Grain elevator collapses in east-central Kansas

Emergency crews were called Wednesday morning the scene of a grain elevator collapse in east-central Kansas. The Morris County emergency management coordinator says no one was injured after a holding elevator on the northern edge of White City, Kansas, toppled to the ground shortly before 11 a.m. The elevator sits less than a half-mile from […]

Training helped New Jersey firefighters rescue man from trench

Montclair, New Jersey firefighters and their local counterparts put years of training to work on Saturday, when they rescued a man who became trapped as he was removing an underground oil tank from a yard, officials said. NorthJersey

Virginia: Plant closure last week due to ‘potential hazard’

Daikin Applied has confirmed there was a closure at the company’s Verona, Virginia plant last week due to a “potential hazard.” It was identified during the Thanksgiving holiday closure while an outside contractor was conducting renovation work, a company official said. VOSH received a call from Daikin about asbestos, but the company wouldn’t later divulge […]

Contractors at Mount Vernon project fined $20K

Four contractors working at an affordable housing site in Mount Vernon, New York face $20,726 in fines for safety violations. Fed-OSHA assessed the biggest fine of $14,000 to Standard Waterproofing of the Bronx for three violations related to ladders and training at the La Porte building. lohud/Journal News

Quick action sought to make contractors report past violations

The city of Boston’s inspections chief is pushing for the City Council to quickly approve a proposed law that would require contractors to report past violations before they can get permits — despite some objections from contractors — after two men died in a water main break in October. Mayor Martin J. Walsh proposed the […]

Keeping employees safe during the holidays

There is a new effort to keep retail workers safe during the holidays. Fed-OSHA is targeting businesses who aren’t following safe procedures for storage and electrical hazards. WBRE/WYOU [with video]

Sioux Falls officials won’t investigate building collapse

The city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota will not investigate the case of a building collapse that killed a construction worker and injured a woman Friday, relying instead on federal safety inspectors to find out the cause of the incident, officials said Monday. Bismarck Tribune

Preventing violence in health care: Fed-OSHA seeks comment on possible standard

Fed-OSHA has announced a Request for Information on whether the agency should propose a standard aimed at preventing workplace violence in the health care and social assistance sectors. The RFI follows a report from the Government Accountability Office that found rates of workplace violence in those industries are “substantially higher” than in private industry overall. […]