5 trends causing employers to increase focus on office safety, security

According to Fed-OSHA, the development of a strong safety culture in the workplace has the greatest impact on reducing incidents. This has been confirmed by independent research and inspired many white-collar companies to invest in safety cultures of their own. Forbes

Electrocuted worker ‘responsible for his own actions,’ under-fire employer says

A 34-year old electrocuted by a power line while trimming a tree in Fort Lauderdale in April, would be alive today had his employer taken proper precautions, Fed-OSHA said this week. The agency plans to fine his employer, Fort Lauderdale-based Monster Tree Service, $133,617. The worker reportedly was using an aluminum pole saw too close […]

Cause of Kentucky factory worker’s death confirmed

A preliminary postmortem exam and autopsy has confirmed that the injuries a 23-year-old production engineer suffered Monday afternoon at Montaplast’s Frankfort, Kentucky plant are consistent with electrocution, according to the coroner. Another worker died from injuries sustained in an unrelated accident at the plant last week, according to Kentucky OSH. State Journal (Frankfort, Ky.)

4 Toledo-area firms fined for safety violations

Four Toledo-area companies, including BP-Husky Refining LLC, have been cited and fined for workplace safety violations by Fed-OSHA. BP-Husky was fined $35,632 for five serious violations, all of which related to the use and working condition of fire hydrants at the refinery. Toledo Blade

University of Hawaii fined for safety violations in lab explosion

In response to the University of Hawaii, Manoa, lab explosion in March, which severely injured a postdoc student, last month HIOSH issued a citation for 15 serious violations and imposed fines totaling $115,500. This month, after the university immediately took advantage of the opportunity provided by the law to confer informally with HIOSH to seek […]

Fed-OSHA investigates death of construction worker in Missouri

Authorities are investigating after a worker was killed in a construction accident in Jefferson City, Missouri. Fed-OSHA said in a news release that the man was killed Monday in an accident that involved a concrete pump truck, when he was struck by an “outrigger” that is used to stabilize the truck. Missourian

Fed-OSHA investigating FedEx plant after employee gets caught in conveyor belt

Fed-OSHA is investigating an incident that occurred at a FedEx distribution center in northeast Springfield, Missouri on Friday morning. The employee’s left arm was trapped up to the shoulder between two rollers and his head was caught between one roller and a brace on the machine, according to a report. Springfield News-Leader

Q&A with North Carolina labor commissioner

Cherie Berry, North Carolina commissioner of labor, is asked, “What are the three most important labor-related issues facing North Carolina? and if elected, what would you do to address these issues?” Indy Week (Durham, N.C.)