Vermont psychiatric hospital facility fined $14K for hazards to staff

VOSHA has fined the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital $14,000 for allegedly failing to protect staff from patients who become dangerous. The 25-bed state-owned hospital serves patients who are considered dangerous and may be suicidal or homicidal; many of them come to the hospital from the criminal justice system. In 2015, the facility’s lead psychiatrist said […]

Fed-OSHA fines N.J. salvage yard $93K in fatal crushing

Fed-OSHA has fined an East Brunswick, New Jersey salvage yard more than $93,000 following a December incident in which a 22-year-old employee was crushed to death. The employee was clearing a jam of cardboard in a compactor when the machine suddenly turned on. East Brunswick Patch

Deregulations boosting confidence, hiring in manufacturing

The National Association of Manufacturers says the Trump administration’s deregulations have played a major role in boosting business confidence to a 20-year high. The administration is looking to cut rules affecting environmental permits, workplace safety and unions. Washington Times

Fed-OSHA to propose further delay to crane rule

Fed-OSHA is expected on Tuesday to propose extending the enforcement date of its crane operator certification requirement in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard until November 10, 2018. This is the third extension request since the standard containing the certification requirement was implemented by the agency in 2010. Construction Equipment

Pittsburgh bricklayer injured in fall

A 27-year-old bricklayer fell three stories Tuesday from scaffolding at a construction site in West Deer Township, near Pittsburgh. He reporteldy landed on his back but was conscious as he was taken to the hospital. Fed-OSHA is investigating. WPXI (Pittsburgh) [with video]

Fed-OSHA reminds employers to protect workers as summer heat settles in

Each year, thousands of workers suffer the effects of heat exposure. A majority of recent heat-related deaths involve workers on the job for less than four days, according to Fed-OSHA, which has these tips for employees working outside or in hot indoor environments. Kansas City Star

North Carolina teen lifeguard’s death spurs pool electrical safety study proposal

North Carolina lawmakers have introduced a bill that would order the state’s Building Code Council to review electrical safety requirements for swimming pools, following an accident that killed a teenager last year. The N.C. Department of Labor determined that the water became electrified when a pump motor stopped working properly and a corroded wire prevented […]