Bridge-painting firm fined $189K after Portland accident

Oregon OSHA on Monday fined the Minnesota-based company painting Portland’s Ross Island Bridge $189,000 for violations cited in connection with a February accident that left two employees seriously injured. The accident occurred when a bridge painter who, according to the inspection, was not wearing a fall protection harness, fell nearly 40 feet down a ladder […]

Brooklyn construction worker falls to death in scaffolding accident

A 58-year-old construction worker in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn fell to his death from scaffolding Sunday. According to Fed-OSHA’s preliminary investigation, part of the scaffolding “went vertical,” causing the man to fall. The building where the accident happened has seven open Buildings Department violations, including three deemed hazardous. Gothamist

Star-Ledger opinion: Proposed chemical safety cuts put New Jersey rep on hot seat

New Jersey congressmen in both parties are opposed to the president’s budget-slaying of the Chemical Safety Board, which was first created because of a deadly blast in New Jersey in 1995. They recently sent a letter to Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen asking him to defend the agency. Will the chairman of the powerful House Appropriations committee […]

Connecticut healthcare facility settles whistleblower case

According to the Labor Department, Hartford, Connecticut-based Charter Oak Health Center and its former CEO have agreed to settle a whistleblower case for wrongfully terminating three employees who went public with the facility’s failure to adequately respond to tuberculosis exposure concerns in late 2011. Hartford Business

Fed-OSHA fines Georgia plastic company for fatal machine accident

Fed-OSHA has fined the company that operates a Macon, Georgia plastics plant, where an employee died in 2016 after falling into a machine, nearly $22,000 in connection with the accident. The cited serious violations are for open-sided floors and/or platforms not guarded with standard railings and toeboards, and for not providing standard railings on the […]

Can you find the defibrillator at work?

More than 350,000 cardiac arrests take place in the U.S. in locations other than hospitals each year, according to the American Heart Association. According to the organization, however, about half of all U.S. employees do not know where their workplace’s automated external defibrillator is located. Fed-OSHA doesn’t require workplaces to have AEDs, but it encourages […]

Backhoe driver survives fall onto Virginia train track

On Friday afternoon, a backhoe operator lost control of the machine and went through a bridge railing, falling 30 feet onto active railroad tracks below. The backhoe, with the man still inside, was sideswiped by an Amtrak train. The driver was extracted from the backhoe and immobilized with a collar before being transported to a […]

Michigan nursing facility earns safety award

As a result of its efforts to keep employees safe, Royalton Manor Skilled Nursing Center in St. Joseph, Michigan, has received the Consultation, Education and Training Gold Award from MIOSHA. The award recognizes an outstanding safety record of two years or more without a lost time accident. Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph, Mich.)

Highway construction worker killed in Colorado

A 20-year-old man working on a road paving operation was killed in an industrial accident Thursday afternoon north of Silverthorne, according to officials. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Summit Daily