Inmate who led Mich. prison sewage cleanup says he now has Hepatitis C

An inmate who served as a prison plumber and led the cleanup of massive sewage spills at a Michigan prison in January says he was given almost no protective gear, similar to a prior claim reportedly made by another prison employee. The inmate now says has been diagnosed with Hepatitis C since his release. His […]

Wood-shaving business fined again by Fed-OSHA

A Kingsbury, New York business that makes animal bedding from wood products and has been cited multiple times in the past for safety violations is facing more Fed-OSHA fines related to an employee’s injury. In November, the employee, who was clearing a jam on a wood-shaving machine, suffered leg and hip injuries when a log […]

Window washer falls to death in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Fed-OSHA is investigating the death of an employee of a Pennsylvania window washing company who, last Wednesday, fell 14 stories from a building in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, N.J.)

Kennedy Space Center electrician recovering from fall

An electrician subcontractor is recovering after he fell 20 feet at a rocket factory at Kennedy Space Center’s Exploration Park May 25. The accident halted work at the construction site the next day; Fed-OSHA is investigating. Florida Today

Q&A: Workplace explosions

More than 500 grain dust explosions have been reported in the U.S. in the last 35 years, killing more than 180 people and injuring more than 675. An explosion at a milling plant in Cambria, Wisconsin killed three employees and injured about a dozen more last week. What is being done to protect employees who […]

Upstate N.Y. immigrant dairy farm workers report injuries, intimidation

Nearly half of the immigrant workers interviewed at 53 upstate New York dairy farms in 2014 and 2015 said they were bullied or intimidated by their bosses, and two-thirds said they’d suffered at least one injury, according to a new report by workers’ rights groups and Syracuse University professors. The report states that the region’s […]

Study on cannabis harvest identifies health hazards

A report that came out in April by the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety finds that outdoor cannabis workers are likely to be exposed to ergonomic problems and repetitive stress injuries, especially during trimming. It also found high levels of THC buildup on surfaces around the harvesting and trimming work areas, the long-term […]

N.C. health officials urge public pools to check electrical systems

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services requires that all public pools pass a checklist of requirements, including proper chlorine and chemical levels, adequate drain covers, safe gates, proper signs and more, before they can open each season. In Cataret County, environmental health inspectors are busy checking the county’s 264 public swimming pools for […]