Deaths down in the oil field for 2015

Along with oil prices and rig count, the number of deaths on Bakken work sites was down in 2015. But officials say they aren’t ready to draw any conclusions. Eric Brooks, director of Fed-OSHA’s Bismarck area office, said he expects to have a better idea a year from now whether the decline in fatal accidents […]

West Virginia oil & gas safety commission issues recommendations; legislation possible

The West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Safety Commission, formed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in July in response to oilfield accidents, said it plans to extend its work through this year to track possible implementation of 17 recommendations issued last month. A final report was due to the governor in November, but Tomblin’s spokesman […]

Worker dies at Florida wastewater plant

An employee of an independent contractor died after a concrete wall collapsed on top of him at the City of Venice, Florida Eastside Water Reclamation Facility on Thursday, officials say. The 35-year-old man, who was not identified pending notification of his family, was involved in demolition work when the wall collapsed crushing him underneath concrete […]

Jacksonville: Firefighters with waivers must shave

Dozens of firefighters in Jacksonville, Florida have been sent home for something they didn’t do: Shave. State rules require firefighters to have a clean-shaven face when they have to wear an oxygen mask. The rule falls in line with Fed-OSHA regulations on wearing respirators. WJXT (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Preston faces Conn-OSHA fines for employee safety violations at town facilities

The Connecticut Department of Labor is proposing fines totaling $2,950 against the town of Preston for numerous safety violations discovered during inspections conducted in September at Town Hall, Public Works, Animal Control and Parks and Recreation facilities. The proposed fines range from $250 to $350 for 10 individual violations deemed “serious,” while the inspection reports […]

Frigid weather creates challenges for Omaha firefighters

Omaha firefighters say freezing temperatures challenged crews while battling a fire after an explosion that injured two people. The fire department responded to reports of an explosion last weekend in the city’s Old Market district. Responding crews worked in conditions that included a wind chill that dropped to 25 degrees below zero. Houston Chronicle

Workers use ground-thawing machine near site of Omaha pub fire

The City of Omaha mechanically melted ice Thursday to try to gain safe access to the suspected origin of the M’s Pub Fire. They spread coils of hose on the ice, covered it with blankets, then turned on a machine that pumps hot fluid through the hose. City officials hope to make the area safe […]