Nurses face more violence from hospital patients

Nurses and other health care workers increasingly face verbal abuse, physical assaults and injuries, often from the patients they’re trying to help, according to testimony at a Jan. 10 meeting held by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Capitol Hill. There, registered nurses called on Fed-OSHA to promptly pass regulations to prevent […]

Obama’s last big labor regulation could impact South Carolina’s growing aerospace sector

One of the Obama administration’s last workplace regulations takes aim at a material common in one of South Carolina’s fastest-growing industries. Fed-OSHA published a rule this month that will sharply limit workers’ exposure to beryllium, which is widely used in aerospace manufacturing. The new standards likely represent the Labor Department’s last significant regulation under President […]

New York City construction deaths and injuries rise as inspections decline

Construction worker injuries and deaths have spiked in New York City in the last few years as the number of safety inspections dropped, a new study set for release Wednesday found. With an ongoing building boom, construction-related fatalities in the city rose from 17 in 2011 to 25 in 2015, and in the state as […]

Fed-OSHA fines New Jersey concrete manufacturer $89K

A Kenvil, New Jersey-based concrete manufacturer faces nearly $89,000 in Fed-OSHA penalties. County Concrete Corp. was cited after a July 19, 2016, follow-up inspection at an East Orange site, based on 2013 citations. In 2013, the company was cited for 18 safety and health violations, and given $153,900 in penalties. After the July inspection, Fed-OSHA […]

One by one, 3 utility workers descended into a manhole. One by one, they died.

When a utility worker in Key Largo, Florida, noticed that a section of a paved street was not settling properly, he decided to remove a manhole cover and descend into the earth. Moments later on Monday morning, the 15-foot-deep hole went silent. Sensing the man was trapped, a fellow utility worker climbed into the drainage […]

Settlement approved in fatal New Hampshire fairgrounds circus tent collapse

The circus company whose big top tent collapsed August 3, 2015 at New Hampshire’s Lancaster Fairgrounds, killing two people and injuring dozens of others, on Tuesday settled a civil suit brought by the parents of a local boy who suffered a fractured skull. New Hampshire Union Leader

Vineyard worker killed in ATV crash in Oregon

A Corvallis, Oregon wine industry enthusiast who worked in a number of Willamette Valley vineyards was killed Saturday in an ATV crash at a Junction City winery. According to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Bentley Hart Chappell, 33, was riding a Gator utility vehicle Saturday afternoon on the grounds of Brigadoon Wine Company on Ferguson […]

Truck stuck in Georgia sinkhole as heavy machinery arrives

A 55,000-pound truck was still stuck in a sinkhole Wednesday morning in the parking lot of Diamond Auto Spa in Oakwood, Georgia. Heavy machinery has been trucked to the scene. The sinkhole appears to have been caused by an old storm drain that caved in. Gainesville Times (Gainesville, Ga.) [with video]

Fifth Circuit enforces six-month statute of limitations in OSHA violations case

The Fifth Circuit recently vacated Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations against a Texas oil refinery on the grounds that the violations were beyond the six-month statute of limitation period. Following a four month inspection, Fed-OSHA had cited Delek Refining, Ltd., for violations of a regulation governing Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals […]