West Palm Beach concrete company fined $50K in fatal fall

Fed-OSHA has fined a West Palm Beach, Florida concrete company $50,700 for violations including not securing required bolts or training workers properly, following the death of a 27-year-old employee who fell 15 stories to his death last year. The agency says the company did not properly train each employee in the correct procedures relating to […]

CSB animation explains events leading to Louisiana refinery fireball

A new Chemical Safety Board video provides a detailed look at the lead-up to an explosion last November that severely injured four workers at a Baton Rouge refinery. The CSB concluded that an operator at ExxonMobil’s facility, whose disassembly of a pipe valve triggered a fireball, was following accepted practice in stripping down the malfunctioning […]

​Be alert to employee chemical exposure via skin

NIOSH has estimated that more than 13 million U.S. workers are potentially exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin. Many commonly used chemicals in the workplace (i.e., pesticides, organic solvents) could potentially result in systemic toxicity if they penetrate through the skin. Business Journals

IOSHA fines Winnebago plant $10K in connection with employee’s death

Indiana OSHA has fined a Winnebago plant $10,000 following the struck-by death in April of a 54-year-old employee. The citations alleged that a windshield was installed on a forklift, which affected its operation, and the forklift was not operated at a safe speed. WSBT (South Bend, Ind.)

Wisconsin: Fed-OSHA fines aluminum manufacturer nearly $64K

Fed-OSHA has fined Skana Aluminum Co. in Manitowoc, Wisconsin nearly $64,000 following two inspections in May. The first inspection, prompted by a former employee, resulted in citations for fall hazards, unapproved boom attachments used on forklifts and equipment missing guards to prevent entanglement or flying chips. Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

Fed-OSHA investigating Scranton-area propane fire

Fed-OSHA is investigating a propane fire that injured two employees at a gas sales company near Scranton, Pennsylvania. The July 21 incident occurred as the two worked on a tanker truck holding about 3,500 gallons of liquid propane in a repair shop behind the business. Scranton Times-Tribune

Fed-OSHA’s agenda reflects deregulation

Potential regulatory action from Fed-OSHA has been cut by more than half, according to the Department of Labor’s updated agenda released July 20. The updated agenda lists 14 Fed-OSHA regulations. Only one is listed as being in the final rule stage, in part because the Occupational Exposure to Beryllium final rule was moved back to […]

Land swaps paved way for NIOSH lab in Cincinnati

Land swaps involving the University of Cincinnati, its affiliated UC Health hospital system and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital paved the way for assembling the 14 acres needed to build a $110 million research laboratory that will be operated by NIOSH. Cincinnati Business Courier [may require registration]