Original Articles

  • Fed-OSHA seeks suggestions for strengthening VPP

    Fed-OSHA is holding a stakeholder meeting July 17, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future direction of its Voluntary Protection Programs. The agency’s aim is to “reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth.” Fed-OSHA is […]

  • Cal/OSHA Seeks Huge Penalties in Refinery Explosion

    The Division of Occupational Safety and Health has cited ExxonMobil Refining for 19 alleged violations following an investigation into the February 18 explosion at the company’s Torrance refinery. The incident only slightly injured four workers, but investigators concluded that management had been aware of hazardous conditions at the unit in question, yet took no steps […]

  • Standards Board Finally Gets Seats Filled

    Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed four current members of the Cal/OSH Standards Board and named two new members to Cal/OSHA’s rulemaking body. The appointments are being said to provide both stability and new faces to the board. The newly appointed members are Robert Blink, 62, of San Francisco, and John Sacco, 60, of Rocklin. Both […]

  • Short Window to Comment on Heat Illness Guidance

    Do you have questions about Cal/OSHA’s new revisions to the heat illness prevention regulation? Do you want the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to address your ideas and concerns in its updated guidance document on the regulation? You have to act fast – before Friday, March 6 if you want to weigh in. DOSH […]

Curated Content Articles of Interest from Around the Web

  • Demolition contractor settles in fatal roof collapse case

    The family of a 52-year-old New Jersey mechanic who died three years ago when the roof of a shopping center collapsed on top of him has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the demolition contractor for $2.5 million. The victim who had been called to the demolition site on September 24, 2015 to repair a […]

  • Restaurant owner’s safety guide to keeping employees cool during summer heat

    Extreme heat causes more than 1,300 deaths a year in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. To keep employees safe and healthy, restaurant owners should identify and minimize potential heat-related risks in the workplace and train employees on the appropriate response. FastCasual

  • Highway worker risks addressed during Safe+Sound Week

    Fed-OSHA has released some steps intended to help employers in the highway, street and bridge construction industry find and fix hazards, and provide a base to create an effective safety program. ForConstructionPros

  • Fishermen share safety stories in NIOSH videos

    In recent NIOSH safety videos, salmon fishermen and crabbers take part in the reenactment of dangerous situations. Both videos are shot on the boats where the accidents happened. National Fisherman [with video]

  • OR-OSHA investigating fatal fall from billboard

    A 57-year-old Eugene man may not have had his safety harness tethered to the platform fell 75 feet to his death Friday while working on a billboard in Polk County. Oregon OSHA is investigating. Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.)

  • Worker rescued from crane barge in East Boston

    Rescuers pulled a worker out of a confined space on a crane barge on Friday morning. The worker reportedly was stuck in the 10-foot by 30-foot barge with a lack of oxygen for 10 to 12 minutes. Fed-OSHA is investigating. NECN [with video]

  • In Austin, more fire cadets suffering from life-threatening rhabdomyolysis cases

    The Austin Fire Department’s cadet training academy is under investigation following the death of one cadet and the hospitalization of another this summer. The 34-year-old cadet who died was getting ready for his first day of cadet training and suffered an “unknown medical emergency” less than an hour into the training. KXAN (Austin, Texas)