Safety concerns have downtown Des Moines landmark under investigation

Fed-OSHA is investigating complaints from crews renovating the Equitable Building in downtown Des Moines, Iowa that air quality could prove hazardous for them. A plaster and cement mason claims he was fired after four days on the job for speaking out about the unsafe work environment. The building’s former owner was sentenced to 41 months […]

Connecticut theme park Lake Compounce pays Fed-OSHA fine

Connecticut’s Lake Compounce Family Theme Park has paid a penalty of $45,630 to Fed-OSHA for 18 serious workplace violations, according to the agency. Fed-OSHA’s Hartford office found that employees of the park were exposed to hazardous chemicals while working in the paint room, said Fed-OSHA representative Edmond Fitzgerald. The original fine, assessed in late January, […]

Man who fell from bulldozer on Long Island dies

Authorities say a 42-year-old bulldozer operator who was seriously injured after falling off the machine in Riverhead, New York, has died. Riverhead police say the man suffered internal injuries in the Tuesday accident and was airlifted to a hospital. Investigators say the bulldozer kept going after he fell and it came in contact with him. […]

Tree trimmer dies in Ann Arbor after falling onto wooden deck

A 28-year-old tree trimmer died last week after falling from 40 feet above ground, according to a death notification issued by Michigan OSHA. A preliminary summary of the incident indicates the 28-year-old man was free climbing at a private residence in Ann Arbor when his saddle broke. The saddle was seven years old, according to […]

1 injured in fire at troubled Houston-area plant

One person was injured when an explosion at a Pasadena, Texas refinery sent plumes of smoke into the air and first responders scrambling to the scene Saturday morning. The Houston Ship Channel closed briefly as Coast Guard hazmat teams also investigated the scene for any impact from possible chemical release in the air or any […]

Canada, Fed-OSHA outline plan for hazcom coordination

Employers can now meet hazard communication requirements for both the United States and Canada with a single label and Safety Data Sheet, safety officials from the two countries said during a March 3 webinar. Safety+Health

Sikorsky Aircraft targeted by dozens of workers in asbestos class action

In what plaintiffs lawyers are describing as the worst workplace asbestos exposure case in Connecticut’s recent history, more than 40 workers involved in a Sikorsky Aircraft renovation project have filed a class action lawsuit after being exposed to the cancer-causing substance in 2010. Connecticut Law Tribune

Fed-OSHA penalties may get hefty boost in new congressional budget

Under the new congressional budget, Fed-OSHA has been given the authority to boost penalties. Congress is analyzing the inflation index to determine a “catch-up” percentage, said Jeff Funke, director of Fed-OSHA’s Omaha-area office. Fed-OSHA hasn’t increased citation fines since 1990. Omaha World-Herald