Some crane work suspended on Tappan Zee

Construction crews have temporarily suspended work driving steel piles into the bed of the Hudson River after a crane collapsed Tuesday where workers are building a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge. The base of the collapsed crane remained on the new bridge Wednesday, and investigators were examining the area where it was being used […]

Circus company indicted for failing to properly install tent that collapsed

A grand jury has indicted Walker International Events of Sarasota, Florida for allegedly failing to properly install a circus tent that collapsed during an August 3, 2015, circus performance at the Lancaster Fairgrounds in New Hampshire, killing a man and his daughter and injuring dozens of other people. Investigators determined that a microburst storm, coming […]

Dayton plant workers file complaint with Fed-OSHA

Workers from a Dayton, Ohio-area manufacturing plant have filed a Fed-OSHA complaint, a month after announcing they may unionize. In a release, United Auto Workers said employees filed the complaint Thursday at Dayton Molded Urethanes, a subsidiary of Creative Foam Corp. Dayton Business Journal

Fed-OSHA fines Nissan Canton

Fed-OSHA recently cited Nissan in Canton, for two violations. Travis Parks is a production technician at the plant and member of a group seeking to unionize workers. Workers filed a complaint after another employee fell into a pit in February, and went to the hospital. MPB

Postal Service exposes employees to asbestos, mold and ‘sanitary issues’

Postal Service employees are exposed to asbestos, mold and other sanitary issues in agency buildings where birds and squirrels sometimes run amuck, which could result in nearly $19 million in fines, a government watchdog has reported. Most of the 20 Postal Service facilities examined by the agency’s inspector general had safety issues, security lapses or […]

Fed-OSHA fines gas plant $77K

Fed-OSHA is recommending a French gas supplier, Air Liquide Large Industries, pay $77,000 in fines. The agency initiated an inspection in late January of the company’s steam methane reformer plant in Corpus Christi, Texas after receiving a complaint about unsafe working conditions. A willful citation was issued for failing to perform air monitoring to assess […]

Idaho dairy cited for serious violation in manure pit drowning

There is much to read in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Inspection No. 1125964 (none of it good), but the underlying theme throughout the July 12 report is that what happened to Ruperto Vazquez-Carrera on Feb. 16 could have, and should have, been prevented. Sometime in the pre-dawn hours, Vazquez-Carrera […]