Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Fire Sparks Reform Talk

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Fire Sparks Reform Talk

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The Sept. 3 explosion and fire at the Imperial Food Products chicken processing plant in North Carolina might be the spark needed to push through some proposed occupational safety and health reforms.

Commented Lynn Rhinehart, occupational safety and health specialist, AFL-CIO, "We feel this accident highlights the need for reform of the OSH Act. It's unfortunate it takes a tragedy like this to get people to focus on workplace safety and health issues. Unfortunately, that tends to be the case and it has jarred some interest in OSHA and on who is protecting workers on the job in this country."

Rhinehart said that, in her opinion, provisions in OSH Act reform measures proposed in August by Rep. William D. Ford (D, Mich.), Sen. Howard M. Metzenbaum (D, Ohio), and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D, Mass.) could have prevented the situation which occurred at the Imperial plant.

Metzenbaum, in a speech to The National Conference on StateBased Occupational Health and Safety Activities in Cincinnati on Sept. …

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