Firefighters—whether they are working in burning buildings or burning forests—can experience a dangerous condition called rhabdomyolysis or rhabdo. Rhabdo is the breakdown of damaged muscle tissue that releases proteins and electrolytes into the blood. These substances can damage the heart and kidneys and cause permanent disability and even death. The condition can occur for many […]
Category: Fire Safety
A Billings, Montana, general contractor and a Rock Springs, Wyoming, subcontractor face $249,516 in penalties for exposing workers to numerous safety hazards, causing an employee to suffer severe burns.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires a fire prevention plan when applicable standards require it. However, the agency “strongly recommends” that all employers develop a plan.
A report by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) concluded that a November 2016 fire that severely burned four workers at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, resulted from a failure to use good safety practices.
It’s very likely that you use aerosol cans at your facility. They are pervasive in workplaces and in society as a whole. However, aerosol cans present significant environmental and safety hazards. We’ll take a look at some of these concerns and also offer some tips to reduce the use of aerosols.
Yesterday we reviewed steps to conduct a fire-risk assessment concerning vehicle and motorized equipment ignition hazards at oil and gas (O&G) wellsites. Today we will look at how to use that information to protect your wellsite workers from vapor ignition fires and explosions.
According to a new safety hazard alert, there were 85 deaths between 2005 and 2015 at oil and gas (O&G) wellsites that were caused by fires or explosions. Of those, 27 deaths were directly related to flammable vapors from vehicles or motorized equipment.
Recently, a subscriber asked the following question: Are fire extinguishers required to be mounted on electric golf carts that are used in an industrial chemical plant?
If you’re one of those people, or businesses, that love to keep your Christmas tree up after the holiday, the risk of fire might motivate you to think again.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cites retailers over and over for failing to ensure that their stores are fire-safe. Retailer Dollar General has been OSHA’s most cited case in point, although they are far from the only offender. Since 2010, OSHA has recorded more than 100 safety and health violations at Dollar […]