Three killed in Wisconsin corn mill explosion

An explosion late Wednesday night at a corn mill northeast of Madison, Wisconsin killed three employees and leveled most of the plant. Fed-OSHA records show the plant was cited in 2011 for not taking precautions against dust explosions. The bodies of a packing machine operator, a mill operator and a forklift driver have been recovered. […]

NIOSH: ‘Psychosocial’ factors in employees’ self-rated health

Employees who reported being bullied at work were 82 percent more likely to report “fair” or “poor” health, NIOSH has found, in a study that also notes that relationships exist between the self-assessments and job aspects in: occupation, pay/benefits, workplace organization, chemical/environmental hazards and other “psychosocial” factors. Safety+Health

Chemical leak at Georgia poultry plant briefly sends three to hospital

Three employees were hospitalized briefly on Wednesday after a leak of a concentrated antimicrobial at a Jefferson County, Georgia poultry processing facility. Fed-OSHA is not expected to investigate, according to a county emergency services official. Augusta Chronicle

Ergonomic office hacks

Employers are increasingly trying to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders, which are actually among the most frequent reasons why workers get put on restricted duty or are forced to take time off from work, according to Fed-OSHA. But what can you do to improve your ergonomic experience at work? Here are some “office hacks.” Mic

Inspector General recommends improvement of Fed-OSHA efficiency, MSHA emergency response oversight

The Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General says Fed-OSHA needs to work more efficiently to ensure employers are reducing or eliminating hazards, and the Mine Safety and Health Administration needs to improve oversight of mine operators’ emergency response plans. The OIG’s semi-annual report also states that Congress should clarify the MSHA’s authority to protect […]

New Jersey hospital settles with Fed-OSHA over violent attacks

A Paramus, New Jersey hospital has reached a settlement with Fed-OSHA, which cited the facility in connection with patient attacks on several workers. The agency first cited the county-owned hospital in 2015 and had also warned it in 2014 to better protect staff from violence. In addition to the federal investigation on assaults on employees, […]

Cincinnati waste facility pleads guilty to negligent homicide

A Cincinnati-area hazardous waste management facility has pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the 2012 death of a 20-year-old employee who had only been employed for three weeks prior to the flash fire that lead to his death. Charges against the employee’s supervisor were dropped as part of the plea. The employee and a colleague […]