TOSHA: Former city employee’s whistleblower complaint unfounded

Tennessee OSHA has determined a former Johnson City Parks and Recreation employee who filed a whistleblower complaint against the city does not deserve whistleblower protection. TOSHA made that determination after several months of investigation. The former employee said the city fired him in retaliation after he reported safety violations. WJHL (Johnson City, Tenn.)

Star-Tribune editorial: Number of Wyoming workplace deaths is unacceptable

Wyoming is regularly considered one of the most dangerous places in the country to work. More people are killed on the job here, per capita, than in most states. Unfortunately, despite a lot of talk on the issue, the situation is actually growing worse. In Wyoming, we lost 60 percent more people to on-the-job accidents […]

Hospital tries to reattach New Jersey dockworker’s severed hand

Police said doctors at University Medical Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey tried to reattach a dockworker’s hand after it was severed in the third serious accident in three months at the APM Port Elizabeth container terminal. The 49-year-old dockworker was replacing a hoist cable when it became wrapped around his arm and then tightened, according […]

Three Kansas businesses have gone more than 750,000 hours without a major accident

Three businesses in Kansas have gone at least 750,000 work hours without an injury severe enough to lead to lost time, according to the Kansas Department of Labor’s Industrial Safety and Health division. All three are enrolled in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP, which targets companies that have lower-than-average injury rates but […]

Florida worker fatally struck by bulldozer construction site

A 25-year-old construction worker died Wednesday morning when he was run over by a bulldozer at a construction site in St. Petersburg, Florida. The driver of the bulldozer told police he looked behind him before backing up the bulldozer and saw no one, but then felt a bump and realized what had happened. Tampa Bay […]

Tragic Harvest: Part 4

Washington state’s approach to workplace safety illustrates how death rates drop sharply when oversight covers every farm, no matter how small. Farmers in Washington have embraced the nation’s most comprehensive agricultural safety program, an initiative that contrasts sharply with the hands-off approach that prevails in much of the Midwest. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Fed-OSHA: Workers exposed to fall hazards at Pennsylvania hospital construction site

Fed-OSHA says two construction contractors exposed workers to fall hazards at the site of the new cancer center for Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, after a compliance officer in July saw employees of both companies working without fall protection and exposed to a 13-foot fall. WHTM (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Fed-OSHA: Ohio leads Midwest in work-related fatalities

Ohio leads the Midwest region for the number of workers killed on the job this year. Federal safety inspectors investigated more deaths in Ohio so far this year than in other Midwestern states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota, according to Scott Allen, spokesman for Fed-OSHA’s regional office in Chicago. Dayton Daily News

Watchdog finds that nearly 1 in 5 Fed-OSHA whistleblower probes are flawed

Federal officials responsible for protecting whistleblowers and examining their claims of employer retaliation are mishandling nearly one in five of their investigations, a government watchdog reports. A review by the inspector general of the U.S. Labor Department found that 18 percent of the investigations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration lack one or more […]

Texas plant to restart less than week after explosion

A Pasadena chemical plant where four workers suffered burns in an explosion on Friday will resume full operations this week, a company official said, with little elaboration on what safeguards are in place to protect workers and the community at a facility with a history of accidents, fires and injuries. The SunEdison plant has previously […]