New York City Council to unveil sweeping construction-safety legislation

City Council members plan to introduce a slew of bills this week in response to an increase in construction deaths and injuries during the city’s building boom. The package includes 18 pieces of legislation that could have sweeping consequences for the industry. Crane operation and licensing would be more strictly monitored, while smaller construction sites […]

House raising, booming since Sandy, a dangerous and expensive industry

Property owners along New Jersey’s coast have had their homes raised to avoid flood waters like those that damaged homes during Hurricane Sandy. But the home-elevation industry, which became a booming business after the 2012 storm, is wrought with problems, ranging from safety issues to funding delays that put projects on hold and left some […]

Keeping warm in the cold

Cold-related injury and illness may occur if special precautions are not taken when working outdoors in freezing temperatures. Cold stress occurs when skin and internal body temperatures go so low that the body is not able to warm itself back up, according to Fed-OSHA. The result of cold stress could be hypothermia, nerve and tissue […]

Sioux Falls company cited for serious safety violations in trench accident

A Sioux Falls, South Dakota company has been cited for safety violations from an incident that severely injured an employee. Fed-OSHA cited Kempf Construction for five serious safety violations after a 40-year-old equipment operator was severely injured while working in a 16-foot trench in late October. Sioux Falls Argus-Leader

MNOSHA will investigate plant explosion

Investigators from Minnesota OSHA will investigate an explosion Wednesday at a truck manufacturing plant that injured several employees. The plant makes cement trucks and refuse trucks and employs about 1,000 in Dodge Center, a town of 2,700 about 70 miles southeast of Minneapolis. Fox News

Minnesota truck factory back to work after Wednesday explosion

Workers were back on the job Thursday at McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, one day after an explosion that severely injured several employees. The Dodge Center, Minnesota manufacturing plant, which was evacuated after the blast Wednesday morning in a paint booth, is owned by Oshkosh Corporation. Owatonna

Ford contractor dies after fall from crane

The Ford contractor who died after falling from a catwalk in Dearborn, Michigan Wednesday morning has been identified. A report says the 55-year-old man was walking across a wooden catwalk toward a crane that he was going to inspect, or was inspecting; the walkway collapsed under him and he fell 30-50 feet to the concrete […]