OSHA Requests Information on Possible Updates to the Lockout/Tagout Standard

OSHA - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 07:00
May 17, 2019 OSHA Requests Information on Possible Updates to the Lockout/Tagout Standard
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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 03:02

5/17/1849 a Saint Louis, MO firefighter died during a conflagration. “Around 9:00 p.m. a fire alarm sounded in St. Louis. The paddle wheeled steamboat “The White Cloud” on the river at the foot of Cherry Street was on fire. The Fire Department with nine hand engines and hose reel wagons promptly responded. The moorings holding the “White Cloud” burned through and the burning steamboat drifted slowly down the Mississippi River, setting 22 other steam boats and several flatboats and barges on fire. Flames leaped from the burning steamboats to buildings on the shore and was soon burning everything on the waterfront levee for four blocks. The fire extended to Main Street westward and crossing Olive Street. It completely gutted the three blocks between Olive and 2nd Street and went as far south as Market Street. It then ignited a large copper shop three blocks away and burned out two more city blocks. The firefighters, after laboring for eight hours, were nearly completely demoralized and exhausted. The entire business district of the city appeared doomed unless something was done. Six businesses in front of the fire were loaded with kegs of black powder and blown up in succession. The firefighter died while he was spreading powder into Phillips Music store, the last store chosen to be blown up.”

5/17/1920 an Oakland, CA firefighter “died from the injuries he sustained after he had fallen from a ladder, after it had collapsed at the Zinkland Restaurant Fire.”

5/17/1932 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter “died as a result of the serious smoke inhalation he sustained the previous day, while operating at a three-alarm sub-cellar fire.”

5/17/1945 a Chicago, IL firefighter “was fatally injured while fighting a fire at 1474 Milwaukee Avenue, Marvel Products manufacturing plant. He was overcome by smoke and revived on the scene, but minutes later he collapsed and fell off a fire apparatus, striking his head on the sidewalk and suffering a fatal skull fracture.”

5/17/1970 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter died from injuries he sustained while operating at an alarm.

5/17/1971 a Mobile, AL firefighter “died while battling a fire in the basement of Scott Paper Company. He re-entered the basement which was packed full of bales of scrap paper. The basement was full of thick smoke and he died when his air supply ran out.”

5/17/1923 a fire during closing day ceremonies at Grover Cleveland School in Sandy Mill, Kershaw County (Beulah) SC left seventy-seven dead when “a lamp fell from the ceiling onto the stage of the second floor hall where the play was being held causing the burning oil to ignite the straw and oilcloth used as set decorations. About three-hundred people were in attendance.

5/17/1985 Flagler County, Florida “experienced devastating wildfires known as the Black Friday Fires. At that time, these fires were the biggest disaster in Flagler County history where two fires consumed 24,055 acres and caused widespread damage. There were other communities throughout Florida including areas of St. Johns and Volusia that were affected however, Flagler County was the hardest hit of all the counties overwhelmed with wildfires on that fateful day that ravaged thousands of acres throughout the state.”

5/17/1994 a fire in an overcrowded Honduras prison killed 103 people. An overheated refrigerator motor sparked the fire that extended through the outdated jail. “Only a year earlier, a gang fight at the same prison had left nearly 70 people dead. The prison, in San Pedro Sula, 100 miles north of the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, was largely devoted to housing gang members arrested in a recent crackdown. This new emphasis on jailing gang members resulted in a prison population of nearly 2,000, although the structure was built to accommodate only 800. The fire and explosion took place in a cell block that housed 186 prisoners belonging to the Mara Salvatrucha gang, also known as MS-13. The fire started in one of two small refrigerators located in the cell block at about 1:30 a.m. Guards reported that they had to fire their guns in the air in order to keep the prisoners from attacking the firefighters and escaping. Inmates claimed that the guards were preventing the prisoners from fleeing the fire.”

5/17/2009 Bonham, TX an apartment fire killed a woman and two girls.

5/17/1849 a fire destroyed the Centrum in St. Louis Missouri.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 07:05

PAWTUCKET — Two occupants on the third floor of a multifamily home in Pawtucket were taken to a hospital with smoke inhalation from an overnight fire, according to a city spokesman.

WPRI reported that a firefighter was injured rescuing a person from the fire on Central Avenue.


The American Red Cross says it is helping to meet the immediate needs of four adults who lived in the building. It will also meet with them to work on a long-term recovery plan.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to Wil Arboleda, a spokesman for Mayor Donald R. Grebien. Arboleda said the firefighter remains in the hospital.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 06:29

NORTH HOLLYWOOD — Los Angeles firefighters extinguished a stubborn car fire Wednesday afternoon on the 170 Freeway, providing a demonstration of how important it is to wear the right gear around gasoline-fueled flames.

Firefighters responded to the scene of a burning Hyundai Sonata on the northbound 170 Freeway just north of Sherman Way.

The driver, who was not injured, told firefighters that he had just filled the Hyundai’s gas tank, which ruptured while the firefight was underway, sending flames soaring over the freeway, said a photographer on the scene.

Firefighters are on scene Wednesday, May 15, 2019, on the northbound 170 Freeway north of Sherman Way where this Hyundai Sonata sedan caught fire. The full gas tank ruptured, and firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 20 minutes. (Photo by Mike Meadows/Special to the Los Angeles Daily News)

It took the LAFD about 20 minutes to extinguish the blazing sedan, and the flames can be seen enveloping one of the firefighters’ turn-out gear, which along with his helmet and mask protected him from harm in the fire.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 06:27

A fire truck somehow made its way into an Aynor Wendy’s restaurant Wednesday evening.

Horry County Fire Rescue reported the incident on Twitter saying it wasn’t one of their own, but they were there to help.

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This fire truck — not an Horry County Fire Rescue engine — drove into the Wendy’s in Aynor at 2987 E. Highway 501 at 6:48 p.m.

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The incident happened at the Wendy’s at 2987 E. Highway 501 around 6:48 p.m.

HCFR says no one was injured. They are assisting along with Horry County police.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 03:24

5/16/1896 a Chicago, IL firefighter was electrocuted at a fire.

5/16/1909 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter died from injuries he sustained after falling from a fire escape at 831 Arch Street.

5/16/1968 an Atlanta, GA firefighter “died as a result of critical burns sustained May 1st, when he was sprayed with flaming gasoline after the gas tank of a burning taxicab exploded at 1630 Peachtree Street N.W.”

5/16/1976 four Philadelphia, PA firefighters were killed as a result of a basement fire and floor collapse at Barson’s Deli at Bustleton and Castor Avenues.

5/16/2009 Shell Knob, MO a mobile home fire killed a 22-year-old man, a 20-year-old woman and her three children ages three, two-years-old, and seven-months-old.

5/16/1938 a pre-dawn fire at the Terminal Hotel killed thirty-eight on Spring Street in downtown Atlanta, GA. The fire started in the basement of the five-story brick and frame building about 3:00 a.m. the “$1.00 and up a day hotel” was the home to many railroad men in downtown.

5/16/1860 a train accident on the Florida Atlantic and Gulf Coast Railroad about thirteen miles from Jacksonville, Florida killed three and injured more or less every person on board when “the train encountered a drove of cattle which threw the train off track.”

5/16/2010 a 5.8 magnitude earthquake was felt on Puerto Rico.

5/16/1849 New York City Board of Health establishes a hospital for cholera victims. “New York City’s first street-cleaning plan was implemented in the face of the epidemic.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 14:19

By Meg Farris, WWL TV:

The New Orleans Fire Department has good news: The 10 firefighters who were treated for smoke inhalation in Sunday’s fire at Le Méridien Hotel are all OK.

But why did so many need medical attention, especially with all their protective breathing gear? And what can you do if you are ever in a fire?

NOFD officials explained that in a high rise, firefighters are going up multiple stair wells with no electricity, in the pitch dark. They are carrying up to 100 pounds of gear and equipment.

The men don’t want to run out of oxygen in their tanks before they find and start fighting the fire, so they wait to attach their masks to the tank when they do reach the fire.

Read the full story here.

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FIREFIGHTERS MET WITH GUN FIRE: Body Camera Video Shows San Diego Police Shooting

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:23

San Diego Police officers who fired shots at a man in Rolando last year were justified in their use of deadly force, the San Diego District Attorney’s office announced Monday.

Body camera video recorded by San Diego Police shows the officers engaged in gunfire with Joe Darwish on June 23, 2018.

Police responded to a disturbance call at the condo on Rolando Court. When they smelled smoke, they called firefighters to the scene, the DA’s office said in a news release.

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Officers knocked on the front door for more than 20 minutes but received no response, officials said. Firefighters forced entry into the home but were met with gunfire.

Darwish shot one officer in the back with a large caliber weapon, according to the DA’s office. Two officers returned fire as they provided cover for the wounded officer, who couldn’t move for several seconds. The wounded officer eventually managed to roll onto his stomach and crawl away from the line of fire.

Darwish also shot a second officer during the exchange of gunfire.

The DA’s office said the shooting eventually stopped and officers found Darwish dead from a self-inflicted gunshot. Darwish had also been hit in the face and arm from one of the officers’ shotguns.

“This harrowing incident shows just how quickly a routine call for service can turn deadly for police officers who suddenly found themselves in the line of fire, trying to protect their wounded fellow officers and keep the shooter from endangering members of the public,” said District Attorney Summer Stephan. “It’s a tribute to these officers’ bravery and quick response that the gunman didn’t injure more people or kill the officers and firefighters involved.”

Darwish had been wearing a bulletproof vest. He was armed with two homemade guns: an assault weapon and a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, according to the DA. Neither gun was registered.

Both wounded officers, Francisco Roman, a 3-year veteran, and Dan Bihum, an 18-year veteran of SDPD, recovered.

Questions had been raised about whether the shooting could have been prevented. Last summer, Team 10 reporter Jennifer Kastner broke the story about how officers wanted to search Darwish’s home for weapons, days before the massive shootout. However, the Office of the San Diego County District Attorney did not attempt to get a search warrant.

In the days after the shooting, 10News was tipped off by a law enforcement source that the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force had wanted to search Darwish’s home because they thought he had a weapon and was buying parts to make more weapons.

Darwish wasn’t supposed to own any weapons because of his criminal history. Our source said the FBI asked the District Attorney’s Office to sign off on having a judge issue a search warrant, but the DA’s Office did not do so.

For 7 weeks, 10News had been trying to confirm this with the DA’s Office. After our 10News attorneys got involved, the DA’s Office sent us a letter reading in part, “On June 13, 2018, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office received a request by law enforcement to review a draft of an affidavit in support of a search warrant to conduct a search of Mr. Darwish’s person, property and residence. The District Attorney’s Office determined that the warrant was legally deficient and so advised law enforcement.”

June 13th was 10 days before the big shooting.

10News asked the DA’s Office why it turned down the FBI’s request to do a search warrant, but the DA’s Office stated it was “exempt from disclosure”.

This afternoon, we emailed the DA’s Office for new comment. We are waiting for a reply.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:17

From – Here is early video (above) from a commercial fire Friday on Merced Avenue in El Monte, California. The news helicopter video shows Los Angeles County firefighters cutting though a bay door to mount an interior attack. They are soon pulled out for defensive operations that included dealing with what appears to be a rolling flammable liquids fire at one end of the building. At 16:40 into the video you will see there had been some sort of failure of the ladder pipe of the TDA set up on the street side of the building.

Another video (below), by Steven V, captured the failure as it occurred. It’s cued to that point. Watch closely in the upper left portion of the screen.

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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Nebraska Excavating Company After Two Employees Injured in Trench Collapse

OSHA - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 07:00
May 15, 2019 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Nebraska Excavating Company After Two Employees Injured in Trench Collapse
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Nebraska Steel Erection Company After Employee Dies from Fall Injury

OSHA - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 07:00
May 15, 2019 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Nebraska Steel Erection Company After Employee Dies from Fall Injury
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Online Pet Supply Retailer

OSHA - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 07:00
May 15, 2019 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Online Pet Supply Retailer
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U.S. Department of Labor Enters Partnership to Promote Safety During Construction of Commercial Building Project in Hudson, Wisconsin

OSHA - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 07:00
May 15, 2019 U.S. Department of Labor Enters Partnership to Promote Safety During Construction of Commercial Building Project in Hudson, Wisconsin
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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 03:37

May 15 of each year is “Peace Officers Memorial Day” and the week in which it falls as “Police Week.” President John F. Kennedy declared the first Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, 1962, as a tribute to and in honor of peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, lost their lives or became disabled in the line of duty. This day has been observed in our country annually ever since.

5/15/1929 the Crile Clinic fire in Cleveland, Ohio left 125 dead when poisonous gas and smoke released by overheated nitrate x-ray film filled the main building on E. 93rd Street and Euclid Avenue. The fire started around 11:30 a.m. by an explosion in the X-ray film stock stored in the basement and released the deadly yellowish brown poison gas that filtered through the four-story brick building. “The hollow center of the building soon filled with gases. The intense heat below sent the fumes swirling upward. Before anyone had opportunity to escape a second blast blew out the skylight and filled every corner of the building with the deadly bromine gas.”

5/15/1908 a Milwaukee, WI firefighter “drowned in the Menomonee River while working at Lehigh Transportation fire.”

5/15/1924 a Little Rock, AR firefighter died “while trying to bring a fire under control that involved three houses. As he was bringing a hose line down a ladder, he suddenly collapsed. Despite several attempts to revive him, the extremely exhausted firefighter died.”

5/15/1962 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter died as a result of injuries sustained while operating at a single-alarm fire.

5/15/1963 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter died “while operating at an exceptionally stubborn five-alarm fire in the basement of a bargain store, a large two-story brick commercial building, he was overcome by smoke and died of asphyxiation. More than 50 other firefighters were overcome or injured also.”

5/15/1981 three Montréal, Québec, Canada firefighters died in a seven-story office building fire. “At 8:00 p.m. the fire department responded to a fire in a seven-story office building in Old Montreal. The fire was well involved on the top floor of the building at Saint Pierre Street and des Recollets Street and required a five-alarm response. As crew battled the fire from a defensive position around 11:00 p.m., the top three-floors suddenly collapsed into the narrow street killing the three firefighters.”

5/15/2015 Bellandur Lake India was so polluted it caught fire. “For several weeks, Bellandur Lake has been covered with several feet of toxic foam that some have said resembles snow from far away. Beneath the snow-white lather, the water has turned black from chemicals and sewage. The foam apparently caught fire.”

5/15/2011 Aurora, IL six people including three children died in an apartment fire that swept through a three-floor apartment building where thirty-five people lived.

5/15/2011 Conroe, TX a mobile home fire killed a 24-year-old woman and three boys, ages three, six, and nine-years-old on South First Street that started around 2:40 a.m.

5/15/1920 two buildings, Marquard Chapel and Dickinson Hall, at Princeton University in NJ were destroyed by fire.

5/15/1907 the three-story brick Logan County Children’s Home in Bellefontaine, OH was totally destroyed by fire; all of the 42 children were saved.

5/15/1890 Ashley, PA the Baltimore No. 4 Mine explosion left twenty-eight dead.

5/15/1880 the village of Milton, PA 666 building were destroyed by a fire.

5/15/2001 the CSX 8888 incident, also known as the Crazy Eights incident, involved an unmanned runaway train led by CSX Transportation locomotive #8888, pulling a freight train consisting of 47 cars, some of them loaded with hazardous chemicals. The train ran uncontrolled for two hours at speeds of up to 51 miles per hour through Ohio. It was finally brought to a stop with the help of a railroad crew in a second locomotive, which caught up with the runaway and coupled to the rear car. The 2010 action film “Unstoppable” directed by Tony Scott, written by Mark Bomback, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine is loosely based on this incident.

5/15/1972 a bus plunged into Nile River and killed fifty pilgrims near Minia, Egypt.

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Cancer is killing firefighters: Toxins found in burning materials

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 07:56

Cancer is killing firefighters: Toxins found in burning materials
Cancer is now responsible for more than 60% of job-related deaths among firefighters in the U.S. Now, fire departments across the nation are looking for ways to make one of the country’s riskiest occupations safer. NBC’s Natalie Morales reports for TODAY.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 07:38

One person was killed and four people, including two Florida firefighters, were injured in a collision between a fire apparatus and another vehicle Monday.

The accident involved a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue vehicle, and it happened about 9:30 a.m. in Delray Beach, WPTV-TV reports. The crash closed down all lanes of Military Trail between Pipers Glen Boulevard to Flavor Pict Road.

The two Palm Beach County firefighters and two people in the other car were taken to the hospital following the accident. The person who died in the crash was traveling in the other vehicle, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office told WPTV.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 07:35

ST. LOUIS – One person was arrested and another remains at large after crashing into a residential building in the Patch neighborhood in south St. Louis.

According to Officer Michelle Woodling, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the accident happened just after 10:45 a.m.

St. Louis County police had attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the car but the vehicle took off. County police briefly followed the car but called off their pursuit of the vehicle. However, the vehicle car then struck a fire truck and smashed into a two-story building at the corner of Marceau Street and S. Broadway.

One man was inside the residence at the time of the crash. He suffered a minor knee injury.

Woodling said the suspect in custody was taken to a hospital, where he’s listed in critical condition.

Fox 2/KPLR 11 will have more information on this story as it becomes available.

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Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up – Captain Rich Goddard

Everyone Goes Home - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 07:35

Captain Goddard recalls his days in the fire service when he chose being “salty” over being “safe.” Like many of his generation, he thought dirty equipment and PPE was a sign of courage, experience and toughness. Instead, as his family has grown, Captain Goddard has evolved to believe following safe practices in a responsible manner is his first priority. He has become a 100% advocate of “doing what’s right,” from cleaning his gear meticulously, eating food that is pro-health, exercising, and doing whatever it takes to get home to that family.

“Choosing safety over salty now, brings a whole new meaning to my life. You know, I’ve got four children. I’ve got a wife that loves me.” – Rich Goddard Related:

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 03:23

5/14/1878 a New Haven, CT firefighter died from the injuries he sustained after he had fallen from a roof.

5/14/1911 a Chicago, IL firefighter died “while fighting an industrial fire at 2121 W. Rice Street. The fire originated at the rear of the Swanson Theater and was discovered at 4:30 p.m. Firefighters arrived on scene as several hundred people evacuated the theater, but the flames had spread next door to a factory that produced pianos and cabinets. The factory contained hundreds of wooden pianos and cabinets as well as numerous other combustibles, including oils, paints, varnish, and other wood finishing supplies. He and four other firefighters were operating on the third floor of the factory when large quantities of varnish and oil exploded. The other firefighters escaped the explosion, but he was killed. The firefighter was overcome by smoke and was burned in the explosion.”

5/14/1915 two Newark, NJ firefighters were killed “while working at a three-alarm fire at the Stengel Factory, they were caught under a collapsed wall and died from their injuries.”

5/14/1971 a Queens, NY (FDNY) firefighter “was killed at a four-alarm fire when a violent gas explosion tore through the basement of an occupied six-story brick apartment house. Several other firefighters were injured in the blast, as well as 75 civilian occupants.”

5/14/1976 the oil tanker Urqui Ola exploded near the Spanish harbor at La Coruña. “An estimated 101,000 tons of crude oil (513,000 barrels) burned for 16 hours. Nearly 200 km of coasts were affected and black smoke spread over 100 km inland. A thick black cloud moved towards the Spanish town of La Coruña and was a threat to people with ill health. Monitoring of the air quality detected high levels of volatile gases.”

5/14/1947 Minerva Film Company fire killed twenty-three in Rome, NY.

5/14/1912 Waukesha, WI Hotel was destroyed by fire.

5/14/1907 Haverhill, MA Bottling Works explosion killed two.

5/14/1907 San Francisco, CA Saloon & Cafe fire started in P. J. Sullivan’s saloon on Van Ness Avenue and extended to Tait’s Café causing considerable damage.

5/14/1907 Haverhill, Massachusetts, the explosion of a soda water tank at a bottling works killed two men, a third severely injured and the building was damaged while one of the employees was changing a tank.

5/14/1903 Manchester, NH the Massabesic Hotel was destroyed by incendiary fire.

5/14/1897 Lexington, KY Court House fire started around 9:45 a.m. in the attic.

5/14/1894 a fire in Boston bleachers spreads to 170 adjoining buildings.

5/14/1870 La Crosse, WI the Steamer War Eagle burned and sank that left five dead.

5/14/1991 two trains crashed in Japan that killed over forty people.

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