Wisconsin hotel elevator where employee fell to death passed inspection recently

The elevator at a Superior, Wisconsin hotel where a front-desk employee fell to his death earlier this month passed inspection little more than two weeks prior to the incident. Following complaints of a malfunction on August 15, the employee opened the door with a key to access the elevator and did not realize the car […]

What contractors must know about new silica rule

Fed-OSHA’s new silica standard for construction is scheduled to go into effect September 23. The existing standard requires that silica dust particles be limited to 250 micrograms per cubic meter of air over an average of eight hours. The new standard reduces that to 50 micrograms over the same time period. Construction Dive

Kansas City Star editorial: Trench death shows need for rules

There are signs Fed-OSHA’s regulatory role is eroding, including that a permanent assistant secretary for occupational safety and health has not yet been nominated, argues the Kansas City Star editorial board. The Trump budget cuts spending for the agency and the U.S. House has proposed even deeper spending cuts, on the rationale of prioritizing advice […]

Trench collapse traps two near Detroit

MIOSHA is investigating a trench collapse that trapped two men who had been shoring up the foundation of a home next to a canal in Chesterfield Township, Michigan on Monday. About 60 firefighters were called to the scene to rescue the men, who were trapped eight feet below surface level. ClickOnDetroit

Indiana: Asbestos survey of courthouse raised no concerns

Madison County, Indiana officials found no cause for concern following an asbestos survey of the courthouse last year. However, the problem surfaced when work began on the replacement of the heating and cooling system, which prompted an air-quality test last month. Herald Bulletin

Embattled Massachusetts mental health provider faces new fine

Since last December, violent patients have badly beaten at least three workers at the 41-bed Lowell Treatment Center in Massachusetts, according to Fed-OSHA, which has fined the private facility $207,000 for failing to fix a range of safety violations. State legislators are debating several bills aimed at preventing the violence faced by hospital workers. Karen […]

VOSHA notified of issues at firehouse worksite

Vermont OSHA last month received a complaint that workers at a Norwich firehouse were entering the building through hard hat areas and that the adjacent construction area lacked nighttime lighting. Valley News (West Lebanon, N.H.)