Oregon: 30 kids, adults poisoned by pesticide at day care

The Oregon Health Authority reports that 30 children and adults were poisoned from a pesticide this spring at a Coos Bay childcare center. They reported respiratory, eye and skin problems of low severity. State officials reportedly were unaware of the incident until reading about the incident in the Oregonian/OregonLive. OR-OSHA is now investigating. Oregonian/OregonLive

Georgia plant closed after employee death

A 51-year-old employee was fatally caught between a moving part of machinery and a stationary steel I-beam at a Dalton, Georgia flooring products plant Monday night. The plant was temporarily shut down following the incident. Daily Citizen (Dalton, Ga.)

FedEx sued for deadly workplace accident at Texas airport

A lawsuit filed by the family of a mechanic who was fatally crushed inside an airplane at the Lubbock, Texas airport last month claims FedEx was grossly negligent in connection with the incident. The lawsuit did not indicate specifically how the accident happened, nor has Fed-OSHA or the Federal Aviation Administration done so to date. […]

Deaths at Pennsylvania power plant prompt lawsuits

Wrongful death lawsuits have been filed on behalf of the widows and children of two contractors who died while working at a Beaver County, Pennsylvania power plant after being exposed to toxic fumes released from a pipe they were repairing in a confined underground concrete pit. The lawsuits allege that the contractors were told that […]

Fire chief says contractor knew about safety issue prior to fire at Arkansas mill

When firefighters arrived on Saturday at a shuttered southwest Arkansas plywood mill, they found that water pipes inside the building had been turned off and could not be turned back on again. Fed-OSHA is investigating. All of the demolition crew members made it out of the mill before the fire spread, and no injuries were […]

Manufacturing work can contribute to employee hearing loss

Employers in manufacturing industries have several reasons to be concerned about the problem of hearing loss among employees. Fed-OSHA requires employers to institute a monitoring program and audiometric testing when noise exposure meets or exceeds 85 decibels on an eight-hour time weighted average. Columbus Telegram

Labor laws that are lacking in logic

“Our labor and employment laws are not always based on logic. There are some things that you just have to know, even if they do not make sense.” National Clothesline

Whistleblower fired after finding murder case evidence

A landfill employee who helped stop the disposal of potential crime evidence at the site has been fired from his job for allegedly leaving an inadequately trained crew in charge while he went on vacation and failing to conduct solidification of liquid in the pit before he left. The employee, who found the evidence while […]