Miami construction worker electrocuted

A construction worker was electrocuted Monday while working on an elevator in a Miami apartment building. The victim reportedly was working on the interior elevator electrical system on the 24th floor of the building when the incident happened. Local 10 (Miami) [with video]

One dead in explosion at Alabama chemical plant

A worker has died in an explosion at a chemical plant in Arab, Alabama that recycles and refines cobalt and nickel specialty chemicals. Fed-OSHA is expected to investigate. Island Packet

CDC retracts some data on suicide rates for farmers, fishermen, foresters

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of 17 states from 2016 showed that those who worked in farming, fishing, and forestry had the highest rate of suicide overall. The study has been cited in hundreds of reports, but this summer, the CDC retracted those numbers. Does the CDC error mean everything […]

Farm Bill may undercut chemical safety measures inspired by 2013 disaster

In the aftermath of an explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant five years ago that killed 15 people and injured more than 200 others, Fed-OSHA tried to clarify existing rules to make sure similar facilities would face more scrutiny. A lawsuit by the fertilizer industry stopped the agency’s attempts. Now, a little-known provision tucked […]

Snack food processor fined $206K following amputation incident

Fed-OSHA has handed down just over $206,000 in penalties to a Pennsauken, New Jersey snack foods manufacturer after determining that an employee suffered a partial finger amputation as a result of the company’s failure to correct previously cited hazards. Inspectors determined the worker was cleaning a machine when it activated. Cherry Hill Courier-Post

N.C. Labor Department deploys field staff to Florence cleanup

The North Carolina Department of Labor has deployed occupational safety and health professionals to counties hardest hit by Hurricane Florence to assist the public and businesses during the dangerous cleanup phase. Laurinburg Exchange