Seattle-area worker dies after falling off barge

A worker died Thursday near Seattle after falling off of a gravel barge on the Duwamish Waterway. Fire crews recovered the worker from the water in critical condition, but later pronounced him dead at the scene. Fed-OSHA is expected to investigate. KOMO

MNOSHA faults truck manufacturer in January explosion

Minnesota OSHA has concluded that McNeilus Truck Manufacturing improperly sent trucks fueled with compressed natural gas into the baker in its painting process, causing an explosion that injured five employees January 11 at the company’s plant in Dodge Center. Three employees suffered contusions and smoke inhalation, and two others suffered burns over 50 percent of […]

Complaint of lead contamination at Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Several workers at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia have reached out to WAVY TV about possible lead exposure. Lead contamination reportedly was found in a building at the shipyard’s Non-Nuclear Weld School. However, since the station began its investigation two months ago, two major changes have already occurred. WAVY [with video]

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard managers involved in ‘cover-up’ of employee poisoning

A KING 5 investigation has found that Puget Sound Naval Shipyard safety managers gave misinformation to Fed-OSHA investigators about employee toxic chlorine gas exposures following the agency’s 2013 investigation of conditions at a wastewater treatment plant at the site. The news station reports that it has obtained internal Navy records showing documented warnings of unhealthy […]

Fatal incident at southeast Texas ExxonMobil plant under investigation

Fed-OSHA continued its investigation last week of into a fatal industrial accident that occurred December 1 at ExxonMobil near Port Arthur, Texas. A 31-year-old man was working on new construction at the plant when the incident occurred. An April 2013 flash fire at the facility left four contract workers with serious burns; two of those […]

Oregon: Pesticide rules raise hackles in Medford

At a session held last week at the Medford library, OR-OSHA representatives took questions about a proposal that would allow agricultural workers to shelter inside farmworker housing while certain pesticides are being sprayed. Worker advocates say the state should instead create no-spray buffers around housing. Oregon is proposing the rules as an alternative to a […]

Pipeline explosion kills father and son

A 59-year-old father and his 30-year-old son were killed in a natural gas pipeline explosion while working on a northern Illinois farm field last week. Two others were reportedly injured, one critically, in the incident, which occurred when a tractor struck the pipeline. Peoria Public Radio

Fed-OSHA head nominee Mugno talks teamwork during confirmation hearing

Scott Mugno, vice president of safety, sustainability and vehicle maintenance at FedEx Ground, and the president’s nominee to lead Fed-OSHA, participated in a two-and-a-half-hour Senate hearing last week along with three other nominees. Mugno also has served as OSHA subcommittee chairman for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Safety+Health