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January 14, 1993

confined_space_trainingThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration issues a Permit-Required Confined Spaces Standard to prevent more than 50 deaths and 5,000 serious injuries annually for workers whose job requires them to work in confined spaces, such as underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, manholes, pits, silos, process vessels, and pipelines.

September 6, 1869


A massive fire in the only shaft of the Avondale Colliery in Plymouth Township, Pennsylvania, kills 110 anthracite mine workers, making it one of the largest mining disasters in Pennsylvania history.  After the disaster, the state’s General Assembly enacted legislation establishing safety regulations for the industry, making Pennsylvania the first state to enact such legislation.  The law also mandated that there must be at least two entrances to underground mines.

August 30, 1996


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues revised scaffold standards, “Safety Standards for Scaffolds Used in the Construction Industry.”  The new standards set performance-based criteria to protect workers from scaffold-related hazards, such as falls, falling objects, structural instability, electrocution, and overloading.

July 10, 1902


A powerful gas and dust explosion occurs in the Rolling Mill Mine in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, killing 112 miners.  The disaster devastated the immigrant community and provoked calls for investigations and greater safety measures.  The Rolling Mill Mine Disaster still ranks as one of the deadliest mining accidents in the history of the U.S.

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