Feds: Mistakes contributed to Cincinnati firefighter’s death in 2015

A series of mistakes by Cincinnati firefighters contributed to the growth of a March 2015 fire, which caused heavy smoke and poor visibility for rescuers searching the building, indicated a federal investigation released today. One of those firefighters, Daryl Gordon, fell to his death when he stepped into an elevator shaft. Cincinnati Enquirer

After Nashville Public Works employee’s death, safety manager is hired, then fired

Nashville’s Metro Public Works says it has overhauled its safety program since the death of a 19-year-old sanitation worker last year. However, News 2 learned that last week the head of the new safety program was fired after three months. Chandler Harris was killed on July 14, 2015. It was his first night on the […]

Maryland construction worker killed by electric shock

A construction worker was electrocuted Wednesday morning while working in a manhole in Rose Haven, Maryland, according to fire officials. The man was estimated to be in 40s, though his identity was not released. MOSH is investigating. Capital Gazette

Heat-related death reminds employers to be cautious with workers

A landscaper recently died of heat exposure during tree-trimming operations near Poplar Bluff, Missouri. According to Fed-OSHA, the 23-year-old man had a core temperature of 108 degrees after working a full day Friday. He started his shift about 7 a.m. At 4:30 p.m., he became overheated, when the heat index reached about 110 degrees. The […]

Local government workers rarely killed by poison gas

Two city of Wichita Falls, Texas maintenance workers killed this month by exposure to hazardous chemicals were the first local government employees to die of chemical inhalation in Texas since at least 2010. Even at the national level, fewer than 2 percent of city and county workers killed on the job died as a result […]

Minnesota: Collapsed trench was dug by company with past violation

The company that dug a trench that collapsed Monday morning in Minnetonka, Minnesota, killing one worker and injuring another, paid a fine for a trench safety violation nearly six years ago. A fire official said the men were working about 12 to 15 feet below ground in a space that was approximately 6 feet wide, […]

Protecting the workforce from Zika

In interim guidance released in April, Fed-OSHA and NIOSH identified outdoor workers, including those involved in mosquito control; health care and laboratory workers; and business travelers, as being most at risk for exposure to Zika. Safety+Health

Fed-OSHA fines contractor in May incident in which cop was hurt

A Boston contractor has been fined for a May incident in which a police officer, who is still recovering, was struck and injured by a piece of construction equipment. R.J. Devereaux was fined $3,150, half of the initial $6,300 penalty it was issued earlier this month, according to Fed-OSHA. Milford Daily News