‘Why companies should have snow days, too’

In our iPhone-typing, VPN-accessing, laptop-toting work world, a “snow day” just isn’t what it used to be. Employers may tell us to stay off the roads. They may urge us to use our judgment about whether to trek to the office. But the expectation, of course, is that if we’re home on a snow day, […]

Pittsburgh workplace fatalities decrease in 2014

Workplace fatalities recorded in the Pittsburgh area dropped to 18 in 2014, down from 29 in 2013 and the lowest number since area data was first calculated in 2003, according to a report released Thursday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 2014 count, assuming revisions do not drastically alter it, represents a significant […]

Twin Cities-area fire under investigation after construction worker’s death

MNOSHA officials are investigating a fire and possible explosion at a housing development in Lakeville, Minnesota after a worker burned in the fire died as a result of his injuries. The 35-year-old construction manager was injured Thursday morning when a fire started in the basement of a house where he was checking heaters. Minneapolis Star […]

OSHNC investigates accident at UNC campus

OSHNC is investigating an incident that occurred Wednesday on the University of North Carolina campus. A UNC employee was injured when a “fault occurred in a transformer room,” according to the preliminary investigation. Power was knocked out to several buildings on campus Wednesday afternoon. Power was restored to all but two buildings as of Thursday. […]

Connecticut health clinic under probe for treatment of chickenpox patient

Community Health Services, a long-established Hartford, Connecticut clinic that is on probation for infection-control problems last year, is now under investigation by state health regulators for possibly failing to isolate and properly treat a patient with the symptoms of chickenpox on Jan. 8. The clinic, one of the oldest and busiest in Hartford, is calling […]

Coroner IDs Denver man killed at truck pit

Adams County, Colorado authorities have identified a man who died Monday after falling more than 50 feet from a piece of equipment in a suspected industrial accident at a gravel pit. Denver Post

Reps say Department of Labor lied about joint-employer talks with NLRB

Two GOP House leaders have accused the U.S. Department of Labor of lying about not coordinating with the National Labor Relations Board on a memo on joint-employer liability for workplace safety issues, saying that NLRB documents reveal communications between the agencies. Law360

Fed-OSHA continues to investigate meat grinder accident that took man’s hand

Fed-OSHA continues to investigate a meat grinder accident that took the hand of a 21-year-old man late last November at a Westfield, Massachusetts butcher ship. The area director of the Springfield, Massachusetts Fed-OSHA office, said Thursday that her office has yet to determine whether the accident falls under its jurisdiction. MassLive

Personnel matters: Employers guessing about Fed-OSHA proposal

Fed-OSHA has temporarily withdrawn its proposed slips, trips and falls rule from the White House review process, creating a conundrum for employers contemplating best safety practices. Several experts indicated that the temporary withdrawal was driven by the agency prioritizing its long-awaited silica rule, which would limit crystalline silica exposure, and its controversial improved tracking regulation […]

‘The definition of insanity’

Those of us who have the privilege to be part of the fire service family have heard the statements, “This is the way we have been doing it for 30 years” and “150 years of tradition unimpeded by progress.” As firefighters, we know that the fire service is, unfortunately, still a reactive occupation. Former chiefs […]