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Oil pipeline

Keystone XL Approval Vacated by U.S. Judge

TransCanada’s plans to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline and the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) approval of those plans ran into another wall when a U.S. District Court judge in Montana found that the DOS had not met its statutory requirements in analyzing the effects of the project on climate change and on species protected […]

Blue roof tarp

‘Blue Roof’ Recommendations from OSHA

The recent hurricane season has apparently prompted OSHA to issue a fact sheet on safely installing plastic tarps on damaged roofs. Reinforced plastic tarps, commonly called blue roofs, provide temporary protection for buildings following severe weather.

stormwater discharge

Industrial Stormwater: Don’t Overlook Employee Training!

With all of the high-tech and innovative stormwater control gadgets on the market these days, facilities often overlook one of the most fundamental and affordable best management practices (BMPs): employee training. Most industrial stormwater permits require at least annual employee training, and it has become one of the most common and costly permit violations. In […]

Crane

Could Your Construction Machinery Be Open to Hacking?

The Internet of Things (IoT) has grown exponentially over the past few years, and that growth is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. This is especially true for the Operational Technology (OT) networks, where more and more technologies are being incorporated into industrial control systems (ICS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. […]

Underground economy

Workers Urged to Report Safety Issues in the Underground Economy

In addition to government, which is defrauded of tax revenue, workers are often a casualty of the underground economy. Underground businesses are not likely to expend effort to protect workers from occupational hazards, much less comply with federal and state workplace safety rules. And given that a great deal of underground employment involves physically taxing […]