Kentucky worker killed in forklift accident

One man is dead following a jobsite accident in Letcher County, Kentucky. State police and the county coroner say the 38-year-old died after a forklift collapsed on top of him at his workplace in Isom. WYMT (Hazard, Ky.)

Georgia county cracks down on unlicensed contractors

Columbia County, Georgia has started the process of ridding its growing construction industry of unlicensed contractors as the demand for home-building permits continues to increase with the projected rise in cyberdefense jobs at Fort Gordon. Last month, building inspectors and code enforcement officers randomly visited 16 construction sites to ensure all contractors and trade professionals […]

West Virginia logging company faces fines for safety violations

A Boone County logging company faces $42,000 in civil fines for safety violations at a worksite. Fed-OSHA says workers were drop-starting chain saws while felling trees. Drop-starting is dropping the chain saw with one hand while pulling the starting cord with the other hand. Washington Times

Workers who weren’t hurt in power plant blast seek lost pay

More than 40 workers who weren’t injured but lost their jobs after a deadly power plant explosion in Connecticut are hoping the state Supreme Court allows them to sue several contractors for hundreds of thousands of dollars in missed wages. The blast at the under-construction Kleen Energy Systems plant in Middletown on Feb. 7, 2010, […]

Iowa Red Hots candy factory too hot, workers say

A Creston, Iowa candy factory whose product line includes such favorites as Red Hots and Atomic Fireballs recently attracted some heat from state regulators over complaints that several workers were overcome by excessive temperatures inside the plant. Workers reportedly are sometimes made to work 12-hour shifts in areas that are not air-conditioned. If they take […]

Fed-OSHA cites stamping company for amputations, serious safety hazards

A machine sheared off the tip of a worker’s thumb during a recent federal inspection at a local stamping plant. Fed-OSHA cited Stampcoat Inc.’s El Paso Tool and Die plant for 33 citations were issued, 32 of them serious, and fined Stampcoat for $119,000 on Monday. Fed-OSHA conducted the inspection under its National Emphasis Program […]

Deadly heat: Fed-OSHA says Houston worker death preventable

Back on June 24th, the high hit 99 degrees in Houston. It was on that Wednesday that a 59-year-old man was hired for the day to work outdoors, sorting aluminum cans at a recycling company on Houston’s north side. Fed-OSHA says the man wasn’t used to the extreme heat. He apparently collapsed and then later […]

Feds in Colorado launch huge oil and gas worker safety study

An unprecedented study of the hazards rooted in America’s largest oil patches will be launched next year by federal health officials in Colorado who hope to cut the dangers faced by oil and gas workers. Scientists from the Denver office of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will distribute questionnaires to 500 oil […]