Labor’s silica, overtime regs under scrutiny

Republicans are targeting a slew of controversial Labor Department regulations in the coming week, with a series of hearings to highlight their concerns. The House Education and Workforce Committee starts off the week with a hearing on Tuesday to examine the department’s new restrictions on silica dust at construction and manufacturing sites. The Hill (Washington, […]

How we prevent another West ammonium nitrate explosion: Q&A with U.S. Chemical Safety Board

In January, the Tribune-Herald published the U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s findings and recommendations regarding storage of fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate after a 2½-year study of the fire at and explosion of the West Fertilizer Company. The blast left 15 people dead (12 of them first responders) and more than 260 injured; it destroyed or seriously damaged […]

Tiger kills zookeeper: Keeper was about to leave zoo for new job

The zookeeper killed by a rare Malaysian tiger Friday at the Palm Beach Zoo had just hit her three-year anniversary with the zoo but had recently taken a job with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to zoo officials. Palm Beach Post [with video]

Worker killed in tiger attack at Palm Beach Zoo

A are Malayan tiger killed a zookeeper Friday at the Palm Beach Zoo, as she was preparing the animal for a show. The zookeeper was engaged in routine work in a behind-the-scenes area where the tigers eat and sleep when the fatal encounter happened, according to a zoo spokesperson. The zoo automatically instituted emergency procedures, […]

Fed-OSHA fines could increase 80 percent this year, experts say

Having an unsafe work environment is about to get a lot more costly for businesses. For the first time since 1990, Fed-OSHA this year will increase its fines to account for inflation. Industry experts estimate the increase could be as much as 80 percent, making it more imperative than ever for businesses to make workplace […]

Denver firefighter death prompts nationwide alert

NIOSH has issued a nationwide alert to fire departments across the country following last July’s death of a 46-year-old Denver firefighter. The safety advisory concerns translucent corrugated roof panels, the same kind of panel he fell through, leading to his death. CBS Denver

NIOSH releases report on fatal Michigan fire

On Friday, NIOSH issued its 113-page report investigating the death of Michigan firefighter Brian Woehlke, who died in the line of duty May 8, 2013. The report provides a detailed account of what happened during the fatal fire, which has been ruled a case of arson and homicide. hometownlife