Feds probe Jacksonville scaffolding incident

Fed-OSHA is investigating a scaffolding incident in downtown Jacksonville, Florida that led to the rescue of two workers on Monday, 17 stories above ground level. WOKV

Tampa Electric appeals Fed-OSHA citation for fatal power plant accident

Tampa Electric Co. is formally contesting a Fed-OSHA citation classified as willful issued in connection with a maintenance incident that resulted in the deaths of five power plant workers last year. The incident occurred as workers performed maintenance on a boiler that was not shut down. The utility’s CEO says she has met with Fed-OSHA […]

Fed-OSHA regulations not changing much under Trump

Fed-OSHA oversight by the Trump administration may involve changes in tone more than substance, observers say. During the early months of the new administration, officials signaled they would take a more relaxed approach to worker safety regulation and enforcement, but one executive with the Louisiana Chemical Association doesn’t expect Trump officials to try to roll […]

Ohio assisted living facility complies after deadly fall

The owner of a Centerville, Ohio nursing home where a 54-year-old, veteran telecommunications worker fell from a tower to his death in October is voluntarily complying with Fed-OSHA’s safety recommendations, according to an agency spokesman. Dayton Daily News

9/11 responders’ health treatment, monitoring threatened by budget

The reorganization of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which is currently part of the Centers for Disease Control, may directly impact 9/11 first responders. Under the 2019 fiscal year budget put forth by the White House, NIOSH will be moved to within the National Institute of Health. The WTC Health Program will […]

Black lung increase may be underreported

The very early stages of coal workers pneumoconiosis are not detectable on a chest x-ray, according to James C. Reed, M.D. of the University of Louisville. In 2014, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health researchers reported that the worst form of the disease had spiked to the highest level in 40 years. Lexington Herald-Leader