Criminal probe of Sioux Falls building collapse continuing

The criminal investigation into the collapse of a downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota building will last for at least another 90 days, according to a court filing. The status report was furnished to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, which is hearing an appeal from a construction contractor that was issued more than $200,000 […]

Study finds new black lung epidemic in coal country

Although a recent National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study identified the largest cluster ever reported of complicated black lung disease, the actual number of cases is likely much higher, because the government numbers rely on self-reporting. Researchers are are seeing an uptick in progressive massive fibrosis, the most deadly form of black lung, […]

Fed-OSHA cites Alabama plastics company in connection with fatal accident

Fed-OSHA has fined a Helena, Alabama plastics firm nearly $200,000 in connection with a fatal 2017 accident that occurred when an employee was pulled into a plastics recycling machine. The agency charged several violations, including one willful citation for failing to provide machine guarding to protect employees from caught-in and amputation hazards. The employer was […]

NIOSH’s latest research agenda for manufacturing sector looks at new technology

NIOSH has published its National Occupational Research Agenda for Manufacturing. It provides “guidance to investigators concerning where information is lacking and what gaps need to be addressed in future research and other actions” and contains six objectives, mainly focused on changes in the sector brought about by investments in new technology. Safety+Health

New Fed-OSHA tree care publication

Fed-OSHA recently published a guidance document that addresses five major hazards for the tree care industry, including traffic control, chippers, aerial lifts, power lines and drop zones for falling objects. Unlike some other industries, there is no specific OSHA standard that regulates employers in the tree care industry. National Law Review