Manhattan construction worker fatally falls from high-rise condo building site

A 43-year-old construction worker who had been installing framing for concrete fell nearly 30 floors to his death Thursday morning at a construction site for a luxury condo building in Manhattan’s Financial District. The employee reportedly had been wearing a safety harness that was not clipped in at the time of the incident. amnewyork

Silica rule enforcement begins

After a three-month delay, Fed-OSHA was slated to begin enforcement of its final crystalline silica standard over the weekend. The rule is intended to limit employee exposure to respirable crystalline silica and originally was set to be enforced within the construction industry starting June 23. The delay was intended to allow Fed-OSHA to conduct additional […]

Amazon employee fatally struck at Pennsylvania warehouse

Fed-OSHA is investigating the death of a 28-year-old employee at an Amazon.com warehouse in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania on Tuesday. The man reportedly was trying to help a truck driver hook up a trailer to his rig when he was accidentally run over. Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

North Carolina turkey plant employee electrocuted

OSHNC is investigating the electrocution of an employee at a Butterball turkey-processing plant in Mount Olive. The 28-year-old man reportedly was replacing a light above a dropped ceiling at the time of the fatal accident. Winston-Salem Journal

Kansas City contractor fined $500K

A federal court reportedly has fined Fastrack Erectors, a St. Louis-area subcontractor that had been hired to help construct a 300,000-square-foot distribution warehouse in Kansas City, $500,000 after it was found guilty of violating Fed-OSHA regulations and causing the fall-related death of a 22-year-old ironworker in July 2014. The judge ruled that the employer failed […]

Vehicle falls from forklift, crushing employee at Alabama auto shop

A 45-year-old employee was fatally crushed last week while working at a Bay Minette, Alabama recycled auto parts shop when a car he was working on fell from a forklift. His family says using the forklift, instead of a hydraulic lift, was common practice at the shop. WPMI (Mobile, Ala.)

Audit suggests improvements for VPP/contract workers program

Fed-OSHA is responding to a recent audit by the Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General that uncovered several weaknesses in recording and reporting systems involving contract workers. The inspector general is recommending establishment of a system to collect and disseminate Voluntary Protection Program contractor information, controls to ensure the information is complete, and an expansion […]