Increasing suicide rates among first responders spark concern

Suicides among first responders, often driven by emotional strain in a culture that long has discouraged showing weakness, are too common, according to organizations that track the deaths. Little high-quality data are available on first-responder suicides, but rising awareness has prompted several groups to start looking more closely at the deaths. A survey of more […]

Injured worker rescued from manhole in Scottsdale

Phoenix and Scottsdale fire crews rescued a worker who had become stuck in a manhole Tuesday morning, officials said. The man, who is said to be in his 20s, was working about 5 feet down a Scottsdale communications vault when he lost his footing and slipped at least 20 feet, injuring his back and his […]

Massachusetts man dies after contact with live power line; Fed-OSHA investigating

A worker painting window sills outside a Salem, Massachusetts fire station was killed Tuesday when he came into contact with a live power line. WCVB reports the 59-year-old man was working in a scissor lift when he contacted a National Grid line. He was knocked unconscious and pronounced dead at Beverly Hospital. Fed-OSHA is investigating. […]

Concepcion, Texas man dies from electrocution

A 30-year-old Concepcion man passed away Thursday evening after he was electrocuted while on the job in Laredo, Texas. He reportedly was working on an electrical line at the intersection of Fremont and Sanders in Laredo at approximately 5 p.m. with full daylight. A group of employees told authorities they saw a spark and the […]

Idaho man dies after construction trench collapses on him

Harold Foote, 58, was working to put in a drain pipe when dirt collapsed on him, burying him up to his mid-chest, Canyon County, Idaho Sheriff’s chief deputy said Monday. Bystanders and emergency workers dug him out, but he reportedly suffered cardiac arrest and was taken to a local hospital, where he was declared dead. […]

TOSHA alleges violations led to Knoxville trucking company fire

Joseph Mack had no idea what caused an explosion and fire in the maintenance shop of an East Knox County trucking company that burned him so severely he died 15 hours later. The 43-year-old Knoxville man told one of the first co-workers to come to his aid he “smelled gas and then boom, he didn’t […]

11th Circuit affirms Fed-OSHA fine over camera assistant killed on-set

The Eleventh Circuit on Monday affirmed a Fed-OSHA fine of $70,000 against a film production company for the death of a camera assistant hit by a train during shooting for an Allman Brothers Band biopic, saying the outfit knew it was putting employees in harm’s way. Law360 [may require registration]