U.S. grain dust explosions at 10-year low

A total of five grain dust explosions occurred in the United States in 2016 — a 10-year low — according to an annual report issued by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Although the total number of explosions was lower than in recent history, two of the incidents resulted in the first reported […]

Chemicals left in barrels leave workers and neighborhoods at risk

Nothing on the outside of the industrial building on Cornell St. in Milwaukee offers any clue about what’s going on inside. The sign that says “Mid America IBC” doesn’t suggest “hazard.” Residents living in the modest homes across the street would have no way to know that the facility — which recycles and refurbishes large […]

North Carolinan dies in forklift accident

A Harnett County, North Carolina man was killed Monday in an accident involving a forklift at a towing and recovery business. The accident reportedly happened when the back forklift tire rolled over him. OSHNC is investigating. Fayetteville Observer

Cleanup continues at site of 2016 Virginia plant fire

It’s been just more than a year since the outbreak of a fire that destroyed the former Dan River textile plant in Brookneal, Virginia and lawsuits, criminal charges and violations have emerged in its wake. About 90 firefighters battled the blaze in below-freezing temperatures, which broke out Feb. 11, 2016. One longtime volunteer firefighter said […]

Louisiana explosion happened without fire

As the investigation continues into the February 8 explosion at the Packaging Corporation of America plant in DeRidder, Louisiana, preliminary signs indicate that there was no fire at all. The explosion at the facility may have had another source altogether. Beauregard Daily News

NIOSH seeks comment on proposed survey of engineered nanomaterial OSH practices

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice on February 10, 2017, inviting comment on a proposed information collection plan, “Survey of Engineered Nanomaterial Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Practices.” The goal of the project is to assess the relevance and impact of NIOSH’s contribution to guidelines and risk […]

8 things to consider when updating employee handbooks for 2017

Federal and state legal developments over the last year brought a lot of changes that impact workplace policies and procedures, making it critical for companies to review their handbooks for compliance. Workplace rules and regulations may continue to change under President Donald Trump’s administration, but employers should make sure their handbooks are up to date […]

Car strikes, injures Connecticut flagger

A construction crew flagger was hospitalized Wednesday in Hartford, Connecticut after being struck by a car and thrown almost 30 feet, officials said. Despite the apparent force of the impact, the flagger, a 49-year-old Waterbury man, suffered what state police described only as “minor injuries” following the crash, which took place on Route 195. Journal […]