Fed-OSHA nears release of findings in deadly Boise trench collapse

Fed-OSHA has completed its investigation into a May trench collapse in Boise that killed two men and seriously injured another. The excavation company was digging a trench for a sewer line that would connect to four future homes. Idaho Statesman

Police identify El Paso pawn shop employee found dead at work

Police identified a 65-year-old woman found dead at an El Paso pawn shop where she worked. A coworker found her unresponsive by a conveyor belt, police said. Investigators believe young died as a result of an industrial accident. KVIA (El Paso, Texas)

Georgia worker dies following construction incident

A 29-year-old Gainesville, Georgia employee of a trucking and grading company died Tuesday following a construction incident, according to authorities. Firefighters at the scene rescued two unresponsive workers from a manhole 25 feet below ground. Gainesville Times

Detroit Medical Center fined over workplace security

A Detroit hospital has been cited by MIOSHA for failing to maintain security. According to a new state investigation, Detroit Receiving Hospital has failed to protect staff and patients adequately. WDIV ClickOnDetroit [with video]

‘Here we go again: OSHA and the new silica rule’

On March 25, Fed-OSHA issued a long-anticipated final rule on occupational exposure to crystalline silica. Silica is a naturally occurring element found in a host of construction materials, most notably in concrete. In the roofing industry, silica is found in such other products as concrete and clay roof tiles, mortar and even slate. Buffalo Business […]

Here’s what happens when one of the nation’s old bridges catches fire

The Liberty Bridge, a key entry point into the city of Pittsburgh, has been closed to traffic for nearly a week following a construction fire that prompted some serious emergency repairs. The 88-year-old Liberty carries 65,000 vehicles a day and is yet another symbol of the nation’s sagging infrastructure. It was undergoing an $80-million renovation […]

OSHNC confirms lifeguard was shocked and drowned

North Carolina Department of Labor investigators have released preliminary findings confirming that a 17-year-old lifeguard at a neighborhood pool in northern Wake County likely drowned after being electrocuted on Saturday, a spokesman for the department said. Raleigh News & Observer

New York fire equipment company must pay up for Fed-OSHA violations

Oprandy’s Fire and Safety Equipment of Middletown, New York must pay Fed-OSHA $19,774 in connection with the injury of two employees when a compressed gas cylinder exploded last February. The company took no action to appeal. An inspection found the explosion occurred because the air device’s pressure exceeded the cylinder’s listed pressure limit, and that […]