North Carolina: Mayor dies in construction accident

Ron DeSimone, the mayor of Maggie Valley, North Carolina was killed Friday in a construction site accident, police said Friday afternoon. DeSimone, who was a contractor on the work site, died of blunt force trauma after heavy building materials fell from the roof above him. Asheville Citizen-Times

NC Senate budget would drop Mine and Quarry Inspection Division

The North Carolina Senate budget bill would eliminate a Department of Labor division that provides federally mandated training for workers at mines and quarries, a provision that drew criticism in a House committee Tuesday morning. The proposal would save the state $346,492 a year by laying off five safety and health consultants that staff the […]

Fed-OSHA investigating death of laborer working on Eads Bridge in St. Louis

The St. Louis office of Fed-OSHA is investigating the death of a man who was working on the Eads Bridge on July 16. Initial reports said the worker was standing on scaffolding under the bridge, which spans the Mississippi River, and vacuuming. The scaffolding was hit by a barge and, as a result, the man […]

Fed-OSHA proposes $74K in fines for Missouri storage tank company

Fed-OSHA has proposed $74,000 in fines for a Springfield, Missouri storage tank manufacturer accused of exposing workers to hazardous levels of a chemical than can cause lung cancer and other health problems. Fed-OSHA says Abec workers were exposed to hexavalent chromium and potentially deafening noise. Washington Times

Pennsylvania: Alle-Kiski companies fined for injuries

Two Alle-Kiski companies have been fined by Fed-OSHA over accidents that occurred at each business in November. Akers National Roll foundry, in Avonmore, Pennsylvania, was fined $7,000 when a worker was burned while melting scrap metal. Graff Trucking, in Fawn, was fined $2,100 for a Nov. 4 incident in which a barrel exploded in the […]

Furniture maker fined $176K for alleged safety hazards

Fed-OSHA is fining a North Arlington, New Jersey furniture maker $176,330 for alleged safety hazards at its North Arlington plant. Sterling Seating exposed workers to amputation hazards while operating machinery and failed to train workers on the effects of hazardous chemicals at the plant, Fed-OSHA said. NJ Advance Media

Teen loses hand after Ohio company allows him to operate machine illegally: Fed-OSHA

Shady Knob violated the law when it allowed a 14-year-old boy to operate machinery, which resulted in him losing his hand, according to Fed-OSHA. The Middlefield, Ohio pallet maker received citations from Fed-OSHA on July 7. The citations were after an inspection found that the 14-year-old had suffered the injury from machinery on March 31. […]

3 workers injured in Massachusetts porch collapse

Three workers were injured Wednesday when the porches on the front of a New Bedford, Massachusetts triple-decker collapsed, dropping them to the ground 25 feet below. Fed-OSHA reportedly is investigating. TurnTo10 (Cranston, R.I.) [with video]