Manure pits pose drowning hazard

Manure can kill. A 29-year-old Wisconsin man died Monday after inhaling toxic fumes while cleaning out a manure tank on his family farm. At least 13 cows also died and others were sick, according to a county coroner. The coroner said the methane or sulfur oxide gases from the manure, combined with warm temperatures, created […]

Fed-OSHA: Louisville bridge companies knew wind gauge was broken months before crane collapse

The companies in charge of Louisville’s East End Bridge knew a crane had a broken wind gauge months before it collapsed in high winds in February, investigators have determined. Fed-OSHA found that the gauge had not worked since December 2015. Managers with Walsh Construction Co. and Vinci Construction were “fully aware” that the device, an […]

Fed-OSHA fines five northwest Ohio employers

A family-owned Sylvania Township, Ohio company that does zinc plating work has been fined more than $100,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor after investigators allegedly found a number of workplace safety violations. Fed-OSHA initiated an investigation at Moore Metal Finishing in February following an unspecified complaint. Four other area firms also have been cited […]

Family of man who died at Texas wastewater plant sues

The family of one of the men who died after being trapped in a room flooded with sludge at an El Paso, Texas wastewater treatment plant in 2014 has filed a lawsuit against the city of El Paso, the El Paso Water Utilities Service Board and the company contracted by the water utility, for nonmonetary […]

Circus to fight charges in New Hampshire tent collapse

The attorney for Walker International Events told a judge last week that his client intends to plead not guilty to all charges in connection with circus tent collapse at New Hampshire’s Lancaster Fairgrounds that killed a father and his young daughter last year. Based in Sarasota, Florida, the company was indicted in July for allegedly […]

Wyoming OSHA penalties to increase

The maximum penalties that can be assessed to Wyoming businesses under occupational health and safety regulations will be going up next year. The change is the result of Congressional action which required federal agencies to index civil penalties by the inflation rate, with a one-time catch up provision. Wyoming Business Report

Opponent blasts North Carolina labor commissioner for taking ‘improper’ campaign donations

The Democrat seeking to unseat Cherie Berry as North Carolina labor commissioner criticized her Wednesday for accepting “improper contributions” from corporate executives who have cases pending before her agency. Candidate Charles Meeker, a former Raleigh mayor, said in a statement that if he’s elected, he will not accept such political contributions. Meeker cited recent campaign […]