TOSHA cites employer after machine-related fatality

Tennessee OSHA has fined an employer more than $8,000 following an April incident in which a 40-year-old employee of an eastern Tennessee industrial facility was killed as she cleaned a pallet de-stacker. The employee apparently activated an electric eye that put the scissor lift, which had been left in automatic mode instead of manual mode […]

Oregon: Multnomah County launches investigation into mental health complaints

A whistleblower complaint and a report from the Oregon Health Authority has spurred Multnomah County officials to investigate mental health conditions at the Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Portland, Oregon. In March, the employer was cited for its alleged failure to properly handle and investigate job-related injuries. KATU (Portland)

Brick silo falls, kills central Missouri worker

A bricklayer died while working on a jobsite Wednesday in west-central Missouri. Fed-OSHA’s preliminary information indicates that workers were building a brick silo when the silo fell and struck the victim. Ozarks First (Springfield, Mo.)

What to expect in a manufacturing career as a veteran

Manufacturing is often an attractive sector for veterans. Many plants operate like large units: company size, battalion size, or larger. Positions range from entry-level type roles, such as hourly machine operator or technician, to operations, engineering, and management roles, and all the way up to plant manager or director. Task & Purpose [with video]

FAQs on silica in construction released

Fed-OSHA has released a set of more than 50 frequently asked questions, which are intended to provide guidance to employers and employees in the construction industry, regarding the agency’s silica standard. Topics include the scope of the standard, definitions, exposure, control methods, housekeeping on construction worksites, written exposure control plan guidelines, medical surveillance, recordkeeping and […]

Oil drillers facing increase in accidents and potential liability

The rapid growth in crude oil production in the US has not come without a severe cost, as workplace accidents have increased significantly. The Houston Chronicle recently analyzed 18,000 injury and illness claims in Texas and reviewed Fed-OSHA data and public records on hundreds of oilfield accidents since 2007, finding that onshore drilling operations were […]