and 7 generation and transmission rural electric cooperatives (REC's) that serve more than 650,000 Iowans in more than 200,000 rural homes, farms, and businesses in all 99 counties.  Members of the association are subject ot the Iowa Occupational Ssafety and Health Act.

Rule 410-1 with Footnotes - Marked for Interpretation

Table 410-1 of the 2012 NESC provides values for "the effective rating of clothing or a clothing system to be worn by employees on or near energized lines, parts, or equipment."  (See Rule 410.A.3.a.)  The Agency has determined that many of the values listed in Table 410-1 are accetpable for compliance with 29 CFR 1910.269(1)(8)(ii) because the notes to the table make clear that those values are based either on testing data or on calculations performed using methods described in IEEE Std 1584-2002 (IEEE Guide for Performing Arc Flash Hazard Calculations).