Earnings expectations may affect safety: study

Managers of companies facing market pressures to meet earnings expectations may risk damaging the health and safety of workers to please investors according to a new University of Texas at Dallas study. The researchers reportedly found found that discretionary expenditures are associated with high injuries in firms that meet or just beat expectations, which is […]

Oregon work fatalities increase

Sixty-one people died on the job in Oregon during 2016, up from 41 the prior year, according to a new report. Among the findings, the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry had the most workplace fatalities in 2016, nearly double 2015’s number. nwLaborPress.org

Oregon bridge contractor told employee to “hit the #%!@? road” with safety concerns

In February, a man fell 40 feet onto his son, who was working at the site for the same company on a Portland, Oregon bridge project. Eight months before the accident, the project superintendent with the contractor had heard workers express concerns about the safety of the scaffolding and reportedly told one employee, “Next time […]

Tank that exploded and killed four people removed for testing

A tank that exploded at a south St. Louis factory and crashed through the roof of another building on April 3 has been removed for testing. The explosion killed four people and critically injured another. Several agencies, including Fed-OSHA and the Chemical Safety Board are investigating the incident. St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Agency delays countertop dust rule

On grounds that that additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard, Fed-OSHA has delayed enforcement of the crystalline silica dust standard, which aims to curb lung cancer, silicosis, and other ailments suffered by those cutting stone countertops and similar materials. Woodworking Network

Fed-OSHA declines to cite in Cirque performer’s fall

Fed-OSHA does not plan to issue citations or fines following its investigation of a Cirque du Soleil performer’s fall in 2016. The aerial silk performer was seriously injured after falling about 45 feet during a practice session in October in Florida. he was initially in a coma, but pictures on social media show her sitting […]

Florida man charged for lying to Fed-OSHA about workplace death

A 49-year-old Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida man faces charges of lying to Fed-OSHA investigators about a 2014 workplace death. The man allegedly told investigators he did not alter the scene of a workplace accident that led to an employee’s death. FirstCoast News

NSC recognizes TKDA’s 3 million safe hours

The National Safety Council has recognized TKDA for completing more than 3 million work hours without an occupational injury or illness resulting in days away from work. RT&S