Feds cite but don’t fine Massachusetts ambulance company

Fed-OSHA has closed its investigation of a Brockton, Massachusetts ambulance company, with one citation but no fines handed down, for providing only one unisex bathroom for 29 employees present at the company’s garage. Brockton Enterprise

Second fatality at Georgia employer in past seven months

Fed-OSHA is again investigating a Georgia employer following a second fatal workplace accident in the past seven months. Last week, a worker reportedly was killed when he was struck by a large roller inside the facility. According to Fed-OSHA, as of March 1, the company and its subsidiaries have now amassed more than $1 million […]

Safety consultant offers tips to improve fall protection programs

Money spent on fall protection PPE has gone up 160 percent in the last 20 years, from a $300 million industry to about an $800 million industry today. Overall workplace fatalities have decreased 17 percent, but fall fatalities have increased 30 percent. One consultant suggests, among other tips, using an emotional appeal to get workers […]

Estate seeks millions after fatal ladder fall

Attorneys for a 62-year-old Connecticut man who died after falling from a ladder at a construction site last July have filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking millions of dollars against the building’s owner. The six-foot stepladder had been placed on top of a mobile scaffold. The worker was repairing a leak in a window on […]

Wyoming kayak guide was left to ‘self-rescue’

A 23-year-old Utah paddling guide, who was trying to assist a hypothermic client who had overturned while on an outing on on Yellowstone Lake last summer, died when he rolled his vessel into water estimated to be about 43 degrees. It is reportedly the first fatality in Yellowstone Lake in 20 years. Investigating Yellowstone rangers […]

Noncompliance on Oklahoma VA medical center project may be costly to taxpayers

Hazardous construction conditions a VA medical center construction project in Muskogee, Oklahoma, could cost taxpayers $22.5 million on what was originally a contract valued at $8.7 million, according to a new report. The report also said oversight by VA officials contributed to escalating remedial costs. Stillwater News Press

Death of Ohio steelworker spurs lawsuit

The estate of a man who died died from asphyxiation after entering a room filled with nitrogen gas while working at a Faircrest, Ohio steel plant has filed a lawsuit seeking damages. Fed-OSHA cited the company for failing to train workers how to detect nitrogen leaks from pneumatic power tools, as well as for not […]