OSHA Cites New York Paperboard Mill for 61 Safety, Health Hazards

OSHA - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:00
Aug. 16, 2017 OSHA Cites New York Paperboard Mill for 61 Safety, Health Hazards
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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:20

A firefighter and two residents were injured early Tuesday in a fire in an apartment building in Northeast Philadelphia, officials said. The blaze also displaced about four dozen people.

There no word yet on the firefighter’s injuries. The two residents were initially reported to be in serious condition.

The blaze in the two-story building on Academy Road and Morrell Avenue was reported around 12:30 a.m. Arriving firefighters found flames coming out of window on the second floor. It took them about an hour to bring the fire under control.

Displaced residents were placed on a SEPTA bus while firefighters battled the blaze. The Red Cross was called in to assist them.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Retired FDNY firefighter Michael Duffy dead at 63 after battle with 9/11-linked cancer

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:12

Another firefighter has lost his life to a 9/11-related cancer.

Retired Firefighter Michael Duffy, a 20-year veteran of the department who spent time at Ground Zero after the terror attacks, died on Aug. 8, officials said Thursday.

Duffy joined the FDNY in 1982 and spent his entire career at Engine 310 and Ladder 174 on Snyder Ave. in East Flatbush, known as “Snyder Island.”

“He comes from a very proud firehouse,” Uniformed Firefighters Association President Gerard Fitzgerald said.

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“He comes from a very proud firehouse,” Uniformed Firefighters Association President Gerard Fitzgerald said. “This is a terrific loss to the members of the firehouse, the retirees and people in the Gerritsen Beach community where he lived.”

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Duffy, 63, retired from the FDNY in 2002.

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Remembering the fallen first responders of 9/11

On 9/11, 343 firefighters and 23 NYPD cops were killed when terrorists flew two jumbo jets into the World Trade Center.

As of July 15, 157 FDNY members — including firefighters, EMS personnel, civilian employees and fire marshals — have died of 9/11-related illnesses, department officials said.

Duffy, 63, retired from the FDNY in 2002.


By the end of 2016, 132 additional NYPD cops had died of illnesses that can be linked to their time at Ground Zero, officials said.

FDNY hero, Robert Newman, dies from 9/11-linked cancer

Duffy is survived by his wife, Corrina. Calls to family members were not immediately returned.

Services will be held Friday at the James P. Byrnes Funeral Home on Gerritsen Ave. A funeral mass will be held at Resurrection Church, also on Gerritsen Ave., on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks mourners to make donations to St. Judes Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Burn Center and the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation, which shuttles firefighters and their families to medical appointments.

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OSHA to Hold Second Public Meeting to Solicit Suggestions for Growing, Strengthening Voluntary Protection Programs

OSHA - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:00
August 14, 2017 OSHA to Hold Second Public Meeting to Solicit Suggestions for Growing, Strengthening Voluntary Protection Programs
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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 18:52

While responding to a grass fire, the Nixon fire chief suffered an electric shock and was hospitalized after coming in contact with a live electrical wire.

Interim City Manager Harold Rice said the Nixon Volunteer Fire Department was called out to a grass fire on Friday about 2 miles west of Nixon on Highway 87. While responding to the fire, Nixon Fire Chief Mark Mendez came in contact with a live electrical wire.

Mendez was transported to the hospital in critical, but stable condition. He is expected to survive and make a recovery.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 09:46

A Smyrna mother lost her life Thursday in a collision with an Arrington Fire Department Truck.

That truck was headed down Nolensville Road to a fire call that ended up being cancelled when it collided with Nikki Walden’s car pulling out to cross at the York Road intersection.

Michael Coleman saw everything two cars behind her.

“All you heard was a big boom and chaos of everything flying,” Coleman said.

Coleman says Walden appeared to hesitate twice before pulling out to cross Nolensville road.

Walden’s family tells Fox 17 News she was on her way to pick up a 3-year-old daughter from daycare. The Smyrna medical sales employee also has 11 and 7 year old sons according to the family.

They’ve set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the three children.

Coleman is convinced Walden saw the fire truck, but he believes she would have reacted differently if that truck had been running lights and sirens.

“She wouldn’t have had to pull out. She’d sat right there and wait for that to come through,” said Coleman.

From her GoFundMe page:

It is with great sadness to say that we have all lost a beautiful mother, daughter, sister and friend. Nikki lost her life in a tragic car accident on August 10th, 2017. She leaves behind three small children, Tristan, Easton and Aralynn, her brothers, her sister and many family and friends. First and most importantly this family needs prayers. You can never pray enough for Nikki and the people that are left to mourn her death. Nikki was a beautiful and kind young woman who always brightened the room when she entered. Her parents Angie and Lee both adored her and they should never have to experience loss at this level. They have always been such a wonderful support system for her, let’s all be a support system for them. Please remember anything, anything at all, that you could give, it would be a blessing for this family. If you can do this, there are lots and lots of hard roads ahead and your support is greatly appreciated.Thank you, may God be will us all as we never ever forget our Angel.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 06:25

City of Spokane Fire Department crews are on scene of a commercial structure fire on 32nd and Grand Blvd at Beacon Cleaners.

The fire has been knocked down, but crews tells us that a firefighter fell from his ladder and was taken to the hospital with significant injuries.

Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer tells us that the firefighter is a 27 year veteran with the department.

Crews are continuing to investigate what caused the fire.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 16:37

firefighter seriously injured after he was hit by a fire department ladder truck remains in critical condition Thursday and will have additional surgeries, according to fire officials.

Dane Smothers, Jr. has undergone three surgeries and is expected to have another Thursday afternoon.

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Smothers, 28, has been with the fire department for approximately three months. He is what the department calls a probationary firefighter.

On Aug. 3, Smothers was responding to a fire in the 800 block of F Street, NE when he was struck by a ladder truck also responding to the blaze. Smothers’ uncle is also with the department and was at the scene.

According to Assistant Chief Craig Baker, Smothers received critical injuries to the chest, neck and head.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:36

A 1-year-old child died in a house fire in Monmouth early Wednesday morning that also injured two of the responding firefighters.

Polk County Fire District No. 1 crews responded to the 700 block of North Catron Street at 1:57 a.m.

Firefighters arrived to find the home heavily involved in fire.

Two adults and two children had evacuated the building, but firefighters learned an infant was still inside.

Firefighters attempted to locate and rescue the child, but they were not successful.

Once the fire was put out, firefighters said they found the body of the 1-year-old child.

Two firefighters were treated for burn injuries at an area hospital. One of the firefighters was taken to a Portland burn center for further treatment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Polk County Fire District No. 1 is being assisted in the investigation by the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office and Monmouth Police Department.

Multiple other agencies responded to the scene Wednesday. The home and its contents are considered a total loss, with damages estimated at $200,000.

Late Wednesday afternoon, family members identified the baby as Sebastion Spencer.  There is a GoFundMe campaign started to support the family following the death of the child, just two weeks before his birthday.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:34

Two firefighters received medical attention following a three-alarm building fire at the University of Delaware Wednesday afternoon.

The origins of the fire are still being investigated.

About 1:15 p.m., multiple New Castle County fire companies responded to the University of Delaware’s McKinly Hall in Newark for a building fire, said Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Fire Chief Drew Bowerson, a 21-year veteran with the fire company.

There, Bowerson said fire crews found heavy smoke coming from the roof and the first floor of the building.

Buy PhotoFirefighters on scene at McKinly Lab on the UD campus where a fire occurred on the lower level. (Photo: Suchat Pederson/The News Journal)

Fire crews discovered a blaze in the basement level of the academic building and worked to extinguish the flames.

The fire and smoke caused “minor extension,” to the upper floor level, Bowerson said. About three hours later, the fire was placed under control.

Buy PhotoFirefighters on scene at McKinly Lab on the UD campus where a fire occurred on the lower level. (Photo: Suchat Pederson/The News Journal)

About 85 firefighters responded to the scene, two of which were injured, Bowerson said.

One firefighter was treated and released at the scene. Another firefighter was taken to the emergency room of a nearby hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time, Bowerson said.

Bowerson did not confirm the origins of the fire. Earlier reports suggested the fire started just after lunchtime when construction crews were working on the building’s ventilation system, according to those on the scene.

Buy PhotoFirefighters on scene at McKinly Hall on the UD campus where a fire occurred on the lower level. (Photo: Suchat Pederson/The News Journal)

Buy PhotoFirefighters on scene at McKinly Lab on the UD campus where a small fire occured in tue lower level. (Photo: Suchat Pederson/The News Journal)

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:33

A Moulton firefighter was arrested Wednesday for allegedly using heroin and other drugs while on duty, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department said.

During an on-going investigation into heroin being trafficked through Lawrence County, deputies learned that 27-year-old Christopher Allen Henley, of Killen, was purchasing heroin from a Shoals-area dealer. Authorities then contacted Moulton Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter, Capt. Adam Lentz and Moulton Fire Chief Ryan Jolly assisted with the investigation.

Drug task force agents and deputies arrived at the Moulton Fire Station at the beginning of Henley’s shift and detained the suspect. During the investigation, they learned Henley did use heroin within a 24-hour period and had been using illegal narcotics while on duty. It was also learned that Henley asked one of the drug dealers to come to the fire station to conduct a drug transaction while he was on duty.

A search was conducted on Henley’s vehicle. Authorities said they found an assortment prescription medication and items used to inject the narcotics. Authorities said Henley did admit to consuming the narcotics during his shift and was going to inject the drugs found in his vehicle.

Henley was charged with two counts possession of controlled substance for morphine and suboxone, one count attempting to commit a controlled substance crime and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked into Lawrence County Jail on a $5,500 bond.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 21:05

Residents in a portion of downtown West Chester are allowed to return to their homes after being evacuated due to an underground fire that injured five firefighters.

The call of smoke came in shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday on the 200 block of West Gay Street, near the Justice Center.

PECO says an underground cable caused the fire.

Residents on the 100 and 200 block of Gay Street were told to leave the area. Crews went door to door to check on carbon monoxide levels.

They were allowed back in the area shortly after 8 p.m.

Five firefighters were taken to area hospitals due to the carbon monoxide, lowered from the original number of 12.

One of the injured was the West Chester Assistant Fire Chief. Officials say he collapsed at the scene, but is OK.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 18:34

Miami-Dade firefighter was injured Wednesday while battling a brush fire in Homestead, authorities said.

The fire was reported in the area of Southwest 132nd Avenue and 288th Street.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said the firefighter suffered a head injury after part of a burnt tree fell on him.

The firefighter was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital‘s Ryder Trauma Center.

His condition has not been released.

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North Florida Roofing Company Cited Again for Workplace Safety Hazards

OSHA - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 07:00
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Remembering When Next Steps workshop meets at NFPA headquarters

NFPA - Safety Source - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 14:58
The first  Remembering When™ Next Steps workshop is underway at NFPA headquarters in Quincy, Massachusetts. Fourteen teams from across North America that are currently using the program for older adults in their communities are meeting to
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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:38

Twelve people, including one firefighter, were injured Sunday morning after a flammable liquid leaked from a shipping container in the Port of Long Beach, officials said.

The spill of the unidentified chemical from the 6,000-gallon container was reported shortly before 9:30 a.m., a spokesperson for the Long Beach Fire Department said.

Eleven civilian ship workers and a firefighter sustained unspecified injuries in the hazardous materials incident. One of the workers and the firefighter were transported to a hospital in unknown condition.

Firefighters, assisted by lifeguard rescue boats, created a 1,000-foot containment boom perimeter in the port’s waters to protect the environment, officials said.

The cause of the spill was not immediately known.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:37

Firefighters from more than a dozen companies spent much of Sunday working to extinguish a difficult tire blaze at a Frazer auto scrap yard, which caused billowing smoke visible for miles around.

Frazer volunteer fire Chief Brian Gouza told reporters that six firefighters required treatment for minor injuries, primarily back and chest pain, from fighting the blaze that began around 9 a.m. at Hloznik Auto Salvage on Clarks Pike Road.

More than 100 tires caught fire, creating heavy plumes of smoke into the afternoon. Firefighters used foam to help contain the blaze, which could have been worse if it spread to other salvage yard materials, including gasoline tanks.

The Allegheny County fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

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