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Major Fine, Denials in Railcar Death

A cleaner who died inside a railcar had been sent in, unmonitored and without a harness, after atmospheric testing "triggered multiple sensor alarms" on a four-gas meter, federal authorities...


Contractor Fined after Painter Burned

A California contractor is being held responsible for a flash fire inside a metal tank that left a painter severely burned—and for not reporting the incident for four days.


eBook Tackles Environmental Controls

Dehumidification, ventilation and other environmental controls can have high-stakes consequences for coating and blasting workers and projects alike.


Paint Fumes Spark Elephant Attack

The smell of fresh paint in his cage apparently incited a two-ton elephant to fatally charge his longtime trainer at a popular tourist complex in Vietnam.


Beryllium Rule Planned for 2014

New federal proposals limiting worker exposure to beryllium—a particular hazard in open-air abrasive blasting—are on track to roll out in April, Occupational Safety and Health Administration...


New, Free JPCL eBook Focuses on DH

JPCL has announced its newest eBook, Dehumidification and Other Environmental Controls for Coating Projects—an expert-written compilation of articles on the critical conditions...


Containing Everything—Except His Enthusiasm

Long before the protective coatings industry had any serious notion of containment, or ventilation, or industrial hygiene, it had Phil Calvo.


Carlsbad Odor Laid to Coating, Solvent

Carlsbad Caverns National Park has reopened after “extensive” air quality testing showed that chemical vapors released during elevator renovation had not spread to the visitor center or surr...


Coating Fumes Shut Down National Park

“Overpowering” coating fumes from newly installed rails in an elevator shaft sickened employees and forced the emergency closure of Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico this week, of...


Blast-One Acquires Tecor Finishing

Blast-One International, provider of abrasives, blasting and coating equipment, is expanding its reach into spray technology with the acquisition of Tecor Finishing Solutions.


3 Painters Found Dead in CA Home

California authorities are investigating the deaths of three painters who perished while working in what officials described as a “sealed-off home.”


OSHA Sets $118K Fine in Manhole Death

A Texas contractor failed to test atmospheric conditions, provide sufficient ventilation, or have rescue equipment ready before sending a worker into a sewer line, where he then died, federa...


$46K Fine Set in Barge Painting Death

A deadly flash fire explosion that killed one painter and burned another aboard a barge has led to 12 federal health and safety citations and a $46,600 fine against the men's Tennessee emplo...


NY Paint Fumes Force Evacuation

Painting has been halted at the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal after fumes from the project forced the evacuation of an adjacent building, sickening some occupants and sending four to ...


WI Paint/Blast Shop Draws 42 Citations

A longtime Wisconsin painting and blasting contractor is facing 42 federal citations and $50,140 in fines for a wide variety of health and safety violations, including some first cited in 20...


OSHA: No Ventilation in 2 Tank Deaths

No ventilation was used and the air quality was not tested or monitored in a small underground septic tank where two men worked and perished last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Ad...


Fabricator Paint Shop Draws $134K Fine

An Ohio structural steel fabricator is facing 17 federal health and safety citations and $134,400 in fines for recurring hazards in painting and other operations at its facility in Akron.


2 Poisoned by Confined-Space Fumes

Federal authorities are investigating the deaths of two workers who were overcome by sewer gases while working in a sewage pump tank this week in Kennebunkport, ME


Lights, Fans, Action from Air Systems

Air Systems International has rolled out several new light and fan models and upgraded some old favorites for hazardous and non-hazardous locations.


 
 
   

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