Media hype aside, energy industry is exceptionally safe

The new movie Deepwater Horizon chronicles a few brave rig workers during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This is a story worth telling, but the Deepwater disaster should not be taken as an indictment of the entire energy industry. Forbes

Fed-OSHA retaliation enforcement rule delayed until December 1

Fed-OSHA announced new regulations in May 2016 addressing reporting of injuries and illnesses. These rules included certain anti-retaliation provisions that may restrict safety incentives, immediate injury reporting rules, and drug testing. The rules initially were to take effect in August of 2016. On July 13, Fed-OSHA announced that it was pushing back the effective date […]

Rigging company fined $9K following fatal New Jersey worksite accident

The company in charge of rigging and moving the 10,000-pound generator that fell and killed two Sussex County, New Jersey men at a Hanover construction site in February was fined $9,000 for a pair of violations, according to Fed-OSHA. The agency’s report did not identify a reason or cause for the accident. New Jersey Herald

Worker dies at pipe plant in northern Mississippi

A 39-year-old worker reportedly has died at a pipe manufacturing plant in northern Mississippi. Fed-OSHA is investigating. The Booneville plant manufactures polyvinyl chloride pipe. News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

Florida tree-trimming company fined $133K following death

A South Florida tree-trimming company is facing a fine of about $133,600 after federal officials said it failed to prevent a worker’s death. Fed-OSHA says Fort Lauderdale-based Monster Tree Service didn’t take proper precautions while the 34-year-old man worked around overhead power lines in April. Investigators found that he was using an aluminum pole saw […]

Worker dead after upstate New York tanker explosion that caused multiple casualties

One of the three men injured during a tanker explosion in the New York’s Capital Region last Monday has died, an attorney for his employer has announced. The tanker truck, owned by the Oklahoma-based Gorman Group, exploded at Mohawk Asphalt Emulsions while unloading material used to make asphalt. Fed-OSHA is investigating. NYup

Fed-OSHA: Poor ‘safety culture’ led to deadly 2013 plant blast

A federal report released Wednesday blames a poor safety culture for the mistakes that led to a deadly 2013 explosion at a Louisiana petrochemical plant. Two people died in the ground-rattling June 2013 blast, which witnesses said sent flames as high as 200 feet over the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar. The blast happened after […]

Fed-OSHA seeks $243K fine from asbestos cleanup firm

An asbestos cleanup firm failed to take required steps to protect employees from exposure to the dangerous mineral while renovating a New Glarus, Wisconsin nursing home, according to Fed-OSHA. The citations for willful violations allege that the employer failed to provide a separate decontamination area for workers to shower and remove work clothing before leaving […]

Feds open inquiry on Miami condo construction accident

Fed-OSHA has opened an investigation into a construction site accident that killed one bystander and injured five other people Wednesday afternoon in Miami when scaffolding fell from the top floor of a Brickell-area condo tower under construction. The man who died was a bystander in his 50s who ran from falling debris and had a […]

MNOSHA investigating employee accident at cheese plant

Minnesota OSHA is investigating an October 11 accident at Le Sueur Cheese in which an employee sustained injuries resulting in the loss of an arm. Reports indicate the 31-year-old production supervisor was attempting to remove material and unplug a machine when the incident occurred. Le Sueur News Herald