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BC Sawmill Contests $1M Fine for Fatal Fire & Explosion

By Rich Christianson Posted: 06/25/2014 3:00PM

Babine Forest Products Ltd. is contesting a $1 million penalty imposed by WorkSafeBC for the January 2012 sawmill fire and explosion that killed two employees and injured nearly two dozen others.


Six World Cup Stadiums Achieve LEED Certification

Posted By Elizabeth Fuhrman | Posted: 06/20/2014 11:00AM

Six 2014 World Cup soccer stadiums have attained LEED certification, including Maracan√£ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which will host the final World Cup game. Diverting construction


LEED-Certified Housing Units Total 150,000 Worldwide, Says USGBC

Posted By Elizabeth Fuhrman | Posted: 06/20/2014 8:00AM

With 150,000 LEED-certified green housing units worldwide, according to the U.S. Green Building Council's "LEED in Motion: Residential" report, USGBC pushes adoption of the green construction standard beyond commercial projects.


Gillespie Lumber Fined $125,000 for Failing to Fix Safety Issues

By Rich Christianson Posted: 06/19/2014 12:13PM

Gillespie Lumber Ltd. of Nacogdoches, TX, is in trouble again with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration which cited the sawmill for 13 violations including seven for failure-to-abate violations stemming from an August 2013 OSHA inspection.




OSHA Issues Fines of $145,000 to Buchman Lumber Co.

Posted: 06/17/2014 1:08PM

Worker exposure to amputation hazards and excessive noise leads to serious and willful violations cited following US Department of Labor OSHA investigation. Proposed penalties of $145,200 issued to Buchman Lumber Co.


Academia Furniture Cited for ComDust, Other Violations

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 06/13/2014 11:07AM

Educational furniture maker Academia Furniture Industries LLC faces fines by OSHA of $58,100 for 30 serious safety and health violations, including combustible dust.


After Wooden Shelves Banned, FDA Rethinks Its Policies

By Bill Esler Posted: 06/13/2014 8:10AM

Moves to ban wooden boards and shelving from cheesemaking by regional Food and Drug Administrators stirred a furor and fears of a trade war. FDA moved quickly to say it is "not prohibiting or banning the long-standing practice of using wood shelving in artisanal cheese."


Green Globes Sustainable Interior Certification Debuts at NeoCon

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 06/09/2014 3:13PM

The Green Building Initiative debuts a Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors Certification Program, pushing further into LEED and US Green Building Council territory.


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