4 work-stop orders issued at site of deadly Florida construction accident

Fed-OSHA officials are investigating what caused a West Palm Beach, Florida construction worker to fall 15-stories to his death on Thursday. The construction site reportedly has been the subject of at least four work-stop orders imposed by the city since construction got underway. One of the orders was for an issue related to shoring. Another […]

Woman recalls chaos after worker fell to death in West Palm

As Jairisheila Gomez headed down Dixie Highway to pick her 5-year daughter up from school Thursday, she was stopped near Fern Street and noticed a commotion: More than 20 construction workers were screaming and cursing, trying to stop traffic and get everyone out of the road in downtown West Palm Beach. Then, she saw the […]

Connecticut diagnostic lab cited by Fed-OSHA

Federal workplace health and safety officials have cited a city-based subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics Corp. for failing to take the proper precautions to protect workers from hazardous chemicals. Fed-OSHA has proposed fining Quest Diagnostics $152,000 for 17 health and safety violations at the company’s Ameripath diagnostic laboratory in Shelton, Connecticut. The agency’s announcement came after […]

Fed-OSHA fines two Jacksonville construction companies

Two Florida construction-related businesses have been cited and fined for safety infractions by Fed-OSHA, which issued a $139,000 fine against AJ New Construction and Repair Inc. following inspections of a house project. Inspectors say they found the company engaged in willfully allowed employees to work from heights in excess of 10 feet without fall protection. […]

America’s most common workplace injury is hearing loss

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, workplace-related hearing loss is the most common work-related injury with approximately 22 million workers exposed annually to hazardous levels of occupational noise. Workers in the mining sector, followed by those in construction and manufacturing, are most likely to suffer from hearing impairment. An estimated $242 million […]

Texas construction worker dies in tunnel collapse

A 22-year-old worker died Wednesday when a construction tunnel collapsed in Lockhart, Texas. The crew was completing utility work on land soon to be developed when the collapse occurred, according to police. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Victoria Advocate

Two reported dead in Texas rig accident

A Lubbock, Texas-based energy company last week reported a deadly accident on one of its rigs. Norton Energy Drilling issued a statement on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon reporting two workers were killed in an accident on one of the company’s rigs. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Austin business groups oppose more rules for permitting

Four Austin business groups are opposing a plan to require extra steps in the city’s permit review process. The steps would lead to more protection for construction workers, but they would also involve extra time and paperwork as well as additional fees on projects going through the proposed expedited review process at the Development Services […]

OSHNC fines police department

The North Carolina Department of Labor has fined Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police $7,000 after a workplace assessment found several violations involving the CMPD Training Academy. A 29-year-old cadet died in July while conducting state-mandated physical fitness. A local medical examiner determined that his pre-existing medical condition played a critical role in his death and that he had […]

Flagger for Colorado DOT dies after being hit by semitrailer

Fed-OSHA is investigating the death of a 29-year-old flagger who was struck by a semitrailer while directing traffic at a Colorado Department of Transportation project on Colo. 119 in Firestone on Friday. The agency is is looking into whether the contractor was using proper traffic control. Times-Call (Longmont, Colo.)

New Jersey lab fined $152K for safety violations in Connecticut facility

A Madison, New Jersey-based company is facing more than $152,000 in fines after inadequately protecting its employees against chemical hazards, Fed-OSHA announced Thursday. Employees of Quest Diagnostic Corp.’s Ameripath diagnostic laboratory in Shelton, Connecticut filed a complaint with Fed-OSHA earlier this year after growing concerns because they were experiencing sore throats, headaches, and difficulty breathing, […]

Auto parts maker where worker lost hand facing $218K fine

An auto parts manufacturer where a worker’s hand was amputated by a power press two years ago is facing $218,000 in fines for allegedly failing to correct multiple safety violations. Fed-OSHA proposed the fines against York Metal Toll Processing Inc. after inspectors reported finding uncorrected electrical, crushing and respiratory hazards, and recurring amputation hazards at […]

Feds indict 2 Explo Systems owners, 4 officials

Federal prosecutors in northwest Louisiana unsealed a 32-count indictment Wednesday against owners and officials of a company accused of leaving 7,800 tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant at a Louisiana National Guard facility. The indictment includes allegations that they lied to get and keep a military contract to “demilitarize” the M6 artillery propellant, and that […]

IOSHA fines warehouse for serious lead violation

Indiana OSHA has found a serious violation involving lead dust at Carrier’s warehouse on the city of Indianapolis’ west side. Carrier has also been fined $1,700 according to IOSHA. WRTV (Indianapolis)

Fed-OSHA proposes fine in connection with March death at Missouri construction site

Fed-OSHA has proposed a $7,000 fine in connection with the late March death of a construction worker in Springfield, Missouri. The 25-year-old man fell approximately 50 feet from an unfinished apartment complex and died as a result of the employer’s failure to ensure that exposed employees were protected from falls while they unloaded buckets of […]

NIOSH seeking feedback on Center for Motor Vehicle Safety

NIOSH is scheduled to host an online-only meeting to gather input from the public regarding the effectiveness of the agency’s Center for Motor Vehicle Safety, as well as ideas for the center’s future. The meeting, slated for September 14, will focus on how well NIOSH is meeting the goals outlined in its 2014-18 strategic plan; […]