As patients turn violent, doctors and nurses try to protect themselves

Conflicts between clinicians and patients and their family members have leapt onto the radar of health care administrators and policy makers this year. That’s partly the result of a traumatic episode in January in which a beloved Boston cardiac surgeon was killed by the son of a deceased patient. But it’s also because patient-on-clinician violence […]

Fatal cell tower collapse results in four federal lawsuits

Four lawsuits have been filed in federal court regarding injuries and two deaths caused by a collapsed cell tower. Fed-OSHA recognized an alarming increase in the number of injuries and fatalities occurring at communication tower work sites, according to the suits. West Virginia Record

Moving forward: Helping workers cope after they witness a serious incident

The ramifications of a workplace incident extend far beyond the employee who is injured or killed. Co-workers who witness the incident may experience psychological trauma when work resumes, and distractions may open the door to subsequent incidents. Safety professionals need to be aware of the psychological fallout for employees who witness a workplace fatality or […]

Construction worker killed by palm tree on Hilton Head Island

A Ridgeland, South Carolina man was killed Thursday when a palm tree that fell from a trailer struck him on Hilton Head Island. The 20-year-old was working on a construction site when the tree fell and struck him as he attempted to remove it from a trailer, according to a law enforcement official. Island Packet

San Antonio Hyatts finally resolve long battle with hotel workers

The San Antonio hotel workers union Unite Here last week announced the completion of a major agreement between employees and management of the city’s two downtown Hyatt hotels. The five-year deal will result in higher wages and less demanding working conditions for housekeepers, reduced health-care costs for all employees, gratuity sharing for banquet servers, and […]

Nevada issues health guidelines for cryotherapy

Nevada has created health guidelines for cryotherapy after a Las Vegas spa worker was found dead in a tank that subjects users to subzero temperatures, a treatment that experts say has been growing in popularity but is largely unregulated and whose benefits are not proven. ABC News

Construction worker in critical condition after fall at Georgia tire plant

An investigation is ongoing after a 19-year-old construction worker suffered serious injuries at the site of a Kumho Tire facility near Macon, Georgia on Thursday. The worker’s safety harness was not attached when he fell from a walkway that was attached to the ceiling, according to a company representative. Macon Telegraph

Fed-OSHA cites Wisconsin roofing company for violations, including repeat

A Bloomer, Wisconsin roofing contractor faces $112,000 in proposed Fed-OSHA fines for allegedly allowing employees to work without fall protection equipment. Affordable Exteriors LLC received citations for two willful, one repeat and three serious safety violations. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Lead: Still a workplace hazard

Although less common than it used to be, lead exposure still occurs at work. This toxic metal can be found in a variety of industries, including construction, mining and manufacturing, according to NIOSH. The agency stresses that it is important for workers to understand how exposure to lead occurs so it can be avoided. Safety+Health