Accident kills manager at Las Vegas-area cryotherapy business

A freak accident took the life of a 24-year old woman at a Henderson, Nevada cryotherapy business. Family members say she froze in a cryochamber. Health and safety officials believe she was in the chamber for at least 10 hours; according to a police report, she used the machine without assistance and may have suffocated. […]

Construction worker crushed to death in Las Vegas

A construction worker was crushed to death near Flamingo Road and Town Center Drive on Saturday, Las Vegas police said. A man was in a trench when heavy equipment crushed him, Clark County Fire Chief Jon Klassen said. He was declared dead at the scene. Las Vegas Review-Journal

The oil boom led to more worker deaths

Open-records requests, thousands of pages of federal safety investigations, lawsuits and police reports document the human price of Texas’ most recent oil boom, when soaring prices crude prices set off of a multiyear drilling frenzy. Companies poured billions into South and West Texas, creating thousands of jobs with high salaries. Texas crude oil production hit […]

Barton Solvents resolves investigation into 2007 Kansas fire

Barton Solvents, Inc. announced today that it has reached agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice on an environmental civil case, stemming from an investigation into a 2007 explosion and fire at the company’s former Valley City, Kansas facility. The EPA’s allegations included failure to identify hazards and consequences […]

Arc flash explosion injured dam workers

The explosion that burned six workers at Priest Rapids Dam in Ephrata, Washington on Oct. 8 was the result of an arc flash, officials have confirmed. All the injured received serious burns. The employees were in the vicinity of the dam’s P8 generating unit, when the main breaker that turns the unit on or off […]

Washington farms embrace new safety rules

Farmers in Washington have embraced the nation’s most comprehensive agricultural safety program, an initiative that contrasts sharply with the hands-off approach that prevails in much of the Midwest. Unlike most farm belt states, where agricultural deaths are rarely investigated, Washington regulators are usually at the scene after an agricultural worker gets killed. Washington is one […]

Fed-OSHA under Obama: The final year

With 12 months remaining until the presidential election, which regulatory agenda items can Fed-OSHA accomplish? Safety+Health

Hand-arm vibration syndrome

About 2 million U.S. workers are exposed to hand-arm vibration, and as many as half will develop HAVS, according to Frederick, Maryland-based occupational vibration consultant Donald Wasserman. Some experts believe the number may be higher because the disorder is sometimes unrecognized or underreported – and is sometimes confused with carpal tunnel syndrome. Safety+Health

Railroad industry leads in number of corporate whistleblower retaliation complaints

More than any other industry, railroads punish whistleblowers, according to the investigative news site FairWarning. Over a period of eight years, railroads were the subject of more than 2,000 retaliation complaints made by whistleblowers to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, FairWarning reported. AllGov

Texas: CPChem Pasadena Plastics recognized by Fed-OSHA

It was a landmark occasion at the Chevron Phillips Chemical LP’s Pasadena Plastics Complex site Thursday morning, outside of Houston. The plant was officially named a Volunteer Protection Program (VPP) Star Site by Fed-OSHA. Pasadena Citizen

Acute occupational pesticide-related illness highest in agricultural workers

From 2007 through 2010, a total of 2,014 cases of acute occupational pesticide-related illness and injury were identified in 11 states. Rates of illness and injury among agricultural industry workers were 37 times greater than the rates for non-agricultural workers, according to Geoffrey M. Calvert M.D., of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. […]