‘When the hospital fires the bullet’

More and more hospital guards across the country carry weapons, sparking a fierce debate over whether that improves safety or endangers patients. New York Times

President’s budget includes mine safety increase

Tucked inside President Obama’s $4.15 trillion budget for Fiscal Year 2017 is tens of millions more in funding for mine safety and training, which has been cut in years past. The proposed budget, which has little chance of being enacted by a Republican-controlled Congress, calls for an increase of more than $397.3 million and 2,270 […]

Michigan worker injured in trench collapse still critical; MIOSHA to investigate

A man injured when a trench collapsed at an excavation site at the Livingston County, Michigan jail expansion project remained in critical condition Sunday. The 43-year old man was installing a sewer line Friday when the trench collapsed on top of him and burying him up to his stomach, trapping him. Michigan OSHA will investigate […]

Colorado worker’s death tank gauging at oil rig leads to $14,800 in fines

Two oil field companies were fined a total of $14,800 for their roles in fatally exposing a 57-year-old Greeley, Colorado man to toxic vapors in 2014 while he worked in the Weld County oil patch. John McNulty, who died June 24, 2014, was one of nine men nationwide killed over the past five years while […]

Fines issued after 2 at Salina, Kansas facility suffer amputations

Fed-OSHA has fined a food preparation company more than $170,000 because of worker injuries that included two amputations at its Salina, Kansas processing facility. Fed-OSHA says a worker had her right hand amputated after her glove became caught in a conveyor assembly, and another worker lost a finger after coming into contact with a conveyor. […]

NIOSH issues draft bulletin on silver nanotechnology exposure; seeks comment

NIOSH is seeking comment about its draft bulletin on the health effects of worker exposure to silver nanoparticles. The document explores scientific research about whether workers exposed to silver nanomaterials are at a greater risk for negative health effects and whether suitable information is available for a recommended exposure limit for particle size. Safety+Health

NIOSH: Two common weed killers cause most herbicide-related deaths

Two frequently used weed killers cause the majority of deaths related to herbicide use, and many exposure-linked illnesses could be prevented, according to a NIOSH study. Commonly used herbicides paraquat and diquat were involved in 85 percent of the herbicide-related deaths in the United States – 24 deaths from paraquat and five from diquat, according […]