Fed-OSHA identifies Arkansas man killed on job in North Dakota

Fed-OSHA has identified a 23-year-old Arkansas man who died on the job in North Dakota. The worker was operating a construction packer for a street project in Dickinson on July 15 when the packer slid down an embankment and rolled on him, crushing him. KFGO (Fargo, N.D.)

Fed-OSHA issues 7 citations to Southcross Energy for major fire

Southcross Energy in Gregory, Texas is facing a $112,000 penalty for releasing flammable gas and liquid that burned for several hours in January. Fed-OSHA has cited the business for one willful and six serious safety violations. The gas processing plant provides product to other plants in the region. KRIS (Corpus Christi, Texas)

Fed-OSHA enforcement directive on HazCom compliance a mixed blessing

A new Fed-OSHA directive on enforcing its Hazard Communication (HazCom) standard describes requirements that appear to impose new, unforeseen paperwork and compliance burdens on employers even while providing useful clarifications on some issues for employers and enforcement personnel. Lexology

Security hospital workers seek freer restraint policy

Three years have passed since the Minnesota Security Hospital was put on a conditional license for the overuse of seclusion and restraint, but staff and state administrators are still at odds over how to control aggressive behavior. A recent assault that landed a security counselor in the hospital with severe head injuries has rekindled the […]

Environmental safety reports at Baltimore impound lot conflict

Reports obtained by the WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team conflict over the environmental safety of the impound facility in southeast Baltimore. The city impound lot is home to thousands of towed and abandoned vehicles, and several dozen city employees. The issue of workplace safety at the impound facility was raised more than a year-and-a-half ago when […]

Limes, lemons can lead to super sunburn

A hot day and a cold glass of lemonade or a margarita may seem like the perfect pairing, but dermatologists warn that it could be harmful. Going into the sun after getting lime or lemon juice on your skin can cause blisters and dark spots. It is called phytophotodermatitis, also known as lime disease or […]

Wrigley found to be negligent in employee death

Tennessee OSHA investigators say the Wrigley Manufacturing Co. plant was negligent in the death of an employee who was crushed to death in February. The Jersey Pike plant was cited 10 times for serious safety violations, including failure to properly train employees like the 54-year-old employee. The company has paid a $28,000 fine following an […]

Fed-OSHA: 18 workers at Missouri manufacturer exposed to deadly gas levels

A Springfield, Missouri manufacturer could be forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars in penalties in connection with a November event that federal investigators say sent 18 workers to the hospital. The workers at JRI Holdings were exposed to deadly carbon monoxide gas levels up to 6.71 times the permissible limit, according to Fed-OSHA. […]

Nine contractors cited for worker-safety violations at Miami-area residential project

Workers building million-dollar homes at a residential development in Doral, Florida were at risk of falling from heights of up to 35 feet and allowed to work without wearing head gear or eye protection, federal inspectors found last November. Fed-OSHA has proposed fines totaling $152,200 for nine contractors found to have violated worker-safety regulations at […]

Fed-OSHA continues inspecting Wisconsin farms

Ad­dress­ing safer work­ing con­di­tions on farms, Fed-OSHA is con­tin­uing to con­duct in­spec­tions on 12 Wis­con­sin farms se­lected ran­domly each year. Since Fed-OSHA be­gan in­spect­ing farms in 2009, vis­its have iden­ti­fied a va­ri­ety of farm haz­ards in­clud­ing vi­o­la­tions re­lat­ing to ma­nure stor­age ar­eas, skid-steer uses and prob­lems con­nected with the fail­ure to have in place ma­chine […]

NIOSH, Fed-OSHA offer toolkit on respiratory protection for health care workers

A new toolkit from OSHA and NIOSH aims to help protect health care workers from transmissible diseases and other respiratory hazards. The Hospital Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit, released May 15, addresses respirator use, public health guidance on using respirators during exposure to infectious diseases, and hazard assessments. It also provides links to additional resources, including […]

Flying tool claims life of North Carolina worker

A Gaston County, North Carolina metalworker was killed late last week after being struck in the chest by a flying tool in an apparent workplace accident, according to the N.C. Department of Labor. Since 2008, Industrial Fabricators, the employer, has been hit with 11 serious safety violations, and more than $26,000 in fines, at its […]

Fed-OSHA cites Dollar General for safety violations

Fed-OSHA says merchandise and boxes were found blocking emergency exits at the Bear, Delaware Dollar General store. In addition to blocked exits, other cited violations included electrical panel and fire extinguisher hazards. Fed-OSHA has proposed $122,100 in penalties. News Journal

Fed-OSHA cites Georgia solid waste processor for fall, fire, amputation hazards

Fed-OSHA has fined a Unadilla, Georgia recycling center more than $78,000 for at least a dozen alleged safety violations. Recycling Revolution exposed workers to falls, fire and amputation hazards, according to the agency. Fed-OSHA issued citations for 14 repeat and 12 serious violations to the solid-waste collection and processing company. WMAZ (Macon, Ga.)

Florida worker crushed by concrete was on first day at jobsite

Training issues and a language barrier may be contributing factors in a construction site accident that killed a worker in Jacksonville, Florida last week. The Tampa man was killed when a 15,000 pound concrete noise barrier slid off a transport truck while on the construction site of tolled express lanes. WOKV (Jacksonville, Fla.)

New Hampshire worker injured when excavator crashes through ground

An excavator operator is recovering after the construction equipment crashed through the ground into a basement in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The accident happened on a demolition project when the excavator reportedly fell into a sinkhole. WMUR (Manchester, N.H.)

Stressed at work? Try natural sounds to relax

The placid sounds of a babbling brook might be just the thing to help ease your stress at the workplace and boost your productivity, a new study finds. Some open-plan offices use sound-masking systems that increase the background noise of a room to reduce distractions such as voices, explained the authors of the study. But […]

Fed-OSHA investigates Florida worker death by 7.5 ton concrete slab

Several agencies are investigating an incident that left one construction worker dead on Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida. The 42-year-old man was crushed by a 7.5 ton concrete slab when crews were unloading his truck at a site for the I-295 Expansion Project. First Coast News (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Florida: Bonita Springs lightning victim dies

A Naples, Florida man who was struck by lighting Wednesday at a home under construction in Bonita Springs has died, family members said. News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.)

Extension cords, electrical cords and outlet safety: What you need to know

Fact: About 4,000 extension cord-related injuries are treated in hospitals each year, about 50 of which result in death. Fact: Half of the reported injuries are lacerations, contusions, sprains, etc., from people tripping over extension cords. Fact: More than 3,300 home fires are caused yearly from improper extension cord use. These statistics, gathered by Electrical […]

Trash removal company cited for serious safety violations in worker death

Fed-OSHA has cited a Staten Island trash removal company for multiple workplace safety violations following a six-month investigation. The employee 40-year-old worker, of Hazlet, New Jersey, suffered severe head and torso trauma when a 10-foot Dumpster he was loading onto the back of a garbage truck at a country club fell on him. Staten Island […]

Fed-OSHA releases study on construction work related falls

In the past three years, there have been six deaths related to construction falls in West Virginia, according to a study released by the Charleston, West Virginia office of Fed-OSHA. The study found that fall hazard-related inspections have comprised nearly 25 percent of total inspections done by Fed-OSHA in West Virginia this year, which is […]

Fed-OSHA fines Wisconsin manufacturer for exposing workers to hex-chrome

Fed-OSHA has fined a Rothschild, Wisconsin manufacturer for exposing workers to a chemical that causes lung cancer and respiratory, eye and skin damage. The agency says workers welding stainless steel and other alloy steels containing chromium metal at Imperial Industries were exposed to hazardous levels of hexavalent chromium. Proposed penalties total $161,100. WSAW (Wausau, Wisc.)

Fed-OSHA revises app to help workers avoid heat illness

As temperatures increase, Fed-OSHA is placing potentially lifesaving information at outdoor workers’ fingertips. The agency has updated its Heat Safety Tool phone application, which is available for download on iOS and Android devices in English and Spanish. Workers can use the app to calculate the heat index at their worksite and determine heat illness risk […]

Fed-OSHA fines New Hampshire employers over winter snow removal hazards

Federal officials say they issued a higher number of citations and fines than usual to New Hampshire employers for exposing workers to fall hazards this winter. Fed-OSHA conducted inspections between January 29 and March 4 and found a number of employees removing snow from rooftops who were not adequately protected from the risk of falling. […]

NC Department of Labor: Design flaws caused Wake Tech fatal bridge collapse

The North Carolina Department of Labor announced Friday that an investigation revealed design flaws caused a bridge collapse on the Wake Tech Northern Campus last November that killed a construction worker. The following day, a second footbridge under construction collapsed, but no one was hurt during that incident. WTVD (Raleigh, N.C.)

De Blasio says New York will investigate nail industry practices

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday that his administration would take steps to address what he described as “deplorable conditions” confronted by workers in the nail salon industry, including several investigations by New York City agencies and a so-called day of action to inform manicurists of their rights. New York Times

Fed-OSHA: Proper procedures could have saved 4 DuPont workers

Four DuPont employees would be alive today if the company had the proper safety procedures in place, according to Fed-OSHA. The fatal incident killed four workers, including two brothers, occurred in November 2014 after officials said a valve failed that released methyl mercaptan, a colorless gas with a strong odor that's used in pesticides, jet […]

Canada company pays $33K fine for safety violations at Texas plant

A Canada-based milling company has paid a $33,650 fine over alleged safety violations at a Dawn flour milling operation. Fed-OSHA in October proposed a $63,000 for 11 alleged serious violations at the mill, which is owned by Richardson International, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Amarillo Globe-News

Lawsuit follows death at Globalfoundries

The widow of a construction worker killed while working at Globalfoundries has sued the company, Saratoga County, New York and a general contractor, alleging negligence. The 54-year-old man died June 26, 2014, when an air exchange unit he and others were moving inside the GlobalFoundries Technology Development Center in Malta, New York tipped over and […]

Fed-OSHA cites DuPont for violations in quadruple fatality accident

Fed-OSHA cited DuPont Thursday for 11 violations and identified scores of upgrades that DuPont must undertake in response to a quadruple fatality accident inside a pesticide unit at the LaPorte plant in November 2014. The agency faulted DuPont for failing to prevent all four deaths and proposed fines of $99,000, according its citation. Houston Chronicle

NIOSH: Firefighters at higher risk for several types of cancer

Firefighters have an elevated risk for several major cancers, and black and Hispanic firefighters are at risk for even more types of the disease, according to research from NIOSH. Results show that, overall, firefighters had a higher risk for cancers such as melanoma; acute myeloid leukemia; multiple myeloma; and cancers of the esophagus, prostate, brain […]

Worker killed at Louisville aluminum plant

Police say a worker at a Louisville, Kentucky aluminum plant was killed in an accident while attempting to retrieve equipment from a machine. One employee said the man reached for a tape measure and another employee accidentally lowered a machine on him. WLKY (Louisville, Ky.)

Fed-OSHA cites $193K in penalities after Wisconsin dairy worker dies in grain bin

After an investigation into the death of a Burnett Dairy Cooperative employee in Grantsburg, Wisconsin, Fed-OSHA identified two willful and eight serious safety violations at the dairy. In November of 2014, an employee was attempting to unclog a sump when he was engulfed by corn and died in a grain bin. Fed-OSHA inspectors found that […]

Americold Logistics facing $47,300 penalty for safety hazards, Fed-OSHA says

A Manchester, Pennsylvania warehouse is facing a $47,300 penalty after Fed-OSHA found safety hazards there, according to a news release. Americold was cited for two repeat and two serious violations for safety hazards involving forklifts, including forklifts in need of repair not taken out of service until restored to safe operating condition; workers exposed to […]

Forever 21 Fined $165,000 for hazards at Connecticut store

A popular clothing store with trending fashion for teenage girls and young women is facing $165,000 in fines after being cited three times for safety hazards deemed as dangerous to employees, according to Fed-OSHA. When the Farmington, Connecticut store was inspected in November, there were boxes sprawling from the store to an emergency exit, reducing […]

Ohio hose manufacturer faces $134,000 in fines after 11 cited violations

A rubber-hose manufacturer in Ohio continues to put workers at risk of amputations and serious injuries by ignoring safety rules for industrial machines, Fed-OSHA inspectors found after an October 2014 inspection. Fed-OSHA cited HBD/Thermoid Inc., in Bellefontaine, for one willful and 10 serious safety violations and faces $134,000 in proposed penalties. The inspection was opened […]

Peoria, Illinois auto parts factory fined by Fed-OSHA for safety violations

SA Technologies, a Peoria, Illinois auto parts manufacturer faces more than $114,100 in fines for ignoring machine safety rules. Plant workers stamping metal automotive parts were at risk of lacerations and amputations and in danger of being struck by robotic welding equipment, according to Fed-OSHA. Peoria Journal-Star

Report looks at Louisiana biofuel plant blast

Renewable Energy Group workers standing near the source of an April 2 fire at the Geismar, Louisiana biofuel complex reported hearing a noise, possibly a hissing sound, moments before a pump caught fire, broke out into a blaze that took five hours to extinguish and injured two men, a Louisiana State Police report says. The […]

Hearing on Blue Rhino explosion postponed again

A federal hearing on the massive explosion at the Blue Rhino plant in Tavares, Florida in 2013 has been postponed again. It is at least the fourth postponement of a hearing allowing the company to contest some of the violations it was hit with by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission stemming from the […]

Contractor appeals fine, judge upholds and increases fine

A Tennessee contractor appealed a willful violation and $56,000 fine after a crane collapse at a construction site in late 2013, but a federal administrative law judge upheld the violation and even increased the fine against the contractor to $60,000. The judge increased the fine saying that four supervisors with the authority to correct any […]

Deadly trench collapses are rare, but N.J. sees 3 fatalities in 7 months

Although three workers have died in New Jersey over the past seven months in trench collapses, such occurrences are rare, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last Monday afternoon, a 43-year-old worker became the latest casualty in the state. He was running a drainage line around the foundation of an under-construction home in […]

Nail salon workers face health risks, and they are not the only ones

The New York Times released a series of explosive articles this week, detailing poor working conditions of some New York City manicurists as well as the health risks they face daily. Cancer, miscarriages, and lung disease are just a few of the serious ailments they could develop as a result of their work. Fed-OSHA has […]

Fed-OSHA cites Illinois factory for January death

Great Dane Limited Partnership has been cited for four serious violations by Fed-OSHA, after a 21-year-old worker died in a work-related accident on the assembly line of the Kewanee, Illinois facility. The company faces possible penalties of $28,000 in the incident. Dispatch-Argus (Moline, Ill.)

Capitol dome workers pause for safety stand-down

Construction workers who scale the United States Capitol Dome each day gathered Wednesday morning to learn about safety procedures and fall prevention. Dozens of workers in their neon vests and hard hats listened to a number of technical experts and government officials as part of the second annual Fed-OSHA National Safety Stand-Down, encouraging construction companies […]

Man killed after sawdust trapped him in work truck

A Palmyra, Virginia worker was killed Tuesday afternoon when his truck filled with sawdust trapping him inside. His co-workers and rescue crews were able to pull him from the truck, but medics were unable to revive him. WTVR (Richmond, Va.)

Is Fed-OSHA burying its head in the sand with proposed silica rule?

Health experts claim that inhaling tiny crystalline silica particles can cause respiratory impairment and may result in lung cancer. Since crystalline silica exposure is common in many occupations, Fed-OSHA proposed a rule recently that would reduce the risks of respirable crystalline silica in the workplace. However, two scholars doubt the effectiveness of the proposal. RegBlog

Philadelphia: Preventing future demolition tragedies

Imagine walking into a store to shop. You notice the building next door is being demolished to make way for a new and better structure. You are happy to see this much-needed redevelopment in the community. What you probably do not think about is the danger that demolition project poses. A routine scenario like this […]

Fed-OSHA rule aims to protect construction workers in confined spaces

Fed-OSHA has issued a final rule to better protect construction workers in confined spaces. The rule will force employers to share safety information with employees and monitor confined spaces for safety hazards, which include spaces large enough for an employee to enter, spaces that have limited means of entry or exit, and spaces that are […]

Why North Carolina officials are taking a look at Carowinds Fury 325

Reports of a new roller coaster stopping in its tracks at least three times in the past week have prompted the N.C. Department of Labor to launch an investigation of Carowinds, but a spokesman for the agency chalks that up to an abundance of caution rather than doubts about safety. Triangle Business Journal

New Jersey rally honors those killed or injured on job

About 400 workers from community organizations, unions and faith-based groups rallied at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in observance of Workers Memorial Day. myCentralJersey

IOSHA investigates injury at Oerlikon Fairfield

An Oerlikon Fairfield worker in Indiana was injured when a part in a center grinder machine broke and pieces of the part struck his neck and face, according to police. Lafayette Journal and Courier

Exotic Driving Experience at Disney to remain closed indefinitely

The Exotic Driving Experience at the Walt Disney World Speedway will remain shut down indefinitely instead of reopening Friday as previously planned. It has been closed since April 12, when an instructor was killed after the driver of a Lamborghini lost control and crashed. The Exotic Driving Experience had run cars in the opposite direction […]

CDC: Surveillance system can help reduce healthcare injuries

A surveillance system for health care facilities can be used to identify and help reduce the number of preventable injuries among health care personnel, according to research published in the April 24 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Doctors Lounge

Circus returns to Rhode Island year after hair-hanging fall

The last time Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus performed in Rhode Island, eight acrobats suspended by their hair plummeted to the ground before a crowd of thousands. A single metal clip that held them 20 feet aloft had snapped. The women were badly hurt, some with spinal injuries so severe they could no […]

Central New York company faces $104,000 fine for alleged safety violations

Marietta Corp., which makes small bottles of soap and shampoo for hotel guests, is facing nearly $104,000 in fines after federal inspectors reported finding multiple safety violations at its plant in Cortland, New York. Fed-OSHA said an inspection revealed that the company was exposing workers to chemical and fire hazards and blocked emergency exit routes. […]

Fed-OSHA cannot afford to improve safety for meatpackers

Though statistics show it has gotten safer in recent years, meatpacking is still one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Gigantic plants dispatch with thousands of animals a day, requiring workers to operate sharp tools at high speeds, over and over again. The work can take its toll suddenly, in the form of […]

New report calls for tougher penalties, safety prevention to reduce U.S. workplace deaths

A national federation of labor and worker safety groups issued a report Tuesday calling for more aggressive actions to reduce workplace hazards and on-the-job fatalities. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health said 4,585 U.S. workers died on the job in 2013, the most recent data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. […]

Chicago company facing over $170K in fines for violations

A Chicago manufacturer of industrial dryers is facing $171,000 in fines after an inspection last year revealed multiple serious violations at the Chicago Dryer Co., Fed-OSHA announced in April. Investigators found that operators were endangered by unguarded press brakes, earning the company a citation for a willful violation. Skylinewspaper

Fed-OSHA fines Illinois rail car manufacturer $19,550

An Illinois rail car manufacturing plant that has received millions of dollars in grants, training funds and tax incentives from state and local governments, was fined $19,550 for exposing workers to dangerous conditions. The Fed-OSHA fines stem from worker complaints filed in October against a Nippon Sharyo facility in that makes Metra rail cars in […]

Michigan work-related deaths down; homicides may be on rise

Early figures from an annual Michigan State University report indicate that the number of workplace deaths in Michigan has decreased, but work-related homicides may be rising. An estimated 125 workers died while on the job in 2014, down from 134 confirmed deaths in 2013, yet homicide figures for this year already indicate that this number […]

Injury rates for Lower Hudson region public workers well above state average

Yonkers, New York workers topped the list of public-employee job injuries last year. The biggest city in the region had 22.7 injuries per 100 workers, more than three times the state average, though Yonkers was just one of the most extreme local examples. One of the most serious injuries last year was to a Rockland […]

Atlanta air filter plant fined more than $115K

An inspection by Fed-OSHA in October 2014 found that a worker at an Atlanta air filter plant was removing glue from the rails of a machine when she dropped her putty knife. While attempting to retrieve it, she made contact with moving machine parts that were not shut down or turned off properly for maintenance […]

Upper Big Branch disaster cited as example in workplace safety report

In advance of Workers Memorial Week, a national worker safety group cited the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster in a report to highlight the thousands of lives lost each year due to unsafe working conditions. According to the latest data released on Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States had 4,585 […]

Hartford Fire Department officials meet with Connecticut OSHA

Conn-OSHA officials met with Hartford Fire Department leaders on Thursday to discuss the five serious citations that the department was slapped with following an OSHA investigation into the death of a firefighter. Fox CT (Hartford, Conn.)

Firm, Fed-OSHA still working on workplace violations case

A Fort Edward, New York company recently cited last week by Fed-OSHA for 48 serious violations is still negotiating with OSHA over the report. The Fed-OSHA inspection found problems inside that could lead to explosions, and the company failed to observe a host of safety rules related to lockout/tagout maintenance protocols, fire alarms, fire suppression […]

After nine deaths, industry grapples with inhalation risks

Energy industry safety experts and government agencies have begun investigating the potential dangers posed by inhaling hydrocarbons following the deaths of at least nine workers since 2010. A recent study by NIOSH found that nine oil and gas workers died between January 2010 to December 2014 while gauging production tanks or collecting samples. Petro Global […]

Why did these oil workers die?

The deaths of Trent Vigus and at least nine other oil-field workers over the past five years had haunting similarities. Each worker was doing a job that involved climbing on top of a catwalk strung between rows of storage tanks and opening a hatch. Wall Street Journal [may require registration]

Aramark addresses food problems at Kauffman Stadium

Officials with Aramark, which operates concessions at Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums in Kansas City, Missouri and other sports venues across the country, were at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday to address food safety and quality concerns. The event came on the heels of a Friday night $1 hot dog promotion that turned into a public relations […]

Lodi, New Jersey chemical cleanup at site of fatal blast nears end

Twenty years after the deadly explosion at the Napp Technologies chemical plant in Lodi, New Jersey, the site is in the last stages of a large environmental cleanup that local officials hope will finally rid the borough of an eyesore. Despite assurances by environmental regulators shortly after the explosion that the property would be a […]

No criminal charges filed for deadly 2014 Beacon Street fire in Boston

No criminal charges will be pressed against D&J Ironworks for a nine-alarm Back Bay fire that ended the lives of two Boston firefighters, according to a statement from Suffolk District Attorney. A yearlong investigation revealed that while carelessness caused a pair of welders to accidentally start the fire at 298 Beacon St. on March 26, […]

Fed-OSHA proposes nearly $64K fine against New Hampshire manufacturer

Fed-OSHA is proposing a fine of nearly $64,000 against a Rollinsford, New Hampshire manufacturer of acrylic and wooden sign holders and displays, saying workers were overexposed to a toxic chemical. The agency says M.F Blouin lacked controls to reduce the exposure to methylene chloride and failed to provide respirators, proper eye and face protection and […]

Mechanical failure blamed for deadly Tarpon Springs explosion

The Florida Fire Marshal says a mechanical failure led to an explosion that killed an employee of a Tarpon Springs gas plant. The 29-year-old man of was killed in the blast at the MagneGas Corporation plant, police said. Investigators said he was operating the tank at the time of the mechanical failure. They said it […]

Fed-OSHA fines Duke Energy $90K in employee's death

Duke Energy Florida Inc. has been fined $90,000 in connection with the death of a former employee who was electrocuted late last year. The agency found that the company was responsible for one willful and four serious safety violations. Ocala Star-Banner

Fed-OSHA proposes to fine manufacturer nearly $64K

Fed-OSHA is proposing a fine of nearly $64,000 against a New Hampshire manufacturer of acrylic and wooden sign holders and displays, saying workers were overexposed to a toxic chemical. The company had paid $21,000 in fines for earlier inspections that resulted in citations involving chemical safety. The December inspection was a follow-up. Fosters Daily Democrat

Worker safety in grain facilities urged after Indiana explosion

After four workers at a LaPorte County, Indiana grain elevator were injured in an explosion, the Indiana Department of Labor is reminding employers and employees about grain handing facility hazards and how to prevent occupational injuries and fatalities. WSJV (Elkhart, Ind.)

Contractors in a dust up with Fed-OSHA over silica standards

Fed-OSHA has been accused under-estimating the cost of new safety regulations by a staggering $4.5 billion a year. According to the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, Fed-OSHA proposed new silica standards for U.S. construction industry will cost the industry $5 billion per year. Real Estate Weekly

Fed-OSHA cites company for Ohio worker death

A southwest Ohio company where a man was electrocuted has been cited for nine safety violations by Fed-OSHA issued the violations involving electrical safe work practices against Metal Shredders Inc. of Miamisburg. Authorities say the 33-year-old died of electrocution Oct. 16 while he was cutting a metal roof off a transformer station. WLWT (Cincinnati)

Former SeaWorld trainer condemns orca captivity

John Hargrove was an Orca trainer for 14 years, mainly at SeaWorld. Shortly after quitting the company he gained attention for his part in the documentary Blackfish, which chronicles conditions at SeaWorld theme parks and the death of Dawn Brancheau, a SeaWorld trainer killed by an Orca in 2010. Hargrove and others argue that the […]

Company cited for electrocution of welder

A West Carrollton, Ohio man was cited after an employee was electrocuted on the job. The 33-year-old died last October when he was shocked with more than 1,000 volts of electricity at Metal Shredders, where he worked as a welder. Fed-OSHA fined Metal Shredders $115,000. Its parent company, Cohen Brothers, also was fined $21,000. WDTN […]

Worker dies after becoming trapped in machine at suburban Chicago plant

A man died Wednesday after he became trapped in a machine at an Elk Grove Village, Illinois plant where he worked. The worker became caught in a power lathe, a machine that spins quickly to shape or cut products including metal and wood, according to Fed-OSHA. Chicago Tribune

Former school custodians claim unjust firings after reporting altered logs

In Midland Park, New Jersey, two former school custodians are claiming the board of education fired them in retaliation after they told the district it was violating occupational health and safety law. They are asking for their jobs back, punitive damages, legal fees and compensation for lost wages and benefits. The Record/NorthJersey

Alabama whistleblower fired, sued after protesting conditions

A Selma, Alabama, factory worker who was fired, sued and slapped with a restraining order after leading a protest march is in court Wednesday to demand she be allowed to continue her fight for safer working conditions at the auto parts plant. Lear Corporation, a leading global auto parts manufacturer, says she lied about workplace […]

Two killed in Idaho Falls area in separate incidents

Two workers in the Idaho Falls area were killed in separate incidents when the vehicles they were working under fell from their makeshift supports and crushed them. The incidents occurred within a two-week period and within three miles of one another. Since Sept. 1, 2014, five of the nine workplace deaths in Idaho involved workers […]

Fed-OSHA cites Formosa for chemical exposures

Formosa Plastics Corporation may have to pay $50,000 in penalties for health and safety violations that resulted in the hospitalization of 20 people, Fed-OSHA announced this week. The violations stem from releases of sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid and chlorine gas during five incidents that occurred between Oct. 7 through Nov. 2, the agency said. Victoria […]

Fed-OSHA opens investigation of Nebraska worker death

Fed-OSHA has opened an investigation into a Nebraska worker death Saturday. The 26-year-old worker was part of a crew working at Lake Socorro near Schuyler, Nebraska when the incident occurred shortly before 8 a.m. Initial reports indicated that the worker was driving a payloader while attempting to free a concrete truck that had become stuck […]

Chicago company facing $171K in fines for safety violations

A Chicago company that makes industrial dryers faces $171,000 in fines for safety violations at its Northwest Side facility, according to Fed-OSHA. Investigators visited Chicago Dryer Co. in October 2014 and found damaged crane slings being used to carry 3,000-pound cylinders, according to a statement from agency. Chicago Sun-Times

In the works: A noise exposure matrix that includes every job and industry

When University of Michigan professor Richard Neitzel proposed the idea of a job noise exposure matrix to NIOSH several years ago, he hoped to gather half a million samples of data. He now has about 1 million, and he’s not done yet. Neitzel and his team of seven researchers are working to develop a U.S./Canada […]

Builder faces $52K fine for potential fall hazards

According to Rock Hard Homes, Inc., of Southbury, Connecticut, has been cited by Fed-OSHA for four repeat and one serious violation of workplace fall safety standards and the company faces a $52,360 fine. Southbury Patch

Thrill ride turns deadly for instructor at racing attraction

The death Sunday of a professional driving instructor at Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World was at least the third death in the past year at speedways in the U.S. that allow customers to get behind the wheel of a fast car. On Sunday, the driver failed to maneuver the high-powered vehicle through the […]

Improved working conditions promised for PDX airport workers

The Port of Portland approved an historic workplace initiative on Wednesday, in efforts to improve working conditions and benefits for airport subcontractors. The decision comes after months of deliberations, complaints, and collaboration from the Port of Portland, workers, and local labor unions. GoLocalPDX

Fed-OSHA extends comment period on chemical exposure

Fed-OSHA is extending to October 9 the comment period on a request for information (RFI) on Chemical Management and Permissible Exposure Limits. OSHA issued the RFI last October, requesting stakeholder input about more effective and efficient approaches to address workplace conditions where workers are exposed to chemicals. The agency received multiple requests from stakeholders to […]

Lead endangers officers

Police agencies across the country have put their officers at risk by using lead-polluted shooting ranges and by not educating them about safe practices. Seattle Times

International Nutrition has proposed penalties cut, still faces Fed-OSHA scrutiny

The preliminary settlement that would reduce fines for International Nutrition would not free it from the intense scrutiny of the Fed-OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program, an Omaha official said Wednesday. The preliminary document was signed Tuesday in connection with an industrial accident that killed two workers and injured nine others at the livestock feed manufacturing […]

Fed-OSHA fines company $165K for health and safety hazards

Fed-OSHA has proposed over $165,000 in fines for a Belton, Texas company after citing it for 50 violations during a factory inspection. Violations include lack of guardrails for elevated work locations and failure to store flammable liquids properly, among others. KXXV (Waco, Texas)

Grain handling and storage assets play vital role in grain bin safety

The vitality of grain bin safety lies in the management of grain handling and storage assets. When assets are regularly inspected and maintained it reduces the risks of hazards and accidents. Asset management can greatly increase the reliability and life expectancy of grain storage handling assets. According to Nationwide Agribusiness, the equipment that is typically […]

Fed-OSHA completes probe into worker death near Boulder

Fed-OSHA has completed its investigation into the death of a road construction worker who was killed near Boulder when a truck involved in flood repair backed over him. The worker was killed in October as crews were repaving a road that was damaged during the 2013 floods. 9News (Denver)

Man burned in boat fire at New Jersey marina

A man was injured when the boat he was working on caught fire at a Brick Twp., New Jersey marina on Monday afternoon, according to police. Fed-OSHA was notified and expected to investigate. Asbury Park Press

Minnesota company denies claims of discrimination, unlawful practices

A Benson, Minnesota business has denied allegations by an an occupational health nurse of discrimination and unlawful practices, arguing also that the case should be dismissed because the claimant has no basis to bring the lawsuit. West Central Tribune (Willman, Minn.)

Manufacturer settles with Fed-OSHA over violations

A Glens Falls, New York manufacturer of packaging materials has agreed to correct a host of violations of workplace health and safety standards and pay a fine of $43,000. The plant was targeted under the Fed-OSHA National Emphasis Program for facilities that use hazardous chemicals. The plant uses isobutane, a flammable, colorless gas, in its […]

Fed-OSHA issues new guidance on workplace violence

New guidance on Friday to help healthcare and social service workers better protect themselves from workplace violence. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 27 out of the 100 fatalities in the healthcare and social service fields in 2013 were due to assaults and violent acts. But the number of non-fatal assaults that resulted in […]

Fed-OSHA investigating fatal construction accident in Argyle, Texas

An indoor activity center under construction at Argyle High School collapsed Thursday morning, killing one worker and injuring three more. The National Weather Service said that winds reached 22 mph in the Argyle area Thursday morning. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Fed-OSHA investigating how teen lost hand at Ohio business

Fed-OSHA is investigating an accident that resulted in a teenage boy losing his hand. An official with the agency says that on March 25 a fourteen-year-old boy was operating a planer at the business, when his shirt became caught in the machinery which caused severe damage to one of his hands. WFMJ (Youngstown, Ohio)

Connecticut tree worker falls 40 feet

In Fairfield, Connecticut, a tree worker on Monday fell 40 feet from a tree and sustained non-life threatening injuries. The worker stated he had an issue with his climbing spikes that caused him to fall. Minuteman News Center

Pennsylvania worker killed in explosion

A 27-year-old Lancaster County, Pennsylvania man was killed following an explosion Friday night at a titanium manufacturing plant in Caernarvon Township, officials said. Reading Eagle

Maxim Construction Group cited by Fed-OSHA for violations in south Florida

Fed-OSHA has issued 17 serious citations to Maxim Construction Group of Hallandale Beach, Florida for exposing workers to potential falls of more than 200 feet. The agency said Friday that scaffolding was improperly assembled and secured to the building at construction sites in Hollywood and Sunny Isles Beach. South Florida Sun Sentinel

Avoid nail gun injuries

Nail guns are helpful tools, but they also have the potential to cause injury. NIOSH notes that nail gun injuries result in an estimated 37,000 emergency department visits every year, with 68 percent of these visits involving workers. NIOSH states that seven common risk factors contribute to nail gun injuries. Safety+Health

Man, 50, hospitalized after fall at Palm Coast construction site

A 50-year-old man suffered a broken leg in an 8-foot fall at a construction site in Palm Coast, Florida according to officials. The worker reportedly was installing soffit to the front exterior of a home when the extension plank he was standing on broke and caused him to fall to the dirt. Daytona Beach News-Journal

Fed-OSHA fines Dollar General $83,000 for serious violations

A metro Atlanta Dollar General store is facing more than $80,000 in fines after officials say they found several alarming violations including blocked exits, locked exits and blocked electrical panels. Dollar General stores across the nation have received more than 40 violations after 70 inspections since 2009. WSB (Atlanta)

Long Island worker falls off forklift, dies at greenhouse

Police on Long Island were investigating Tuesday night, after a man fell off a forklift, hit his head and died at a greenhouse in Center Moriches. The 37-year-old was working a forklift at Kurt Weiss Greenhouses when he lost control of the vehicle, hit his head on a metal post, and fell to the ground, […]

Kansas City stadiums food safety boss fired

The food safety manager who went public last fall with allegations of unsafe food handling and pictures of bugs, mouse feces and moldy food at Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums in Kansas City has been fired. After Jon Costa came forward publicly with his concerns last November, just after World Series games at Kauffman Stadium, in […]

Minnesota egg producer cited for incident involving woman who lost her scalp

Litchfield, Minnesota egg producer Sparboe Farms was fined $9,100 in January for an incident last year involving a woman losing her scalp after her hair became entangled in an egg-grading machine at the Sparboe complex on U.S. Highway 12. MNOSHA cited the company for two serious violations as result of an investigation into the Aug. […]

10 years after BP Texas City explosion, CSB and Fed-OSHA say more must be done

On March 23, the 10th anniversary of a deadly BP refinery explosion in Texas City, TX, OSHA and the Chemical Safety Board separately reflected on what must be done to better prevent similar tragedies. Fifteen workers were killed and nearly 200 were injured in the 2005 blast, which was caused by an ignited vapor cloud […]