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Prepare for Disasters: Take 3 Steps to Create Innovative Responses

The frequency and intensity of disasters are increasing, from mighty hurricanes hurling through warm ocean waters, to shifting tectonic plates that build earthquakes, to atmospheric weather patterns that create wide-scale floods.

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MSHA Moves Closer to a Silica Rule

On Aug. 29, the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) took a step closer to an updated regulation for respirable crystalline silica. In a published Request for Information (RFI), the agency is soliciting “data and information on economically and technologically feasible best practices” to protect the health of coal miners and metal/nonmetal workers from “exposure to quartz, including a reduced [workplace exposure] standard, new or developing protective technologies, and/or technical and educational assistance.”

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PrimeSource Rolls Out New Cut-Resistant GRX Gloves

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Safety Council, the average hand injury claim now exceeds $6,000, with lost time workers’ compensation claims reaching nearly $7,500.  The average reported hand injury results in six days off work. Hand injuries are the second most common injury on the jobsite, with cuts and lacerations being the number one hand injury.

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July Construction Starts Increase 2%

Strong Volume of Public Works Lifts Total Construction to Third Straight Gain.

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ODNR’s Abandoned Mine Land Program Wins Award

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Program has won the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (USDOI) Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation National Award for its work on the Dessecker Mine Project in Tuscarawas County. ODNR was honored at the 2019 AML Reclamation Awards in Pittsburgh on Sept. 9.

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