Two window washers rescued from side of Chase Tower in downtown Houston

Two window washers were rescued Monday after getting stuck on scaffolding dangling on the side of Houston’s tallest building. One of the scaffold’s elevation motors malfunctioned, causing the precarious tilt, the Houston Fire Department said. Click2Houston [with video]

SBA watchdog saves small businesses $1.6 billion in regulatory compliance costs

Small businesses’ watchdog inside the federal government saved them $1.6 billion in regulatory compliance costs last year. That’s according to the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, which tries to make federal agencies comply with the Regulatory Flexibility Act and consider ways to reduce the burden of new regulations on small businesses. The Business Journals

Detroit Public Schools teachers say school is literally making them sick

Detroit Public Schools teachers called in sick Monday morning forcing the closure of 64 schools. Some say they didn’t just call in sick to protest “inhuman, deplorable, dilapidated” conditions in the district. They are literally sick due to conditions in the district. WEWS (Cleveland, Ohio) [with video]

Settlement reached in Massachusetts electrical workers’ deaths

A settlement has been reached in the case of two electrical workers who were killed when the crane they were working on toppled over in Bourne, Massachusetts. The two 34-year-old workers died when the crane they were working on tipped over while they were working on a transmission line. Bourne Enterprise (Falmouth, Mass.)

Construction concerns: Skylight roof panels

Skylights on the roof of any building are hazardous to firefighters and to anyone else who may have to work on the roof. Firefighters, construction workers, and maintenance personnel have fallen through skylights and skylight openings often enough that Fed-OSHA has included protection of these openings in its regulations, while the National Institute for Occupational […]

Connecticut Labor Department sponsors talk on Fed-OSHA

It’s one the marvels of modern space travel – how does clothing worn by astronauts aboard the space station protect those individuals against environmental hazards? Jack Braddock, formerly of United Technologies Corporation and Pratt and Whitney, will discuss that subject during the Jan. 19 Breakfast Roundtable Discussion Group sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s […]

Fed-OSHA fines 2 Philadelphia-area companies for safety violations

Two local construction companies are facing tens of thousands of dollars in fines after Fed-OSHA issued multiple citations against the firms for safety violations at a West Chester, Pennsylvania site including a failure to report the hospitalization of a worker who fell 40 feet, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Philadelphia Business Journal

Fed-OSHA cites Amazon warehouse in New Jersey

Workers at the Robbinsville, New Jersey Amazon warehouse were made to stand for their entire 10-hour shifts and Amazon failed to report 26 injuries, Fed-OSHA says. Some of the injuries include: A worker who tripped over a cart and hit her head on the floor; an employee unloading a trailer who was hit in the […]

Fed-OSHA opens investigation at Omaha worksite after fire

Fed-OSHA opened an investigation Saturday after an explosion and fire happened in Omaha’s Old Market, where boring operations were being performed by a Minnesota contractor in preparation for installation of fiber optic cable. KETV (Omaha)