Omaha company contests fine in trench collapse that hurt worker

Fed-OSHA has fined an Omaha contractor more than $3,800 after a trench caved in on March 14, injuring a 23-year-old employee who was trapped for more than 6 hours. The trench collapsed about 8 a.m. that day, after the employee jumped into it to probe for a buried sewer pipe, according to the agency. Omaha […]

New Jersey employee electrocuted while replacing light

An 55-year-old employee was fatally electrocuted Monday at a Randolph, New Jersey beverage distributor while using a scissor lift to replace an emergency light. Fed-OSHA is investigating. NJ Advance Media

Contractors fined $250K following burn incident

Fed-OSHA has cited a Billings, Montana general contractor and a Rock Springs, Wyoming subcontractor for exposing workers to numerous safety hazards which allegedly resulted in severe burns to an employee. The companies face more than $249,500 in proposed penalties for the May incident, which occurred when compressed oxygen inside an underground duct caused a fire […]

GAO issues report on pilots’ and flight attendants’ exposure to noise

Pursuant to a request by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the Government Accountability Office has reviewed Federal Aviation Administration regulations and guidance pertaining to interior aircraft noise, the occupational noise exposure standard from Fed-OSHA, and the recommended occupational noise exposure limit from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH. GAO

Indiana manufacturer fined more than $10K after item falls, strikes employee

Following an injury accident, Indiana OSHA has fined a manufacturer of machines, valves and other specially tooled and engineered items $10,500 for three cited violations. An employee was injured may 12 when a metal bar was dropped from an overhead crane, according to company representatives. Palladium-Item

Australia: Man helping neighbor with yardwork killed in shredder

Wood chippers have caused horrific deaths in the United States and on Sunday, a 54-year-old man in Queensland, Australia who had been helping his neighbor clear brush from a driveway, was fatally injured when he fell into a tree shredder. Miami Herald [with video]