Worker dies after falling down elevator shaft at Nashville home

A subcontractor fell to his death while on a construction job at a west Nashville, Tennessee home. The victim’s co-worker said the man was standing on a table putting in drywall when he lost his balance and fell down an elevator shaft. WBRC (Birmingham, Al.)

North Carolina construction worker killed on highway widening project

A 28-year-old construction worker was killed on the U.S. 220 widening project in Guilford County, North Carolina on Tuesday, according to the North Carolina Department of Labor. A department spokesperson says a preliminary investigation indicates the employee walked into the “swing radius” of an excavator. The “swing radius” is a designated danger zone at construction […]

Ignored safety standards caused floor collapse that killed contractor: Fed-OSHA

A design flaw and ignored safety standards led to the construction accident that killed a 54-year-old worker in Kiln, Mississippi last September, according to Fed-OSHA. The agency says the original floor plans for the new restaurant called for wood floors. The report says contractors working on the jobsite used concrete without new engineering plans. WDAM […]

Arizona worker severly injured in mill accident

In Williams, Arizona, police and rescue personnel responded to Good Earth Power AZ February 17 after a report of an injured mill worker. According to police, a 19 year-old was working with the chipping machine when his arm got caught in the mechanism. Officers believe that he either got a glove or sleeve of his […]

New hazard with oilfield work

On a cold night in January 2012, Dustin Bergsing climbed to the catwalk atop a 20-foot tall crude oil storage tank on a well pad in North Dakota’s Bakken field, to pop open the hatch and drop a rope inside to measure the oil level. Just after midnight, a co-worker found him dead, slumped on […]

Drug companies should pay for disposing human waste, say Rhode Island lawmakers

A new bill introduced in Rhode Island would require drug makers to pay for the cost of collecting and disposing of human waste from some cancer patients. The purpose is to protect health care providers, family members, and the environment from the toxic effects of approximately two dozen chemotherapy and cancer treatments. The bill cites […]