Wisconsin job-related deaths climb slightly

According to a new AFL-CIO report, job-related deaths have increased slightly in Wisconsin, which has 30 Fed-OSHA inspectors assigned to it, in recent years. The union says 279 inspectors are needed to meet International Labor Office standards, at a time when the proposed federal budget would cut around $11 million in Fed-OSHA training grants. WPR

Space colonizers will risk deadly radiation

Radiation poses a severe threat to astronauts in space: Fed-OSHA lists NASA astronauts as “radiation workers.” The most significant risk, galactic cosmic radiation, comes from outer space, from supernovas of the distant past. When on the International Space Station, astronauts are exposed to ten times as much radiation as on Earth. A Mars trip would […]

Georgia construction worker reportedly not wearing safety equipment

A construction worker who was killed in Smyrna, Georgia last week when the boom lift he was working in tipped over reportedly was wearing no visible safety equipment. The machine’s two left tires sank into the grass as the lift maneuvered up an embankment that had received substantial rainfall the previous day and night; the […]

Oregon: Chemical linked to battery parts plant’s pollution linked to employees’ health problems

Earlier this year, Oregon environmental and health officials became concerned about potentially elevated levels of trichloroethylene at Entek, a battery parts manufacturing plant. Regulators repeatedly documented health problems experienced by employees, including dementia, neurological problems, rashes, dizziness and trouble driving home from work. Computer modeling revealed concentrations of the solvent around the facility that were […]

In Wisconsin, emotional tribute to employees who died on the job

Nearly 50 people gathered in Wausau, Wisconsin on Friday community to remember friends and family members who lost their lives on the job. Sheriff Scott Parks of the Marathon County Sheriffs Office spoke about risks to law enforcement personnel. WSAW [with video]

MIOSHA: 2016 Workplace deaths highest in a decade

According to Michigan OSHA, 43 people were killed on the job in 2016, the state’s highest number of workplace fatalities in a decade. Around half of last year’s workplace fatalities were due to falls. The figures represent a 48 percent increase from 2015. Crain’s Detroit Business

Toledo-area employer fined $33K after worker loses fingers

A northwest Ohio company has been fined more than $33,000 by Fed-OSHA after an employee lost four fingers while trying to clear a jam from a machine that caps bottles in November. The agency says the company failed to protect employees cleaning or servicing machinery by educating them on proper procedures to cut power and […]

City of Asheboro honored by NCDOL

With Commissioner Cherie Berry in attendance, the N.C. Department of Labor last week honored Asheboro-area employers and employees at the agency’s annual safety awards banquet. Safety awards recognize companies with no work-related fatalities at the site and an incidence rate at least 50 percent below the industry average. The city of Asheboro was honored for […]