Florida high school fire: Stuntman admits using wrong chemicals

The stuntman who burned his face in a fire-breathing incident at a Delray Beach, Florida high school in March has admitted to investigators that he used the wrong type of accelerant, according to a report released Tuesday. The use of hemp oil and Coleman’s fuel resulted in a back-draft of flames to his face, the […]

GAO: Labor Department should beef up meat processing supervision

Workers in beef and poultry processing plants still face hazardous conditions that require the U.S. Labor Department to increase its oversight, a government watchdog said Wednesday. The sector’s worker injury rates have improved in recent years, but problems may be underreported by staff fearing retaliation and by companies trying to minimize costs, according to the […]

Formaldehyde concerns in flooring?

A Tippecanoe County, Indiana man says the flooring he installed in his house is toxic to him and his family. Now he wants to warn others who may be in a similar situation, but not even know it. Lumber Liquidators, the biggest retailer of hardwood flooring in North America, stopped selling all Chinese-made laminate flooring […]

New regulations could cost farmers

Last summer Fed-OSHA changed regulations regarding how companies can handle and distribute anhydrous ammonia, a form of nitrogen fertilizer critical for corn farmers across the country, and the changes are not cheap. The changes, which do not go into effect until Sept. 30, would require retailers to change how anhydrous ammonia is handled and stored […]

Connecticut plant facing fines for repeat workplace violations

A Bantam, Connecticut plant is facing more than $400,000 in fines due to uncorrected, repeat and new workplace safety hazards, officials said this week. Fed-OSHA in January 2015 cited and fined U.S. Chutes Inc.’s Bantam plant $94,428 for repeated and serious safety violations. The manufacturer of galvanized chutes for laundry and trash conveyors asked for […]

North Liberty, Iowa residents call for change following crossing guard’s death

Some North Liberty, Iowa residents are asking for change at one of the busiest intersections in the city. Neighbors who live near the intersection said a four way stop or pedestrian controlled light are necessary. Their concerns follow the recent death of a 69-year-old crossing guard who died from injuries sustained during a March 21 […]

New Jersey: County to keep closer watch of hospital after reports of violence

Bergen County, New Jersey Administrator Dominic Novelli will be placed in charge of monitoring management at Bergen Regional Medical Center after reports of frequent assaults at the hospital, The Record reported. There have been hundreds of assaults at the hospital in the past three years, including sexual assaults of children as young as 6 and […]

Steve Duin: Lead dust in the wind

You can understand Ariana Scipioni’s obsession with lead dust, in the house where she sleeps and the street where she lives. Last September, her daughter’s one-year-checkup betrayed elevated levels of lead in Francesca’s blood. Lead is so uniquely toxic that the Centers for Disease Control argues there is “no safe blood lead level for children.” […]

Wisconsin tree service employee dies from electrocution

A 25-year-old man died from electrocution on Tuesday after performing tree trimming work on private property in New Holstein, Wisconsin. The employee died at the scene after a branch came in contact with a power line, police said. Appleton Post-Crescent