South Dakota worker’s leg amputated after beam falls

A worker’s leg had to be amputated below the knee after it was crushed by a beam at a Sioux Falls, South Dakota construction site Monday morning. The 33-year-old man was guiding the beam into place on the building site on the southwest when the strap holding it snapped, crushing his leg, according to police. […]

Jacksonville roofing company hit with $108,500 proposed fine

A Florida roofing company has been hit with a proposed fine of $108,500 after failing a federal safety inspection, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Coastal Building Systems of Amelia Inc. was issued the citations Friday after Fed-OSHA inspectors saw employees not properly protected from falls and using nail guns without safety glasses at […]

Wisconsin bridge worker suffers serious arm injury

A 49-year-old man is in serious condition after sustaining an arm injury while working on the Roland Kampo Bridge near the town of Menasha, Wisconsin, on Monday morning. Fed-OSHA has been notified. Appleton Post-Crescent

Fed-OSHA, NOAA release fact sheet on lightning

Lightning is a frequently overlooked occupational hazard, according to a new fact sheet from Fed-OSHA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Employees who work outdoors in open spaces, on or adjacent to tall objects, or near explosives or conductive materials are vulnerable to lightning strikes, the fact sheet states. At-risk industries include construction, agriculture, […]

Ramping up your company for hot-weather work

In 2014, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke on the job. According to Fed-OSHA, the majority of recent heat-related deaths investigated involved workers on the job for three days or less—highlighting the need for employers to ensure that new workers become acclimated to the heat when starting or returning […]

Roofer dies after fall from Allentown cathedral roof

A worker who fell Monday evening from the roof of an Allentown, Pennsylvania cathedral died from his injuries overnight, authorities said. The man was part of a roofing crew working at the Cathedral Church of St. Catharine of Siena. It appears the workers were done for the day, when the man went back up to […]

An exoskeleton gives industrial workers an extra lift with heavy labor

At a Con Edison refueling center and warehouse on Staten Island, workers loaded boxes and heavy equipment into a service truck. The “overhead” crew, which services power lines, was standing a little straighter that day, thanks to a pilot program aimed at reducing on-the-job injuries. The program puts each worker in an “exoskeleton,” a back […]

Pennsylvania auto-reconditioning company faces Fed-OSHA penalties

Federal officials have issued 31 serious citations against an auto-reconditioning company, charging that it failed to protect workers from toxic compounds and other safety and health hazards at its Manheim facility. Central Penn Business Journal

Fed-OSHA cites Aqua Ohio Inc. following March fatality

Fed-OSHA has cited Boardman, Ohio-based water and sewer utility operator Aqua Ohio Inc. for one alleged repeated and five alleged serious safety violations following the death of a worker in Mentor, the administration announced in a news release. On March 29, the 28-year-old worker was helping to widen a road in Mentor when the trench […]