Oklahoma firefighter catches tank explosion on helmet cam

In Owasso, Oklahoma, a firefighter had a closer view than he wanted of a tank explosion in Owasso; and because he had a camera on his helmet, we can see exactly what he saw. He was monitoring two firefighters putting water on one tank, and figures he was about 40 yards away when a pressure […]

Massey Energy CEO faces rare criminal prosecution for workplace safety issues

On a late summer day in 2007, a 69-acre section of a coal mine in central Utah caved in and crushed 6 workers to death. The following year, dust buildup at a Georgia sugar refinery triggered an explosion that killed 14 people. In April 2010, an explosion rocked the Upper Big Branch coal mine in […]

OSHNC investigating deaths of 2 workers when backhoe hit power line

The deaths of two workers killed last month in New Hanover County, North Carolina, when a backhoe struck a power line, are being investigated by the N.C. Occupational Safety and Health Division. The men were working for East Coast Contracting of Wilmington, which is performing drainage improvements in the area. Star News (Wilmington, N.C.)

At NC Department of Labor, little help for unpaid workers

North Carolina has a simple requirement of employers: Pay your workers what you promise. When bosses don’t, Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry’s team has the duty under state law to step in and try to make it right. But for years, Berry’s Labor Department has rarely pushed uncooperative companies to settle debts to their employees. The […]

Factory fatality claims fail to sway 8th Circuit

In St. Louis, Missouri, the Eighth Circuit upheld a ruling by federal safety regulators that the Loren Cook Company did not violate safety regulations regarding a fatal lathe accident in 2009. Following an investigation into the incident, the U.S. Dept. of Labor imposed a $490,000 fine on Loren Cook for violating a safety regulation requiring […]

GOP airs concerns about labor policy

Republicans are concerned about the expansion of a controversial labor policy from the Obama administration. The Department of Labor’s proposed multi-employer citation standard is raising red flags on Capitol Hill. The rule would “blur the lines of responsibility for certain workplace safety and health violations,” Republicans say. The Hill (Washington, D.C.)

Carbon monoxide poisoning at Morris tennis center sends 5 to hospital

Five people were sent to the hospital Thursday morning in Morris Township, New Jersey, due to carbon monoxide emitted by a gasoline-powered power washer at a township tennis center, police said. Initial reports suggested two males had passed out due to cleaning chemicals, but when officers arrived they found one unresponsive male and two other […]

Employers can expect some clarity on Fed-OSHA use of general duty clause

Can a health-care employer be held responsible by Fed-OSHA for exposing employees to the possibility of assault by third parties who have a history of violent behavior? That’s the question that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission seeks to answer in its review of in a case that involves the murder of a health-care […]

Fed-OSHA proposes fine for Lincoln, Nebraska construction fatality

Fed-OSHA has ited a Missouri drilling contractor for three serious safety violations after a Missouri worker was fatally injured on a job site in Lincoln on June 24. The agency proposed a fine of $14,700 for CBS Pilings Solutions Inc. of Riverside, Missouri. The worker was struck in the head by an 80-foot piece of […]

Fed-OSHA fines Chicago-area food facility after worker loses part of finger

A suburban Chicago poultry processing facility has been fined more than $50,000 by the federal government after a worker lost part of his finger in a machine. The Aspen Foods Inc. worker lost part of his right middle finger while clearing a paper jam on April 18, according to a statement from Fed-OSHA. Inspectors found […]