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Did ComDust Fuel Deadly BC Sawmill Blasts?

By Rich Christianson Posted: 04/26/2012 9:02PM

Investigators of the two eerily similar fatal sawmill explosions in British Columbia are looking to learn if combustible dust generated from sawing woods infested by the mountain pine beetle contributed to the tragedies.


PenPly's Fatal Crash: Epilogue

By Rich Christianson Posted: 04/13/2012 9:01AM

When I posted my blog about PenPly's wild ride in January, I thought the saga was over. But not so fast. Now comes the filing of a $1.6 million lawsuit.


Social Responsibility Enters the ‘Green’ Wood Products Arena

By Rich Christianson Posted: 03/30/2012 11:40AM

What does slave labor and human trafficking have to do with going “green?” A lot these days given the latest update of chain of custody certification requirements released by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the recent implementation of California’s Transparency in Supply Chains Act.


Wood Trade Shows Caught in Turmoil

By Rich Christianson Posted: 03/23/2012 10:53AM

Civil unrest casts a long shadow on wood-related trade shows, from the ongoing chaos that killed WoodShow Syria to the specter of potentially violent G-8 protests that prompted the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show to reschedule.




IWF Buoyed by Return of Big Woodworking Machinery Exhibitors

By Rich Christianson Posted: 03/16/2012 12:47PM

The return of Biesse, SCM, Stiles and Weinig to the International Woodworking Fair this August is good news for the show and for the North American woodworking industry.


Why Custom Woodworker Fought OSHA Penalty

By Rich Christianson Posted: 03/10/2012 10:45AM

Victory Woodworks had a choice: Accept an offer from OSHA to have its fine eliminated or continue spending time and money on an appeal to expunge the citation and clear its good name. It chose to fight.


Custom Woodworker Takes on OSHA and Wins

By Rich Christianson Posted: 03/02/2012 10:09AM

Victory Woodworks of Sparks, NV, recently victorious defending itself against a "serious" OSHA violation involving a job-site table saw, is now preparing to sue the safety agency to recoup its defense costs.


Got an Opinion on Table Saw Safety? Tell the CPSC

By Rich Christianson Posted: 02/24/2012 1:04PM

I can’t recall an issue we’ve written about that has drawn more reader feedback than the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s announcement last October to potentially create a mandatory table saw safety rule.


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