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07/29/2020

Three Lithium Battery Fires Raise Concerns About Flight Safety

Three recent aircraft fires have raised concerns for regulators and workers alike on the safety of lithium batteries. These incidents underscore the prevalence of lithium battery malfunctions as aviation regulators continue debating how to prevent further harm to customers, airline employees, and cargo.

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10/07/2019

Fire Prevention Week: OSHA Emergency Plans

When dozens or hundreds or employees are working in one building, having a concrete plan in place to guide evacuations and employee actions can not only save lives, it ensures that everyone gets out in an orderly and safe fashion. 

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09/17/2019

Massive Fireball and Smoke Clouds Over Illinois Railyard After Fiery Train Derailment

Smoke and fire could be seen as far away as downtown St. Louis after a tank car carrying methyl isobutyl ketone caught fire in Dupo, IL, resulting in area evacuations and power outages. However, no one was injured in the incident.

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09/16/2019

Officials Probing Cause of California Boat Fire that Killed 34 Passengers

Two weeks after a boat fire that killed 34 people and sank the vessel, questions are circulating about whether a phone charging station below deck may have been the source of the blaze.

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06/24/2019

Massive Explosions at Largest Oil Refinery on East Coast Shake Philly and NJ Homes

A large, three-part explosion at an oil refinery in South Philadelphia caused massive balls of fire to shoot into the sky and homes to shake in Delaware County, PA and South Jersey. An unintentional release of hydrocarbon vapors is thought to have partially caused the explosion, though it is currently under investigation.

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01/21/2016

Newport, WA Plant Fined $1.3M for Explosion that Injured 17

A Newport, WA plastics and composites production plant where a July 2015 explosion injured seventeen workers has been cited for willful and serious violations of OSHA’s work safety standards. 

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10/07/2015

Celebrate Fire Prevention Week With an OSHA Compliance Check

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has observed Fire Prevention Week during the week around October 9, commemorating the Great Chicago Fire of October of 1871...

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