Category Archives: general duty 5(a) citations

Howard’s Weekly Round Up – February 10

Legal Observations Based on This Week’s News. If you are involved in safety or risk management, especially in construction, you recognize that struck-by accidents are almost always among the top three causes of employee deaths. What you may not appreciate … Continue reading

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Can the Choice of An Industrial Vacuum Cleaner Be Deadly?

One of my focus areas is combustible dust in the workplace.  As I have written before, an extraordinary range of common products can cause an explosion and deflagration (pressure wave) under the right circumstances.  One occasion is when a well-meaning … Continue reading

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Combustible Dust Explosions and Compliance – Especially For Food Processors

  I have linked to an Interview by the good folks at, an excellent publication and provider, especially for food processors and related businesses.  We represented construction employers at the 2008 Port Wentworth Sugar Plant (Imperial Sugar) explosion and … Continue reading

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