Alabama contractor sentenced for lying to Fed-OSHA 2 years after injury incident

A steel and roofing contractor in Russellville, Alabama was recently sentenced to three years of supervised probation and 30 hours of community service after pleading guilty to one count of making false statements to Fed-OSHA. Marcus Borden was charged with lying to Fed-OSHA about an incident investigation of one of his worksites more than two […]

Charges in New Jersey dockworker’s death

A North Arlington, New Jersey man was drunk when he struck and killed a fellow dockworker this month while they were working at a shipping terminal in Elizabeth. The driver of a top loader faces charges of death by auto and DWI. Apart the criminal investigation, Fed-OSHA is looking into whether workplace safety requirements had […]

TSA now requires proof gun ranges are clean for air marshals

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now requiring commercial gun ranges seeking contracts to help train federal air marshals and other officers to first prove the facilities are not tainted with lead. The changes come after a Seattle Times investigation in April revealed indoor-gun ranges in Washington and elsewhere had exposed hundreds of air marshals […]

In letter to AG, black airline workers allege taunts, dangers

Black American Airlines employees at Reagan National and Philadelphia International airports say they have been subjected to racial taunts and are routinely assigned unsafe equipment and the most difficult tasks. The employees were among 80 minority workers who, through an attorney, have written to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch seeking an investigation into their allegations […]

Albuquerque scaffolding collapse scene ‘utter chaos’

All but one of the construction workers injured when a scaffolding collapsed Tuesday have been released from the hospital. A six-story scaffolding buckled and collapsed just before 1 p.m. at the second patient tower under construction at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center on Unser Boulevard. Eight workers were injured, four critically, and one later died of […]

New studies underscore risk of chemicals to coffee roasters

Workers who spend their days roasting and grinding coffee in factories and cafes across the United States have more reason for concern about exposure to lung destroying chemicals. A study published in the latest volume of the online journal “Toxicology Reports,” released last week, found high levels of diacetyl and the related chemical 2,3-pentanedione in […]

Protect employees from MRSA

Staph infections, including MRSA, are sometimes contracted by health care workers who have weakened immune systems. However, anyone can contract these infections, which often manifest as pimples or boils that can be painful, red and swollen, and have pus or drainage, NIOSH states. MRSA is most commonly transmitted via direct contact with skin or with […]

WVU gets training grant from NIOSH

A federal grant will enable West Virginia University to continue to offer advanced training to physicians and engineering students. WVU says in a news release that it has received a five-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. WOWK (Charleston, W.V.)

One worker killed, another injured on Tucson demolition job

A man is dead and another is seriously injured after wall fell on them during a demolition job in Tucson, Arizona on Friday. The foreman reportedly was operating an excavator when an interior wall fell on two other men. A 54-year-old was killed, and a man in his 30s was taken to the hospital with […]

Challenge course regulations scrutinized after 4 deaths

As 12-year-old Bonnie Sanders Burney soared over a 40-foot ravine at her sleep-away camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the tether attaching her to a dual zip line snapped, plunging her to her death. Burney is one of at least four people killed in challenge course incidents across the country this summer. The deaths have […]

Labor Dept: LifeFleet wants meeting on violations

A North Lima, Ohio-based ambulance company is appealing a list of violations and a fine from the US Department of Labor. LifeFleet has requested a meeting after being hit with 14 health violations and a $235,000 fine, following a Fed-OSHA inspection where ambulance workers were left unprotected from blood and other bodily fluids. WKBN (Youngstown, […]