Deaths of dairy farmworkers raise oversight questions

As dairy farms have transitioned from family operations into big businesses involving thousands of cows and massive machinery, new safety concerns have emerged. In southern Idaho, workers recently have either choked or drowned in pits of cow manure. Data shows that in 2015, agricultural workers suffered fatal on-the-job injuries at a rate far higher than […]

CSB issues update on fatal West Virginia tank blasts

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has updated its report regarding the “unintended chemical reactions” that sparked two explosions that killed a total of three workers at a West Virginia industrial site in May and June. The accidents occurred while the workers were draining cleaning chemicals from tanks used to store the materials that give natural […]

Unions confront Arizona safety regulators

More than 150 union members gathered last week in downtown Phoenix to confront members of the state’s Industrial Commission, which oversees ADOSH, for practices including arbitrarily reducing employers’ penalties for safety violations and failing to aggressively pursue allegations of wage theft and fraud in the construction industry. Fed-OSHA began an investigation of the commission last […]

Florida tree-trimmer electrocuted

A tree cutter died Sunday afternoon on Siesta Key, Florida after coming in contact with a live power line while working in a bucket truck. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Bradenton Herald

Two killed in Galveston crane collapse

One of the two workers killed last week in a Galveston, Texas crane collapse at a dock was a high school football standout and a father. Fed-OSHA is investigating. KHOU (Houston)

Opioid epidemic increases need for training, policies

Overdoses related to opioids killed 33,000 Americans in 2015, according to the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As employees’ addiction problems continue to affect safety and health in the workplace, advocates are urging employers to take action. Safety+Health