Palm Beach Zoo under fire for tranquilizing, not shooting, tiger in fatal mauling

When a Malayan tiger attacked a Palm Beach Zoo zookeeper last Friday, zoo officials had two options: They could use deadly force on the tiger, or they could tranquilize him. Attempting to fatally shoot an animal that’s mauling a human comes with the risk of accidentally shooting the person you’re trying to save. But tranquilizers […]

More recordkeeping for grain movement

A new rule could drastically change how grain movement is handled around Iowa. In the Food Safety Modernization act (FSMA), there are seven parts: Three involve preventative control plans for animal food, human food, and produce; another is for third party auditors, the independent people who verify food safety; there’s a rule for foreign suppliers; […]

Good ergonomics improve health, productivity

It may seem a simple issue of comfort, but with approximately eight of 10 Americans regularly using laptop and desktop computers in their daily lives, mainly at work, workstation ergonomics is truly an issue of injury prevention, employee morale and workplace productivity, according to physical therapist Mary Rose Luciano. Based on Fed-OSHA statistics, injuries resulting […]

Fed-OSHA investigates Pittsburgh-area construction worker’s death

Fed-OSHA is investigating an accident in which an Allegheny County, Pennsylvania man fell to his death April 8 at a home construction site, authorities said. The 25-year-old was working inside the home when he fell 23 feet from the second floor onto an interior stairwell. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Fed-OSHA proposes $95K in fines for storage tank company

Fed-OSHA has found that a storage tank manufacturer is continuing to expose workers to hazardous levels of a chemical that can cause lung cancer and other health problems. The agency is proposing $95,000 in fines for safety violations at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based Abec Inc.’s facility in Springfield, Missouri. The company previously agreed to pay $31,400 after […]

Alabama plumbing contractor cited for trench hazards

Fed-OSHA has issued citations to a Birmingham, Alabama plumbing company for one willful safety violation and four serious safety violations, after an inspector reportedly saw workers in a trench without protection. One willful citation was issued for allowing employees to work in an excavation ten feet deep without cave-in protection. WVTM (Birmingham, Ala.)

Fed-OSHA cites Bismarck companies after worker falls 20 feet

Federal safety inspectors have cited two Bismarck companies after a worker at a roofing jobsite fell about 20 feet. Fed-OSHA said in a statement that it has proposed a $35,000 fine for L&L; Brendel Construction and a $4,900 fine for Front Street Millwork & Lumber. Washington Times