As construction deaths rise, a Mass for fallen workers grows

A bell tolled 17 times inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Thursday. It echoed off the hundreds of hard hats that were resting in laps, on pews and beside 16 roses on 16 empty seats at the altar. The bell, forged by ironworkers from two unions, hung from a cross made of bent and mottled steel […]

Republic Steel cited for alleged machine, fall hazards in Massillon, Ohio

Two years after reaching a massive settlement with Fed-OSHA, Republic Steel is again under scrutiny, after an inspection allegedly found machine and fall hazards at the Canton-based steelmaker’s Massillon plant. Fed-OSHA on April 26 issued five, repeated safety citations with proposed penalties of $121,000 to Republic Steel. Crain’s Cleveland Business

Deadly asbestos: Workers put in jeopardy, but Michigan officials won’t get tough

At a time when blight removal is at historic highs and a record number of contractors are getting into the asbestos-abatement business in Michigan, the state’s worker safety agency rarely gets tough with employers who expose their workers to the deadly toxin, a Free Press investigation has found. MIOSHA says it does not have enough […]

Protecting employees against workplace violence

How can employees protect themselves, particularly in situations where the perpetrator is another employee? Fed-OSHA suggests that employees learn how to recognize, avoid, or diffuse potentially violent situations by attending personal safety training programs. Supervisors should also be alerted to any concerns about safety or security and report all incidents immediately in writing. If the […]

OSHNC offers to reduce fines for Granite Quarry safety violations

A proposed settlement agreement with the North Carolina Department of Labor could reduce fines the town of Granite Quarry is facing for safety violations to $3,250. The biggest fine had been $3,500 for an exposure control plan in the fire department that had not been updated and reviewed since 2013, according to a state compliance […]

New leaf blowers could mean quieter work in Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head

The scene might be familiar: a quiet spring morning on the patio with a cup of coffee, birds chirping, a backpack blower roaring to life to ruin it all. One of the area’s largest landscaping contractors thinks it can make those interruptions a little less grating. Island Packet (Bluffton, S.C.)

Worker’s arm caught in machinery at Massachusetts manufacturing plant

An investigation is underway at a Holyoke, Massachusetts business after a woman’s hand became caught in heavy machinery on Thursday. The plant manufactures roller chains and motion control products for food distribution, forklift trucking, and oil field products. WGGB/WSHM (Springfield, Mass.) [with video]