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  • 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

  • At Least Six Dead in Pedestrian Bridge Collapse

    Just days after a construction crew dropped a 950-ton span in place to connect Florida International University with Sweetwater, Florida, a Miami suburb, the pedestrian walkway collapsed, killing at least six people and flattening eight cars. The collapse is being called a “catastrophic” failure. Fed-OSHA is one of the agencies investigating the incident. Miami Herald

  • ODOT Worker Killed in Crash

    An employee of the Ohio Department of Transportation was killed in a crash in Youngstown. The worker was killed while working alone on Interstate 680 at an overpass. Another person also was injured in the incident. WJW, Cleveland

  • Authorities Suspend Search For Missing Worker in Texas Explosion

    Crews have suspended their search for a worker missing since an explosion and fire at a Fort Worth, Texas-area chemical plant. Officials say the missing worker at Tri-Chem Industries is likely dead if he’s in the wreckage of the facility in Cresson. Two other workers have been hospitalized, one with life-threatening burns. Workers say someone […]

  • Johnson City, Texas, Suffers Two Fatalities in One Week

    One worker was killed at a Lighting Resources, Inc., in Johnson City, Texas, in an explosion that rocked the surrounding neighborhood. The incident occurred less than one week after another worker was killed after material collapsed around him in a silo where he was spraying sawdust. Johnson City Press

  • Utah Worker Killed in Quarry

    A Utah worker at the Draper rock quarry was killed when a chute he was trying to move struck him in the head. The man had been employed at the quarry, which produces concrete, sand, gravel and asphalt, for more than 15 years. Salt Lake Tribune

  • Virginia Worker Killed in Soybean Crush

    An Amelia, Virginia, farmworker has been killed after being engulfed in soybeans. The 30-year-old worker was wearing a safety harness and was tethered to a grain bin at the time of the incident. Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • North Carolina Worker Injured at University Campus

    A construction worker sustained injuries to his head and body at a gymnasium at Lenoir-Ryne University in Hickory, North Carolina, during installation of air conditioning units. He was admitted to a hospital in stable condition. Hickory Record