Employee dies at natural gas processing plant in Wyoming

An employee of the Williams Opal natural gas processing plant in Opal, Wyoming died early Wednesday morning at the plant. According to a news release from Williams, there was not an explosion or a fire at the plant, and there is no threat to the surrounding area. KSTU (Salt Lake City)

Worker killed in Denver industrial accident had THC in system

A 64-year-old worker who died after he was caught in a machine at an aluminum plant in Denver had the psychoactive chemical of marijuana in his bloodstream. The director of Fed-OSHA’s Denver-area office tells the Denver Post that if inspectors find a malfunctioning or improperly set up machine led to the death, the marijuana in […]

New regs for Thursday: Whistleblowers

The Department of Labor is moving forward with new whistleblower protections for sailors: Fed-OSHA issued Wednesday new procedures for handling retaliation complaints by seamen. The protections go into effect immediately. The Hill (Washington, D.C.)

Ergonomics matter for telecommuters, too

Telecommuting might make life easier for millions of American workers, but it doesn’t necessarily absolve employers from the responsibility of ensuring that their workers are safe and healthy on the job. benefitspro

Fed-OSHA cites Cleveland plating company for alleged willful, serious violations

Fed-OSHA has cited A-Brite Plating of Cleveland with alleged willful and serious safety and health violations. The auto parts plating plant is a division of Ontario, Canada-based Plasman Group. The proposed penalties are $256,545, according to a news release. Fed-OSHA began an investigation at the plant after learning that a machine operator had fallen into […]

Florida roofing contractor receives stiff penalties for unsafe working conditions

Fed-OSHA has issued a St. Johns County, Florida company two willful citations, one repeat and one serious citation. The willful citations are related to the employer’s failure to protect his workers with a fall protection system when working from heights up to 20 feet. The repeat violation involves not properly extending a roof access ladder […]

UW Medical Center intensifies testing after Legionnaires’ disease death

University of Washington Medical Center officials are stepping up testing of the hospital environment — and patients — in the wake of two cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the past month, including one in a patient who died. So far, officials have taken 70 separate samples from various hospital sites, including showers, scrub sinks, patient […]

New York City mayor brushes off incomplete count of construction deaths

New York City mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio stood behind his administration’s method of counting construction deaths Tuesday, although the city’s figure did not account for more than a third of last year’s fatalities. Fed-OSHA issued serious violations in all six cases that the city said fell outside of its jurisdiction. Crain’s New York Business

More details emerge in construction worker’s fatal fall from Oklahoma City building

Shortly before 11:30 a.m. Friday, co-workers say Alex Baiza had unloaded a pile of wooden framework from a scissor lift on the 14th floor of the BOK Park Plaza Tower in downtown Oklahoma City before going back for another load. As he tried to raise the lift, the machine instead lurched forward toward the building’s […]

State ag officials seek Fed-OSHA enforcement extension

The National Association of State Ag Departments is asking Fed-OSHA to delay its enforcement of stringent new requirements for the storage of anhydrous ammonia at retail locations. The State Ag Departments sent a letter to Fed-OSHA asking it to delay enforcement of the new Process Safety Management rules until July of 2018. AgNet West