Groups head to White House over beryllium exposure rule

Groups including Associated Builders and Contractors and the National Employment Law Project are heading to the White House this week to lobby regarding beryllium exposure regulations. Lawsuits challenging the rule have been consolidated in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, where arguments are expected in August. The Hill (Washington, D.C.)

El Paso man hospitalized in dump truck incident

A construction worker was hospitalized with serious injuries after becoming pinned under a dump truck at an El Paso, Texas apartment complex worksite on Monday. KFOX (El Paso) [with video]

Construction worker fatally falls at Massachusetts ice rink site

Fed-OSHA is investigating the death of a 30-year-old Arizona man who fell at least 35 feet while doing construction work at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, Massachusetts, on Sunday. Police believe he fell from a beam while doing steel work at the site of new ice rinks. Telegram (Worcester, Mass.)

Illinois: Municipal employee dies in lawnmowing accident

A 50-year-old employee of the city of Hanover Park, Illinois died after becoming pinned under a riding lawnmower at the village’s Public Works Treatment Plant on Friday. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Daily Herald

Florida governor declares state of emergency in opioid epidemic

Florida Gov. Rick Scott last week signed an executive order declaring a public health emergency due to the opioid epidemic. Scott’s emergency order will allow the state to immediately receive more than $27 million in federal funding. Manatee County, which has been at the epicenter of the epidemic since 2014, plans to use the money […]

Owners of Oregon marijuana processor that blew up indicted

Two owners of an Astoria, Oregon marijuana processor that exploded last October were indicted Friday on criminal charges. An employee at the facility suffered burns in the explosion. OR-OSHA has fined their business, Higher Level Concentrates, $5,300 for alleged workplace safety violations. Daily Astorian

City of Rainier under OR-OSHA inspection

In response to a complaint, OR-OSHA is conducting an inspection of the city of Rainier. A public information officer did not elaborate on what type of complaint was made against the city. The Daily News (Longview, Wash.)