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Silence is a silent killer

Parents know the value of silence—a blessing when faced with sibling disputes and chaos around the house.  But when it comes to your company’s safety program, silence proves to be a persistent obstacle that puts employees at risk and prevents safety programs from achieving greatness. As an employer you know you’re on the right path to developing a world class ...

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Making safety stick

As an employer you’ve just sent several employees through a day and a half of safety training.  Upon their return you place a copy of their training certificate in their training file.  No more worries about these employees.  You can expect them to use their new knowledge to remain injury-free indefinitely, right? Even though the employees are now armed with ...

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USW workers rally at BP Whiting Refinery

WHITING – BP Whiting Refinery employees have worked grueling 24-hour shifts, and worry that fatigued workers — or ill-trained contractors stepping in for them — will endanger lives. United Steelworker union members, who have been on strike in Whiting since Feb. 8, rallied outside the sprawling refinery Thursday to call for safer working conditions and less oppressive schedules. Younger Next ...

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‘Gas for Guns’ exchange program Saturday in Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination continues to get guns off the city’s streets through its “Gas for Guns” program, which allows participants to exchange firearms for up to $300 in fuel money. Since the program began, they’ve given out more than $40,000 in gas cards and have $40,000 more to give away. WBRZ-TV reports $50 cards are ...

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Berthold taking on BNSF Railway over blocked crossings

BERTHOLD, N.D. — BNSF railway could be fined $1,500 and staff members jailed if the company’s trains block both crossings in Berthold for more than 20 minutes, the town’s mayor said. The blocked crossings put school buses behind schedule and could present a problem for fire and ambulance crews, Mayor Alan Lee told The Bismarck Tribune. “They’re a big corporation, ...

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WIPP officials focus on safety

CARLSBAD — Waste Isolation Pilot Plant officials emphasized employee safety during Thursday night’s town hall meeting. At the meeting, officials went over what is new about the recovery process and addressed concerns about how the facility is ensuring the safety of its workers both now and in future activities. Joe Franco, manager of the Department of Energy, Carlsbad Field Office, ...

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Video released shows shocking pipeline statistics

The Center for Biological Diversity has released a video on their YouTube channel that reveals some shocking statistics about the safety of pipelines in the United States from 1986 to present time. The video was put out as a way to educate people about the facts directly correlated to the safety surrounding pipelines amidst Keystone XL Pipeline talks. Related: Keystone controversy: ...

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West Virginia lawmakers examining oil and gas worker safety

As Marcellus Shale drilling activity continues to increase in West Virginia, some state lawmakers are beginning to examine worker safety, according to a report by MetroNews. Last week several lawmakers met during an interim legislative committee meeting to discuss the safety standards for oil and gas operations. Some critics of the industry say that the standards aren’t strict enough, using ...

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Fracking’s dormant health risk

Sand used for fracking is continuing to pose a serious danger to oil field workers, and newly proposed regulations by the government are actually hindering the issue, not helping it, according to Nancy Lofholm of the Denver Post. Three years ago, government overseers of workplace safety first noted the sand problem and even issued a hazard alert a year later ...

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ND mulls rules to make crude safer for shipment

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Industrial Commission is considering new rules that could require oil companies to reduce the volatility of crude before it’s loaded onto rail cars. The Department of Mineral Resources is slated to make a proposal Thursday that may require companies to remove certain liquids and gasses from oil train shipments, a process some say would make ...

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