Employees say safety concerns were common at ski area before worker’s death

Current and former employees of Colorado’s Loveland Ski Area say safety violations like the one that resulted in the December death of a lift mechanic, who was crushed beneath a conveyor belt, were common prior to the incident. Fed-OSHA has fined the ski area nearly $65,000 for 13 cited violations. Denver7

Buffalo hospital’s ‘climate of complacency’

A Buffalo news station sent its investigative producer into the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to see how it was implementing security measures following recent acts of violence, including a mugging, on its campus. Between 2011 and 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the majority of workplace assaults were in healthcare settings. WKBW […]

Fed-OSHA, CSB investigating plant explosion near Houston

Fed-OSHA and the Chemical Safety Board are investigating the cause of a chemical explosion that injured 21 workers at the Kuraray America Eval plant in Pasadena, Texas Saturday morning. The incident occurred when part of the plant’s production system leaked ethylene. The plant is a subsidiary of a Toyko-based specialty chemical maker. Houston Chronicle

Fed-OSHA clarifies employer evaluations and training for crane ops

Fed-OSHA has issued a proposed rule clarifying its crane operator requirements. In addition to providing long-term clarity regarding crane operator certification requirements, the proposal reinstates the employer duty to ensure that a crane operator is qualified to safely operate equipment. Construction Equipment

Times Herald-Record editorial: Don’t wait for Fed-OSHA to clean up hazards

According to Fed-OSHA, the owners of a New Windsor, New York cosmetics factory were responsible for safety violations following a fire last fall that killed one employee and sent 125 of his colleagues to seek medical treatment. Employees of the plant have complained of regular health issues from workplace conditions there. New York state has […]

Deadspin: What if the NFL were regulated by Fed-OSHA?

Professional football players are employees of the National Football League. That means Fed-OSHA could technically step in and issue rules and regulations to reduce the potential harm caused by the work they do. One researcher at Harvard Law School maintains the league should be regulated the way other workplaces are. Deadspin