Washington state agrees to fix Western State Hospital’s safety problems, feds won’t cut funds

Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital has signed a detailed agreement with federal regulators to fix safety problems that threatened millions of federal dollars. Gov. Jay Inslee and Western State Hospital CEO Cheryl Strange announced Friday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ended a termination notice that was to go into effect on Friday. […]

Two workers critically injured in Salt Lake City construction accident

Two men were critically injured after a construction accident Thursday afternoon in Salt Lake City, Utah. Officials say two men were on a scissor lift in the park garage section on the sixth floor of the construction site when something apparently went wrong. KSL (Salt Lake City) [with video]

Man dies in fall at Kansas City-area apartment complex

Leawood, Kansas police are investigating the Friday morning death of a 58-year-old man who fell while working at an apartment complex. Police said the man, a Kansas City resident, was working as a subcontractor on a construction project when he fell an undetermined distance. Kansas City Star

Furniture maker settles with feds over carcinogen exposure

A New Jersey furniture manufacturer has reached a settlement with a federal safety agency to pay $123,000 and fix a slew of health and safety violations, including exposing workers to a cancer-causing chemical. North Arlington-based Sterling Seating Inc. manufactures commercial furniture for restaurants, bars and churches. It agreed to correct hazards found during a 2015 […]

CITGO Pipeline Company earns safety award for seventh year

CITGO Pipeline Company has been recognized by the American Petroleum Institute for its outstanding safety performance with the 2015 Pipeline Occupational Safety Performance Award in the category of small operator. It is the seventh consecutive year the company has received the honor. The award recently was presented at the American Petroleum Institute’s 67th Annual Pipeline […]

Delaware: Wawa subcontractor facing $210K in Fed-OSHA fines

An unlicensed, out-of-state contractor with a history of workplace safety violations is now facing nearly $210,000 in fines for its work at two sites, including a Wawa in Bear, Delaware. BC Stucco and Stone of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania most recently was cited for using unsafe scaffolding and failing to provide its workers with helmets during […]

Electric shocks injure 3 in 2 separate incidents in Massachusetts

Fed-OSHA is investigating two incidents of electric shocks in Andover, Massachusetts that took place within 15 days, injuring three workers, all of whom were transported to hospitals for treatment or admission. The men, in their 40s, received electrical burns while working on an electrical box. Eagle-Tribune (North Andover, Mass.)