New workplace safety regs today

Fed-OSHA is withdrawing new workplace safety requirements to comply with a congressional mandate. Under President Obama, Fed-OSHA issued new requirements for employers to report workplace injuries and illnesses online. Fed-OSHA is withdrawing the changes to the rule. The Hill (Washington, D.C.)

Child’s death puts spotlight on hazard of falling tables

Children have been killed by folding tables in schools and churches in Michigan, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and Vermont. The attorney for the family of a three-year-old who was killed says schools can’t claim ignorance about the potential danger. The family has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Detroit and […]

New York: Aftermath of temporary employee’s death in woodchipper

Her fiance was killed a year ago in a woodchipper on his first day as a temporary worker in New York’s Capital Region. Meanwhile, the case against his employer, a tree care service, continues. Fed-OSHA fined the company a total of $141,000. The case is set to go to administrative hearing in October. Altamont Enterprise

Oil and gas industry leads in severe injuries

Despite what the industry sometimes says, the upstream oil and gas industry has one of the highest rates of severe injuries in the country and, by some measures, the highest, according to a new analysis. However, the pace of severe injuries decreased sharply in 2016. That’s in line with declining oil-field employment and an improving […]

Update on NIOSH sealcoating tests

The new sealcoating season marks the second year that NIOSH is collecting data from sealcoat applicators, in an effort to evaluate industry health and safety practices in the industry. ForConstructionPros

Have a response plan ready for when safety inspectors show up

Fed-OSHA compliance inspections at the worksite are usually unannounced. If a company does not have a response plan in place to deal with an OSHA inspection, a plan should be immediately developed, warns attorney Eric Nord. Billings Gazette

Fed-OSHA issues willful citations in South Dakota building collapse

Fed-OSHA has issued two new citations related to a building collapse in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, accusing a construction company of willful safety violations. The early December collapse killed a construction worker and temporarily trapped an apartment resident under the rubble. The citations carry $101,400 in penalties and follow more than two dozen other citations […]

Employee killed at South Carolina paper mill identified

An employee who reportedly was was killed in an industrial accident during maintenance work at a North Charleston, South Carolina paper mill has been identified. The incident also injured a second employee. Authorities have not said exactly what happened. WCSC (Charleston, S.C.) [with video]