Health and safety, and violations found at Providence pools

Hundreds of serious safety violations at Providence’s public pools including lack of compliance with grounding and bonding, no defibrillators, and lack of ADA compliance were outlined in two new reports conducted in August and September by a national pools expert. GoLocalProv

Belated safety training slated for Las Vegas housing authority workers

Maintenance employees at a Las Vegas public housing agency finally will be trained on safety protocols, more than a month after costly violations were identified by the state. In August, the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority was fined $47,000 for six serious safety violations identified by Nevada OSHA. Las Vegas Review-Journal

Hmart in Hartsdale, New York fined $30,000 for safety violations

The foodie magnet Hmart in Hartsdale, New York faces $30,000 in fines for workplace safety violations. The largest fine of $7,000 was for machines, although Fed-OSHA’s online inspection reports did not elaborate on the nature of the safety lapses. Journal News/lohud

Contractor killed at Pennsylvania steel plant

A worker from East McKeesport, Pennsylvania was killed Wednesday night in an accident at U.S. Steel Corp.’s Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock. The 44-year-old man was fatally injured while performing planned maintenance in a part of the plant used in basic oxygen steelmaking process. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Investigations continue into death of worker at Massachusetts warehouse

Investigations into the death of a Weymouth, Massachusetts man Tuesday morning at his Braintree workplace are continuing. The 74-year-old man was on foot when he was struck by a van making a pickup at a liquor warehouse. He was taken by ambulance to South Shore Hospital where he died from his injuries. WickedLocal Weymouth

Wyoming occupational fatalities increase to 37 in 2014

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported Thursday that the number of occupational fatalities rose from 26 in 2013 to 37 in 2014, an increase of 11 deaths. On average, from 1992-2014 there were 34 occupational fatalities each year. Big Horn Radio Network

Workplace deaths up in Texas, which still tops list

The number of people killed on the job in Texas increased in 2014, and the state retained its grim perch atop all others in workplace deaths, according to preliminary federal data released Thursday. Texas saw 524 fatal workplace injuries last year, compared with 508 a year earlier, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. That […]

Fed-OSHA’s health care crackdown

On June 25, Fed-OSHA issued inspection guidance for inpatient health care settings, including hospitals and nursing and residential facilities, resulting in more intense scrutiny by the agency’s inspectors. According to Fed-OSHA, inpatient health care settings have some of the highest rates of injury and illness among industries for which nationwide injury and illness rates are […]