People jump from Tappan Zee Bridge in New York after crane collapses

A crane that collapsed Tuesday on a major commuter bridge in New York has left travel shut down in both directions with closures expected to last at least into the evening commute. Police said people jumped from the span as the crane crashed. WZZM (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

New York: Mount Vernon firm fined $24K for safety lapses

A Mount Vernon, New York mirror firm faces $24,000 in fines for workplace safety violations. Fed-OSHA levied the fines against MunnWorks after getting a complaint about conditions there. The agency issued 14 violations for exit routes, fire extinguishers and machinery, among other issues. lohud/Journal News

Man injured by electrical shock on roof at Maryland mall

A man was injured by electrical shock on Friday afternoon while working on the roof at Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover, Maryland, an Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman said. Responders found the 39-year-old man in cardiac arrest.Capital Gazette

Illinois farmworkers treated after pesticide exposure

About 60 farm workers, including several teenagers, were treated in rural McLean, Illinois after being exposed to residual pesticide Tuesday morning. The pesticide was sprayed Monday night and the workers “started to feel the effects” while they were in the field detasseling corn Tuesday morning, according to an official with the county sheriff’s office. Bloomington […]

‘It’s getting deep’ man texted before death in trench

The last text message James Rogers sent before he died in a Washington Twp., Ohio trench collapse said, “It’s getting deep.” Accompanying the June 15 text sent at 11:24 a.m. that day was a photo showing that trench, according to an attorney representing his family. It took more than seven hours to recover Rogers’ body […]

Coal mining operators largely compliant with new respirable dust standards

MSHA announced Monday that approximately 99 percent of the respirable coal mine dust samples collected from April 1, 2016, through June 30, 2016, were in compliance with the agency’s coal mine dust standards. In 2014, the department published a final rule that revised the dust-sampling program with more stringent standards. The 2014 rule also included […]

Long Island tree worker fatally falls from bucket truck

Suffolk County, New York police are investigating an incident in which a 35-year-old man died after falling out of a bucket truck while cutting down trees in Lindenhurst on July 15. Fed-OSHA also has been notified. Long Island Exchange

Fed-OSHA, Missouri recycling facility to resolve citations

Officials with Kingdom Projects Inc. and Fed-OSHA will meet next week in St. Louis to discuss resolution of several workplace safety violations, according to a company official. The three serious violations were discovered when inspectors came to the Fulton, Missouri recycling facility after the death of 42-year-old recycling sorter who was struck by a truck […]

FARM Act targets Fed-OSHA rules on anhydrous ammonia

Senators Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota have introduced the Fertilizer Access and Responsible Management, or FARM Act. Supporters say without the legislation, cooperatives and farmers using anhydrous ammonia tanks would have to prove the integrity of their systems or face federal fines. WNAX (Yankton, S.D.)

Fed-OSHA limit on silica exposure: excessive?

Fed-OSHA says that new regulations to significantly reduce the permissible exposure limits for crystalline silica in construction and general industry will save hundreds of lives and eventually provide net benefits of more than $7 billion annually. But business groups don’t exactly see it that way. They say it will add an additional layer of cost […]