Fed-OSHA proposes $7,000 fine for crane operator’s death

Fed-OSHA issued one serious safety violation and proposed a $7,000 fine for Wanzek Construction in the death of a crane operator in an accident near Elgin, Nebraska on May 27. Fed-OSHA said he was moving a 90-ton rough-terrain crane along a county road when the crane slipped into a ditch and overturned. He was not […]

Fed-OSHA cites Hyundai parts supplier in Elba, Alabama proposes $45K in penalties

Fed-OSHA issued repeat citations Aug. 11 to Inzi Controls of Alabama Inc. for continuing to expose workers to amputation hazards. Specifically, Fed-OSHA issued Inzi one repeat citation for failing to develop procedures to prevent machinery from starting up during maintenance and servicing, and a serious safety citation for not following procedures to prevent said maintenance […]

Criminal charges possible in Alabama fireworks plant explosion

A Madison County, Alabama fireworks manufacturer could find itself facing more than fines for an explosion that killed two people, authorities said Wednesday. An Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office spokesman said the results of the office’s investigation into an explosion at Ultratec in February will be turned over to a grand jury to determine if […]

Construction site death blamed on a fall

The man whose his body was found at an east Las Vegas Valley construction site earlier this month died from a fall, the Clark County coroner’s office said Wednesday. Nevada OSHA is investigating. Las Vegas Review-Journal

Three Wyoming workers critical following explosion

Three workers are in critical condition after an explosion and fire at an oil facility yesterday/Monday outside of Cheyenne. Two were pressure-washing an oil tank, and the third was welding when the explosion occurred. It was extinguished by the time rescue workers arrived. Wyoming Public Radio

Fatal accident at Minnesota wastewater treatment plant

A Belle Plaine, Minnesota Public Works employee was found dead last Wednesday afternoon at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Investigators believe he drowned in an oxidation ditch within the plant facility. Belle Plaine Herald

Texas attorney hauls in $159M verdict following trial over 2012 Valero refinery fire

A Harris County, Texas jury has awarded severely burned refinery workers and the parents of one deceased laborer millions upon millions of dollars. Although most of the defendants in the case opted to settle, on Aug. 6 a jury found Critical Path Resources, the lone remaining defendant, 6 percent negligent in causing the incident, awarding […]

NIOSH wants to study vehicle crashes in oil and gas industry

NIOSH is proposing a survey to assess factors associated with motor vehicle crashes among oil and gas extraction workers. The three-year project would involve distributing a questionnaire on general safety and health concerns to about 625 oil and gas extraction workers in Texas, North Dakota and a state in the Appalachian Basin. Workers who drive […]

NIOSH to celebrate N95 Day on September 4

NIOSH is celebrating N95 Day on Sept. 4, 2015. The agency is partnering with the Joint Commission to highlight two new educational products, Hospital Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit: Resources for Respirator Program Administrators (National Toolkit), and Implementing Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs: Strategies from the Field. Infection Control Today