Syracuse-area roofer facing $96,000 fine for alleged safety violations

A Syracuse-area roofing contractor is facing $96,000 in fines for repeat violations of federal safety laws, according to Fed-OSHA. Inspectors said they found employees of The Roofing Guys Inc. working atop a pitched residential roof in Camillus, New York on April 8 without safety harnesses. The lack of fall protection meant the employees were exposed […]

New Jersey can maker cited for noise hazards

A steel can manufacturer based in Parsippany, New Jersey has been cited for exposing its workers to noise hazards with the potential for permanent hearing loss and the government is proposing a $104,220 fine. Allstate Can Corp. was cited for five federal violations on September 16 by Fed-OSHA. Daily Record (Parsippany, N.J.)

Lawsuit reportedly filed in trench collapse that killed 2 workers

The family of a 46-year-old man who was killed along with a co-worker in 2014 when a trench they were digging collapsed has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against their employer. Employees of Bednar Landscape Services were installing a French drain system at a residence in Boonton Township, New Jersey on October 1, 2014 when a […]

Video game voice actors push for standardized contracts

In the midst of a protracted squabble, the union representing voice actors has come up with a contract for low-budget indie game developers. SAG-AFTRA is promoting a new agreement for titles under $250,000 that would limit difficult vocal sessions (presumably involving yelling or other vocal gymnastics) to two hours. SAG-AFTRA says vocal stress is a […]

MIOSHA takes aim at hazards encountered during blight removal

Michigan OSHA is looking to protect workers from hazards linked to asbestos, lead and cadmium that may be encountered during blight removal projects, as part of a one-year state emphasis program launched in September. The program will focus mainly on residential jobsites. MIOSHA said it will increase inspections at blight removal jobsites and work with […]

Answers in steelworker’s death may be weeks or months off

Answers in the death of an Indiana steelworker may be weeks or months off. The 30-year-old Valparaiso man was killed Friday night in an accident at U.S. Steel’s mill in Gary, Indiana, the company’s largest. According to a union official, the man had been working in a four-man crew assigned to troubleshoot a crane. His […]

First, a shock almost killed him; another might have saved his life

A Shiloh, Illinois police officer used a canvas strap to pull a construction worker from a puddle of electrified water Friday morning, then a second officer used chest compressions to revive the man. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Belleville News-Democrat

Iowa farmworker dies in silo fall

An Iowa farmworker died this week after falling roughly 30 feet inside a silo. Fed-OSHA reportedly will not investigate the death because the farm doesn’t have more than 10 non-family employees. KCCI (Des Moines)

Fed-OSHA proposes new respiratory protections

The Department of Labor is proposing new respiratory protections. Fed-OSHA proposed Thursday changes to the respiratory protection standard that would affect construction and shipyard workers. The public has 60 days to comment. The Hill (Washington, D.C.)

NIOSH announces recent pubs on nanotechnology and carbon nanotubes

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recently announced the availability of two publications. Nanotechnology: Delivering on the Promise is a two-volume American Chemical Society symposium report that discusses advances in nanotechnology and the value of precautionary risk management. Lynn L. Bergeson wrote a chapter entitled “Opportunities and Challenges for Health, Safety, and the […]

Des Moines post office cited after carriers fall ill from heat

The U.S. Postal Service was issued a citation by Fed-OSHA after two Des Moines mail carriers became ill while working in 90-plus degree heat this summer. According to Fed-OSHA, a 24-year-old mail carrier asked her supervisor to be relieved June 9 after feeling ill midway through her 11-mile delivery route. Temperatures that day exceeded 93 […]

Fed-OSHA proposes rule to streamline 18 standards

In an effort to ease burdens on employers, Fed-OSHA has issued a proposed rule that would “remove or revise outdated, duplicative, unnecessary, and inconsistent requirements” in 18 standards concerning recordkeeping, general industry, maritime and construction. The Standards Improvement Project – Phase IV rule is in response to Executive Order 13563, which called for regulations that […]