Wisconsin mill appeals $1.8M fine related to deadly explosion

Didion Milling Inc. has appealed a $1.8 million Fed-OSHA fine issued in connection with an explosion at its facility north of Madison, Wisconsin, that killed five workers and injured 12 others. Fed-OSHA’s investigation found that the company failed to control highly combustible grain dust and didn’t maintain equipment to prevent heat or sparks that could […]

Teachers sue contractors over asbestos exposures at Mass. tech school

Four teachers at a Lowell, Massachusetts technical school, including one who is now permanently disabled, have filed lawsuits against contractors who performed renovation at the school in 2014 and 2015. The plaintiffs claim they were injured by asbestos-containing dust and debris that was left at the school following the work. A lawsuit filed by the […]

Worker fatally falls into hopper at Minnesota turkey manure energy plant

Minnesota OSHA is investigating after an employee fell to his death at a biomass plant in Benson, Minnesota. MNOSHA has investigated the operation twice since 2012 and fined it both times. Late last month, state utility regulators approved a plan to close the 55-megawatt plant. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

GAO: Government should better protect meatpacking workers

A new report by the General Accountability Office finds that employees of meat and poultry plants may not report problems out of fear of retaliation, and that Fed-OSHA is largely unaware that these workers often are being denied restroom breaks. The GAO is urging Fed-OSHA to interview workers away from the workplace and has suggested […]

Cianbro receives VPP Star

Fed-OSHA has awarded Cianbro, Maine’s largest construction company, the Star designation in the agency’s Mobile Workforce Voluntary Protection Program, in recognition of the company’s commitment to workplace safety. The recognition was presented during a ceremony on Friday at Cianbro’s new workforce development facility in Pittsfield. Mainebiz

City of Biloxi sued over fatal impalement during parade

The impalement of a man during a Mardi Gras parade has led to a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Biloxi, Mississippi. The victim fell from the back of a parked pickup truck onto a rebar spike while watching the Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade in February. The lawsuit claims the city violated Fed-OSHA […]