Fed-OSHA orders AK Steel’s Middletown Works to investigate welding hazards

Fed-OSHA has requested that AK Steel investigate reports of safety hazards were made at its Middletown Works site in Ohio. The agency reportedly does not plan to conduct an investigation. The agency specifically stated that welders there have no certification to weld or pressure pipes, structures, or railings and that welding logs are not being […]

New York: Mid-Hudson area construction worker injured in fall

A construction worker in Valhalla, New York was hospitalized Friday after falling from the second floor of a worksite in the Village of New Square. The man reportedly fell while unloading building supplies from a forklift and sustained serious injuries. Mid-Hudson News Network

In West Salem, Oregon, high lead levels at commercial space prompt official response

Officials on Monday toured a multi-use commercial space in West Salem, Oregon where dangerously high lead levels have been found, as part of an effort to determine a cleanup standard for the space. The Oregon Health Authority last week said the space was closing because the lead levels there posed a public health threat. Salem […]

Recent fatal work accidents on Staten Island

Staten Island, New York experienced three workplace deaths in the span of just a month in the fall of 2014. Here are the circumstances surrounding several others. Staten Island Advance

Four residents sue Dallas suburb, linking sewage stench to illnesses

In Plano, Texas four residents are suing the sicyt, demanding more than $1 million for illnesses and stress that they blame on odor caused by overflows from the city’s sewage system. Several residents believe that toxins in the air are wafting into their homes and causing health problems such as severe nausea, headaches, dizziness and […]

Chemical Safety Board targeted for elimination

The Chemical Safety Board has published a two-page summary of the agency’s overall merits as well as a video of its 2016 accomplishments, in response to being targeted for elimination in the Trump administration’s budget. The CSB specifically noted that of the 19 independent agencies marked for de-funding in fiscal year 2018, the CSB is […]

Are there side-effects to drug-testing employees who have just been injured?

Fed-OSHA prohibits employers from discriminating or retaliating against employees for reporting fatalities, injuries, or illnesses, a policy intended to ensure that injury and illness reporting is as accurate as possible. The agency recently indicated that an employer’s policy of blanket post-injury drug testing programs can be a form of unlawful retaliation. The Business Journals