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Trenching and excavation safety

Proper protective systems, competent person key to incident prevention
OSHA data shows 23 workers were killed in trench collapses in 2016 – surpassing the combined total from 2014 and 2015. “Employers need to realize that any excavation has the potential for exposure to serious injury and fatality,” one expert says.
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Electronic logging devices

Detractors persist as frequently challenged mandate takes effect
A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule requiring the use of electronic logging devices to track driver hours of service is in effect, but critics remain vocal.
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The Hierarchy of Controls

Strategy for safety singles out hazards before work starts
The Hierarchy of Controls helps safety professionals identify and mitigate exposures to on-the-job hazards. “You can’t eliminate every hazard, but the closer you can get to the top, the closer you can reach that ideal and make people healthier and safer,” one expert says.
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NFPA 70E: A look at the 2018 edition

The updated standard highlights hazard elimination and human performance, and adds an arc flash PPE table
The National Fire Protection Agency’s standard for electrical workplace safety, NFPA 70E, is revised every three years. Safety+Health presents an overview of some key elements of the 2018 edition.
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The gig economy and worker safety

Uncertainties surround the growing employment trend
The definition of the gig economy is far from clear-cut, but experts agree that the ranks are growing – raising questions about who is responsible for gig workers' on-the-job safety and health.
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