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July 2014 Archives

New OSHA rules ban free climbing

Texas residents may know that electrical lineworkers often climb high towers without the benefit of a harness. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is banning this practice. According to reports, approximately 74 lineworkers die each year on the job. Deaths are due to falls and electrocution. Although some utility companies continue to allow their lineworkers to free climb, others have disallowed it. According to opponents, free climbing is a dangerous practice where the worker climbs up a tower on studs and back down without a belt.

1 injured after series of explosions at inactive oil well

An oil field worker in Texas suffered reportedly severe neck and facial burns around noon on July 9 as he was apparently working to cap a decommissioned oil well. The blast near New Baden in Robertson County caused two storage tanks to ignite, sending large plumes of black smoke into the sky near Highway 79.

GM chemical plant explosion sends 8 to hospital, kills 1

Factory workers in Texas may have heard about a chemical explosion at a General Motors metal-stamping facility in Indiana. The factory accident happened at the Marion Metal Center in Fort Wayne shortly before 2 p.m. on July 1. The facility makes stampings, sheet-metal assemblies and blanks that are distributed to GM assembly plants across the country.

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