FedEx fined $7K following employee death at Memphis hub

Tennessee OSHA has fined FedEx $7,000 following the agency’s investigation into the death of an employee at the company’s hub in Memphis on Thanksgiving in 2017. Investigators say the body of the 60-year-old woman was found under a motorized mobile conveyor belt system. wmcactionnews5 (Memphis, Tenn.)

Buffalo-area U-Haul settles Fed-OSHA case for $81K

A Larkinville, New York U-Haul storage facility will pay about $81,000 to settle Fed-OSHA fines that the agency issued for allegedly exposing employees to asbestos and silica hazards during renovations. Buffalo News

North Carolina worker crushed at South Carolina construction site

A 49-year-old Lumberton, North Carolina woman died last week following an accident Tuesday at a construction site in Richland County, South Carolina. She was working on a scissor lift when she became trapped between the ceiling and the railing of the lift, crushing her. WSPA (Spartanburg, S.C.)

Iowa grad student creates simulation to decrease number of farming fatalities

A University of Iowa doctoral student has developed a simulation to study how farm equipment can be more safely operated to decrease the number of fatalities and injuries. It uses virtual reality to put farmers on rural roads, fields, and driveways while simulating the feeling of being in the cab of a farm vehicle. Daily […]

Fed-OSHA forms North Dakota trench safety alliance

Fed-OSHA has formed a safety alliance with North Dakota industry that is intended to provide employers and workers with information and training resources to reduce exposure to excavation-related hazards. The members signed a two-year agreement to collaborate on training and awareness programs. INFORUM (Fargo, N.D.)

Deadly farmhouse fire raises questions about Michigan’s regs

Two workers died in a recent house fire near a dairy farm in Mendon, Michigan. Seven others survived and are recovering, according to an advocate, who says the house where the nine workers were living might not be covered by standards and licensing guidelines that other migrant worker housing facilities across Michigan. WWMT (Kalamazoo, Mich.)

Florida worker suffers foot injury in crane collapse

Fort Lauderdale firefighters rescued a man after a construction crane fell and partially landed on his foot Thursday morning. The worker was disassembling the boom of the crane when it fell. WPLG (Miami) [with video]