Who will Zika virus be an occupational hazard for?

Some jobs may be more risky when it comes to getting infected with the Zika virus, so health officials Friday issued interim guidelines on how employers and workers in higher risk jobs can best steer clear of the mosquito-borne illness. There is no vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, so for now, employers and workers […]

Health officials ask employers to inform outdoor workers of Zika virus risks

As summer nears, it’s important for people in the U.S., especially outdoor workers, to be well-informed about the Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Fed-OSHA are urging employers who hire outdoor workers to make sure they’re aware of risks of exposure to Zika through mosquito bites and to train them on […]

Florida keeper broke rules before tiger killed her, zoo says

A keeper killed by a tiger at the Palm Beach Zoo this month broke the rules when she entered the big cat’s enclosure, zoo officials said late last week. The zoo’s spokeswoman had said the day of the attack that the 38-year-old trainer had not done anything out of the ordinary when she entered the […]

Fed-OSHA: Pennsylvania manufacturer exposed workers to amputations

An Upper Macungie Township, Pennsylvania manufacturer of machine parts is facing $54,000 in fines after the company exposed its workers to amputation hazards, according to Fed-OSHA. The agency last week issued the citations to Lynar Corp. for nine serious violations totaling $20,000, one willful violation carrying a $28,000 proposed penalty, and two other-than-serious violations totaling […]

Massachusetts man seriously injured in 25-foot fall from ladder

A 28-year-old Lowell, Massachusetts man suffered potentially life-threatening injuries when he fell about 25 feet off a ladder while working on the roof of a Perry Street home Sunday, according to police. It was not immediately clear what caused the man to fall. Lowell Sun

Wisconsin paper mill cited in worker’s death

A Ladysmith, Wisconsin paper mill has been cited by Fed-OSHA in connection with the October 2015 death of a worker. The 46-year-old man died in the accident involving a high-speed conveyor belt. Leader-Telegram (Eau Claire, Wisc.)

Jacksonville worker dies in fall at site renovation

Jacksonville, Florida police said a worker died after falling and hitting his head Sunday when a wall of heavy-duty industrial shelving collapsed in an industrial accident on the city’s south side. The victim, about 50 years old, and a co-worker were demolishing the large wooden structure inside a vacant warehouse unit. Florida Times-Union

Are your eyewash stations contaminated?

In the event of an emergency, having a properly working eyewash station is crucial. And keeping your eyewash station clean and free of contaminants is part of that. Problems can arise if your workplace’s eyewash stations contain stagnant water or are otherwise improperly maintained. Fed-OSHA provides three examples of organisms that thrive in these conditions. […]