Fed-OSHA proposes $1.8M fine in Wisconsin plant explosion

Fed-OSHA has handed down more than $1.8 million in fines to a Wisconsin milling company for allegedly failing to prevent a fatal plant explosion that occurred May 31. The agency charges that a that an accumulation of highly combustible grain dust likely caused the explosion, which killed five workers. Fox11 (Green Bay, Wisc.)

CSB pulls recommendations on offshore drilling safety

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board has opted to withdraw its worker participation and whistleblower protection recommendations, which were made in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon tragedy, after the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which regulates offshore drilling, refused to enact them. Those recommendations would have allowed oil rig […]

Florida worker fatally crushed under steel load

A 26-year-old man was crushed by a steel rack and cables weighing more than 12 tons while working November 10 at a Bartow, Florida precast concrete structure manufacturing plant. Fed-OSHA was notified. The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.)

How to deal with work stress, according to bartenders

Bartending might seem like a fun, carefree job, but it can be physically draining and involve dealing with an inebriated clientele. It’s important to have some kind of stress management routine when you work at a high-stress job, says the author of the Stress-Proof Brain. NBC News

Three badly burned in Colorado gas-line fire

Three workers were severely burned in a gas-line fire in Weld County, Colorado on Thursday. A buildup of gas contributed to the “flash over” fire, according to a fire official. Fed-OSHA is investigating. The workers were using a vacuum truck to free gas buildup, according to the official, but it was unclear what sparked the […]

Fed-OSHA releases fact sheet on shipboard pedestal crane safety

When a pedestal crane’s components, or their operation, fail, injuries and fatalities can occur. A new fact sheet from Fed-OSHA covers inspection, operation and training requirements, as well as Fed-OSHA certification requirements. The resource also includes an eight-point equipment inspection checklist. Safety+Health

Silica lawsuit ‘close to a resolution,’ says labor secretary

A consolidated lawsuit against Fed-OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica final rule is “close to a resolution,” Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta reported Wednesday in his first appearance before the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Most provisions in Fed-OSHA’s standard for silica in maritime and general industry are not set to go in effect until […]