NIOSH still investigating Delaware rowhome fire that killed responders

Nearly a year and a half after a Wilmington, Delaware rowhome blaze claimed the lives of three city firefighters, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reviewers are still investigating what factors made the fire so deadly and how the city can prevent similar tragedies. Lawyers for a fireman who was badly burned say they […]

Fed-OSHA inspectors forced to wait two hours before getting into a chemical barrel plant

Twice last year, inspectors were initially barred from entering a chain of chemical barrel refurbishing plants in Wisconsin, even after they had a court order to enter immediately. Five agencies have uncovered more than 70 violations at the three plants. A whistleblower who had worked in the plants said the company prepared for such inspections, […]

HR: Recording an injury doesn’t always mean the employer did something wrong

A bee sting injury here, a horseplay incident there, and before you know it there’s a slight rise in the employer’s incident rate which can have a cascade of consequences. Those cases are recordable on the employer’s Form 300, but did the employer do anything wrong? Of course not. The Business Journals

Hazard alert issued after rise in trench worker fatalities in Kentucky

The Kentucky Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program has issued a hazard alert regarding trench work after what it characterizes as an “alarming” increase in trench-related deaths in Kentucky. The state experienced three trench-collapse fatalities from June 2015 to December 2017. According to Fed-OSHA, excavation and trenching are among the most dangerous activities that take […]

Chemical release at Pennsylvania printing facility under investigation

Fed-OSHA is investigating a chemical release that occurred Tuesday morning at a Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania-area paperback book manufacturing plant. The incident resulted in the transport of 11 employees to the hospital and the facility’s evacuation. Scranton Times-Tribune

Norfolk Naval Shipyard worker critical after incident on submarine

A civilian assistant shift test engineer was critically injured Tuesday morning while moving through a hatch on a submarine at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia. Fed-OSHA reportedly has been notified. The vessel on which the incident took place is in the process of being converted into a moored training ship. Virginian-Pilot