Wisconsin mill explosion claims fifth victim

A fifth victim of the May 31 explosion at a Cambria, Wisconsin mill died early Friday. Fed-OSHA and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board are still investigating the incident, which sent 11 of the 16 plant employees working at the time to hospitals. Fed-OSHA fined the company in 2011 after determining that it had not installed […]

Fed-OSHA to roll back rules on beryllium

Fed-OSHA on Friday proposed a rollback of regulations intended to protect maritime and construction industry employees from exposure to beryllium, an industrial material linked to a debilitating lung ailment that’s estimated to kill 100 people annually. The proposal would require shipyards and construction companies that use coal slag to meet the same new maximum exposure […]

Fed-OSHA cites Virginia employer in fatal N.D. construction accident

Fed-OSHA has cited a Virginia-based construction company following the death of a 70-year-old man in Williston, North Dakota earlier this year. The man died from injuries to his legs after being hit by a dump truck that was backing up at a church expansion construction site on February 22. Dickinson Press

Doc goes door to door in W.V. to establish cancer registry

A West Virginia physician who is establishing a registry of cancer patients is asking former employees of a Minden mining company to contact him. Dr. Hassan Amjad, who is studying a link between PCB exposure and cancer, is also beginning a door-to-door survey to ask residents to list the cases of cancer in their households. […]

Employees say bed bugs have infested Atlanta-area call center

Employees at a Chamblee, Georgia call center say they’re being forced to work in a bed bug-infested building. The company’s facility manager says it has been a problem since late last month. WCNC (Charlotte, N.C.) [with video]

Oklahoma labor commissioner touts workplace safety program

Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Melissa Houston says a workplace safety program offered by the state’s Department of Labor saved private-sector businesses an estimated $33 million last year. The free consultation service includes a safety inspection similar to what Fed-OSHA would conduct and produces findings that can be used to make the workplace safer. Muskogee Phoenix

New Mexico: Running Horse Pipeline honored by API with safety award

A subsidiary of the Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company has been honored for not having any OSHA-recordable incidents last year. Running Horse Pipeline was one of five companies that received the Pipeline Occupational Safety Performance Award – Small Operator Award from the American Petroleum Institute. Farmington Daily Times