Fed-OSHA fines two companies after fatal power plant accident near Pittsburgh

Fed-OSHA has handed down more than $129,000 in fines to Enerfab, a contractor, and more than $77,000 in fines to FirstEnergy, the owner of the Bruce Mansfield Power Plant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, in connection with an incident last year in which two workers were fatally overcome by poisonous gas at the coal-fired plant. Five […]

New beryllium exposure rules delayed until May

Fed-OSHA has announced that it is pushing back until May the effective date of parts of a rule limiting workers’ exposure to beryllium while it negotiates with manufacturers and groups that have sued over the rule. Law360

Chemicals cause explosion at Cincinnati-area business

Employees of a Cincinnati-area waterproofing and building products company were evacuated temporarily on Monday due to a fire at the company’s new building. No injuries were reported. The company’s previous location reportedly caught fire in 2011. WLWT (Cincinnati) [with video]

Employee pulled from collapsed trench near Detroit

First responders rescued a 65-year-old man from a collapsed trench Monday in Brandon Township, Michigan. The rescue came a week after emergency personnel worked to free a construction worker from a trench collapse in Sterling Heights; that man was pronounced dead. Detroit News

Virginia construction worker fatally struck by cinderblock

A construction worker died Saturday after he was fatally struck by a falling cinderblock at a Henrico County, Virginia construction site. Investigators say high winds caused a wall to collapse at the construction site just prior to the accident. WRIC (Richmond, Va.) [with video]

TOSHA investigating theater gas leak

Tennessee OSHA is attempting to determine the cause of a gas leak that caused the evacuation of the Smoky Mountain Opry outside of Knoxville, Saturday night. According to the theater’s general manager, three minutes before the end of the performance, a technician was in a small room behind the stage operating a machine that uses […]