State says six surprise inspections at Massachusetts hospital find patient care violations

In the state’s recent series of surprise inspections of hospitals owned by Arbour Health System, Pembroke Hospital came under the most scrutiny by Massachusetts Department of Mental Health inspectors. State health inspectors made six surprise visits to the 120-bed psychiatric facility in March and April and flagged violations related to understaffing, simultaneously restraining and isolating […]

Safety advisors offered to Wyoming businesses and public employers

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services is deploying a new unit designed to significantly expand safety expertise and resources to employers around the state. Developed internally by DWS Standards and Compliance staff in consultation with Gov. Matt Mead, the Workers’ Compensation Safety and Risk Unit (WCSRU) will offer safety advisors who will provide free, expert […]

Fed-OSHA fines company $35K in elevator death of worker at nursing home

Fed-OSHA has cited an Onondaga, New York employer in a 53-year-old mechanic’s death in an elevator shaft, saying he did not have proper training and the company did not follow safety procedures. The Otis Elevator Company is contesting the citation , as well as proposed fines totaling $35,000, according to the agency. Syracuse Post-Standard

Two die in Boise trench collapse

Two workers died, and a third was rescued alive, after a 9-foot deep trench collapsed in Boise, Idaho Tuesday evening. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Idaho Statesman

Construction worker is killed in trench collapse in Lexington, Kentucky

A construction worker was killed Wednesday when the trench he was working in collapsed next in Lexington, Kentucky. The 22-year-old was completely covered by dirt and gravel in the 16-foot trench when emergency workers arrived, according to a fire official. Dozens of firefighters worked to try to free him. Kentucky OSH is investigating. Lexington Herald-Leader […]