Massachusetts granite contractor faces $87K in Fed-OSHA fines

An Acton, Massachusetts-based granite countertop manufacturer is facing $87,000 in fines from Fed-OSHA for allegedly not correcting violations from a 2014 inspection and new alleged violations found during a follow-up inspection, according to a release from the Department of Labor. WickedLocal Acton

Fed-OSHA fines Kinzers contractor $61K for serious safety violations

Fed-OSHA has fined a Kinzers, Pennsylvania contractor $61,600 for a third instance of serious worksite hazards. Fed-OSHA said Thursday it fined Rockvale Construction for two willful violations, forklift safety hazards and fall hazards up to 26 feet, at a worksite in Berks County. Lancaster Online

Advisory committee on construction safety and health seeks nominations

Fed-OSHA’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health is accepting nominations for six new members to serve on the 15-member committee. OSHA is seeking nominations for members representing employees (2), employers (2), the general public (1), and state safety and health agencies (1). The committee, established under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act […]

Police probe finds nothing criminal in woman’s cryochamber death

Las Vegas police have concluded that the death of a spa manager found dead in a cryotherapy chamber was not a criminal act. Temperatures in the machine can fall as low as minus 240 degrees Fahrenheit, and they are not supposed to be used for more than three minutes. NBC News

Study of health care workers shows prevalence of surgical smoke exposure

Surgical smoke is a serious and preventable hazard that affects many thousands of health care workers every year, according to a NIOSH study presented Nov. 3 at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting. Despite known health risks, almost half of the respondents in a national survey reported they never received training about the hazards […]