Original Articles

  • Fed-OSHA seeks suggestions for strengthening VPP

    Fed-OSHA is holding a stakeholder meeting July 17, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future direction of its Voluntary Protection Programs. The agency’s aim is to “reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth.” Fed-OSHA is […]

  • Cal/OSHA Seeks Huge Penalties in Refinery Explosion

    The Division of Occupational Safety and Health has cited ExxonMobil Refining for 19 alleged violations following an investigation into the February 18 explosion at the company’s Torrance refinery. The incident only slightly injured four workers, but investigators concluded that management had been aware of hazardous conditions at the unit in question, yet took no steps […]

  • Standards Board Finally Gets Seats Filled

    Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed four current members of the Cal/OSH Standards Board and named two new members to Cal/OSHA’s rulemaking body. The appointments are being said to provide both stability and new faces to the board. The newly appointed members are Robert Blink, 62, of San Francisco, and John Sacco, 60, of Rocklin. Both […]

  • Short Window to Comment on Heat Illness Guidance

    Do you have questions about Cal/OSHA’s new revisions to the heat illness prevention regulation? Do you want the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to address your ideas and concerns in its updated guidance document on the regulation? You have to act fast – before Friday, March 6 if you want to weigh in. DOSH […]

Curated Content Articles of Interest from Around the Web

  • Massachusetts tree worker fatally injured

    A 38-year-old man who was cutting a tree in Amherst, Massachusetts Tuesday morning died from injuries he suffered when a part of the tree struck him. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Daily Hampshire Gazette

  • Contractor that employed fatally injured worker has been cited in the past

    The utility installation company that employed a 61-year-old man who died at a construction site in Scituate, Massachusetts on Friday when a bulldozer backed over him has been fined in the past for workplace safety violations, including one connected to a serious injury, according to Fed-OSHA, which is investigating. Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.)

  • OFF-TOPIC: California considers taxing text messages

    A California’s utilities agency is considering charging mobile phone users a fee for sending text messages. The wireless industry argues added fees would put carriers at a higher disadvantage since messaging services would not be charged under the proposed legislation. USA Today [with video]

  • Man fatally overcome by mower fumes at New Jersey condo

    A 26-year-old man man was killed and another worker was injured in Washington Township, New Jersey on Tuesday when they were overcome by fumes from a running lawnmower in a condominium complex. Fed-OSHA is investigating. NorthJersey [with video]

  • Indianapolis airport worker’s death ruled accidental

    Indiana OSHA is investigating the death of an 80-year-old worker from multiple blunt force traumatic injuries at Indianapolis International Airport Friday morning. FedEx had not provided any details about the fatal accident as of Monday. Indianapolis Star [with video]

  • IOSH investigating death of manufacturing plant employee

    A 46-year-old Wisconsin man died Thursday following a work-related accident at a Dubuque, Iowa manufacturer of water works brass, plumbing valves, pumps and water systems, and high-pressure gas valves and meter bars, when he reportedly became trapped in equipment. IOSH is investigating. Minneapolis Star-Tribune