The worst mistake you can make at work

More than 40 percent of workers say they do not get enough sleep to stay safe at work, according to a survey released last week by the National Safety Council. Workers with sleep problems were nearly twice as likely to die in a work-related accident, a Swedish study of nearly 50,000 people over two decades […]

The most dangerous state for workers

For the fourth time in the last five years, North Dakota has the dubious distinction of the highest fatality rate for laborers in the country, according to an annual AFL-CIO report, which also found that it would take North Dakota’s seven safety and health inspectors more than a century to inspect each workplace across the […]

Five injured in New Orleans construction hoist accident

Five people were hospitalized with minor injuries on Friday when a hoist at a New Orleans construction suddenly dropped several stories to the ground. According to a site foreman, a safety spring at the base of the shaft helped to lessen the impact. WWL (New Orleans)

OR-OSHA fines Coos Bay gym nearly $200K

Oregon OSHA has fined a Coos Bay athletic club $195,300 for failure to abate, after it was cited in 2015 for failure to provide proper emergency eyewash and shower facilities. The new citation brings total penalties to more than $574,000. Inspectors had determined that the athletic club’s setup for washing out potentially dangerous chemicals was […]

Arkansas man electrocuted while working

An employee died Wednesday after he was electrocuted and fell while working at a Siloam Springs, Arkansas business. Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Employees burned at Idaho sugar plant

Two employees were burned Friday morning at a Twin Falls, Idaho sugar factory when a container of hot liquid overflowed according to their employer, Amalgamated Sugar. KMVT (Twin Falls, Idaho) [with video]

Water pipe repair method may pose health risks

Cured-in-place pipe repair, or CIPP, is a widely used method for repairing sewer, stormwater and drinking water pipes. However, the process can emit chemicals into the air, sometimes in visible plumes, and can expose workers and the public to a mixture of compounds that can pose potential health hazards. New research has found that the […]

CDC to offers free screenings to eastern Kentucky, Tennessee coal miners

NIOSH will offer a series of free, confidential health screenings to coal miners in eastern Kentucky and Tennessee. The mobile screenings are intended to provide early detection of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung, which is caused by breathing respirable coal mine dust. Since 1999, the prevalence of CWP among U.S. coal miners […]