Crane truck tips over on Rhode Island bridge, traps two workers inside

A large truck with a specialized crane tipped over Monday on the Sakonnet River Bridge in Tiverton, Rhode Island, stranding two workers inside the bucket of the crane and stopping traffic in both directions, officials said. The vehicle, called an under bridge inspection unit, was conducting a routine inspection for the Rhode Island Turnpike and […]

Fed-OSHA continues legal fight to inspect Georgia poultry plant

Fed-OSHA is pushing back against a local judge’s recommendation to deny the agency a warrant to inspect the Mar-Jac poultry plant in Gainesville, Georgia, for safety violations. The judge recommended that a warrant for an expanded inspection be denied because such an investigation could not be solely based on an employee complaint or report of […]

North Dakota pipeline worker suffers fatal head injuries

An unidentified pipeline worker near Tioga, North Dakota was found slumped over his tractor on Thursday with serious head trauma. He was later pronounced dead at a Minot hospital. The man was working as a subcontractor, driving a tractor filling in the pipeline with soil and grass seed, at the time of his death. INFORUM […]

New Jersey worker killed in scaffolding collapse

A worker was killed in a scaffolding collapse at an industrial complex in Edison, New Jersey, Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The scaffolding fell on top of the man around 4:10 p.m. and he was declared dead at the scene, according to a news release from township police. Fed-OSHA is investigating. NJ Advance Media

Wyoming has a plan to increase worker safety, but will it work?

Wyoming is perpetually ranked as one of the worst states for workplace safety. And while some hope the increase in fines by Wyoming OSHA will address that poor record, others contend the state’s small population and high-risk industries are to blame. Incentives, not penalties, will increase the state’s health and safety record, they maintain. Lawmakers […]

Haz-mat cleanup continues at Connecticut factory

Field tests taken at the Quinnipiac River near a metal factory chemical spill site in Southington, Connecticut did not find any hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen that flowed off the factory roof, down a street and into a catch basin that empties into the river, state officials said Friday. But those results on water and […]

Fed-OSHA fines two Toledo-area companies

Fed-OSHA has fined a Springfield Township, Ohio construction company more than $17,000 after an excavation site caved in on an employee. In a citation issued this month, the agency said Zee Construction Co. failed to properly protect employees in May at a jobsite near Northwood. No injuries were reported. Fed-OSHA also recently cited Libbey Inc. […]

Preventing falls

Falls from higher elevations are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry, with over a third being from roofs, according to industry safety reports. In 2015, falls from roofs or other elevations accounted for half of the construction workplace deaths investigated by OSHNC. They were the cause of 10 out of all 40 […]

Raleigh thrill-seekers use caution after zip line death

As a fatal zip-lining accident in Delaware reminds us, it’s not without risk. The 59-year-old woman who died reportedly fell off a platform some 40 feet in the air after unclipping herself, against safety recommendations. The Go Ape zip lining course offered condolences but pointed out she used the equipment incorrectly. For folks having fun […]