Human error and labeling led to Kansas chemical cloud: CSB

The Chemical Safety Board says human error and labeling and design problems led to the release last October of a large chemical cloud over a city in Atchison, Kansas that sent more than 140 people to the hospital last year. The incident occurred when a truck driver inadvertently connected the sulfuric acid hose from his […]

Builders push back on Austin rest-break bill

The Texas Association of Builders is opposing a bill to give mandatory rest breaks to construction workers. The bill would require workers to receive a 15-minute break for every four hours of work, similar to ordinances passed in Austin in 2010 and Dallas in 2015. Austin Business Chronicle [may require registration]

Asbestos deaths remain public health concern: CDC

A recent Center for Disease Control analysis found that thousands of people are still dying each year from a type of cancer called malignant mesothelioma that is associated with inhaling asbestos fibers, even briefly or in small amounts. The greatest increase is among people over 85 years old, who were likely exposed to asbestos many […]

Who Is Cynthia Attwood?

The chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) until the beginning of the Trump administration in January 2017 was Cynthia L. Attwood. AllGov

Opinion: Fed-OSHA must revisit costly expansion of maritime construction rule

Andrew F. Quinlan, president of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity argues that Fed-OSHA should take out the “11th hour” expansion of the beryllium rule. The already heavily regulated abrasive blasting industry, which directly employs over 400,000 workers, has never had a documented case of beryllium-related illness in either the manufacture or use of coal […]

11th Circuit upholds violations in garage collapse

In a nonprecedential ruling this week, the Eleventh Circuit upheld the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission’s conclusion that a formwork subcontractor flouted safety regulations in connection to the 2007 collapse of a partially constructed concrete parking garage that killed one of its employees and injured several others involved in the project. Law360 [may require […]

Boston trench tragedy leads to $1.4M in fines

Fed-OSHA says Atlantic Drain Service Company is responsible for 18 willful and repeat violations in connection with the deaths of two workers in an October trench collapse in Boston. The firm has been find more than $1.4 million. The agency was cited in 2007 and 2012 for similar violations, according to the agency. Boston Herald

Missouri ammo plant temporarily closed following blast

An Independence, Missouri ammunition plant where one person was killed and four others were injured has been closed temporarily while investigators try to determine what caused the explosion in a primer mixing building. Fed-OSHA previously fined the plant for workplace safety issues in 2008, 2011 and 2012. Dayton Daily News