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EPA Fines Lowe’s $500,000 for Remodeler Lead Dust Violations

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/17/2014 7:18PM

Lowe’s Home Centers agreed to company-wide lead abatement training for its remodeling contractors and will pay a record $500,000 civil penalty, largest ever for violating the federal Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule.


Effort To Exempt OSHA from ALERT Act Fails in House

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/18/2014 10:12PM

An amendment to exempt OSHA from a proposed federal rule-making accountability bill, the ALERT Act, aimed at protecting businesses from government meddling, was voted down by the House. The amendment's sponsor felt OSHA ComDust rule formation would be restricted by the bill.


U.S., U.K. Stairways Trade Groups in Joint Standards Venture

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 03/12/2014 11:53AM

Stair manufacturers in the U.K. and United States will collaborate on technical standards, operational efficiency and best practices, to reduce accidents and promote better staircase builders through a certification program.


Ohio Law Would Ban LEED v4 on State Projects

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/06/2014 10:16PM

A ban on LEED v4 for state projects has been passed by the Ohio senate and has moved on to the state legislature. Ohio follows other states, including Maine and Georgia, where LEED has been restricted by governmental action.




OSHA Cites Lumber Manufacturer for Combustible Dust as Hazard

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 02/27/2014 8:54PM

Violations of lock-out tag-out rules, exposure of employees to electrical shock and other hazards were listed by OSHA in a citation against Dupont Yard, a lumber mill. Notably, combustible dust accumulation of more than 1/8-inch was listed as a safety and health hazard.


Combustible Dust Investigated in Omaha Plant Explosion

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/22/2014 9:53AM

Combustible dust is being investigated as a possible cause of a Jan. 20 explosion and building collapse at an Omaha animal-feed plant. OSHA sent investigators to determine whether an explosion was caused by a building collapse or other source.


Justice Stays Obamacare Rule in Conestoga Wood-related Case

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/01/2014 9:00AM

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer issued a stay on the contraception rule of Obamacare, in a case brought by Colorado nuns. A similar case by Conestoga Wood Specialties' Mennonite owners is expected to be heard by the Supreme Court in March 2014.


How Paul Downs Cabinetmakers Saved 19 Percent Under Obamacare

By Bill Esler Posted: 12/19/2013 9:00PM

Paul Downs Cabinetmakers has insured its 17-employee custom woodshop under the Affordable Care Act. A spreadsheet available free shows how he saves $13,932 with the program, paying a total $59,005 in premiums for 2014.


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