Two employees killed, one injured in W.V. industrial accident

Two people have died and one has been hospitalized following an explosion in Barbour County, West Virginia, according to a preliminary report by state environmental regulators. The incident happened at an odorant equipment processing facility for the natural gas industry while employees were prepping a tank for cleaning using bleach. Exponent Telegram (Clarksburg, W.V.)

Ohio hazardous waste facility considers plea in employee’s death

The company that operates a Cincinnati-area hazardous waste management facility faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide related to the death of a 20-year-old man in a flash fire and explosion in late December 2012. The employee’s supervisor faces similar charges. The employee was cleaning air filters when a chemical reaction resulted in a […]

Proposed budget shows no major changes to Fed-OSHA, MSHA funding

Under the Trump administration’s latest spending plan, NIOSH may experience a sizable budget reduction and the Chemical Safety Board still is scheduled for elimination. However, Fed-OSHA and the Mine Safety and Health Administration would see relatively small changes in funding for fiscal year 2018. The Department of Labor says it plans to make at least […]

‘The violent workplace’

While it’s impossible to prevent all tragic events, especially those involving an armed assailant entering the building despite an order of protection against him, there are ways to reduce the likelihood of workplace violence. A 2014 Scientific American article focused on nurses in a hospital setting and found that healthcare workers experience the most nonfatal […]

Nashville construction workers argue for safer jobsites

In a recent survey conducted by a coalition of unions and related organizations in the South, the city of Nashville, Tennessee stands out for its high rate of reported injuries and widespread use of temporary staffing agencies, two issues that researchers say are intertwined. The rate of injuries reported by Nashville workers in the previous […]

Staffing firm to contest fine related to building collapse

A temporary labor agency that supplied workers for building remodeling project in downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will contest its fine, Fed-OSHA has reported. A 24-year-old construction worker died in the early December collapse. The temp agency received fines totaling more than $114,000 and more than a dozen citations last month for violations ranging from […]

Secondhand smoke hazards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies secondhand smoke or environmental tobacco smoke as a Group A carcinogen. Can you develop cancer from smelling smoke odors on clothing or being in a room where people have been smoking? Philadelphia Tribune