New Jersey construction worker dies after fall from Paterson roof

A 44-year-old construction worker fell to his death Wednesday morning from the roof of an unfinished apartment building in Paterson, New Jersey’s Great Falls historic district. The man had been installing vibration mats for the building’s heating and air-conditioning system on a flat roof when he fell, according to Fed-OSHA. The Record/NorthJersey

IOSHA staffing issues partially to blame in damning federal audit

One of every five of the 38 compliance officer positions at Indiana OSHA are currently vacant, and its staffing issues could be contributing to the agency’s struggles with meeting its enforcement goals. A federal audit insinuates staffing problems are behind what it calls the agency’s “consistently poor performance” in many crucial areas. WBAA (West Lafayette, […]

Star-Tribune editorial board: Speed answers on workplace accidents

“Wyoming OSHA must impose deadlines. It’s not held to timelines now, so it must choose to put internal time limits in place soon, then ensure they are met and that families [of injured workers] have recourse in the event that they are not.” Casper Star-Tribune

Staying safe when performing hot work

Hot work – jobs that involve burning, welding, or using fire or spark-producing tools – can be dangerous. “Workers performing hot work such as welding, cutting, brazing, soldering and grinding are exposed to the risk of fires from ignition of flammable or combustible materials in the space, and from leaks of flammable gas into the […]

2016 Fed-OSHA’s top 10 most cited violations

Although the rankings for Fed-OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations change little from year to year, the agency provides dozens of statistics. Glance too quickly at the numbers for fiscal year 2016, and you might experience a sense of information overload. Safety+Health

Queens construction tragedy is second for contractor

Two construction workers died Tuesday on a construction site in Queens when a beam fell from a crane. The beam crushed the crane’s operator in his cab while another worker fell from a building. One of the workers was employed by a subcontractor that was issued a serious violation last year for a Brooklyn death […]