Final report on West, Texas fertilizer explosion released

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board released its final report regarding the West fertilizer explosion on Monday citing gaps in safety practices, regulations and training. The 2013 explosion claimed 15 lives, injured hundreds of people and caused extensive damage to homes, schools and other structures. WFC filed for bankruptcy after the explosion. The […]

In western New York, a call to safeguard Scaffold Law

A nonprofit safety group’s call to safeguard the New York’s Scaffold Law has renewed debate over a long-standing source of tension between unions and builders. The Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH), an advocacy group, released a report Monday contending that the law remained essential to protect construction workers, citing what […]

Officials: Tree involved in fatal postal worker accident regularly checked

Officials in DeKalb County, Georgia say a tree that fell onto a mail truck and killed a postal worker had been checked within the last six months. Officials say the 36-year-old worker died Saturday when the tree uprooted and fell toward the road on top of the mail truck, killing him instantly. WXIA (Atlanta)

Fed-OSHA Proposes $70K penalty for Lake Compounce

Fed-OSHA has cited Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut for several violations after finding that the company exposed employees to several chemicals, including carcinogens, and the federal agency has proposed more than $70,000 in penalties. The company is accused of failing to monitor workers’ exposure to hexavalent chromium, a chemical the U.S. Department of Labor says […]

Arc flash at University of North Carolina under investigation

OSHNC officials are continuing to investigate the power outage at the University of North Carolina on January 20. According to DPS information specialist Randy Young, the outage was caused when an arc flash struck a UNC employee while he was working in the transformer vault of Dey Hall. The employee reportedly was seen running out […]

Worker killed in Rhode Island industrial accident

A 22-year-old man was killed Tuesday morning in an industrial accident in Johnston, Rhode Island. Police say he was working with a belt-driven sorting and crushing machine at J.R. Vinagro Corp. on Plainfield Pike when something went wrong and he was killed. WJAR (Providence, R.I.)

Coffee and diacetyl: Is nothing sacred anymore?

For over a decade, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has paid close attention to the food flavoring industry and workplaces in which natural and artificial flavorings containing diacetyl and other flavoring chemicals are used. IOSH is now looking closely at potential respiratory hazards posed by exposure to diacetyl at coffee processing […]

Fed-OSHA fines Boston-area roofing company $188K

A Framingham, Massachusetts contractor with a history of safety violations has again exposed its employees to potentially fatal fall hazards at one of its worksites, this time in Woburn. Fed-OSHA inspectors found employees of A S General Construction Inc. risked falls of more than 26 feet from an unguarded roof and an improperly constructed and […]

Fed-OSHA cites Berea, Ohio manufacturer for alleged amputation risks

Fed-OSHA has cited a Berea, Ohio manufacturer for allegedly putting employees at risk of amputation. On Jan. 21, Fed-OSHA charged Telefast Industries Inc., a subsidiary of Elgin Fastener Group of Brecksville, with four repeated, two serious and two other-than-serious violations. The violations carry proposed penalties of $121,000. Telefast’s alleged violations include not installing guards or […]

Workplace accident suspected in Wisconsin man’s death

A 41-year-old worker at a Woodville, North Dakota-based business died Friday after a suspected workplace accident. St. Croix Castings is a foundry that produces medium- to small-volume aluminum castings in sand and permanent molds. Grand Forks Herald