Employee killed in paint shop at South Carolina BMW plant

A 45-year-old employee was fatally injured by a moving piece of machinery in the paint shop of a BMW manufacturing plant in Spartanburg County, South Carolina last week. South Carolina OSHA is investigating. WHNS (Greenville, S.C.)

DEA’s Take Back Day coming this month

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine […]

New Jersey contractor fined $151K in connection with struck-by fatality

Fed-OSHA has fined a Blackwood, New Jersey-based construction contractor more than $151,000 following an employee fatality in Camden. The employer allegedly used an improper lifting device to place steel sheet piles for an elevator at a waterfront building project. The steel sheets became dislodged, striking and killing the employee. NJBiz

Green Bay-area foundries, unions sign workplace safety agreement with Fed-OSHA

Nine foundries and six unions in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area have joined Fed-OSHA to sign the Northeast Wisconsin Risk Reduction Partnership. Each company that participates will set goals based on past history of OSHA-recorded incidents and share their results. WBAY (Green Bay, Wisc.) [with video]

Fed-OSHA responds as trench and excavation fatalities rise

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that the number of excavation and trench fatalities in 2016 was near twice the average of the previous five years combined. In response, Fed-OSHA has made reducing excavation and trenching hazards a priority, with the goal of reducing the total by 10 percent by September 30, 2019 over […]

A look at dormant OSHA committees

Click here to see the committees, which were set up to advise Fed-OSHA, that have gone dormant under the Trump administration. Santa Fe New Mexican

Feds probing death of construction worker at New York City site

Fed-OSHA is investigating the March 13 death of a 34-year-old Bronx man that occurred as he worked for a manufacturer of metal windows and doors at a Jamaica, Queens construction site. The circumstances surrounding the death are in dispute: one account stated he was riding on the back of a forklift being driven by another […]

OR-OSHA investigating explosion on HP campus

Oregon OSHA is investigating the recent explosion of a hydrogen generator on the HP Inc. campus in Corvallis that resulted in two people being hospitalized. A fire department spokesman said the explosion was caused when hydrogen was unintentionally introduced into a high voltage portion of the generator. Corvallis Gazette-Times