New York camping resort faces $187K in Fed-OSHA fines

Alpine Lake RV Resort in New York is facing $187,000 in fines related to workplace safety violations, according to Fed-OSHA. Most of the violations relate to electrical field boxes that route electricity through the campground, according to the citation. Post-Star (Glens Falls, N.Y.)

Orlando: I-4 Ultimate project on hold after worker’s death

All work on the I-4 Ultimate project is on hold because of a worker’s death at a construction site on Wednesday. The company in charge wants to take a closer look at the accident that killed a 34-year-old worker. The victim had been on the job for a month before being killed. WESH (Orlando)

Vaping emits less formaldehyde than previously thought

Good news for vapers who aren’t keen on sucking back a chemical widely used in embalming fluid: e-cigarettes don’t appear to emit as much formaldehyde as previously thought, and tend to emit levels much lower than cigarettes, according to a study published this week in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology. Vice/Motherboard

NIOSH: Some N95 respirators resistant to fluid, could pass FDA requirements

Some N95 respirators are resistant to fluid penetration, potentially increasing the amount of respirator options that could protect health care workers from occupational exposures during emergencies such as influenza outbreaks, according to a study from NIOSH. Researchers at NIOSH and an independent testing laboratory in Salt Lake City imitated work settings of a public health […]

Fed-OSHA quietly changes group of small businesses exempt from inspections

In a recently updated directive to Regional Administrators and State Plan Designees from Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Fed-OSHA, the categories of small businesses exempt from programmed health and safety inspections changed. This exemption applies to workplaces with 10 or fewer workers who perform work in industries Fed-OSHA deems low-hazard. Fed-OSHA identifies […]

New EPA, Fed-OSHA rules could put brick manufacturer out of business

Janet Whitacre Kaboth is president, CEO and chairman of Whiteacre Greer Co., a small business with 80 employees that manufactures firebrick for masonry fireplaces and paving bricks. But her business’ days may be numbered thanks to two new regulations, she told the House Judiciary Committee this week. One is the Environmental Protection Agency’s air toxics […]

Terre Haute city worker injured

A Terre Haute, Indiana Street Department worker was taken to an Indianapolis-area hospital Monday after an unspecified work-related accident. The city reported the incident to Fed-OSHA, according to an IOSHA official. Tribune Star (Terre Haute, Ind.)

Worker killed in natural gas well Accident in West Virginia

A 40-year-old Ellenboro, West Virginia man was killed Tuesday afternoon after an accident at a natural gas well in the Bunner Ridge area of Marion County. According to authorities on scene, the company was running a “pig” through a line to remove water or pressure, and the equipment malfunctioned. A piece of the apparatus struck […]