New drone rules could curtail cell tower deaths

The Federal Aviation Administration released rules for the commercial use of drones on Tuesday, which will allow the nascent industry to fully emerge in August. The long-awaited rules will allow businesses to legally use drones under 55 pounds for purposes such as monitoring crops and construction sites, finding missing persons, inspecting infrastructure and filming movies. […]

Non-GMO food additive manufacturer faces $180K in fines after explosion

A Newark, Ohio food additive manufacturer’s failure to handle hazardous materials and respond properly to an emergency led to an explosion that injured four workers, including two contractors who scaled an 8-foot security fence topped with triple-strand barbed wire to escape the fireball. Fed-OSHA found Arboris LLC violated process safety management procedures for the handling […]

FTC charges Florida firm for operating $1.3M OSHA scheme

The Federal Trade Commission has charged a Clearwater, Florida firm and its owner with allegedly bilking at least $1.3 million from small businesses by pretending to be Fed-OSHA. D&S Marketing Solutions LLC and its owner, Sean K. Juhl, allegedly operated a telemarketing scheme that tricked small businesses into believing they were being contacted by the […]

Missouri: Absence of proper safety guards leads to amputations

Twice in less than a month, two workers at an Ajinomoto Windsor Inc. facility in Piedmont, Missouri suffered amputation injuries because their employer failed to install adequate safety guards to keep operator’s hands out of machine danger zones, Fed-OSHA inspectors found. The agency cited the food manufacturer for similar machine hazards at the facility in […]

Fed-OSHA investigating second North Dakota oilfield fatality in a week

A safety official called this “a tragic week in the Bakken” after an oil worker died at a well site in Mountrail County, the second North Dakota oilfield fatality in three days. A 36-year-old employee of Advanced Energy LLC was crushed by a crane boom near Ross. The worker was part of a drilling crew […]

Fed-OSHA proposes nearly $76K in fines for Georgia pipe manufacturer

Fed-OSHA has fined Gainesville, Georgia-based U.S. Pipe Fabrication LLC $75,960 for allegedly exposing workers to unguarded saw blades, not informing workers of the hazards of fighting fire and not ensuring workers followed energy-control procedures to prevent unexpected machine start-ups. Atlanta Business Chronicle

Two Missouri workers injured in accident

Two employees from Capital Electric suffered serious injuries Monday afternoon in Andrew County, Missouri. One was hospitalized with lacerations to his neck and face area and a possible broken arm; the other was hospitalized due to a laceration to his head and a possible leg injury. St. Joseph News-Press