Oregon: Poisonous gas repeatedly found in Hayden Island air tests

Federal air monitoring repeatedly detected a poisonous gas on Hayden Island, near Portland, Oregon, where residents have complained for months about air pollution so thick they could taste it. Yet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wouldn’t answer The Oregonian/OregonLive’s request for basic details about the discovery of hydrogen sulfide, a colorless gas that smells like […]

Construction workers attend Mass honoring dead colleagues

Construction workers converged on St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York on Thursday to honor fellow workers who died on the job. Victims’ families joined more than 1,000 unionized workers for the Mass on Workers’ Memorial Day. According to the city’s Department of Buildings, deaths at construction sites rose from eight in 2014 to 12 in […]

Syracuse group calls attention to workplace deaths and injuries

Members of a workers’ rights organization drew body outlines in chalk in Syracuse’s Clinton Square Thursday to call attention to workplace fatalities. About a dozen members of the Syracuse-based Workers’ Center of Central New York urged workers to report employers who fail to provide personal protection equipment and who do not maintain a workplace free […]

Connecticut power station guards plan vote of no confidence over equipment complaints

The union that represents security guards at the Millstone Power Station in Connecticut is planning to conduct a vote of no confidence on May 13 against plant owner Dominion Resources and the contractor that provides security services there. The vote would give the 240 security guards a means of publicly stating that the contractor, G4S […]

Illinois man killed in landfill accident

A 54-year-old Dixon, Illinois employee of a garbage company was killed Thursday when he was buried under several tons of concrete debris in a freak accident at the Winnebago Landfill. Rockford Register-Star

Alaska cites assisted living facility for lack of training in workplace violence

Can a facility be cited for not teaching its employees enough about the risks of workplace violence? Yes, says the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DLWD). An Anchorage, Alaska assisted living facility has been given a $75,000 fine for failing to “ensure employees were adequately trained to recognize and minimize workplace violence hazards.” […]

Senators introduce bill to cement successful worker safety program

Wyoming Republican Senator Mike Enzi helped introduce legislation last week to make permanent one of the most successful workplace health and safety programs for both public and private employers. The Voluntary Protection Program Act, sponsored by Enzi and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., would codify the Fed-OSHA program that encourages employers to incorporate voluntary programs to […]

Fatal Volga explosion leads to fines

Federal workplace safety regulators have cited two companies for failing to warn a welder about explosive gases that contributed to a fatal Volga soybean plant explosion. The 39-year-old worker was killed in November when a storage tank he was working on exploded. Vapors caught fire while workers were installing catwalks above the tank. Argus Leader […]

Fed-OSHA’s anhydrous rules could impact farmers, ag retailers

A potential national rule change by Fed-OSHA could revise the way businesses store and handle anhydrous ammonia. Congress put a rider in the 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill preventing OSHA from requiring retailers to adopt stricter handling and storing standards. Because of that, OSHA says they will not enforce stricter rules until a new fiscal year […]