Washington Legislature considers restricting chemicals used in firefighting foam, packaging

A Washington House bill would prohibit, as of 2020, a manufacturer from selling firefighting foams containing polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl chemicals, known as PFAS, as well as protective gear that contains the chemicals. Some of these chemicals pose health concerns that include elevated risks for kidney and testicular cancer. In Washington and other states, many fire […]

Worker killed at Billings construction site identified

The 39-year-old man who died this week at a Billings, Montana construction site after a large concrete column fell on him has been identified. A company official said it wasn’t yet clear how the horizontal concrete beam broke away from the building’s exterior Tuesday morning. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Billings Gazette

Fed-OSHA unaware of attack by Wisconsin mental patient

Fed-OSHA this week indicated that it was not aware of a December 17 incident in which a Sauk County, Wisconsin caregiver allegedly was physically attacked by a violent mental patient. According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, the 31-year-old patient, who lives in a locked home operated by the caregiver’s employer, punched through […]

Fed-OSHA probing death of employee at Green Bay plating plant

A 34-year-old man died last week after falling into the working parts of a metal lathe at a Green Bay, Wisconsin plating plant. Police were unable to determine if a medical issue may have caused the incident, and Fed-OSHA is investigating. Green Bay Press Gazette

Drilling contractor in Oklahoma explosion has violation history

Fed-OSHA is investigating an explosion that killed five people Monday at a Pittsburg County, Oklahoma drilling rig. The agency has conducted 12 inspections of Patterson-UTI rigs and facilities in Oklahoma over the past decade and found four separate violations, according to agency records. However, the company isn’t among the most frequent drilling company violators in […]