Delaware lawmakers scrutinize zip line rules after woman’s death

After a woman fell to her death from the Go Ape zip line course in Lum’s Pond State Park on Wednesday, Delaware legislators say they’re pressing for details on what happened and will work with state regulators to see if new rules are necessary. Go Ape staff say the 59-year-old disconnected her safety harness on […]

Wrong safety line may have contributed to Wyoming oil worker’s death

An improperly used safety cable may have contributed to the July death of an oil rig worker in Midwest, Wyoming, according to law enforcement. Details are still emerging about what happened when the Casper man fell from a height between 74 and 78 feet. The 28-year-old derrick hand was on a workover rig in the […]

Connecticut: Chemical spill prompts warning not to eat fish from Quinnipiac River

Late Thursday afternoon, Connecticut officials warned people not to eat any fish taken from a stretch of the Quinnipiac River until water quality test results are completed. A chemical spill Wednesday at a metals finishing factory prompted town officials to temporarily close two public wells and state environmental officials to issue a warning against eating […]

Georgia magistrate judge limits Fed-OSHA inspections in poultry plants

Fed-OSHA is fighting a Gainesville, Georgia, magistrate judge’s recommendation that would restrict its new regional worker-safety program aimed at poultry processing facilities. In the Regional Emphasis Program, announced October 2015, the federal agency said it will increase enforcement efforts at poultry processing plants in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi (Region IV), directing its inspectors to […]

$28K in penalties in fatal Kentucky trench collapse

An inspection following a Lexington, Kentucky trench collapse that killed a construction worker in May found five serious violations, resulting in penalties of $28,000. The 22-year-old man died of asphyxiation after being completely covered by dirt and gravel when the trench he was working in collapsed on May 4. Lexington Herald-Leader

Spike in Tennessee workplace fatalities blamed on construction boom

A spike in on-the-job fatalities in Tennessee has safety officials on high alert. Last month alone, 10 workers died. Usually, most workplace deaths occur in the manufacturing sector. Of the 10 deaths in July, some were in factories. One was an incident involving a garbage truck. And four were on construction sites, according to the […]

Raleigh hotel has black mold problem, employee says

A Raleigh, North Carolina hotel employee said the business has a black mold problem that is affecting the health of employees, and that management isn’t addressing the problem. WNCN (Raleigh, N.C.) [with video]

Senate oversight hearing examines atrazine, anhydrous regulations

Federal regulation of the broadleaf herbicide atrazine and safety compliance requirements for retailers of anhydrous fertilizer were among the topics discussed at a recent Senate oversight hearing held by Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Joni Ernst of Iowa. A human health assessment for atrazine, propazine and simazine is also currently under review by the […]

Southern New Jersey transportation firm must pay $1M in back wages

A Cherry Hill, New Jersey transportation company has been ordered to pay more than 350 workers over $1 million in back wages after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. NFI, which is one of the largest commercial transportation companies in the nation, must pay 357 driver dispatchers and trailer […]

Victim identified in fatal impalement accident at Alabama water treatment facility

Mobile, Alabama police have confirmed that a 36-year-old man was the victim in a fatal impalement accident at a water treatment facility Monday. The worker was cutting a beam 15 feet in the air when the beam shifted and caused him to fall and become impaled by rebar. He died on the scene. WALA (Mobile, […]

Construction industry groups rail against final Labor Dept. ‘blacklisting’ rule

Major construction industry associations have come out swinging against a new Department of Labor rule that they say could unfairly ban contractors from being able to bid on or perform government work. The new provision takes effect on Oct. 25, with the rollout staggered in phases to give firms time to understand and comply with […]