Crain’s: NYC council ignores ways to make construction sites safer

Most of the deaths that occur on New York City’s construction sites every year are easily preventable, but the city council ignores low-cost ways to improve safety and doesn’t focus on training the workers who need it most. The way to bolster safety is to bolster safety, not unions. Crain’s New York Business

Manhattan window washer falls to death

A 56-year-old window washer fell to his death while working on a Manhattan building on Monday, when his harness reportedly failed and he plummeted from the twelfth floor to a landing on the sixth. The New York State Department of Labor is investigating. amNew York

Employer blames heavy Fed-OSHA fines for layoffs

A Pennsauken, New Jersey aluminum products manufacturer says it plans to lay off 61 employees–51 unionized workers and 10 front-office staffers–after being fined $1.9 million by Fed-OSHA for more than 50 alleged violations. Cherry Hill Courier-Post

Las Vegas race track responds to lawsuits, citations

The chief operating officer of Speedvegas says business at the luxury race track is growing, despite a crash that killed two people, including an instructor, in February. The facility is being sued by a family member of one of the crash victims, and has been cited by safety regulators. Las Vegas Now [with video]

New Hampshire: UPS workers exposed to acid fumes

Seven employees at a UPS distribution center in Nashua, New Hampshire were hospitalized for minor respiratory problems after nitric acid leaked from a package and the building was evacuated. Fed-OSHA is investigating. WTOP

Man who died in Iowa grain bin ID’d

IOSH is investigating the death Monday of a 68-year-old man who became trapped in a bin of soybeans at a co-op near Waterloo. Although emergency responders were on the scene almost immediately, they were unable to save him. The man’s body was recovered from the bottom of a 30- to 40-foot funnel of beans. The […]