Atlanta-area contractor working on billboard falls to death

A 52-year-old contractor who had been installing new lights on an interstate billboard in Newnan, Georgia, fell more than 50 feet to his death on Friday. When he was found, his harness was still on, but his belt had been ripped in half near the buckle, according to a report. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Masonry contractor fined more than $200K following electrocution

Fed-OSHA has fined a Plum, Pennsylvania-based contractor more than $200,000 in connection with the death of a 21-year-old employee who was electrocuted at a Pittsburgh building site earlier this year. The cited violations relate to scaffolding, lack of safety equipment and proximity to active power lines. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Fed-OSHA proposes $180K penalty for New Jersey hair company

Fed-OSHA has proposed a $181,280 penalty to a Moonachie, New Jersey hair company for a variety of violations, some allegedly repeated. They include failure to keep exit routes unobstructed, improper use of required workspace around an electrical panel box for storage, and failure to properly store materials to prevent struck-by hazards. NJBiz

OSHRC back in business

For the first time in over two years, the OSHA Review Commission is fully staffed with three Commissioners. Although two commissioners can and have been deciding cases, it is expected that cases will now be addressed more expediently with three commissioners. For employers this means that contests of citations that are appealed from administrative law […]

Employee at Russia confectionery killed by molten caramel

A 36-year-old employee at a confectionery factory in Stary Oskol, Russia was killed October 20 when molten caramel suddenly gushed into a huge tank. An labor commission investigation is underway. Locals say it is the third death at the plant in an “unlucky” year. The Sun

Michigan nonprofits to get $872K in federal grants

Federal Consultation Education and Training grants totaling $872,000 that are being awarded to 20 employer groups, labor organizations and other nonprofits in Michigan will fund projects that include crane rigging and signaling, ergonomics, tree trimming and chain saw safety, emergency actions plans, machine emergencies and workplace violence prevention, according to MIOSHA. Seattle Times