Florida: Two scaffolding accidents in less than a month raise safety concerns

In June, two construction workers dangled 150 feet above downtown Sarasota when a scaffolding line snapped near the 15th floor on a condominium project. Less than one month later, an almost identical incident happened at another nearby condo project. Some residents have asked the city for tighter regulations during a building boom. WWSB (Sarasota, Fla.)

Fed-OSHA investigating New Orleans construction elevator accident

Fed-OSHA is investigating a “near miss” in New Orleans, after a construction elevator at a building site plummeted seven stories to the ground with 11 people in it on Friday. All five injured workers have been released from hospitals. WWL (New Orleans) [with video]

Air pollution does more damage than you think

Respiratory problems and heart diseases are just some of the many problems that come from air pollution. This infographic shows how it is currently impacting not only health but also the economy. Daily Infographic

Study: Delaware farmers face more than 120 regulations

A new study of farm regulations has reveals that Delaware farmers are required to comply with more than 120 separate regulations to operate an agricultural business. Delaware farmers plant about 180,000 acres of soybeans each year, and the crop generates approximately $60 million in value to the state. Cape Gazette

Fed-OSHA issues findings on death of Georgia deputy

A Richmond County, Georgia deputy died at an Augusta-area sperm bank while trying to rescue a worker during a February nitrogen leak. Fed-OSHA’s investigation has found two violations at the facility related to the incident, one involving labeling of an outdoor nitrogen tank, the other involving release valves. WRDW/WAGT (Augusta, Ga.)

Nebraska: Union concerned over medical response for injured staff

Three staff members at a Lincoln hospital were injured, one with concussion-like symptoms, last month while attempting to restrain a patient after he punched an employee. Now, their union is asking whether they received proper medical care after the scuffle. Witnesses say the staff member with the concussion had to call a relative and ask […]

Citations issued in Winston-Salem wall collapse

OSHNC has penalized a Rural Hall demolition contractor for two serious workplace safety violations involving the collapse of a wall in Winston-Salem that pinned an employee of a temporary-staffing agency under a pile of bricks in May. Winston-Salem Journal

Site of deadly crash featured in new TV series

SpeedVegas, the track south of Las Vegas where a Canadian tourist and a driving instructor died in a fiery crash of a Lamborghini in February, is featured prominently in a new television series that makes no mention of the accident in its debut episode. Critics have called the design of the track flawed. Las Vegas […]

‘Substandard’ safety not factor in SpeedVegas crash: Report

Nevada OSHA has concluded that SpeedVegas’ ‘substandard’ fire and safety plan, and its failure to properly train employees in fire suppression, did not contribute to a February accident that killed two people. The agency’s report also stated that there were no applicable standards for track design that apply to the facility, and that Nevada OSHA […]