The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a National Safety Stand-Down from June 2 – 6, 2014 to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls, which continue to be a leading cause of deaths for construction workers. In 2012, 279 construction workers lost their lives in falls from heights and more than 8,800 construction workers were seriously injured by falls.
To avoid these incidents from happening, hundreds of stand-down events will occur across the country, where employers and workers are asked to pause during their workday to talk about fall prevention and discuss topics such as ladder, scaffolding and roofing safety.
“Our message is ‘safety pays and falls cost,'” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Dr. David Michaels. “We emphasize planning ahead, providing the right equipment—such as guard rails or safety harnesses, lines and anchors—and training all employees, three simple steps can save lives.”
The goal is to have over 25,000 employers and 500,000 workers hold a safety stand-down to reach at least 1 out of 10 construction workers in the country.…
As the domestic shale oil boom continues, the U.S. is edging closer to declaring energy independence. Energy companies are surging forward to capitalize on the global demand for crude, but not without logistical complications.
The domestic and global demand for crude oil produced from fracturing shale has exposed a lack of transportation and refining infrastructure in North America. With pipelines and railroads running at capacity, major shale plays such as Utica in Ohio are at times forced to halt operations because transportation cannot keep pace with production. Additionally, some U.S. refineries are unable to process the lighter, sweeter crude produced from shale plays as opposed to the traditional heavier crude for which they were built.
Despite these setbacks, the U. S. has a surplus of oil production. The exponential increase in domestic oil production has resulted in lower energy costs at home. Reduced energy prices are driven primarily by new shale extraction technologies, which result in drilling efficiencies and increased precision in North American operations.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently accepting proposals for presentations at its annual Oil & Gas Safety and Health Conference. Held in partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington’s OSHA Education Center, this year’s conference will be December 2-3 in Houston, Texas.
Proposals should address topics, current issues, best practices, theoretical and practical applications in the oil and gas industry or other relevant subjects as they relate to at least one of the Conference Session Tracks listed on their website. The website also lists general guidelines for presentations.