Fed-OSHA finds no violations after 19 workers were sickened at N.H. hospital

Fed-OSHA has issued no violations related to an incident last August at New Hampshire’s Exeter Hospital in which 19 employees reported dizziness and nausea. Neither the hospital nor local fire officials have released a cause for the mysterious illness. The incident prompted the hospital to evacuate the emergency and operating room departments while fire officials […]

Oregon OSHA fines contractor $17,400 following death at semiconductor plant

OR-OSHA Oregon has fined an Intel contractor more than $17,000 after a manufacturing tool crushed one of the contractor’s employees last summer, in the worst accident in Oregon’s semiconductor industry in many years. At the time of the accident, the 49-year-old man was providing scheduled maintenance on a manufacturing tool in an automated area where […]

Fed-OSHA fines Ohio tile manufacturer more than $500K

Following injuries to two workers in June of last year, Fed-OSHA has fined a South Korean vinyl tile manufacturer that operates a plant in Fostoria, Ohio more than $500,000 for machine-safety violations including lockout/tagout. One injured employee required surgery after his hand was crushed in a tile machine. Less than two weeks later, an employee […]

North Carolina workplace deaths decrease

Workplace deaths declined across North Carolina in the 2017 fiscal year and in the Raleigh area. Triangle Business Journal [may require registration]

IOSH inspecting wind blade manufacturer that was subject of reporting

Six former employees of TPI Composites, a wind blade manufacturer in Newton, Iowa, are suing the company alleging they suffered work-related skin ailments. Iowa OSHA has inspected the company for other complaints in the past, but has never penalized it regarding the repeated skin injuries. Des Moines Register [with video]

Renewed alliance to focus on hazards unique to women in construction industry

Fed-OSHA has renewed its alliance for another five years with the National Association of Women in Construction. According to the agency, the alliance will target hazards specific to women in construction, including selection of personal protective equipment, sanitation, and workplace intimidation and violence. Safety+Health

NIOSH study: Standing is a big part of many jobs

A study published Thursday in the latest issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly finds that construction workers reported the most standing and physical work. Forty percent of adults reported frequent standing in addition to frequent exertion. Jobs with the least activity were in legal, financial and computational departments. And across all industries, education was […]