Colorado governor vows action following deadly oil tank explosion

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday spoke out about the explosion Thursday at a Weld County oil and gas facility that killed one worker and injured three others. The explosion occurred at a group of oil tanks near Mead owned by Anadarko. The governor says he will request from Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission […]

Colorado: County’s recent oil & gas explosions unrelated, officials say

An oil tank battery fire in Northern Colorado that killed one person and injured three others Thursday appears to be unrelated to an April home explosion less than four miles away that was caused by a leaky gas line. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is resisting calls from an environmental group to temporarily shut down all […]

Employee suffers severe blood loss in razor factory accident

An employee at a Milford, Connecticut razor factory was hospitalized last week after her hand became caught in a machine. Authorities say it took a fire department crew about 17 minutes to disentangle her from the unspecified machine. Fed-OSHA has been notified. WCVB (Boston)

Tank that exploded at St. Louis plant needed repairs: Report

The giant steam-filled tank that exploded April 3 at a St. Louis box plant, flew into the air and smashed into a neighboring building, resulting in the deaths of four people, was being used despite needing emergency repairs, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board has concluded. The tank first sprung a leak in […]

Cleveland ordered to reinstate airport whistleblower, pay damages

Fed-OSHA has ordered the city of Cleveland to reinstate a former manager of field maintenance at the city’s international airport who was demoted after raising questions about staffing and safety. The whistleblower had reported to the Labor Department that in February 2015, he told the FAA that his crews had been understaffed in violation of […]

Fed-OSHA investigating trench collapse in South Dakota

Fed-OSHA has launched an investigation into last Tuesday’s trench collapse in Emery, South Dakota that left an employee hospitalized. The man was part of a construction crew working on a city-wide water line and sewer replacement project. Daily Republic (Mitchell, S.D.)

One killed, two injured by driver at Oregon construction site

A 51-year-old driver who was reportedly intoxicated fatally struck one utility worker and injured two others at Happy Valley, Oregon road work zone last week. Investigators say the motorist failed to stop for a flagger at the construction site. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, between 2011 and 2015, there were an average of […]

Cirque performer makes ‘incredible recovery’

An aerial performer with Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba in Orlando, Florida who survived a 30-foot fall during an “aerial silk act” rehearsal seven months ago, is speaking publicly about her amazing recovery. ClickOrlando [with video]

New silica dust regs confuse, concern contractors

Fed-OSHA worksite rules intended to protect construction workers from silica dust, which is created when drills and saws buzz into bricks, concrete, and mortar, had been set to go into effect in June (the date has been pushed back to September). After a recent meeting of nearly 50 Philadelphia-area brick and mason contractors, who met […]

Trump nominates Sullivan for last vacancy on OSHRC

President Trump has nominated attorney James Sullivan to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission to fill the remaining vacancy on the three-member commission. With the addition of Sullivan, the majority members of the Review Commission will have backgrounds as management representatives, something the Commission has not seen since the departure of Chairman W. […]