Asbestos still kills thousands

Despite having been regulated for decades, thousands of people are still dying from exposure to asbestos. U.S. production of asbestos stopped in 2002 but it is still found in many common building materials like paint, shingles, insulation, cement, wallboard materials and vinyl tiles, and is is still imported for use in the manufacturing of items […]

CSB links labeling issues to chemical cloud

Last October, a truck with 4,000 gallons of sulfuric acid pulled up and began to unload into a tank at the MGP Ingredients plant in Atchison, Kansas at about 7:35 a.m. Unfortunately, it was the wrong tank, one that was nearly filled with bleach. Fortunately, no one died in the resulting gas cloud, which caused […]

One year since Palm Beach Zoo keeper mauled by tiger

Saturday was the one-year anniversary of the deadly attack inside the tiger night house at the Palm Beach Zoo. An investigation by the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commissioner, determined Stacey violated at least two safety rules. Fed-OSHA determined the zoo did not break any rules but recommended some changes. WPTV (West Palm Beach) [with video]

Are zoo safety upgrades after tiger attack adequate?

After a tiger killed a south Florida zookeeper last year, Fed-OSHA called for safety upgrades including using video to track tigers and observe zookeepers. A year later, the Palm Beach Zoo says it has increased employee training, added security cameras and installed new locks to improve safety at the tiger exhibit. But do those changes […]

Employer responsibilities for tornado season

The short warning period of a tornado, coupled with the potential for excessive injuries and damage caused by tornadoes, require employers to be prepared well in advance of these storms. Fed-OSHA requires employers to take certain advance precautions including developing an emergency plan, making workers aware of tornado warning signs, practicing with drills, and monitoring […]

Fed-OSHA says Boston-area man’s trench death was preventable

The employer in a fatal Boston trench collapse did not provide safety training and basic safeguards to its employees when a 12-foot-deep trench in which they were working in collapsed, broke a fire hydrant supply line and filled the trench with water resulting in the death of a 53-year-old employee, according to Fed-OSHA, which has […]

Trucker wins retaliation case

Fed-OSHA has ruled in favor of a Frito Lay truck driver who accused the company of disciplining him for refusing to report to work due to illness and fatigue. The agency says the driver is owed more than $17,000. Land Line Magazine