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Autonomous cars on the move

carGoogle reported Monday that it is partly to blame for an accident involving one of its autonomous vehicles hitting a municipal bus in California. This is the first accident that Google has taken blame for in the past six years; there have been 17 minor accidents during that time, however none have held Google at fault.

Driverless cars are fast becoming the trend in the next layer of technology. The Tesla Model S is one of those cars that is fast becoming a known name. The Tesla allows for autonomous driving while the actual driver is in the car to observe. The driver is still responsible and in control, putting the layer of risk back on the driver and not the company, unlike the situation with the Google car. Read more…

New tactic introduced to battle opioid crisis but comes with complications

pills 2The opioid crisis that exploded at the end of 2015 is making headlines again as we close out the first month of 2016. During Charlie Baker’s State of the State address on Thursday, January 21st, he noted that the opioid crises was “terrifying” and that four people die every day in Massachusetts due to opioid overdoses.  Many of these opioid addictions are linked to the overprescribing of the drug and lackadaisical manner of follow-up to prescription taking. Governor Baker pushed for a 72 hour prescription cap that would allow doctors to closely monitor the ingestion of the drug. Similarly, a new tactic for battling the epidemic has been made public; an implant used to fight the addiction of opioids. Read more…

Federal penalties for workplace safety violations set to increase

December 3, 2015 Leave a comment

statehouseThe new bipartisan budget was passed by both the House and the Senate, and signed into law by President Obama on November 2. Provisions within the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 will increase federal penalties for workplace safety violations that are handed down from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These penalties have not increased since 1990. The percentage change in Consumer Price Index (CPI) over the past 25 years will be taken into account, and penalties will continue to rise with inflation in the future. The increase from current penalty amounts will range from 70-80%. Despite this increase, OSHA fines will still remain small versus those of other regulatory agencies. Read more…

Aging transformers are causing high prices and more risk

October 14, 2015 Leave a comment

transformerGenerator step up transformers, while not often mentioned in the renewable energy world, are a vital part of the grid and help to keep green energy moving forward. That being said, the time has come when many transformers are reaching the end of their life and are starting to break down and cause outages. These transformers are critical in energy output to the grid and are essential to all utility scale renewable energy projects. Having a contingency plan in the event the transformer breaks down is rare and is something that investors and owners should begin to explore.  An example might be the AES spare transformer program. Read more…

Do you have the appropriate workplace violence coverage?

September 24, 2015 Leave a comment

worker_stressedOften times, the public only hears about extreme examples of workplace violence, such as the Virginia shooting homicide of two journalists on live television or the beheading of a woman at an Oklahoma food processing plant. However, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration reports that roughly two million workers per year are the victim of workplace violence. This includes everything from verbal abuse to physical assaults to homicide. Contrary to popular belief, workplace violence is not always about work, and can be completely random. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the assailant had no known personal relationship with his or her victims in two-thirds of workplace homicides.  The frequency of these incidents is creating pressure for employers and risk managers to develop preparedness to deal with such challenges.
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Lithium batteries and air shipment risks

September 22, 2015 Leave a comment

batteryLithium-ion batteries were cited in South Korean investigators’ final report as a contributing factor in the 2011 Asiana Airlines Boing 747 crash that killed both pilots on board.  Since 2006, lithium-ion batteries have been connected to several airline cargo fires including two jumbo jet crashes and a UPS cargo plane emergency landing.  Also interesting to note, Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was reported to have been carrying 440lb of lithium-ion batteries.

Lithium batteries, when packed tightly together, can overheat and emit gasses which build up leading to fire and explosions.  Recent testing by the Federal Aviation Administration shows aircraft fire protection systems “are unable to suppress or extinguish a fire involving significant quantities of lithium batteries, resulting in reduced time available for safe flight and landing of an aircraft to a diversion airport,” aircraft makers said. “Therefore, continuing to allow the carriage of lithium batteries within today’s transport category aircraft cargo compartments is an unacceptable risk to the air transport industry.” Read more…

Court approves Vascepa® for off-label use despite pushback from FDA

pill_bottlesOn Friday August 7th, the Southern District Court of New York permitted Amarin Pharma to promote certain off-label uses of its 2012 FDA-approved drug, Vascepa®. The FDA has made it known that promoting uses of drugs that are not on FDA-approved labeling violates the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). This means that a manufacturer can promote its drug for its approved intended use, but a true and non-misleading promotion of an off-label use is considered misbranding. Doing so is prohibited conduct, and could result in penalties and criminal prosecution. Read more…