Search underway for cause of fatal ammonia leak in South Boston

The owner of a restaurant near Stavis Seafoods said workers at the South Boston warehouse are heartbroken over the death of a colleague from an ammonia leak inside the building Wednesday night. Authorities and the company have not released the name of the worker who was overcome by ammonia fumes Wednesday, an on-the-job fatality now […]

Fed-OSHA investigating Petrobras’ refinery fire

An explosion and fire at a Pasadena refinery that sent one worker to the hospital to be treated for burns is now in the hands of Fed-OSHA inspectors. On March 5, emergency crews at Pasadena Refining Systems Inc. (PRSI) were dispatched after flames broke at the Hydrogen Desulphurization Unit at the plant. Heavy black smoke […]

Fed-OSHA issues 15 notices of violations at VA Hospital in Little Rock

Fed-OSHA says it continues to find willful and repeat violations at the Veteran’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. After its most recent inspection, Little Rock-area Fed-OSHA inspectors issued 15 notices of violations to the hospital. The agency says they hospital willfully and repeatedly exposed employees to the dangers of electrocution, amputation, and other hazards. KATV […]

Fed-OSHA issues long-delayed silica rules

Millions of construction and manufacturing workers will be protected from harmful silica dust under long-delayed rules from the Obama administration. Fed-OSHA announced Thursday it is cutting in half the level of silica workers can be exposed to on the job. Silica has been linked to lung cancer, kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according […]

NIOSH launches new site on aerial lifts

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched a new webpage that provides information and resources to address fall-related risks and other hazards associated with aerial lifts. While aerial lifts are used frequently at construction, warehousing, and many other jobsites, they can pose potentially fatal hazards to workers. Aerial devices include boom-supported […]