New tip sheet outlines chicken coop safety for hobby farmers

NFPA - Safety Source - 1 hour 46 min ago
  Raising chickens as  hobby is popular. Hobby farmers enjoy raising chickens as livestock or pets. Our new Backyard Chicken Coop safety tip sheet gives guidance for protecting people, property and flocks from fire.
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Firefighter Close Calls - 5 hours 55 min ago

A ferocious blaze quickly gutted a three-story apartment building in Pico Rivera Thursday, leaving at least one firefighter and two civilians injured and some 300 people displaced.

The three-alarm fire was reported shortly after 3:30 p.m. in the 9100 block of Burke Street, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Firefighters arrived two minutes after the call and saw smoke and fire on all floors, extending into the attic, county fire Chief Daryl Osby said at an evening news conference.

Aerial video from Sky5 showed firefighters moving off the structure shortly after 4 p.m., and Osby said they needed to change strategy after the building suffered “structural collapse.” By 5 p.m., firefighters had exited the building and were in defensive mode, using heavy water streams, the Fire Department said.

Smoke that towered above the fire was visible from much of southeast L.A. County before sunset.

Forty-five units in the building were affected by heat and smoke, Osby said. A total of 141 units united were impacted by the blaze, and some 300 occupants were evacuated.

Tenant Danielle Rodeghier said the flames were swift and she felt lucky her loved ones were able to make it out alive.

“I called my nephew that lives with me, and I told him to get out of the apartment with our dog,” she said. “By the time he got out with the dog, the apartment was already up in flames.”

One firefighter was hospitalized with minor injuries due to heat exhaustion, Osby said. Two civilians were also hospitalized with smoke inhalation.

Firefighters were expected to be on scene overnight, and an urban search and rescue team was set to go into the building. Osby said firefighters didn’t believe anyone was trapped but couldn’t be sure until a search was complete.

The blaze was particularly complex because the building — part of the Corsica Apartment Homes complex — has a common attic, meaning there’s no barrier between units, county fire Inspector Medina said.

“Once the fire got into the attic, it just spread, and it caused the damage that you see,” Medina said.

Firefighters worked to protect structures around the burning building, Medina said. Early in the firefight, smoke rose from the roof of a neighboring building, and firefighters could be seen working inside. Osby said firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the building where it originated.

A Sheriff’s Department lieutenant said deputies responded to help with evacuations and crowd control. Several roads surrounding the apartment complex were also closed, including Slauson, Bequette and Serapis avenues and Burke Street.

The Red Cross was called to help residents, and an evacuation center was set up at Rivera Park Recreation Center, 9528 Shade Lane.

While firefighters on scene indicated that some evacuees whose units were the furthest away from the ones that burned were allowed to go in and retrieve belongings, Pico Rivera city officials tweeted that no one would be allowed on the premises Thursday night.

A tenant meeting was scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday morning at the Corsica Apartments leasing office, officials said.

Many were gathered outside the building Thursday night, trying to come to terms with their up-ended lives.

“I’m pretty sure I lost everything, but my dog’s still in there,” resident Bardo Aviles told KTLA. “Mother-in-law, son made it out, so that’s fine.”

Tenant Bianca Forest was also anxiously waiting to be reunited with her pets and wondering how life would carry on in the morning.

“Our dogs are still in there; I’m just worried about our dogs,” she said. “And we have work tomorrow, we need our things. I can’t believe this happened to our apartment.”

Isabel Garcia said, above all, she was thankful her husband and daughter were both safe. But the damage did throw a wrench in the family’s weekend plans.

“(Our daughter) turns a year on Saturday and we were going to have a birthday party for her here,” Garcia said. “But we’re safe, that’s what’s important.”

Pico Rivera officials had been accepting donations for those displaced, but later tweeted that after “fellow residents came to the need of others in overwhelming support and generosity,” no more donations were needed.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:06

Even your fire department is subject to inclement weather and icy roads. Fortunately, no firefighters or civilians were injured in this morning’s rollover involving Fire Engine 14.

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Fire department takes action after tragedy

NFPA - Safety Source - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:58
Public Education Coordinator Stan Barnes, of the Farmington Hills Fire Department, took a recent news story to heart.  Stan reached out to his fellow firefighters across the state of Michigan sharing, with heavy heart, the news of a fatal accident
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Scoring a Canadian pub-ed victory

NFPA - Safety Source - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:09
Teaching public education is sometimes like coaching very young hockey players; you never know quite how much information is getting through until little Johnny puts the puck deep, gives chase, then passes to his teammate in front of the net to score
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CSB Announces Stephen J. Klejst as new Executive Director

CSB News - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 07:58
The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board today announced the appointment of Stephen J. Klejst as the new Executive Director for the agency.
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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 07:29

EATON, Ind. – Authorities with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office say an impaired driver slammed into an Eaton fire truck at a high rate of speed on Tuesday evening.

The crash occurred on North State Road 3 while emergency responders were working the scene of a car/pedestrian crash.

Authorities say the fire truck was blocking traffic to protect the first responders who were tending to an injured pedestrian who was hurt in the initial crash.

Thankfully, none of the firefighters were injured. The driver was arrested by Indiana State Police.

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OSHA Renews Alliance with Performing Arts Organizations to Protect Safety and Health of Workers in Entertainment Industry

OSHA - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 06:00
February 22, 2018 Contact:  Office of Communications Phone: 202-693-1999
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Everyone Goes Home® – Wildfire Listening Sessions

Everyone Goes Home - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:34

As the incidence of fire in the wildland and the wildland-urban interface (WUI) continues to rise across the nation, so does the number of firefighters and their families affected by occupational accidents, injuries, and deaths. To counter this trend and address the specific health and safety risk factors of all firefighters who respond to these fires, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) is introducing the effective Everyone Goes Home® (EGH) program to the wildland fire community.

Chief Tom Harbour, who recently retired as Director of National Fire and Aviation for the U.S. Forest Service with more than 40 years of wildland firefighting experience, is coordinating this effort. As a first step, the NFFF recently hosted six regional listening sessions for stakeholders across the country, to explore questions, answers, and approaches to the problem of reducing wildland fire line-of-duty deaths and injuries. Between October 2017 and February 2018, listening sessions were held in these six cities:

  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Sacramento, California
  • Orlando, Florida

Participants representing every sector of wildland firefighting brought their voices to the table. This of course included what we traditionally think of as wildland firefighters – those of national natural resource management organizations, state, county, and local forestry departments, and contract agencies. But it’s important to remember that not all wildland firefighters wear yellow shirts. For example, ranchers in the west, whose grazing lands are their livelihood, have organized into Ranch Fire Protection Agencies, or RFPAs, and are the first due agencies on many public lands. RFPAs were represented at the listening sessions in both Portland and Boise.

It’s also important to note that fatalities and injuries occur disproportionately among firefighter from agencies whose primary mission is NOT wildland firefighting. In 2016, one-third of the firefighters who died in the line of duty while fighting wildland fire were what we think of as “blue shirts,” or structural firefighters. These members of volunteer, combination, and career departments are often under-trained and ill-equipped to be on the front lines of a wildland or WUI fire. Their voice is important to include in this effort, and all levels of personnel from departments in jurisdictions of all sizes were represented at each of the listening sessions.

Throughout the six regions, one message was clear – it’s time to bring the safety culture of Everyone Goes Home® and the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives to all firefighters, including those at risk while responding to wildland and WUI fires. Input from the six listening sessions will guide development of wildland-specific EGH resources and materials to be disseminated to individual firefighters through collaborative efforts and partnerships. The plan guiding this effort will be presented in April 2018 at a meeting in Washington, D.C. of national wildland fire leadership, including heads of national natural resource and constituency organizations, federal agencies, and state and national level forestry leaders. For more information about the NFFF and EGH’s wildland fire line-of-duty death and injury reduction efforts, contact Tom Harbour at

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:20

We regret to pass on to you that Captain Earnest McDuffie, 51, of the Hinesville (GA) Fire Department died on duty yesterday.
While performing fire department mandated physical fitness training, Captain Earnest McDuffie was running at a local park and fell unconscious. CPR was rendered immediately and Captain McDuffie was transported to Liberty Regional Medical Center where he passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined. Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.

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CSB Safety Spotlight

CSB News - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:37
Chemical Safety Board Releases new safety spotlight
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Illinois Roofing Contractor For Exposing Workers to Falls, Proposes $281,286 in Penalties

OSHA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:00
Feb. 21, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Illinois Roofing Contractor For Exposing Workers to Falls, Proposes $281,286 in Penalties
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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:33

A car was involved in a crash with a St. Louis fire engine Tuesday morning.  The accident happened at the intersection of Glasgow at Sheridan in north St. Louis.  Two people had to be rescued from the car.


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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:22

Two city firefighters were injured Monday when a wall collapsed while multiple fire crews were battling a massive blaze in a large storage building on Newell Street.

The two unidentified firefighters were taken by ambulance to Samaritan Medical Center, one on a stretcher. Fire Chief Dale C. Herman confirmed one of the injured firefighters was later transferred to a Syracuse hospital.

The extent of the injuries and their conditions were unknown Monday night. Their families were notified, Chief Herman said.

Shortly before 6 p.m., crews were called to the sprawling building at 108 Newell St. that sits behind Derouin Plumbing & Heating Inc. and next to Adirondack River Outfitters.

A cause of the fire was not known Monday night. However, a state fire investigator arrived on the scene and planned to start looking into its cause this morning, Chief Herman said.

“We’ll start looking at it in the daylight,” he said.

Using three ladder trucks and other apparatus, about 30 firefighters from the city of Watertown, town of Watertown and Fort Drum were called to the scene.

The two firefighters were fighting the blaze from across a small parking lot when a section of the building that was on fire collapsed, sending bricks flying across the parking lot and striking the firefighters, said witness Todd Phelps.

Their colleagues and police officers at the scene immediately ran toward the injured firefighters to help, multiple witnesses said.

Afterward, it appeared between a 15- to 20-foot section of the wall and a part of the roof at the back of the 27,000-square-foot brick structure collapsed, some of it falling into the Black River.

Mr. Phelps, who owns Black River Adventurer’s Shop next door, was among a dozen people watching it all from across the street on Black River Parkway when the wall collapsed. He knew immediately what happened.

“We heard the bricks falling,” he said. “It just blew out.”

A little earlier, Mr. Phelps was on the roof of his three-story building taking video of the firefighters while doing what they could to extinguish the blaze. He noticed the two firefighters using hoses to deluge the flames on the northeast side of the building before the wall collapsed.

When he arrived, much of the building was on fire and firefighters immediately took a defensive stance to fight the blaze, Chief Herman said.

“Visible flames were seen at the front of the building and when I walked around the building, flames were visible from two floors and a lower floor at the back of the building,” Chief Herman said.

With the river bank at the back of the building, firefighters could only battle the monstrous blaze from the front, leaving 20-foot-tall flames shooting out from the back.

About 45 minutes before the wall collapsed, Jim Heise, who has fished in that area of the Black River, said he saw white smoke while standing on Mill Street and then realized small pieces of the structure were falling into the river.

The building has been owned by Samaritan Medical Center for more than 20 years, according to hospital spokeswoman Krista A. Kittle.

“We use it for maintenance storage, sheet rock storage for upcoming projects, things like that,” she said.

Ms. Kittle said that the hospital has moved items out of the building over the last few years.

Samaritan officials told Chief Herman that the power to the building was turned off about a year ago, but he would not speculate how that might play into how the fire started.

Firefighters were expected to be at the scene all night. Off-duty firefighters were called in and a handful of other departments were on standby.

For a few hours, pockets of onlookers gathered across the street. People in nearby businesses also watched what was unfolding.

Liam Elsworth, 12, and a handful of friends were riding their bikes through the area when they noticed smoke coming out of the one-story section of the building.

Within a few minutes, the smoke was so thick it teared up his eyes and caused motorists to have difficulty seeing while they drove down nearby Mill Street, he said.

In between waiting on customers at Mr. Sub, Mary Lou Farone watched from a back window as the entire first floor was engulfed in flames.

“We were watching for a while,” she said.

Her daughter, April McGuire, was down the street at a yoga class when the fire broke out. Class members watched what was going on for about 10 minutes before returning to their workout, she said.

Video from the scene of the fire can be viewed at

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Preventive Maintenance is Not a Static Plan

CSB News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 07:39
A Joint Safety Statement by Chairwoman Vanessa Allen Sutherland of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and President Frank Reiner of The Chlorine Institute
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Alabama Plastics Manufacturer Following Employee Fatality

OSHA - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 06:00
Feb. 20, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Alabama Plastics Manufacturer Following Employee Fatality
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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 18:37

A firefighter was injured during a house fire and explosion Monday morning.  The fire was reported at around 3 o’clock Monday morning in the 1400 block of Preble County Butler Township Road.  That’s about halfway between New Madison and Castine.  Crews reported there was an explosion and a firefighter was down.  The firefighter’s injuries were non-life-threatening.  The fire reportedly started in an attached garage before spreading to the home.  A family was home at the time and was able to make it out without injury.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 14:09

A new study co-authored by Western University and the McMaster School of Rehabilitation Science reveals that chronic pain is almost guaranteed for firefighters.

Nearly 300 firefighters from Hamilton were examined over a 13-month period.

During that time, the firefighters tracked the location and severity of any musculoskeletal problems they may have had.

Data revealed that almost half of the firefighters had problems with their arms or legs, about one in five had neck-related problems, and one in three had back pain.

READ MORE: Work long hours on the job? You’re more likely to have heart problems, study says

Joy MacDermid, a physical therapy professor at Western University, tells 980 CFPL, the research focus will shift towards prevention and treatment.

“We’re focusing on how tasks are done… to see if there are ways we could make those tasks a little bit safer,” said MacDermid.

The study adds that screening for upper-limb musculoskeletal disabilities might also help with early intervention and treatment.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 14:07

Fire investigators are looking for the cause of overnight flames that damaged a Scranton apartment building.
One woman was taken to the hospital — and a firefighter suffered minor injuries — in the fire. Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill has our story.

Scranton firefighters say it’s one of the toughest calls to get.
Fire  in the middle of the night  in an occupied apartment building.
This time it was in t he 600-block of Willow Street in South Scranton.

“When we arrived on scene we had heavy fire on the outside of the rear of the structure”
said Jim Floryshak, Assistant Fire Chief, Scranton Fire Department
A total of nine people live in the building.
Eight of them were home.
They were all able to get out safely — but one woman was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Octavio Collado owns the building.

“Nobody ever really prepares for something like this but you always try to think of all the possible emergencies that could arise when you own a property like this”   Said Collado,
Scranton’s Assistant Fire Chief says immediately after getting the fire knocked down in the back of the building his team went inside to make sure no one was trapped.

“The fact that it’s a multi-family dwelling, a very large building with advanced fire conditions on arrival made it a very, very difficult job” noted Floryshak

While the apartment building has fire, smoke and water damage the owner is hoping to be able to repair it.

“I would have to wait for the insurance company to come in and let them make them make their assessment and see where we go from there” added Collado/

At this time  we don’t know the condition of the woman taken to the hospital.
The American Red Cross is now helping out all of the fire victims.

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