Omaha pub fire: Safety record of excavation firms can be tough to gauge

Last weekend wasn’t the first time a contractor doing work in Omaha’s Old Market reported damaging an underground utility line in Nebraska. But a hodgepodge of local and national groups handles logging and investigating a company’s damage reports to utility lines, making it difficult, if not impossible, to gauge a company’s safety record. In Nebraska, […]

Autopsies drop in North Dakota for first time since ’07

After a steep rise that forced North Dakota to provide more help to the state medical examiner, the number of autopsies performed in North Dakota fell last year for the first time since 2007, a trend expected to continue because of the slowdown in oil activity. North Dakota Department of Health officials also say they’re […]

Man killed at Port Tampa Bay when sulfur pile collapses on his front-end loader

When a 30-foot mound of sulfur fell in a yellow avalanche and engulfed Joe Lammlein as he was working in a front-end loader Friday, his own brother tried to dig him out. Three responding deputies and other workers also dug, desperate to save the 45-year-old worker trapped in a sulfur pit at Port Tampa Bay. […]

NIOSH research explores cleaning ambulances with UV light

Research at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health site in Morgantown is delving into a new method of disinfecting ambulances and other emergency vehicles that have transported patients during disease epidemics: ultraviolet light. Steve Martin, a research engineer for NIOSH, is spearheading work that would allow first responders to disinfect vehicles for diseases […]

Jacksonville, black firefighters group disagree over ban on beards; grievances expected

A new city directive mandating that Jacksonville, Florida’s firefighters be clean-shaven has drawn criticism from a firefighter organization and promises of grievances with the city and complaints to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The director of the city’s Employee Services Department sent a memo to uniformed firefighters last week stating the Office of General […]

Ohio: Bryan, Sandusky firms fined for safety issues

Fed-OSHA has fined Bryan Packaging in Bryan, Ohio for $25,200 for 11 serious violations after an inspection of the company’s factory. Additionally, Thorworks received a $16,200 fine for five serious and one non-serious violations, mostly related to improper safeguards on equipment and inadequate training on use of certain equipment at the firm’s site in Sandusky. […]