Workplace deaths in US rise 2 percent: Report

More Americans died on the job last year, with the increase concentrated among older employees as well as self-employed and contract workers. Preliminary federal figures released today for 2014 put the workplace death total at 4,679, up 2 percent from the final count of 4,585 for 2013. Fair Warning

Labor Department pushing new fire safety standards

The Department of Labor is moving forward with new fire safety standards. The new rules are aimed at protecting firefighters and the people they are trying to save during building fires, hazardous material releases and terrorist attacks, the agency noted. The fire safety standards address the water supply, emergency power and energy conservation in buildings. […]

MIOSHA to investigate grain facility collapse

Michigan OSHA officials will open an investigation into the death of a worker killed after a building at a Webberville-area grain facility collapsed. The Webberville facility has been cited three times previously for workplace safety violations, according to federal records. Three unspecified violations were issued in 2006 by MIOSHA. Federal records don’t outline what the […]

Oil and gas industry responding to threat of worker lung disease

A 2012 alert and study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health raised an alarm that workers at fracking sites in Colorado and four other states were exposed to silica dust at levels that exceeded occupational exposure limits. That exposure hasn’t translated into patient diagnoses yet, according to interviews with four experts, but […]

Carson City’s old animal shelter under Fed-OSHA scrutiny

City government is about tackle problems at the Carson City Animal Shelter that stem from federal oversight. Fed-OSHA wants rodents out of the facility and a plan to deal with asbestos in the old structure that was built in times when asbestos was used in construction, according to officials. Nevada Appeal

Worker hospitalized for heat-related illness, employer cited by Fed-OSHA

A Lancaster, Pennsylvania structural steel erection company was cited by Fed-OSHA after a worker was hospitalized for heat-related illness during a bridge reconstruction project. Investigators determined that on July 20, an ironworker was hospitalized after being exposed to excessive heat while performing bridge work in direct sunlight for approximately eight hours. That day, there was […]

Fed-OSHA cites South Carolina US Postal Service office

Fed-OSHA has cited the US Postal Service office on Fairforest Way in Greenville, South Carolina for falls and other hazards, according to the U.S. Labor Department. OSHA issued one willful citation and two serious violations. The office faces proposed penalties of nearly $80k for the violations. Greenville News