Nevada OSHA reduces speed track’s fines related to fatal crash

Following several days of negotiations, Nevada OSHA has withdrawn a portion of one of three citations against SpeedVegas, a driving experience company, and reduced the fine from $16,000 to $12,000. The citations stem from a February crash that killed a Canadian tourist and a track driving instructor. The incident was investigated as an industrial accident. […]

Crane collapses in south Florida prompt calls for new regs

Twenty to 25 cranes are in use at south Florida construction sites as the area undergoes a building boom, and Hurricane Irma buckled at least three of them. Miami’s city commissioner and its mayor are calling for new safety regulations and codes. WMAQ (Chicago) [with video]

Q&A with Arkema

Arkema Americas last week responded to a reporter’s questions in the wake of fires at the company’s Crosby, Texas chemical plant that occurred as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Several emergency responders reportedly became sick from smoke inhalation and possible exposure to other toxics stored at the site. Philadelphia Inquirer

Texas: Hazmat incident in Corpus Christi

A hazardous material incident in northwest Corpus Christi, Texas resulted in several emergency responders being treated for possible exposure to hydrogen sulfide. An unknown substance reportedly was “bubbling” from a hole in the ground. Corpus Christy Caller Times [with video]

Residents await test results from abandoned Tennessee landfill

Camden, Tennessee residents say an abandoned landfill has caused them to suffer nausea and other health problems; as a result, they filed a lawsuit against its operator last year. Now they are waiting on the results of secondary lab tests, after groundwater tests showed more than five times the acceptable amount of cadmium. WREG (Memphis, […]

Appeals court rules for trucker who claimed rest breaks cost him his job

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit last week unanimously decided that a Department of Labor administrative law judge improperly discredited the testimony of a truck driver who claimed he lost his job with a logistics company for taking rest breaks. The driver originally had filed a complaint with Fed-OSHA. Driver fatigue falls […]