OR-OSHA investigating onion shed fire that killed worker

The cause of the fatal June 1 onion shed fire near Hermiston, Oregon is still under investigation by Oregon OSHA. The fire claimed the life of a 62-year-old Columbia Basin Spreaders Inc. employee. East Oregonian

Fed-OSHA investigating longshore injury at Washington dock

Fed-OSHA opened an investigation into the accident that critically injured a longshoreman aboard a ship at the Weyerhaeuser Co. log dock Tuesday in Longview, Washington. The worker was hired by S.S.A. Pacific to load logs and was not a Weyerhaeuser employee. Daily News (Longview, Wash.)

Authorities release name of fatally-injured North Dakota oilfield worker

The oilfield worker who died Monday after being struck by equipment in North Dakota has been identified as a 36-year-old Michigan man. A local official indicated that it appears the operator of a boom crane, used to lift drill pipe onto pipe racks, had not seen the worker enter into an area known as the […]

Worker dies in machine accident at Chicago-area steel plant

A Joliet, Illinois man died Thursday after being pulled into a machine at a steel processing plant in Plainfield. An autopsy performed Thursday showed that he died from “multiple injuries due to an industrial mishap,” according to the coroner. Morris Herald-News

Ohio man dies in workplace accident in Chicago suburb

Fed-OSHA is investigating after a worker fell from an asphalt tank under construction Monday in Willow Springs, Illinois. On June 20, the 43-year-old man was working for Lima, Ohio-based International Tank Service when he fell, according to Fed-OSHA and the medical examiner. NBC Chicago

Employers grapple with Fed-OSHA’s bar on blanket post-injury drug testing

Some companies are going to eliminate post-accident testing entirely in light of Fed-OSHA comments regarding its recent electronic reporting rule. The comments prohibit across-the-board post-accident testing for anyone who is in a work accident. The rule takes effect August 10. These companies think it’s the “only bulletproof approach” to Fed-OSHA’s newly articulated enforcement position, according […]

NIOSH explores workplace exposure to multi-walled carbon nanotubes

The May 2016 issue of NIOSH Research Rounds includes an item entitled “Research Explores Workplace Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes.” The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health summarizes two published papers by NIOSH investigators with partners at Kazan State Medical University in Russia that explore whether workplace exposure to multi-walled carbon nanotubes could pose a […]

NIOSH will evaluate response to Hanford vapors issue

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will conduct an evaluation related to the exposure of workers on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to chemical vapors. NIOSH is expected to focus on four areas: medical, exposure assessment, safety and health program management and exposure control. Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons. Much of […]