Fed-OSHA opens new inquiry at Boston hotel

Juan Carlos Espinal is an experienced housekeeper at the Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill, but he is afraid to empty the garbage. On the night shift, he scans the wastebaskets for the glint of a hypodermic needle. And if he finds one, as he did recently, often there is no safe place for him to throw […]

Fed-OSHA cites Boston company after fatal ammonia leak

A Boston Seaport company has been cited for 20 violations by Fed-OSHA after a fatal ammonia leak in March. Fed-OSHA determined that a burst pipe in a machine shop leaked the ammonia. An employee’s body was found in the facility. WCVB (Boston)

Utah man dies in collapsed trench

One man is dead and another is injured after a trench collapsed in American Fork on Friday. A crew was excavating the trench with heavy machinery to lay a water line in a subdivision. After one of them jumped into the trench to work with a shovel, the ground collapsed from under him, trapping his […]

Anchorage worker dies in industrial accident

A 24-year-old Anchorage, Alaska man was killed Friday afternoon when a wall he and another man were removing collapsed, according to police. The men reportedly were removing a retaining wall to build a new one and were taking down wooden support beams when the wall fell. KTVA (Anchorage)

Steelworker dies at Gary Works

A 30-year-old steelworker died at U.S. Steel Gary Works mill in Indiana on Friday, according to the local coroner. The death at Gary Works comes weeks after protests that U.S. Steel and the consulting group McKinsey & Co. were making the mill less safe by laying off and demoting maintenance workers. Northwest Indiana Times

Fed-OSHA nails New Jersey contractor for fall hazards

Fed-OSHA has accused a New Jersey construction company of failing to provide fall protection for employees at four jobsites in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. The agency has proposed nearly $292,000 in penalties against Station Builders Inc. of Cinnaminson, New Jersey. Repeat citations involved failure to provide personal protective equipment, improper use of portable ladders, and to […]

NIOSH releases report on safety officer’s sudden death following training

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention program recently released a report on the death of a Montana fire safety officer following training in 2014. Although the member reportedly was not involved in active firefighting, the report recommended that departments conduct medical evaluations for all members. Fire Engineering