Window washers rescued from Lower Manhattan building

First responders were called to a high-rise building in Lower Manhattan Tuesday morning after two window washers became stranded on a malfunctioning scaffold. A rescue worker rappelled down the side of the building and helped them safely climb through a 16th floor window. Fed-OSHA reportedly is investigating. NY1

Settlement reached in crushing-death case

A wrongful-death lawsuit filed on behalf of the family of a man who was killed nearly three years ago while cleaning the inside of a Naperville, Illinois company’s concrete mixer has been settled for an undisclosed sum. Fed-OSHA in January 2014 cited the company for eight safety violations in the incident. The man was improperly […]

Massachusetts officer stable after construction accident

A 36-year-old Milford, Massachusetts police officer is in stable condition after being struck by a front-end loader while working a police detail at a construction site. The seven-year veteran of the department was taken to Milford Regional Medical Center Monday morning after a Bobcat, with the bucket raised, pivoted and struck him in the head, […]

Taunton, Massachusetts food service plant fined by Fed-OSHA for ammonia leak and alarm failure

A Taunton, Massachusetts food service distributor is facing $72,000 in fines in the aftermath of an ammonia leak and alarm system failure, according to Fed-OSHA. According to Fed-OSHA, the ammonia leak took place in October at Reinhart Food Service LLC’s facility in Taunton; Reinhart is one of the nation’s largest food service distributors. Fed-OSHA subsequently […]

Firefighting lessons from massive explosions

It has been a year since the tragic explosions during a fire in the port city of Tianjin, China. There may never be an accurate estimate of the number of deaths resulting from the fire and explosions. Yet we suspect that more than 100 firefighters were killed and scores more injured, making this the greatest […]

Indoor shooting range faces $135K in fines for alleged lead, noise hazards

An Upper Milford Township, Pennsylvania indoor shooting range is facing $135,200 in federal fines for allegedly exposing its workers to lead and noise levels well above the permissible limits and has been dubbed a severe violator as a result. Fed-OSHA says the company failed to use engineering or administrative controls where employees were exposed to […]

Fed-OSHA puts developer on notice about rubble pile

A large pile of rubble left over from the construction of a commercial project in Limerick, Pennsylvania may have become the focus of a federal investigation. Fed-OSHA states it has received a complaint about a large pile of mixed stone debris from site work breaking into smaller pieces onto a nearby roadway. Employees in the […]

Talking medical waste safety best practices with Stericycle

In April, Stericycle’s Parkersburg, West Virginia plant was recognized as the first medical waste treatment facility awarded the Fed-OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Status for its achievement of excellence in worker safety and health. The VPP recognizes effective workplace safety and health management and Star participants are considered top of the VPP recognition ladder. […]