Hospital workers seeking protection from assaults by patients

A Fed-OSHA study has found health care workers nationwide are four times more likely to be victims of serious workplace violence than people in private industry as a whole. Of the workplace violence against health care workers, 80 percent came from patients. And those are just the serious incidents–the ones that cause injuries severe enough […]

Family sues AT&T over slaying of technician during service call

The family of a 61-year-old Waco, Texas service technician has filed a $1 million lawsuit alleging gross negligence against AT&T in connection with the man’s fatal stabbing last year at a home where he had been sent on a routine service call. The suit claims the company sent the man to a dangerous area of […]

Pittsburgh bridge contractor to pay entire $5.8M for fire repair costs

The contractor Joseph B. Fay Co. will pay the entire $5.8 million in emergency repair costs for the construction fire on Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge in September. The heat from the fire, which started when slag from a steel-cutting operation on the bridge deck fell onto plastic ventilation pipe, buckled a key support chord. State transportation […]

Heatwave: Water. Rest. Shade

A recent study of heat-related workplace fatalities found that most occurred during the worker’s first week on the job. On hot days, Fed-OSHA recommends frequent breaks in a cool or shady environment, and drinking water approximately every 15 minutes, and allowing new workers to acclimate and build up resistance to the increased temperatures.Abilene Reflector Chronicle […]

Richmond postal workers walk over lack of A/C

Richmond, Virginia post office workers last week walked off the job after working without air conditioning. One employee said that when he showed up to work Thursday, the thermostat read 90 degrees inside, and some colleagues felt they might faint. WTVR (Richmond, Va.) [with video]

OR-OSHA launches heat stress prevention program

Oregon OSHA released a heat stress prevention program July 11. The agency is pushing employers and employees in construction, agriculture and other labor-intensive jobs to learn signs of heat illness and focus on prevention. According to the agency, from 2011 to 2016, 36 people received benefits through the state’s workers’ compensation system for heat-related illnesses. […]

Oregon man dies in logging accident

A 32-year-old McMinnville, Oregon man died Wednesday morning at the scene of a logging accident near Tillamook. He was killed when logs he apparently was standing on shifted, breaking a cable and dropping the logs and him at least 45 feet. Between 2012 and 2016, forestry and logging accounted for nearly 18 percent of the […]

Cincinnati suburb slated for new NIOSH facilities

The Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati expects more than 500 jobs and a new $110 million consolidated location for three local NIOSH facilities that are set to begin construction in summer 2018. The site is less than a half mile from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The […]

Long Island facade renovators rescued from scaffold collapse

Two workers on a Long Beach, New York co-op apartment building facade renovation project were prevented by their safety harnesses from falling seven stories on Thursday, when the scaffolding they were on broke in the middle. Newsday [may require registration]

Fed-OSHA, MSHA face deeper slashes in fiscal 2018; NIOSH cuts not as sharp as expected

Fed-OSHA and the Mine Safety and Health Administration are in line for slightly deeper cuts in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee’s funding bill released July 12. A portion of the decreased funding is the elimination of the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. The House Appropriations Committee has proposed a […]