Working in the heat: Health impacts and job performance

It’s been a scorcher here in the Valley over the last few days, forcing many to work in temperatures close to 100 degrees. Every year, thousands of people suffer from heat related illnesses. Taking breaks and keeping hydrated are important, but there is more to staying safe in extreme heat. WBKN (Youngstown, Ohio) [with video]

Investigations into Tappan Zee crane collapse ask how routine job went awry

Three days after the 25-story boom of a crane toppled onto the Tappan Zee Bridge, creating havoc and a huge traffic jam but killing no one, three separate investigations were proceeding on Friday into what caused the accident. The sequence of events surrounding the collapse remain uncertain. New York Times

Iowa worker’s death at ADM plant under investigation

An employee’s death this weekend at ADM in Clinton, Iowa is under investigation. A representative from Iowa OSHA has confirmed the incident, which occurred at the company’s railroad switchyard, is under investigation. Clinton Herald

Air quality problem growing at Atlanta VA hospital

An Atlanta news station is investigating an air quality problem at a local veterans hospital. The station says it has been as been exposing problems within the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Atlanta VA for years. WSB (Atlanta)

Mold in the workplace

Mold exposure can have serious health consequences. “Research studies have shown that exposures to building dampness and mold have been associated with respiratory symptoms, asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, rhinosinusitis, bronchitis and respiratory infections,” states an alert from NIOSH. If your workplace is located in an area with high humidity levels, is susceptible to water leaks or […]

Idaho dairy faces fines in worker death in waste pond

A Jerome County, Idaho dairy is facing fines after a federal investigation into the death of a worker who drowned in a waste pond in February. Fed-OSHA issued two citations to Sunrise Organic Dairy on July 12. The 37-year-old man 37 apparently drove a truck into the waste pond early in the morning of February […]

Why you’ll begin paying even more attention to workplace safety

Workplace injuries threaten to hit more than your wallet next year. They may hit your reputation. Fed-OSHA is rolling out a series of rules that increase financial penalties for violating safety rules but that also call for publicizing injury and illness logs. Central Penn Business Journal

North Carolina: Injured truck plant worker dies

A Daimler Trucks employee is dead following a July 13 accident at the company’s Freightliner plant in Rowan County, North Carolina. OSHNC is investigating. The man reportedly was crushed while performing maintenance on a piece of equipment, Daimler Trucks North America confirmed. Salisbury Post

NIOSH releases mobile app for chemical hazard guide

NIOSH has created a mobile app to accompany its Pocket Guide on Chemical Hazards. Containing more than 600 chemical entries and appendices, the app allows users to search by chemical name or synonym, as well as DOT, CAS or RTECS numbers. Information also can be marked as a “favorite” for future reference, according to NIOSH. […]