TOSHA fines contractor following employee’s electrocution on road project

The electrocution in September of a 30-year-old worker on a Tennessee highway has led to more than $16,000 in Tennessee OSHA penalties against his employer, an electrical contractor. The man and his co-workers were removing aluminum light poles along the road when one of the poles touched a live power line. News Tribune

Inside the dangerous world of private, after-dark garbage collection in New York City

Private garbage trucks remove more than half of the city’s total waste and are ubiquitous on New York’s streets after dark. However, garbage trucks from New York City’s 50 biggest companies are pulled off the road and declared unsafe to drive after more than half of government inspections. Private sanitation trucks killed seven people in […]

Mugno’s nomination heads back to Senate committee

On January 11, Scott Mugno, the nominee for assistant secretary of labor for Fed-OSHA, will appear again before the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The Senate did not confirm the FedEx executive’s appointment before the legislative body’s term ended last month. Safety+Health

Feds investigate fatal Colorado ski lift accident

A 40-year-old employee at Colorado’s Loveland Ski Area was fatally crushed prior to the New Year when he became caught in a so-called “magic carpet” lift, a conveyor belt installed at snow-level, that he was working on. Fed-OSHA is investigating. KUSA (Denver) [with video]

Mississippi workplaces more dangerous than other states: Study

A National Employment Law Project study released late last year finds that workers in Mississippi are more likely to be hospitalized, face amputation or even die from a workplace injury than in other states. Mississippi Public Broadcasting [with audio]

Fed-OSHA says Tampa Electric ignored own rules in fatal accident

Fed-OSHA’s investigation into a June accident that left five Tampa Electric workers burned to death has resulted in more than $160,000 in fines for violations that include one classified as willful. Only one other electric utility in Florida has received a willful violation since Fed-OSHA was founded in 1971, and that penalty was later reduced […]

Chicago-area bowling center ordered to pay whistleblower

A mechanic who claimed that he lost his job after he reported allegedly unsafe working conditions at a Chicago-area bowling center will receive a total of $40,000 in back wages as part of a consent judgment his former employer executed with Fed-OSHA. Daily Herald

Safe + Sound Week to return in August

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 2.9 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses among private-sector U.S. employees were reported in 2016. Fatal workplace injuries exceeded 5,000, reaching their highest level since 2008. In response, Fed-OSHA, the National Safety Council, the American Industrial Hygiene Association and NIOSH are among the safety organizations that will team […]

Winter’s outdoor workers risk cold stress

In extreme temperatures, the Detroit area’s outdoor workers risk frostbite, hypothermia, dehydration, and “cold stress.” Outdoor construction workers, letter carriers, security guards and others are at risk. NIOSH recommends that employers monitor the physical condition of workers and make sure they drink enough to stay hydrated. Detroit Free Press