Using smartphone technology to combat workplace injury

Manufacturing industries in the United States rely on the tireless efforts of factory employees—who work daily to make, package, prepare and deliver the products we find on our shelves. And there’s a lot of physical effort required of factory workers. The strain of repetitive motion can lead to various musculoskeletal injuries, such as carpal tunnel […]

Lead poisoning in armories? Military cases poorly tracked

An 18-month investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive found that lead dust at indoor firing ranges has contaminated hundreds of National Guard armories across the country. Yet the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reported just 174 lead poisoning cases in all branches of the military between 2005 and 2012. The agency, part of the Centers […]

Indianapolis man killed in accident at construction site

An Indianapolis man was killed in an accident on a power plant construction site in Martinsville, Indiana Monday afternoon. Law enforcement officials say the worker was struck in the head by an I-beam/catwalk after a rigging device failed. He died from those injuries. rtv6 TheIndyChannel

Fed-OSHA: Vehicle in snowplowing job killed worker at Chicago-area Deep Tunnel

A 55-year-old carpenter craft worker who died Monday in Summit, Illinois at the site of a Deep Tunnel stormwater reservoir had been struck by vehicle that was part of a snowplowing operation, Fed-OSHA officials said. Fed-OSHA said the man was struck and killed by a rough-terrain vehicle during snowplowing operations in a parking lot of […]

Wisconsin aluminum fabricator says Fed-OSHA fines overstated

A Schofield, Wisconsin-based aluminum fabricating company faces a $171,169 fine following an investigation into the death of a chemical technician in June. The 51-year-old man died June 14 after a crane accident at Crystal Finishing Systems in Mosinee. Fed-OSHA investigators found Crystal Finishing officials failed to adequately guard machines to prevent workers from coming in […]

Floridian killed in New York construction accident

On Saturday, a 58-year-old Fort Pierce, Florida demolition program manager who had been operating an excavator on a Fishkill, New York project, was killed after a piece of steel beam and tin pierced the cab, according to state police. TCPalm/Poughkeepsie Journal [with video]

Delaware poultry plant cited, fined after worker loses finger

A workplace injury at a poultry plant in Selbyville, Delaware sparked a federal safety investigation, leading to a number of citations and a proposed fine of nearly $40,000, officials said. Inspectors found violations associated with safety management hazards, including procedures meant to prevent the accidental starting of the machine that caused the amputation, according to […]

Man injured at Iowa food plant dies from injuries

A Burlington, Iowa man injured earlier this week in an industrial accident at a snack food packaging plant has died. The Hawk Eye reports that the 36-year-old was hurt Monday afternoon at Shearer’s Foods. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Des Moines Register