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BMW and Volkswagen Fined 875 million Euros Over Emissions Scandal

The European Commission claimed recently that Daimler, Volkswagen, and Bayerische Motoren Werke, or BMW colluded to hold to back technology that would have improved the cleaning of nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel passenger cars. According to the commission, the companies colluded over the course of five years to avoid competing to reduce emissions beyond what…

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FAA Requires Inspection of Bell Helicopters After Canadian Crash

The week of July 12th a 48-year-old pilot of a Bell Helicopter, model 212 died near Evansburg, Alberta while battling a wildfire according to Canadian media. Subsequently, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency directive requiring inspection of main rotor components on Bell models 212, 204, and 205 helicopters. The investigation conducted…

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Did you know that short flight stairs and single step transitions are more dangerous than multi-step stairways?

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is an international organization that provides and publishes safety standards to be followed throughout the world. These standards apply to a wide range of materials, services & products. ASTM F1637 reads “Short flight stairs shall be avoided when possible…[or] obvious visual cues shall be provided.” F1637 defines…

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Construction Companies Cut Corners at the Cost of their Employees Lives

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, they account for one-third of all construction related fatalities. Workers performing jobs 6 feet or higher on ladders, scaffolds, and roofs are at risk of falling, sustaining serious injuries or even death. Preventing these falls can mean the difference between life and death. Employers can easily…

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Ladder Violations and Lack of Respiratory Protection Claim Top 5 Spot in Osha’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards

Workplace accidents are normally due to a failure to follow standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Every fiscal year, OSHA publishes a list of the Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards to educate employers as to the commonly cited standards so they can “take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed…

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