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August 2010 Vol. 65 No. 8

Three injured in pipeline explosion in Oklahoma
Three pipeline workers were injured, one critically, in late June when a natural gas pipeline owned by Enogex LLC, a subsidiary of Oklahoma Gas and Electric, exploded in Grady County. That is about four miles west of Pocasset, OK, which is about 30 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.

The explosion occurred while a crew was bleeding moisture from a 24-inch line. An OG&E spokesperson is reported saying that until the residual gas burns off, they won't be able to determine what happened.

New OSHA training emphasizes workers’ rights
“Introduction to OSHA,” a new training component emphasizing workers’ rights, is required content in every OSHA 10- and 30-hour Outreach Training Program class. OSHA developed the information in support of the Secretary of Labor’s goal of strengthening the voice of workers.

During the 10- and 30-hour outreach training program classes, OSHA trainers will cover topics on whistleblower rights and filing a complaint, and will provide samples of a weekly fatality and catastrophe report, a material safety sheet and the OSHA Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. Trainers can obtain test and answer sheets from their authorizing training organization.

The OSHA Outreach Training Program is a voluntary program that seeks to teach workers about their rights and how to identify, reduce, avoid and prevent job-related hazards. The program includes courses in construction, general or maritime industry safety and health hazard recognition and prevention that is taught through a network of OSHA-authorized trainers. Over the past three years, nearly two million students have received training through this program. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

Study finds ductile iron pipe, joints outperforms others in earthquakes
In a study of the effects of earthquakes on water and sewer pipe, ductile iron pipe with restrained joints proved superior to other pipe materials, according to a paper by Michael Tucker, senior sales engineer with American Cast Iron Pipe in Tulsa, OK. The paper was published in the May 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Water Works Association.