Construction worker killed at Oklahoma solar farm project

A construction contractor died Monday morning while working at a solar farm project near Covington, Oklahoma. The man apparently either tripped or was pulled by his clothing under a trenching machine. Enid News & Eagle

South Jersey construction contractor cited again for scaffold hazards

Fed-OSHA has cited a New Jersey contractor for failing to properly secure or cross-brace scaffolding that bricklayers and masons used at a Philadelphia construction site. The scaffolding also did not have enough planks on the floor or shield workers from falling objects, and was in some cases erected too close to power lines, according to […]

How raining roof screws closed New Jersey school

A New Jersey high school was closed earlier this month due to problems relating to odors from a roofing project and concerns about asbestos discovered on the roof. Additionally, a long screw in the roof fell onto a student. The Philadelphia-based roofing contractor has received just one violation from Fed-OSHA in the past five years. […]

When an employee dies on the job

According to Fed-OSHA, it’s happened 357 times already this year. Do you know what to do if one of your employees dies on the job? Here are nine steps to follow. Workforce

NIOSH uses mobile medical screening trucks to test coal miners for black lung

Among the tools at the disposal of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to help it understand and prevent respiratory diseases are two Mobile Occupational Safety and Health Units packed with specialized medical screening capabilities that travel to worksites, providing chest X-rays and breathing tests for miners to check for black lung. Additionally, […]

Fed-OSHA releases two new fact sheets

Fed-OSHA has released two new fact sheets: one on preventing Zika virus exposure in biomedical laboratory workers and the other on evaluating Shipyard Competent Person programs. The Zika sheet notes that the virus is “a nationally notifiable condition” and labs should consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for reporting guidelines. Safety+Health