Fed-OSHA to add safety inspector for South Dakota

Fed-OSHA plans to add an additional inspector to its five-person, year-old office in South Dakota. The office conducted 105 inspections in the federal fiscal year, about 75 percent of which involved the construction industry. Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.) [with video]

Citing hearing concerns, Spokane Police to add suppressors to rifles

Rifles carried by Spokane, Washington police will be equipped with suppressors in order to protect officers and civilians from hearing damage, according to the department, which says the sound of a fired shot can be louder than the takeoff of jet engines. The type of rifle that is used by the department produces a gunshot […]

West Virginia: Free Black Lung exams next week in Matewan, Oceana

NIOSH’s Mobile Occupational Safety and Health Units will be providing free black lung exams October 16-20 in Matewan and Oceana, West Virginia. Participation is free and the results are confidential. The clinics will be set up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday. Beckley Register-Herald

Women’s workplace injuries include headaches, repetitive stress

Fed-OSHA statistics indicate that while women are less likely than men to suffer non-fatal work-related injuries, the injuries more commonly associated with women occur disproportionately more frequently to them than those more common to men. Atlanta Business Chronicle [may require registration]

Man fatally pinned at Pennsylvania steel plant

An employee of U-Haul Falls Manufacturing died Friday afternoon when he was pinned between a table and machine at the steel plant where he was working in Falls, Pennsylvania. According to a fire official, the weight of a steel product on the table forced it to go sideways up into the air. Fed-OSHA has been […]

NIOSH develops resources for parents and employers of young drivers

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, 470 workers ages 16 to 24 died in work-related motor vehicle crashes from 2011 to 2015, reflecting 26 percent of all work-related deaths among that age group during those years. In response, NIOSH has released educational materials including resources, strategies, checklists and recommendations that offer guidance for helping young […]

Habitat for Humanity volunteer dies at North Carolina build

A 72-year-old Habitat for Humanity volunteer died Thursday afternoon after an accident at a worksite in Burlington, North Carolina. The man apparently was working on scaffolding and fell 6 to 8 feet. Although the N.C. Department of Labor was notified about the fatal injury accident, OSHNC does not have jurisdiction over volunteer-death situations. Times-News (Burlington, […]