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U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration David Zatezalo

Mines That Change Owners Have Worse Safety Record, Audit Finds

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A new federal government report shows that mines that changed ownership had worse safety records than mines where ownership did not change. According to an audit from the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General, mines that changed ownership during a 17-year period were nearly twice as likely to have safety violations, and five times as likely to report severe accidents… Read More

Group Urges People To Avoid “Backyard Fireworks”

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A coalition of health and safety organizations is urging people to stop shooting off fireworks and to leave the festivities to the professionals. It’s legal to buy fireworks in Ohio, but it’s illegal to set them off here. And Sherry Williams, with Prevent Blindness, says it’s also dangerous. She notes a report saying more than 9,000 people went… Read More

‘Like Quicksand’: Ohio Farmer Survives Soybean Entrapment

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The sea of shifting soybean kernels had risen to Jay Butterfield’s knees inside a tall grain bin on his Ohio farm. “I knew I was in trouble then,” the 70-year-old said. “Because it’s just like being in quicksand or cement.” Sometimes a job becomes so routine and familiar that carelessness creeps… Read More

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W. Va. Board of Education Approves Security Guards for 12 Schools

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia school board has approved placing security guards at 12 schools. News outlets report the Cabell County Board of Education approved placing security guards at several schools that don’t have man-trap entry Tuesday. A handful of buildings do not have double-doored man-trap main entrances, which are reinforced and remotely… Read More

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration David Zatezalo

Safer Direction? Top Mine Regulator Addresses Concerns About Dust And Deaths In Coal

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As President Trump attempts to revive the struggling coal industry, the administration’s top regulator for mine safety used a recent lecture at West Virginia University to lay out his priorities for the agency charged with keeping miners safe. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health David Zatezalo outlined the Trump administration’s priorities for… Read More