Workers escape serious injury after west Texas plant explosion

More than 250 oil workers escaped injury Thursday morning after an explosion rocked the Anadarko gas refinery in Reeves County, Texas and forced safety workers to evacuate people from a 10-mile radius, officials said. Only two workers were reported to have minor injuries by late Thursday. The black plume of smoke from the refinery was […]

Prepare for instances of workplace violence

You don’t have to look far to see examples of violence that affect people at everyday locations. In the workplace in particular, incidents of violence are on the rise, with employees threatening colleagues or actually harming them or work property. Fed-OSHA says about 2 million people are affected by workplace violence. This can include workplace […]

Two Western Mass hospitals praised in federal reports on preventing workplace violence

Two hospitals that are part of the Sisters of Providence Health System are highlighted for their safety procedures in a new Fed-OSHA report, which uses examples from health care settings around the country to improve workplace safety. According to the report, health care accounts for nearly as many serious violent injuries as all other industries […]

Black lung data elusive as new coal dust rules take effect

Alarmed that black lung disease routinely goes unreported decades after it was discovered among miners, federal mine safety officials are touting new regulations that will step up monitoring for the coal dust that causes the deadly disease. Beginning Feb. 1, the Mine Safety and Health Administration will require coal operators to increase the number of […]

Fed-OSHA fines Cedar Fair over injury

Cedar Fair LP has been hit with a $14,000 fine after an employee suffered a fractured leg while doing maintenance work on a ride at the company’s Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. It was one of four companies recently cited and given fines for workplace safety violations by the Fed-OSHA office in Toledo. […]

Flavor and fragrance company facing $122K in Fed-OSHA penalties

Fed-OSHA has proposed $122,000 in penalties for a Branchburg, New Jersey flavoring and fragrance manufacturer following a post-injury inspection, it announced Thursday. Fed-OSHA said it cited Symrise Inc. for two willful and 10 serious violations after the June inspection. The willful violations were related to exposure to diacetyl, a chemical linked to respiratory illness and […]

Pennsylvania pipeline contractor fined $57K by Fed-OSHA

A Wayne, Pennsylvania-based water and sewer pipeline construction company has been fined $57,750 for exposing its employees to a hazardous work environment, Fed-OSHA announced Thursday. Employees for Anrich Inc. were working in a trench without cave-in protection during a project for the West Branch Regional Authority, according to the agency. Radnor Patch

Construction companies brace for winter work conditions

Harsh, winter weather presents all sorts of challenges — commuting on icy roads, frozen water pipes, having to shovel a car out of a snow bank, and temperamental furnaces, just to name a few. However, the construction industry has its own special set of cold weather-related problems, ranging from some minor inconveniences to life-threatening risks. […]