Inflating tire with ether may have caused fatal explosion

A 45-year-old man was killed August 1 in Kalamazoo, Michigan in a tire explosion, and MIOSHA investigators are looking into whether using ether to mount the tire on a large front-end loader caused the blast. The fatally injured employee had worked for his employer, a pallet company, for less than three months. MLive

Fed-OSHA investigating fatal lumberyard accident

Fed-OSHA is investigating a concrete wall collapse that occurred August 3 at a development site in Poughkeepsie, New York, and resulted in the death of one construction worker and serious injuries to another. The former lumberyard is being redeveloped into a mix of commercial space and apartments and a public trail. Poughkeepsie Journal [with video]

Fed-OSHA investigating barrel refurbishing plants after reports

Fed-OSHA on August 3 opened an inspection of an industrial drum refurbishing plant near Milwaukee, several months after reports of dangerous working conditions. The agency opened the probe the same day the Journal Sentinel posted a story examining why the agency had inspected just one of six plants in the Mid-America Steel Drum chain. Workers […]

Fed-OSHA looking into Idaho building collapse

Fed-OSHA is investigating an August 2 building collapse that injured six construction workers at an onion storage facility under construction in Parma, Idaho. Idaho Press-Tribune

Tampa Bay man working in bucket fatally pinned against sign

A 58-year-old Tampa Bay-area man was killed Wednesday when he was pinned between a truck bucket and a billboard sign in Palm Harbor. Just prior to the accident, he reportedly leaned over the bucket’s control panel while trying to reach an electrical access panel on the sign. He accidentally hit a switch that caused the […]

Employee dies at Alabama automotive metals plant

An employee died last week following an unspecified accident at an automotive metals manufacturing plant in Clanton, Alabama. Fed-OSHA is investigating. WSFA (Montgomery, Ala.)

Austin construction worker crushed by slab

Rescuers were unable to save a construction worker in Austin, Texas who was crushed Wednesday under at least 30,000 pounds of concrete slab at a parking garage construction site. A “cascading effect” apparently flipped the slabs off of a truck’s flatbed and onto the man. KXAN (Austin) [with video]