Where lead dust regulations fail us: demolitions

If you remodel, repaint or repair your house, federal regulators say you must control the spread of lead dust. But if you knock the whole place down, all bets are off. This is what several Portland neighbors learned earlier this year when a century-old home was demolished. Oregonian

Boston construction tragedy spurs call for action

A city councilor is leading an effort to force contractors to disclose violations and unpaid fines stemming from dangerous work environments before they can get permits to work in Boston as authorities continue to probe the tragic deaths of two men who lost their lives last week in a trench on Dartmouth Street. “Any company […]

Fed-OSHA’s 2016 top ten violations

Fed-OSHA recently released its preliminary annual list of the top ten safety and health violations cited for fiscal year 2016. While not anticipated to change much, a more final list will be completed closer to the end of 2016. National Law Review

Fed-OSHA: Worker unhooked himself in upstate New York construction fatality

Fed-OSHA has determined that a worker who fell at a Niskayuna, New York construction site in March and later died had unhooked his safety harness from a lifeline just moments before the fall. A witness told investigators the worker unhooked himself in an attempt to untangle his leg from the lifeline. The 37-year-old man died […]

Georgia worker dies after trench collapses

A man stuck in a trench in Carroll County, Georgia on Monday has died, according to fire and rescue officials. The victim worked for an excavation and grading company and was working on the trench when it collapsed on top of him. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wyoming releases most comprehensive report on workplace fatalities yet

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services State Occupational Epidemiologist Meredith Towle released the first report of its kind combining multiple years of workplace fatality data in Wyoming. The report, which provides analysis over years 2012-2015, reveals a complete view of recent fatality patterns in the state by industry and cause. Some of the report’s key […]

Truck driver fatally hit by large pipe during unloading in Blaine

A truck driver was fatally struck in the head by one of the large plastic pipes he was delivering Tuesday morning to a construction equipment business in Blaine, Minnesota, police said. The semitrailer truck driver, in his 20s and from Missouri, was unloading the 12-foot-long pipes from his trailer when one came off the trailer […]