Tulsa SkyRide worker died from spine fracture complications

A 43-year-old worker who lost his life after an equipment malfunction Saturday at Expo Square in Tulsa died due to complications from injuries sustained in a fall, authorities say. He and a co-worker were performing maintenance on a cable car-type ride above the fairgrounds when a basket the two were in fell to the ground, […]

Undercover investigation alleges abuse of chickens, workers at Tyson plant in Texas

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has released undercover video footage from inside a Tyson Foods Inc. slaughter plant in Carthage, Texas, which the group asserts documents a system exploiting both workers and animals. In addition to its allegations of animal abuse, ALDF stated that the fast speeds at which chickens are slaughtered greatly increases the […]

North Dakota lawmakers are crafting bills to improve oil worker safety

Major oil companies would face tougher workplace safety standards and be prevented from dodging responsibility when workers are killed or injured under legislation in the early stages of development by two North Dakota state lawmakers. The bills are expected to be introduced in January 2017, when the North Dakota Legislature meets for its next regular […]

New Jersey hospital to contest work safety citations

Bergen Regional Medical Center has hired an attorney to contest allegations that the hospital failed to protect employees from violent patients. Fed-OSHA said it found eight incidents form Feb. 22 through June 12 in which violent patients attacked health care workers. Employees reported patients barricading them in rooms, threatening them, exposing them to blood-borne pathogens […]

Wisconsin drywall business cited for respiratory, chemical, fall hazards

A Rio, Wisconsin drywall manufacturer is facing potential fines after Fed-OSHA cited the company for respiratory, chemical and fall hazards. Fed-OSHA said 15 violations at Total Wall include exposure to silica and dust particles, which can cause lung disease. An investigation started in April and citations were issued Friday. Other violations by the company include […]

Judge upholds fines issued against American Recycling

A judge has upheld fines issued two summers ago against Rochester packaging firm American Recycling & Manufacturing Co. Inc. The company must pay $154,800 in penalties for 18 alleged violations following an inspection by the Buffalo office of Fed-OSHA. Rochester Business Journal

‘Midnight Rider’ fines upheld

Fed-OSHA has released a statement about the ruling from Judge Sharon D. Calhoun of the agency’s review commission that handed a defeat to Film Allman and the defendants fighting the safety citations and fine on the set of Midnight Rider. Deadline

NIOSH funds 26 cooperative agreements for state-based worker injury surveillance

NIOSH is awarding funding to 26 organizations for cooperative agreements to track worker injuries and illnesses. The organizations include 21 state health departments, three universities (Michigan State University, the University of Illinois-Chicago and the University of Kentucky Research Foundation) and two state labor departments (Montana and Washington). Total funding for the first year is about […]

NIOSH offers glimpse into creating safety materials

A recent blog post by NIOSH sheds light on the thought process that goes into choosing the most effective art for safety materials. NIOSH addressed the topic within the framework of its partnership with the Mexican Consulates and the Ventanillas de Salud to promote worker safety. Visual information specialists and other experts from NIOSH set […]