Virginia television shooting: Murders spark workplace violence discussions

The tragic shooting that killed two Virginia journalists during a news broadcast Wednesday morning is shining a light on the problem of workplace violence. Occupational homicides are not rare in the United States. According to Fed-OSHA, there were 475 workplace homicides in 2012 and 397 in 2013. KSFY (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

Media personalities in harm’s way

Our media world is shocked by the on-air deaths of two WDBJ journalists while covering a story, killed by a man described as a disgruntled former employee firing at point-blank range while recording his own video and then posting it online. The question immediately asked by broadcast stations is what can be done, if anything, […]

2 construction workers fall 12-15 feet in New Hampshire roof collapse

Two workers were injured when they fell from a roof that collapsed at an apartment complex under construction in Manchester on Thursday. The workers fell 12-15 feet. One of the workers suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was unconscious for a time. The other worker was treated at the scene. WMUR (Manchester, N.H.)

South Florida’s largest roofing contractor faces labor safety fines

Fed-OSHA wants to hit Latite Roofing and Sheet Metal, the largest roofing contractor in South Florida, with fines for serious worker safety violations. Fed-OSHA said Latite Roofing didn’t provide adequate fall protection for roofing workers and didn’t properly use a step ladder. The proposed fines total $136,500. South Florida Business Journal

Vikings stadium construction resumes after fatal fall

Work on U.S. Bank Stadium resumed Thursday in Minneapolis after a fatal accident halted construction the day before. Fed-OSHA is working with Mortenson Construction, the project’s lead contractor, to investigate the cause of the accident, which killed one worker and injured another, according to a statement issued Thursday morning by Mortenson. The worker who died […]

Fed-OSHA records show previous citations for roofing company in Vikings stadium accident

Records show a subcontractor involved in a fatal accident at the Minnesota Vikings stadium construction site has received numerous citations for safety violations at its worksites. A 35-year-old Berwald Roofing Co. employee was killed and another was injured at the U.S. Bank Stadium construction site in Minneapolis Wednesday. Faribault Daily News

Fed-OSHA: Fall protection most frequent MN violation

State numbers show from 2010 to 2014, Minnesota OSHA compliance investigated 27 fatalities due to workers falling. Not having proper fall protection was the most frequent violation in the state construction industry. Federal law mandates construction workers to have some sort of protection or harness when working several feet off the ground. KARE (Minneapolis)

Maine roofing contractor held in contempt for Fed-OSHA violations

Greene, Maine general contractor Stephen Lessard is being held in contempt of court for failing to pay a $405,000 fine and correct Fed-OSHA violations for which his roofing business has been cited. The civil contempt judgment, issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, orders Lessard to submit proof of […]

Defendants remove benzene case involving adhesives used in flooring installation work

Defendants have removed a benzene lawsuit to Florida federal court, maintaining that the plaintiffs assert claims that require the interpretation of federal law. In the removal notice filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the defendants said the plaintiffs raised “substantial questions of federal law,” specifically in their allegations that […]