Fed-OSHA levies $118K in fines for Oklahoma rig tragedy that killed five

Three companies have been fined a total of $118,000 by Fed-OSHA in connection with a natural gas drilling rig explosion that resulted in the deaths of five Oklahoma workers in January. Their remains were found in the area where drilling operations took place on the derrick; a sixth worker unsuccessfully tried to close a blowout […]

MIOSHA: Assembly worker killed at Michigan plant

A 61-year-old assembly worker was killed last Monday at the Ventra factory in Evart, Michigan when a when a steel water pipe reportedly fell on her head, according to Michigan OSHA. Cadillac News

Fed-OSHA to award $10.5M in workplace safety training grants

Fed-OSHA was set last week to publish announcements for Susan Harwood Training Grants funding opportunities for Targeted Topic Training Grants, Training and Educational Materials Development Grants, and Capacity Building Grants in the Federal Register. A total of $10.5 million is available for nonprofit organizations. The grants will fund training and education for workers and employers […]

The worst spots for germs when flying

Travel website Travelmath sent a microbiologist to collect 26 samples from five airports and four flights to find out where the most germs are found. The results suggests airports and airplanes are dirtier than your home. KXLY (Spokane, Wash.)

Ohio company fined $331K for violations including excessive noise

Following a complaint inspection, Fed-OSHA has fined Polystar Inc. of Stow, Ohio more than $331,000 for a variety of alleged violations, including excessive noise. The agency issued citations for more than a dozen serious and willful violations. Crain’s Cleveland Business

Worker killed at Nebraska plant identified

Law enforcement officials last week identified the 61-year-old man who was killed in a workplace accident Tuesday morning at a Columbus, Nebraska precast concrete manufacturing plant. The man died after being pinned under a concrete form used to create livestock feed bunks, which tipped while being filled. Several other employees also were injured. Columbus Telegram

Kentucky manufacturer earns SHARP designation

Kentucky’s labor cabinet deputy secretary last week awarded LIXIL, a manufacturer of water and housing products, the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) certification for excellence in workplace safety. The company’s Somerset plant has been operational since 1991, and currently has 36 employees. Lane Report

Worker burned in electrical incident at Connecticut building

A worker who was making repairs to a building in Connecticut suffered severe electrical burns last week when he was shocked by some devices. Fed-OSHA is investigating the incident, which left the man in stable condition. Bradenton Herald