Fed-OSHA fines employer $20K after roofer falls

A Dalton, Georgia company has paid Fed-OSHA penalties of more than $19,700 after a worker who was installing roofing fell through a hole in the old roof and was hospitalized in May 2017. The agency is also investigating two other local employers in different matters, one of which involves a fatal struck-by incident, the second […]

Family files suit out of fatal 2016 trench collapse in Boise

Two years ago, two workers died and a third was rescued after a 9-foot-deep trench collapsed at a residential construction project worksite in Boise, Idaho. A Fed-OSHA report shows that local inspectors who visited the site noticed a lack of safety equipment hours before the collapse. The family of one of the men killed in […]

Little Rock restaurant stresses proper hygiene amid hepatitis reports

Potential hepatitis A exposure in two northern Arkansas restaurants is prompting a Little Rock restaurant to push proper hygiene. Arkansas Department of Health officials noted that one case appears to be linked to travel outside the state and not part of the current outbreak. KATV (Little Rock) [with video]

Dangerous jobs directly linked to Bay State’s opiate epidemic

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released a groundbreaking report confirming what labor advocates have been saying for years: dangerous jobs are playing a direct role in opiate addiction and overdoses. Around a quarter were found to be employed in construction/extraction. Workers in the farming, fishing and forestry occupation were also hard hit. Boston […]

Worker severely burned at Massachusetts manufacturing plant

An employee at an Acton, Massachusetts manufacturing plant was severely burned in an explosion on Wednesday. Fire officials say the explosion occurred in an area where materials undergo a coating process. Five other workers were treated for smoke inhalation. Fed-OSHA is investigating. WBZ (Boston) [with video]

NIOSH to investigate Florida sheriff’s office

The Centers for Disease Control’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will hold a site visit at the Flagler County Sheriff’s Operations Center, which was built on a prior hospital site, where more than 30 employees have filed workers’ compensation claims for symptoms they believe are related to the now-evacuated building. Palm Coast Observer

OSHNC investigating construction site fatality

The North Carolina Department of Labor is investigating after a person was found fatally trapped under heavy equipment at a construction site last week in Garner. The worker reportedly was crushed by a paver/roller that overturned into a trench. WTVD (Raleigh-Durham, N.C.)