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

  • CSB: Surge of drilling fluid preceded fatal Oklahoma rig explosion

    The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board concluded last week that more than 100 barrels of drilling fluid poured out of a natural gas well before it ignited and killed five people in January at a rig near Quinton, Oklahoma. It’s a volume of fluid that should have triggered alarms at the drilling site, the […]

  • Worker dies after falling into oil vat at central Florida energy plant

    A 61-year-old man died after he slipped and fell into a vat of oil at an energy facility near Walt Disney World last week. The man was emptying oil and grease from a tractor-trailer at the facility, which converts organic waste into clean energy, when he reportedly became overwhelmed by fumes and slipped further into […]

  • Pennsylvania logging equipment manufacturer fines

    A Mercersburg, Pennsylvania log- and lumber-handling equipment manufacturer has agreed to pay more than $21,000 in Fed-OSHA penalties following a February incident in which a 19-year-old worker was fatally struck in the head by heavy machinery. Chambersburg Public Opinion

  • Ohio tool servicing plant fined more than $200K

    Fed-OSHA has fined a Wooster, Ohio tool and manufacturing servicer more than $213,000 and placed it in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program after an employee experienced a partial finger amputation. Investigators found the company failed to adequately guard pinch points on a conveyor belt, a violation similar to one for which it was cited in […]

  • Wearable safety device could be ‘game-changer’ for workplaces

    An in-development wearable technology product designed for factory workers is aimed at decreasing workplace injuries and death by tracking working conditions: the product is designed to track near-misses, which experts believe can help predict future accidents but are vastly underreported in workplaces. Des Moines Register

  • Officials identify woman killed in Garner construction accident

    The North Carolina Department of Labor has reported that a 48-year-old Wake County construction worker was killed during the first week of August while operating a roller-paver. She reportedly was struck and pushed into an excavation by a scraper/pan operated by another employee. CBS 17 (Raleigh, N.C.) [with video]

  • Death of Kansas golf course worker under investigation

    Fed-OSHA is investigating the death of a 27-year-old assistant superintendent at an Andover, Kansas golf course. While the man and a coworker were in a hole repairing a water line, he reportedly was struck by a brick pillar. Hays Post