Labor regulators aim to finish difficult dust rule

Dust in the workplace, affecting the construction, mining and oil and gas industries, has proven a tough issue to regulate, with a battle over updating federal standards dragging on more than 40 years and vexing eight presidential administrations. But a final rule could come as soon as February, one that would cut the allowable exposure […]

Kinder Morgan’s pipeline safety record less than stellar

As the debate continues over Texas-based Kinder Morgan’s proposed 360-mile Palmetto Pipeline that would run from South Carolina to northeast Florida, the company may be hard-pressed to win over converts to the plan when it comes to its own safety record. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which […]

Falling bricks cause concern, delays on New York’s Upper East Side

Nick Alexopoulos jumped from his couch and dropped his Xbox controller when he heard the sound outside his Upper East Side apartment. Across the street, the rooftop facade of a sprawling apartment building had collapsed, sending hundreds of bricks some 30 stories to the street below. The site of the accident, the St. Tropez condominium […]

Florida father pinned by forklift at work, killed

A Winter Haven, Florida man has died after authorities say he was injured in a forklift accident. The 41-year-old worker reportedly was pinned between the forklift and metal shelving. Daytona Beach News-Journal

How poorly maintained eyewash stations can threaten your employees

Fed-OSHA recently updated a resource to help employers understand how important it is to flush emergency eyewashes to prevent organisms from growing in the stagnant water. Eyewash stations are critical emergency safety equipment intended to lessen the severity of eye injuries from workplace exposure to irritants or biological agents. Water found in improperly maintained eyewash […]

Worker injures finger at ITC Manufacturing after citations

A 27-year-old man suffered a finger injury at a Columbus, Ohio wire and mesh manufacturing plant early Friday morning. The injury comes just two days after the Fed-OSHA slapped the company with fines citing that it failed to protect workers. Federal inspectors recently found 25 serious violations at the plant in Columbus and fined the […]

Connecticut VA hospital in violation of Fed-OSHA safety guidelines

he VA Connecticut Healthcare System’s West Haven Campus has been cited by federal workplace safety regulators for exposing employees to 20 on-the-job hazards, including seven that investigators deemed serious. Cited violations include floors not maintained in dry and clean condition; unlabeled containers of potentially hazardous chemicals; damaged electrical cords; and failing to de-energize electrical circuits […]