Autopsy shows North Dakota oil worker fell to his death after explosion

An autopsy shows that an oilfield worker who died last week in North Dakota’s Bakken oil field was killed as the result of a fall, the second time a worker for the same company has been hurt in a fall in the past eight months. The state forensic medical examiner listed the cause of death […]

Alaska: Racetrack noise debate takes another lap

Concerns about noise from the Alaska Raceway Park have led some Butte residents to take action. One has circulated a petition asking for borough employees to monitor and record the levels, frequency and duration of sound for properties within a one-mile radius, and then inform property owners in writing of the effects of the exposure. […]

One man’s fall raises questions about contract work on tribal lands

Matt Fox told his supervisors that if no changes were made, one night an employee carrying buckets of fish across an unfinished bridge and down a steep, scree-covered trail leading down to Fifteenmile Creek near The Dalles, Oregon, would fall and be injured. The fish biologist argued with supervisors that the work site on a […]

Families say no justice for Michigan workers killed on the job

For the families of hundreds of workers killed on the job in Michigan, there is often no justice. No criminal charges. No civil lawsuits. No costly penalties from Michigan’s workplace safety agency. And strict limits on workers compensation. A yearlong Free Press investigation into more than 400 workplace deaths across the state found a flawed […]

Avoid poisonous plants when working outdoors

If you’ve ever come in contact with poison ivy, you know how unpleasant it can be. And for many outdoor workers, poisonous plants are a common hazard. Workers at risk include farmers, foresters, landscapers, groundskeepers, gardeners, painters, roofers, pavers, construction workers, laborers, mechanics “and any other workers who spend time outside,” according to NIOSH. Safety+Health

Fed-OSHA fines Georgia masonry contractor $130,500

On June 24, Fed-OSHA cited MMC Construction for two willful safety violations after it found employees working on scaffolds without guardrails on a construction site in Montgomery, Alabama. Atlanta Business Chronicle [may require registration]