Pallets of mushrooms fatally crush Florida worker, officials say

A worker was crushed to death by pallets of mushrooms Monday night, according to the Orange County, Florida Sheriff’s Office. The 45-year-old man was moving pallets of mushrooms with a forklift at the Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. plant when the pallets began swaying, according to a sheriff’s office spokeswoman. He then jumped off the forklift, but […]

New Hampshire construction worker hurt in gas tank explosion

A construction worker was in the hospital Tuesday night after he suffered serious burns when an old gas tank exploded in Manchester, New Hampshire. Officials said the worker was cutting up the tank with a saw when it exploded. The tank still had some gas inside. WMUR (Manchester, N.H.) [with video]

Fed-OSHA issues memorandum on Process Safety Management

Thomas M. Galassi, director of Fed-OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, on May 11 sent a memorandum to regional administrators regarding the Process Safety Management Standard’s recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices requirements, also known as RAGAGEP. The document replaces the agency’s previous memorandum on the issue, which was sent June 5, 2015. The revised […]

Employment safety agencies expect to release 9 rules this year

Fed-OSHA has identified seven proposals the agency hopes to release as final rules before the end of the year, while the Mine Safety and Health Administration, its sister agency within the Department of Labor, plans to issue two final rules in 2016. In DOL’s semi-annual regulatory agenda, issued in May, Fed-OSHA indicated that its long-developing […]

Dying to Work: Trench collapse, manure pit drowning among Fed-OSHA’s top Idaho probes

The incidents couldn’t have been more different. One occurred in a busy Boise, Idaho neighborhood and emergency responders swarmed to the scene. The other occurred in a dairy farm manure pit in the tiny Jerome County town of Hazelton. In Boise, crews from the city’s fire and police departments teamed with Ada County Paramedics and […]

New Hampshire window restoration company fined $40K by Fed-OSHA

Window Master Inc., a window restoration company based in Dublin, New Hampshire, has been fined $40,000 by Fed-OSHA for exposing workers to unsafe levels of lead and other hazards. Fed-OSHA had cited Window Master Inc. in May 2015 and, as a result, the agency has cited the company for six repeat violations as well as […]

New Jersey scrap metal recycler faces $121K in Fed-OSHA fines

A Clifton, New Jersey-based scrap metal recycling company faces more than $121,000 in penalties after an inspection found willful and serious safety issues, according to Fed-OSHA. According to the agency, Park Stein Inc. failed to maintain a front-end loader properly, potentially exposing employees to struck-by hazards. The company also failed to have an adequate respiratory […]

NIOSH asks for input on improving respiratory health among workers

NIOSH’s Respiratory Health Division is seeking comments from stakeholders on ways to improve workers’ respiratory health. The agency states that it wants to hear from various stakeholders – including workers, employers, researchers, and occupational safety and health professionals – to help establish research objectives for the National Occupational Research Agenda, a partnership program for innovative […]