Clammer is burned dredging up old bomb off New Jersey coast

A fishing crew apparently pulled up unexploded ordnance while clamming, leading to a fisherman being hospitalized with second-degree burns and the destruction of more than 700 cases of chowder, officials said. It’s unclear what the ordnance was, but fishing vessels along the Atlantic Coast routinely dredge up munitions, including mustard agent, that was dumped at […]

The 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S.

According to a new report by CareerCast, some of the most dangerous professions in America are also some of the lowest paid, while workers in many “safe” professions make considerably more. The risk of a fatality is an ever-present concern in high-risk jobs. In 2014, 4,821 workers died on the job, according to the Bureau […]

A child dies every 3 days on farm: Report

Bryan Weichelt is among the researchers at the forefront of monitoring injuries and deaths among children related to farming and agriculture at the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety. The 2016 report from the center released in July shows that children on farms are much much safer from nonfatal injuries today […]

Working ‘the chain,’ slaughterhouse workers face lifelong injuries

“The chain,” as workers call it, is the heartbeat of any meat-processing plant. It’s the mechanized driver of eviscerated hogs, cattle and chickens, hung up on hooks and quickly moving down a line at these massive meat factories. Workers disassemble the animals into the standard cuts for consumers. The workers, most often immigrants and resettled […]

Fed-OSHA investigating fatal trench collapse near Pearland, Texas

Fed-OSHA has launched an investigation after a worker was buried in a trench collapse at a construction site south of Pearland, Texas, last Monday. The 270-acre site is where expansion is currently underway at a large residential subdivision that opened in 2001. The Journal (Pearland, Texas)

Company fined for ‘serious violations’ in Georgia tire plant death

A Georgia construction company has been fined $11,900 after an investigation into the death of an employee who was helping work on the Kumho Tire plant in Macon. Fed-OSHA cited AutoRica LLC of LaGrange with two serious violations related to the death of the 19-year-old. The report said AutoRica did not provide adequate training or […]

Atlanta company fined for allegedly stifling whistleblowers

BlueLinx Holdings, an Atlanta building supply company, will pay a fine for trying to discourage departing employees from blowing the whistle on any potential wrongdoing at the firm, according to federal investigators. This is the first case in which the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has challenged a widely-used severance agreement clause in which companies […]

Doctor recommendations are medical treatment: Fed-OSHA

In an April 2016 Interpretation Letter, which was recently made publically available, Fed-OSHA responded to a question about medical treatment beyond first aid for recordkeeping purposes. The incident in question involved an employee who experienced wrist pain after working at a computer. Before being seen at the occupational health clinic, the employee bought and used […]

Vermont Veterans’ Home fined for not evaluating potential hazards

Leaders of the Vermont Veterans’ Home want more information from VOSHA after being told to review its workplace violence prevention program. VOSHA issued a $2,700 fine to the facility recently for not evaluating potential workplace hazards and not providing staff with protective gear. Healthcare facilities like the home are generally recognized as having a higher […]

ADOSH recognizes metals company with safety award

Quemetco Metals Limited Inc., of Casa Grande, Arizona, has been named a Voluntary Protection Program Star Site by the Arizona Department of Occupational Safety and Health. The plant is the 39th facility to earn the VPP Star designation in Arizona. Casa Grande Dispatch

MIOHSA awards petroleum facility state’s top health and safety honor

Michigan OSHA has awarded its most-prestigious health and safety honor to the Marathon Petroleum Company LP’s Terminal Transport & Rail facility. The Muskegon County operation has received the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) Star Award. The terminal is a bulk receiving, storage, and distribution facility of refined petroleum products that include gasoline, ultra-low sulfur, diesel […]