Fed-OSHA fines Dedicated TCS $226,000 after worker dies cleaning tank car

Fed-OSHA has fined Dedicated TCS LLC $226,310 for failing to take safety precautions that might have prevented the October death of a worker who suffocated while cleaning a tank car in New Orleans. An air quality test and harnesses properly tethered to a lifeline for rescue might have prevented the tragedy, which also hospitalized two […]

Fed-OSHA finds Ohio farm worker died from inhaling pig manure gas

A 31-year-old Vickery, Ohio farmworker died from inhaling gas from pig manure that was used for fertilizer, according to federal investigators. The foul odors that arise with manure spreading are not just unpleasant, they can be deadly, Fed-OSHA Toledo area director Kim Nelson warned. newsnet5 (Cleveland)

Report: Workplace hazards can trap government workers

Government workers sometimes face serious danger at the jobsite. A new Fed-OSHA report on severe injuries in the workplace shows that highway and utility construction and the postal service were among leaders in number of severe injuries reported. American City & County

NIOSH to screen coal miners for black lung

NIOSH will be offering free, confidential health screenings to coal miners to help detect the occupational lung disease known as black lung in its early stages. The screenings are in response to an increase in serious lung diseases and new requirements for providing testing to surface miners, according to NIOSH. Part of the agency’s Enhanced […]

Fed-OSHA says fatal I-90 construction accident in Chicago was preventable

A worker from Berwyn, Illinois was killed and three others were injured early Tuesday when a 45-ton beam fell at a construction site in Des Plaines, officials said.The crew members were in lifts on Touhy Avenue working to remove the beam under the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (Interstate 90) about 3 a.m. when the beam […]

Could beam disaster occur again on Chicagoland toll roads?

The Illinois tollway is suspending construction on the I-90 bridge in Des Plaines where a steel beam fatally toppled onto a worker Tuesday until the agency is confident “a safe plan is in place to resume,” an official said. But with construction continuing on multiple I-90 bridges over busy suburban streets elsewhere, can the public […]

Fed-OSHA: Montana plant workers exposed to arsenic

Workers at a plant in Anaconda, Montana that produces roofing materials and abrasives are exposed to high arsenic levels for prolonged periods, with the highly toxic substance found in the air, on clothing and even on the lunchroom microwave, federal officials said Wednesday. Fed-OSHA is proposing more than $106,000 in fines for 16 serious violations […]

North Carolina labor officials cite town for safety violations, levy $6,500 in fines

A surprise safety inspection, the first in 18 years, has led to OSHNC citing the town of Granite Quarry for five serious and five non-serious violations. The biggest fine, $3,500, relates to an exposure control plan in the fire department. It is supposed to be reviewed and updated annually, but the state’s safety compliance officer […]