Needle stick infects lab worker with Zika virus

In another unusual twist in Zika developments, a woman experimenting with the virus in a laboratory contracted an infection after a needle stick injury, officials from Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County reported last week. The Zika case is unique, because the lab worker had not traveled to an affected area and wasn’t infected through sexual transmission, the […]

Two workers hurt when concrete beam plunges at Arizona bridge project

Two construction workers were injured, one critically, when a steel-reinforced concrete bridge-support beam fell 40 feet during work on a Surprise, Arizona intersection Thursday morning. The 150-foot-long beam, weighing between 60,000 and 90,000 pounds, fell onto a piece of heavy machinery. YourWestValley

Two workers seriously injured in Hyannis floor collapse

Two workers were hospitalized Friday with serious injuries after a floor collapsed at the site of a closed car dealership under renovation in Hyannis, Massachusetts. The men were in a mobile aerial work platform when the first floor collapsed from the weight of the rig. The main part of the unit fell into the basement […]

Poison of pollution: Did feds’ IBM study go far enough?

Federal officials are facing criticism over a recently released inconclusive study on birth defects of children born to IBM workers exposed to the chemical TCE. The NIOSH study, which focused on the once-thriving IBM’s microelectronics plant in Endicott, New York, made no mention of TCE levels measured at 45 buildings in 2005. Press & Sun […]

Spending bill chides Fed-OSHA on regs for fertilizer dealers

Fed-OSHA should go through a public rulemaking process before imposing new Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations on fertilizer dealers who handle anhydrous ammonia, a committee report accompanying a Senate appropriations bill says. The fight over the requirements has been going on since Fed-OSHA issued guidance last July that revoked the so-called “retailer exemption” from the […]

Fed-OSHA backs driver fired for refusing to violate safety regs

Fed-OSHA is ordering NFI Interactive Logistics to reinstate and compensate a driver who was fired for refusing to violate hours of service to complete a delivery. In August 2012, NFI had assigned the driver to deliver Poland Spring bottled water from Northborough, Massachusetts, to Jersey City, New Jersey, but due to severe weather and flooding, […]

Zookeeper killed by tiger did not follow safety protocol

Stacey Konwiser, the lead zookeeper at the Palm Beach Zoo who was killed by a Malayan tiger on April 15, did not follow established safety procedures, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released by the zoo this week. The inspection found at least two issues with the tiger enclosure, including the handling of […]