Blast at New York asphalt plant claims second life

The second man badly burned in an asphalt plant explosion last month has died, a lawyer for the company that owns the Glenville, New York plant said Friday. The 42-year-old died on Thursday, a little more than three weeks after he was gravely injured in the October 17 blast at Mohawk Asphalt Emulsions. Albany Times-Union

Jury gets death case against Long Island excavation company’s foreman

The Long Island excavation company foreman charged in the trench cave-in death of a 22-year-old worker last year was too untrained on risks and safety procedures to be held criminally responsible, his lawyer argued last week at his Manhattan manslaughter trial. The 51-year-old New Jersey man is charged with reckless endangerment and criminally negligent homicide […]

North Carolina construction worker killed in accident

NCDOT officials say a construction worker died in an accident in Kernersville on Thursday afternoon. Officials say the accident involved an overturned road roller, which is used to pack the soil or gravel down when building a new road. WFMY

Fed-OSHA to investigate fatal accident at Nebraska produce plant

Fed-OSHA is investigating after a North Platte, Nebraska produce plant employee died of injuries suffered in a workplace accident and the employer failed to report his death. The 56-year-old man was helping to move an aeration pipe that was connected to a chain, which was attached to the forks of a skid steer, according to […]

Fed-OSHA cites Arkansas company, proposes $124K fine for violation causing amputation

Fed-OSHA has cited a steel wire company for failing to protect workers from amputation hazards. Fed-OSHA proposed $124,710 in penalties for Bekaert Corp. after investigators found the a repeat violation. This was found after one of their employees suffered amputation while trying to untangle moving wire. KATV (Little Rock, Ark.)

Fed-OSHA cites South Dakota ethanol plant for safety violations after worker’s fiery death

Federal investigators have found multiple safety violations at a South Dakota ethanol refinery expansion project following the death of a worker in May. Investigators found the 38-year-old pipefitter was removing a vent line May 6 when 190-proof ethanol spilled onto him, flowed through a grated floor and was ignited by welding operations on a lower […]

Idaho contractor protests Fed-OSHA findings in fatal Boise trench collapse

Hard Rock Construction has formally appealed Fed-OSHA’s findings that the company failed to properly train and protect its employees and that those failures were factors in the deaths of two workers. A third worker was injured but survived after he was removed from the trench, and reportedly is probably permanently disabled. The victims were part […]

5 tips to prepare construction sites for winter

Winter’s almost here, and for the construction industry, that means keeping employees as warm and safe as possible during cold-weather construction operations. Significant surface transportation activities in the country’s northern and mountainous states grind to a halt every year as a reduced staff shifts its focus to keeping highways and bridges salted and free of […]

Pennsylvania Dollar General facing fines

The Dollar General in Jonestown, Pennsylvania is facing hundreds of thousands dollars in fines following an inspection by Fed-OSHA, which issued citations for one willful and two repeat safety violations. The agency initiated an inspection April 18 after receiving an employee complaint and cited a willful violation after inspectors found an emergency exit door in […]