Fed-OSHA scrubs worker deaths from home page

Fed-OSHA on Friday erased data on workplace deaths from its homepage and replaced it with information on how companies can cooperate with the agency to reduce safety risks. The new fatality list, which is available elsewhere on the agency’s website, does not include incidents where a worker was killed if the company was not cited […]

Will new bill paralyze New York City construction?

A construction safety bill in New York City is on hold. Critics argue that the new 59-hour safety training requirement is arbitrary and could harm workers who can’t afford it, and also that it could slow down construction throughout the city. The Real Deal

Colorado: Gas explosion may prompt new regs

A natural gas explosion earlier this year that killed two people in a Firestone, Colorado home prompted Gov. John Hickenlooper, a former geologist, to ask the oil and gas industry to take on specific safety responsibilities. The April incident was caused by natural gas leaking from an old pipeline. Colorado Springs Gazette

Tampa-area contract employee killed in tractor accident

A 26-year-old Duke Energy contract worker in Palm Harbor, Florida died Wednesday after a tractor he was driving rolled down an embankment, pinning him underneath. Investigators believe he didn’t see the steep embankment through the brush in a power line easement. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Tampa Bay Times

Fed-OSHA fines S.D. company $95K after May trench collapse

Fed-OSHA has fined a Fort Pierre, South Dakota-based company $95,000 after a trench collapse that injured a 34-year-old employee. The man was buried on May 23 when the walls of a 14-foot trench collapsed around him at a construction site. He was rescued and survived. KSFY (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

OSHNC investigating sewer incident

North Carolina Department of Labor investigators are looking into an incident earlier this month in which two employees of the town of Canton came in contact with wastewater during a sewer line repair project. At the time, the employees were in a basket and suspended from a crane in a cylinder-type area similar to a […]

Postal workers must also worry about shoes

Because the United States Postal Service has no formal classification for shoe-related accidents, many may go unreported. The USPS for years has approved defective shoes that can quickly fall apart, putting letter carriers at risk of injury and often forcing them to pay for costly replacements out of their own pockets, according to union officials. […]

KCFD implementing changes following report into deaths of two firemen

A new report by NIOSH into the deaths of two firemen who were killed when a 100-year-old building collapsed during a large fire in October 2015 contains 16 recommendations for the Kansas City Fire Department, which says recommendations have already been implemented or are in process. In particular, the department says it has initiated a […]

Fed-OSHA investigates another Milwaukee-area barrel refurbishing plant

Following reports by employees six months ago of dangerous working conditions, and inspections by environmental regulators who uncovered numerous violations, Fed-OSHA is investigating a second industrial drum refurbishing plant near Milwaukee. Employees said chemicals were routinely mixed together, triggering dangerous reactions that resulted in chemical and heat-related burns, injuries from exploding barrels, breathing difficulties and […]