Two dead, four injured at Pittsburgh-area coal plant

Two employees of a Cincinnati-based construction and maintenance company, one 34 and the other 42-years-old, died Tuesday after inhaling hydrogen sulfide in a confined space at a Pittsburgh-area coal-fired power plant. Four other individuals were injured. Fed-OSHA is investigating. WESA (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Chemical manufacturer says it can’t prevent explosion at Houston-area facility

Industrial chemical manufacturer Arkema, which operates a plant in Crosby, Texas, northeast of Houston, said Wednesday it has no way to prevent a potentially large explosion and fire at its facility near Houston, after flooding due to Tropical Storm Harvey. The company has urged everyone within a mile and a half of the plant to […]

Virginia shipyard, steelworkers’ union react to proposed beryllium rule

The Trump administration is pushing to eliminate requirements meant to protect shipyard workers from exposure to toxic beryllium. New federal standards were published in January that lowered allowable exposure to beryllium by 90 percent; in June, a new proposal was issued that would keep the lower limits but eliminate the ancillary provisions meant to monitor […]

In milestone ruling, South Korea court links employee’s disease to Samsung

South Korea’s Supreme Court has overturned lower court decisions to find that a 33-year-old former worker in a Samsung LCD factory who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis should be recognized as having an occupationally caused disease. The plaintiff is the third Samsung worker to report multiple sclerosis and win in court but the first to […]

Perdue receives 25 workplace safety awards

Twenty-five Perdue facilities in 11 states, including 11 of the company’s 16 food-producing plants, received awards at the 2017 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry. The company’s food-producing facilities that received Awards of Distinction include operations in Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina and Delaware. In addition, Perdue feed mills in North […]

Wyoming workforce agency announces seminars for employers

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has announced its annual Employer Information Seminar schedule. The public seminars are aimed at helping employers enhance their knowledge of new workforce law changes, workplace safety compliance, and workforce assistance and grants available to businesses. Wyoming Business Report

NIOSH releases skin-hazard profiles on nine chemicals

NIOSH has published nine new skin notation profiles intended to alert employers, employees, occupational health practitioners, researchers, policy- and decision-makers regarding the risks of skin exposures to chemicals. Each profile provides supplemental information to the skin notation, including a summary of the relevant data used to help determine these hazards. The chemicals include arsenic and […]