Will the Tower Cranes Survive Irene?

In reviewing the many ways that New York City is planning for Hurricane Irene, including mandatory evacuations and a total shutdown of the subways and trains, it was noticed that there is a concern for the 26 tower cranes presently located in the city. 13 of the cranesare at the World Trade Center construction site. They are only built to withstand winds of 65 mph or less. They do not disassemble quickly and may not be able to be taken down in time for the storm.

In light of the forecast for winds in excess of 65 mphthe cranes seem … Read the rest

OSHA Announces Measures to Strengthen Enforcement of Whistleblower Protection Program

There are 21 federal statutes that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforce to protect employees who report violations of workplace safety, airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food safety, health care reform, nuclear, pipeline, public transportation agency, railroad, maritime, and securities laws.

The whistleblower provision laws inhibit an employer’s ability to retaliate against any employees that bring up concerns with the workplace or give protected information to the employer or the government. Based upon the findings of an audit of OSHAs whistleblower program performed by the Government Accountability Office … Read the rest

National Motorcoach Safety Summit to be Held September 23rd

Although motorcoach transportation is one of the most cost-effective, accessible and safe forms of public transportation, there has been a number of recent tragic crashes around the United States that involved motorcoaches and buses. In an effort to strengthen motorcoach safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) of the Department of Transportation will be holding National Motorcoach Safety Summit this September in Washington, DC.

The hope is to develop a plan to increase motorcoach safety awareness, enforcement, and education; establish innovative and collaborative policies and countermeasures; to exchange information and ideas on the best possible approaches to … Read the rest

One-Foot High Step Stool Causes Fractured Wrists, Pelvis and Hip and Is Recalled

Target Corporation of Minneapolis, Minnesota recalled 206,000 wooden step stools with storage the wooden step stools can break apart or collapse under the weight of the user, posing a fall hazard. This recall announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) follows 26 reports of the stools breaking or collapsing. Fourteen incidents involved children, seven involved adults, and five incidents where the users age was unknown. Two adults fractured their wrists, and of those victims, one also fractured her hip and pelvis. Additionally, six children and one adult suffered scrapes and bruising. The wooden step stool has two … Read the rest