Sulfuric acid injures workers at ExxonMobil plant in Baton Rouge

Two contractors were hospitalized after a release of sulfuric acid Monday morning at Exxon’s chemical plant in Baton Rouge, according to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. Fed-OSHA is expected to investigate. The incident did not cause any off-site impacts. The Advocate (Baton Rouge)

IOSH fines wind blade manufacturer $154K

Iowa OSHA has fined a wind blade manufacturer more than $154,000 following an investigation sparked by a Des Moines Register special report. The IOSH citations support the complaints of dozens of former TPI Composites employees who claim the company did not properly protect them from dangerous chemicals that caused them severe skin injuries. Six former […]

Grain elevator safety improving, but risks remain

Despite a recent explosion near Sioux City, Iowa in which an employee was burned, increased training and improvements in technology and elevator design have greatly reduced the potential for disaster in grain harvesting. Sioux City Journal

New York: New construction safety training is ‘easy to cheat’

A New York City news station and a safety advocacy group have looked into local law 196, which requires 10 to 30 hours of new safety training for nearly all construction workers, and found that online website training is not being monitored. WABC (New York City) [with video]

How noise pollution could be putting you at risk of diabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control estimates, more than 29 million Americans are currently living with diabetes and up to 25% of them don’t even know it. But aside from what we’re putting in our mouths, researchers are now concerned about what might be entering our ears. Medical News Bulletin

Rhode Island man electrocuted at residential worksite

A 64-year-old Pawtucket, Rhode Island man died after being electrocuted while painting a Woonsocket home on Friday. A green scissor lift was seen surrounded by police tape before it was towed away from the scene. WPRI (Providence)

Providence church building partially collapses

Part of a church that was under construction in Providence, Rhode Island collapsed over the weekend. The structure reportedly was empty at the time and no one was injured. News Tribune