Auto auction to reopen today after three killed by runaway vehicle

Fed-OSHA is still investigating a May 3 incident at a Billerica, Massachusetts automobile auction in which a vehicle driven by an employee suddenly accelerated, killing three people and injuring nine more. The business plans to open today with a prayer service. Boston Globe

Safety stand-downs at construction sites

As part of Fed-OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down initiative, Turner Construction paused work Monday at more than 1,000 jobsites worldwide to remind employees and contractors about workplace safety. In Toledo, Fed-OSHA officials gave a brief presentation at a hospital worksite on avoiding falls. Toledo Blade

Pennsylvania man survives trench collapse

Fed-OSHA has confirmed that it is investigating a Monday accident at a fresh food market in New Hope, Pennsylvania, in which a trench collapsed on an employee. The 28-year-old was buried in dirt almost up to his shoulders for about 20 minutes before being freed by first responders. Bucks County Courier Times

Labor Department promotes fall protection stand-downs

The Labor Department is encouraging federal agencies and other employers this week to conduct safety stand-downs that focus on preventing workplace falls, the hazard most frequently cited by Fed-OSHA inspectors. FEDWeek

Contractors call for drug, alcohol testing at New York City construction sites

Associated Builders and Contractors, a non-union organization, is calling for mandatory alcohol and drug testing in New York City construction sites, as part of a bill that aims to require apprenticeship programs for building and demolition sites. According to Fed-OSHA, there have been 11 construction-related fatalities in the city since last April, nine of which […]