Michigan’s workplace deaths drop, but construction safety remains a concern

Michigan OSHA reports that workplace deaths declined last year to 38, from 43 in 2016. Fifteen of the deaths in 2017 last year were fall-related, many in the construction industry. The state’s shortage of skilled labor is a big concern the construction industry faces, and that means there may be less time to properly train […]

Fed-OSHA charges carcinogen exposures at aircraft industry supplier

Fed-OSHA is proposing a $194,000 fine against Spirit AeroSystems, a Boeing and Airbus supplier, for allegedly exposing employees to to hexavalent chromium. Employees were exposed to airborne concentrations of the cancer-causing agent at nearly two times the permissible exposure limit at a Wichita, Kansas plant, according to the agency. Wichita Eagle

Fed-OSHA cites construction company in deadly New York wall collapse

Fed-OSHA has fined a New Jersey-based construction company more than $281,000 in connection with a fatal accident at a development site in Poughkeepsie, New York last August. The wall collapse killed an employee of a Connecticut-based masonry subcontractor. The other worker was able to escape the collapse but was struck by falling material. Poughkeepsie Journal […]

Fed-OSHA to investigate attack on Wisconsin caretaker

Fed-OSHA is investigating the latest of multiple injuries to employees who care for a violent Wisconsin mental patient. Neighbors, law enforcement and state lawmakers have previously raised concerns about the state’s placement of the 31-year-old man in a community setting, rather than a mental health facility. Baraboo News Republic

Employees exposed to chemicals at Wisconsin barrel plant lacked proper training

Fed-OSHA has determined that workers at a Wisconsin barrel refurbishing plant were exposed to formaldehyde, mercury and other hazardous chemicals but did not receive proper training in safely handling the materials. A whistleblower said workers were prepared to “stage” operations, hiding problems when an agency like Fed-OSHA arrived. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Four San Antonio road construction workers injured in rebar collapse

Four construction workers were injured Thursday afternoon while working on an interchange project in San Antonio. The men were working on a rebar support when material collapsed on two of them. One suffered critical crushing injuries and the other was pinned, police said. Fed-OSHA is investigating. KSAT (San Antonio)