Kentucky: Crane tips over, crushes vehicles

Safety inspectors are investigating the scene of a crane toppling in Harrodsburg, Kentucky that crushed several vehicles but reportedly did not result in any injuries. WKYT

Author: Eliminating CSB a ‘dangerous idea’

Steve Early, author of “Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City” argues that if the Chemical Safety Board is eliminated, per the president’s 2018 fiscal year budget, hundreds of thousands of people who live near chemical factories and refineries will be at greater risk. New York Times

Fed-OSHA launches HAZWOPER page

Workers exposed to hazardous substances may encounter immediate and long-term health effects, including chemical burns, sensitization, irritation and other potentially fatal toxic effects, according to Fed-OSHA. The agency, in response, has created a webpage intended to help workers and employers involved with the agency’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard for construction and general […]

Combustible dust standard withdrawn

Fed-OSHA recently announced that it has withdrawn, from its current agenda, rulemaking to develop a combustible dust standard for general industry, due to resource constraints and other priorities. However, one frequent speaker on combustible dust says the industry will still have NFPA’s voluntary consensus standards that can be used by Fed-OSHA inspectors. Woodworking Network

Fed-OSHA rules for whistleblower

In the second Fed-OSHA ruling this year for a Wells Fargo whistleblower, the Department of Labor has ordered the company to reinstate and pay approximately $577,500 damages to a former branch manager who was terminated in 2011 for complaining about salespersons creating unauthorized accounts. The agency found that Wells Fargo fired the whistleblower because she […]

MNOSHA probes power plant incident

Minnesota OSHA investigators are looking into an incident at the Sherco power plant in Becker last week that injured three Xcel Energy employees, who reportedly were working near a breaker that failed, causing their injuries. The company says they were wearing protective equipment at the time of the accident. St. Cloud Times

Agriculture workers at high risk of heat illness, skin cancer

Workers in farming, fishing and forestry are at high risk of heat illness: Agriculture workers are 20 times more likely than other workers to die from heat. However, heat deaths are 100 percent preventable with water, rest and shade, according to a University of Missouri researcher who has five basic suggestions to avoid heat illness. […]