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August 2015 Archives

OSHA's amputations directive has been updated

Texas residents who work in industries that are at serious risk for amputations should be aware that OSHA has updated the National Emphasis Program on this type of workplace injury. Therevisions include amputation policies and procedures for carrying out the program. Workers who working in sawmills, food manufacturing, meat process and retail and commercial bakeries are specifically at risk.

Railroads are behind on installing new safety technology

In Texas and other states in the U.S., train crashes are a danger. In 2008, Congress passed a rail safety law that said railroads have seven years to install a technology called positive train control. PTC is a safety-enhancing technology that is able to prevent many kinds of crashes such as derailments caused by extreme speed. Dec. 31, 2015, is the deadline given in the original law. Railroads must have their safety plans certified by the government before PTC can be put into operation.

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