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Remembering a Chlorine Derailment

It doesn’t seem like 13 years since I had a run-in with a railcar of “skull and crossbone” material.  At that time I was a Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) with the U.S. EPA in Dallas, TX.  FOSCs are the lead for agency responses to oil and hazardous substance releases and have full authority to direct […]

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Fireworks and Oil

Coming up on the fourth of July, it’s all about watching fireworks.  In many counties, drought has forced a burn-ban that precludes any legal displays, so many shows will be in high-definition from the air-conditioned comfort of the living room.  No crowds and plenty of hamburgers.  Every year, some of the displays telecast live from […]

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A space shuttle lost and extreme safety

This year marks 14 years since the loss of Space Shuttle Columbia and her crew of seven astronauts over the skies of Texas.  At the time I was working as a Federal On-Scene Coordinator with EPA Region 6 in Dallas. Around 0800 that morning I heard a loud “boom,” which in my line of work […]

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Alamo1 Presenting at Oklahoma Safety & Health Conference

Our Dr. Scott Harris will be in Norman, OK on Thursday presenting at the 2017 Oklahoma Safety and Health Conference.  This widely attended event is jointly hosted by the Oklahoma Safety Council, the Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL) and the American Society of Safety Engineers – Oklahoma City Chapter (ASSE). https://www.oksafety.org/conference/ Scott’s presentation is titled “Didn’t […]

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Reason #44 for Attending College

A letter from my father to his grandson on his grandson’s 18th birthday.  Many lessons here on making a living and safety in the workplace.  As Clint Eastwood (Josey Wales) once told a soon-to-be-dead bounty hunter, “Dyin’ ain’t much of a livin’, boy.” We make our living from the neck up or the neck down. […]

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Demolition Contractor Safety Review

With so much construction going on these days, how are the contractors doing on the safety side of the equation?  This article is a brief examination of the front end of most construction jobs – demolition and site preparation. The U.S. Census Bureau defines Site Preparation Contractors (NAICS 23891) as “establishments primarily engaged in site […]

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