New Jersey employee falls 30 feet at Rutgers medical campus

Newark, New Jersey public safety officials say an electrical company employee suffered serious injuries Tuesday after falling about 30 feet into an underground electrical vault at the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences campus. About 30 firefighters conducted a high-angle rescue to remove the injured man from the vault. NJ Advance Media

No injures in chemical explosion near Boston

Fed-OSHA is investigating a chemical explosion that occurred Tuesday at an Andover, Massachusetts plant. The incident likely was caused by acids mixing with an unknown substance, according to a fire official. About 100 people were evacuated from the building, and no injuries were reported, nor was there any danger to the public, officials determined. Eagle-Tribune […]

Kentucky Labor Cabinet officials discuss apprenticeships, other issues

Members of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet have been touring far west part of the state to discuss incorporating apprenticeship programs in schools and economic development opportunities in the IT and telecommunications fields. Discussing workplace safety, the cabinet’s deputy secretary says the agency is shifting focus toward education and training, teaching businesses safety practices to avoid […]

How to create a hazmat response unit

Hazardous material responses require a great deal of planning and training. Interstate highways, rail lines and other hazardous cargo routes that traverse populated areas require local jurisdictions to prepare for and respond to a hazardous materials incident. The risk of such incidents can be reduced through proper planning and response strategies. EDM Digest

New York City policymakers, advocates review construction safety regs

As New York City experiences a construction boom, city officials, industry associations and employee advocates are all trying to figure out ways to keep more than 145,000 construction workers safe. A new city package includes 21 bills on crane operation and licensing regulations, oversight changes, training programs, fatality reporting and others. Commercial Observer

Is Fed-OSHA the next agency to be put on a leash?

An employee is about 65 percent more likely to be harmed on the job by a fellow worker than a dangerous substance. But that hasn’t stopped Fed-OSHA from regulatory overreach. How will the agency fare under the new administration? Investor’s Business Daily