Farm-related incidents, fatalities still big concern in South Dakota

One of South Dakota’s top industries is also one of the most dangerous places to work. The National Safety Council has dubbed agriculture the most dangerous industry to work in. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014, there were three fatal injuries directly attributed to farming, fishing and forestry in South Dakota. In […]

Fed-OSHA cites contractor demolishing former Pennsylvania middle school

Fed-OSHA has cited Natalie’s Excavation & Demolition of Tyrone, Pennsylvania for violations at the site of the demolition of the former Clearfield Area Middle School. Natalie’s Excavation & Demolition is a construction company providing turn-key site development services to Warriors Mark, State College, Boalsburg, Huntingdon, Tyrone, Philipsburg and Clearfield areas. Gant News

Fed-OSHA cites 4 firms in northwest Ohio for violations

Four companies either based in northwest Ohio or with operations here have been fined a combined $135,000 for workplace safety violations. The largest fine by Fed-OSHA was $50,194, levied against Taiho Corp. of America of Tiffin, a manufacturer of engine bearings, bushings, and other specialty bearings. Taiho was cited for failing to train and set […]

Quashing lawlessness: Congress votes on Fed-OSHA’s attempt to avoid Volks decision

An appellate court one level below the Supreme Court of the United States, and highly respected in the field of administrative law, recently held that Fed-OSHA’s interpretation of a statute of limitations is wrong, contrary to its “clear” language, “unreasonable,” productive of “absurd” consequences, and that it would be “madness” for OSHA to attempt to […]

Sacrificing safety or generating jobs?

The fate of an Obama-era piece of legislation designed to improve worker safety appears to be anything but safe. On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted by the slimmest of margins—49 to 48—to eliminate the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule, which was created to “limit the ability of companies with recent safety problems to compete […]

Oregon announces workplace deaths for 2016

More than 60 people died on the job in Oregon during 2016, according to a preliminary report issued Tuesday by the Department of Consumer and Business Services. The report said that 61 people died in 2016, up from 2015’s figure of 41 deaths. The numbers are based on a new data collection program, begun in […]

NIOSH debuts dust exposure assessment software for mines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety released a new version of its Enhanced Video Analysis of Dust Exposures (EVADE) software to provide a comprehensive view of dust, diesel, and gas exposure hazards facing miners, the institute announced by press release February 28. Powder & Bulk Solids