Zika raises legal questions

Sickening thousands of people nationwide, including 73 in Connecticut, the mosquito-borne Zika virus has emerged as a major public health problem. But some attorneys in the state said the illness poses another, longer-term threat — as the next big frontier for employee lawsuits. Many in the legal field wonder whether employers will be held responsible […]

Businesses say Fed-OSHA rule-change favors unions

A group of small businesses say that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s change to the union “walk-around” rule that allows non-employees to accompany OSHA inspectors during workplace inspections illegally brings union representatives into nonunion businesses. The National Federation of Independent Business sued the agency in Dallas Federal Court on Thursday, claiming OSHA illegally expanded […]

South Carolina worker killed in trench collapse

According to the Camden, South Carolina city manager, two men were working on a sewer and water line project in a trench about 7 feet deep when it collapsed shortly before noon Friday. One of the men managed to escape safely. The other man died on the scene. The city official says the crew did […]

Conditions inside Southfield, Michigan’s city hall raise health and safety concerns

Concerns are being raised about conditions inside Southfield, Michigan’s aging city hall building: employees reportedly are getting sick, and nothing was being done to fix a long list of issues. A complaint was filed with the MIOSHA regarding exposed asbestos, mold, lead-based chipped paint and standing water. The complaint also states employees are experiencing headaches […]

Fed-OSHA cites TimkenSteel for worker’s death that occured in March, other incidents

Fed-OSHA has cited TimkenSteel $113,131 for two repeated and four serious safety violations following two March 2016 investigations at the company’s Canton, Ohio plant. Fed-OSHA in March responded to a report that a worker was found dead in the elevator control room while performing monthly fire extinguisher checks. An investigation determined nitrogen leaked into the […]

Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge won’t reopen until at least Sept. 19

Due to a delay in fabricating parts to repair fire damage, the Liberty Bridge’s reopening has been pushed back a week until at least September 19. The bridge, which carries 55,000 vehicles a day, has been closed since September 2 after a construction fire warped a 30-foot steel chord that supports tons of weight. Pittsburgh […]

Experts: Liberty Bridge fire avoidable if standards followed

The fire that risked bringing down the Liberty Bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, should not have occurred had workers been following long-standing fire safety measures, according to construction experts. The fire that caused a 30-foot chord to bow and put the 2,600-foot-long bridge in danger of collapsing started when sparks from a worker cutting steel ignited […]

4 hurt in North Carolina construction accident, officials say

Four construction workers are recovering after they fell about 20 feet Thursday while framing a roof at an equestrian center in Union County, North Carolina. The four were trying to put a truss into place for a roof over a pavilion when the truss fell. WSOC (Charlotte, N.C.) [with video]

Georgia company in manhole death settled after previous incident

The Gainesville, Georgia-based employer of a man who died in a construction incident Tuesday reportedly reached a settlement last year over a previous workplace incident. The inspection record from a planned Fed-OSHA visit reportedly showed employees were working in an excavation area of 5 feet or deeper without cave-in protection. A 29-year-old employee died last […]

Construction worker falls to his death in Oklahoma City

A man working on a 15-story building under construction in downtown Oklahoma City fell to his death on Friday when he apparently drove a scissor lift off the 14th floor of the building. newschannel10 (Amarillo, Texas)

Fed-OSHA seeking feedback on shipyard fall protection revisions

Fed-OSHA is seeking public comment on potential revisions to standards related to fall protection for shipyard workers. The standards, which have not been updated since 1971, address stairway and ladder access and egress, protection from falls and falling objects, and ship scaffolding safety, states the Request for Information, published in the Sept. 8 Federal Register. […]