Wisconsin officials cite industrial barrel refurbishers

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has cited three industrial barrel refurbishing plants for violating 19 environmental laws, including misrepresenting information and improperly sending hazardous ash to a landfill. The violations are part of a series of state and federal regulatory actions following a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation that revealed environmental problems and dangerous working […]

Exploring environmental impact of proposed eastern Iowa shooting range

While copper and brass bullets are becoming more popular, lead remains a primary component of bullets used in rifle ranges. In Muscatine, Iowa, plans for a gun range have been temporarily postponed by local officials over concerns about the environmental impact of lead shots left on the land. Some residents are worried that lead shots […]

Two Pittsburgh renovators hurt in facade collapse

Two employees on a renovation project in the Millvale borough near Pittsburgh were injured when the facade of a vacant building in collapsed Tuesday morning. Fed-OSHA is investigating. WTAE (Pittsburgh) [with video]

Station’s report prompts investigation of Richmond, Va. post office

A local news station’s report has prompted Fed-OSHA to look into the working conditions at a Richmond, Virginia post office. CBS 6 recently reported that several mail carriers walked off the job due to no air conditioning inside the facility’s sorting room. WTVR (Richmond, Va.)

Oklahoma Safety Council director: Using federal report as a call to action

The state of Oklahoma recently was assigned an F-grade for preventable deaths of residents. No state received an A-grade. But Dave Koeneke, executive director of the Oklahoma Safety Council, notes that American workers are nine times safer at work than they are away from the job, and that the NSC report is a “call to […]

Guide addresses silica rule compliance for general industry, maritime

Fed-OSHA has published a guide intended to help small businesses comply with the agency’s standard on worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica for general industry and maritime. The agency previously published a similar guidance document for the construction industry. The new document details required steps employers must take, including assessing workplace exposures and using engineering […]

Fed-OSHA issues $28K in fines for lab explosion

Fed-OSHA has issued citations and fines totaling more than $28,000 in connection with a February lab explosion in Upper Macungie Township, Pennsylvania. The incident occurred as employees handled trimethylindium, a flammable compound that ignited and caused a minor explosion and fire. The agency determined that a lack of training led an employee to improperly handle […]