Collapsed building contractor was fined for impaled worker incident

One of the construction companies working on the now collapsed metal frame of a Bryant University athletic facility was recently fined for a construction site fall that left a Massachusetts man impaled on a metal bar. Six workers were hospitalized when the 30-foot tall shell crumbled to the ground on Bryant’s campus on Tuesday morning. […]

More details released on Minnesota stadium roof accident

The death of a construction worker atop the Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium occurred after he slid down a roof, broke through a guardrail and fell to an elevated platform below, according to a description posted Tuesday on the state Department of Labor and Industry’s fatality investigation page. Both the worker who died, and a second […]

Brownsville, Texas bowling alley may be fined $50K after worker death

Fed-OSHA has fined a bowling alley more than $50,000 after one of its workers was strangled to death when his shirt collar became tangled in a pinsetter, officials announced Wednesday. The agency says the machine’s rotating shafts were not covered and did not shut down properly. The Monitor (McAllen, Texas)

Oil and gas industry looks to new tech to guard workers against silica

Sand is a key ingredient in hydraulic fracturing, but breathing in too much of it can lead to silicosis, an incurable but entirely preventable disease caused by sand particles or respirable crystalline silica. A 2012 alert and study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health raised an alarm that workers at fracking sites […]

Dust at harvest can create health problems

Dusty clouds surrounding combines during grain harvest can trigger uncomfortable short-term respiratory symptoms, but dust from facilities where grain is stored or ensiled can pose serious health problems to grain handlers. Matthew Keifer, M.D., M.P.H., at Marshfield Clinic in Eau Claire, Wis., says avoiding grain dust while combining helps reduce risk of an adverse reaction. […]

Contractor who lied to Fed-OSHA sentenced to community service, probation

An Alabama roofing contractor was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and 30 hours of community service for lying to Fed-OSHA about providing workers with fall protection equipment. In early 2013, Marcus Borden was supervising a roofing project in Cordova when a severe thunderstorm moved into the area and injured three of his workers, […]

‘Healthy workplace’ webinars scheduled

Registration is open for two free webinars hosted by the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace, one of four national “Centers for Excellence” in the NIOSH Total Worker Health program. Safety+Health