Lawsuit: Montana hospital didn’t respond properly to scabies outbreak

A former employee has filed a lawsuit against the hospital in Fort Benton, claiming the facility didn’t acknowledge or properly respond to a scabies outbreak and that the infestation spread while leadership at the hospital lied about it. Shannon Walden, a former infection control coordinator, was fired Sept. 1, 2015, after she said she sent […]

Downstate Illinois roofer endangering workers: Fed-OSHA

A Belleville, Illinois roofing contractor has been cited again by Fed-OSHA for allegedly putting workers in danger. The agency says Robert Barringer III already owes at least $267,000 in penalties for previous citations. Fed-OSHA issued new citations to Barringer Brothers Roofing on July 29 for 10 safety violations. The agency said inspectors observed five roofers […]

Chicago-area construction worker hurt after backhoe tips over

A 57-year-old construction worker was injured Wednesday when the backhoe he was driving tipped over in a Mundelein, Illinois ravine, authorities said. The worker was using the backhoe to haul another piece of equipment out of the ravine for refueling when it tipped because it was unbalanced, according to police. Daily Herald

Fed-OSHA cites New York fire extinguisher company after explosion injures two

Fed-OSHA has cited Oprandy’s Fire & Safety Equipment company of Middletown, New York after two workers sustained severe injuries when a fire-suppression system compressed gas cylinder exploded. Federal inspectors found the air device’s pressure exceeded the cylinder’s listed pressure limit and they also found the company failed to train the employees on the procedures needed […]

Fed-OSHA: West Virginia worker’s fatal fall was preventable

New information has been released into the case of a West Virginia worker who fell to his death in January. The 39-year-old suffered fatal traumatic injuries when he fell at a former warehouse in downtown Wheeling that is being transformed into loft apartments. Fed-OSHA has cited two companies for fall protection violations. WTOV (Steubenville, Ohio) […]

Fed-OSHA warns about hazards of methylene chloride in new alert

Fed-OSHA is warning workers of the dangers of methylene chloride after a temporary worker died from exposure to the chemical. The hazard alert, part of Fed-OSHA’s Fatal Facts series, states that the temporary worker was using a common paint stripper to remove bathtub coating in a small bathroom in an apartment building. A window was […]

Whistleblower sounds alarm on lack of Zika testing for Puerto Rican inmates

A prison whistleblower is calling on the federal government to screen inmates coming to South Florida from Puerto Rico for the Zika virus. An employee representing correctional officers at FCI Miami, the federal minimum-security prison, filed a complaint with Fed-OSHA that expresses concern about untested inmates on behalf of its employees, including pregnant women, and […]

Man crushed by container worked for company with previous workplace violations: Fed-OSHA

The man who was killed Monday when a container fell and crushed him at a Jersey City rail facility worked for a company with a history of safety violations, according to U.S Department of Labor records. H&M International Transportation Inc., an Iselin, New Jersey-based logistics company, has paid nearly $17,000 in fines for a total […]