Texas rig worker’s death required divers’ aid

A fatal rig accident caused authorities to arrive on scene and conduct an underwater search for the body of a Port Arthur, Texas worker in Sabine Pass. The accident occurred on Tuesday morning when the 40-year-old man fell about 100 feet into the water. He was working on a decommissioned oil rig at the time […]

Texas construction worker killed in excavation collapse

A construction worker died and several others were injured Wednesday southeast of Austin, Texas, after an excavation project collapsed. A resident of the area said construction crews were digging a water line for a nearby home development before the collapse. Austin Business Journal

Fed-OSHA reports many state programs did not meet 2015 performance goals

Most state workplace safety programs did not meet performance goals, an annual report by Fed-OSHA studying 21 state programs in fiscal year 2015 has found. This is largely because of high staff turnover and insufficient federal funding in many states, Fed-OSHA said. Still, most states reported better rates of compliance than the federal rate, according […]

New regs for Thursday: Warning labels

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is proposing a rule that would require manufacturers to place warning labels on household products that contain methylene chloride. The Halogenated Solvents Industry Alliance Inc. pointed to an alert from Fed-OSHA and NIOSH that said at least 14 people had died from using paint strippers that contained methylene chloride. The […]

Pennsylvania man killed in logging accident

Fed-OSHA is investigating a logging accident that killed a Shippensburg, Pennsylvania man on Monday. The 44-year-old man was struck by a falling tree while harvesting marked trees on private property. Chambersburg Public Opinion

Massachusetts worker hurt when excavator topples

The operator of an excavator was taken to the hospital Tuesday after the equipment fell from a trailer in Royalston, Massachusetts. A law enforcement official said the vehicle rolled onto its side as it was being loaded onto the trailer. The 61-year-old operator was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries. Worcester Telegram

Emergency crews remove teenager from machine on Michigan farm

For the second time in just over a year, emergency crews have been called to a western Michigan feed and grain company. A teenager who was cleaning a corn silo when his leg became stuck in a conveyer belt is in the hospital. About a year ago, another worker fatally fell 15 feet at H&H […]

North Carolina packing plant evacuated after chemical leak

Workers at Smithfield Packing Co. and residents of nearby homes in Tar Heel, North Carolina were evacuated early Monday after chemicals were accidentally mixed together at the plant, causing a vapor cloud, an emergency services worker said. An EMS official said he didn’t know what the chemicals were, but other news outlets reported they were […]

Investigation continues into pipeline death of Minnesota man

A 27-year-old man who was fatally injured last week while working on the Dakota Access Pipeline project in western North Dakota was from Grand Rapids, Minnesota. A foreman found him slumped over in a tractor cab with serious head trauma at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday near Tioga, according to officials. Fed-OSHA is investigating. INFORUM (Fargo, […]