Black market sales of fake safety training booms in NYC

Black market sales of fake safety training cards are booming in New York City, where more than 30 construction workers have died in construction accidents in the past two years. The bogus cards, which are often sold to non-English speaking individuals, have been the scourge of the industry for years. The Manhattan Construction Task Force […]

Fed-OSHA investigating SW Idaho building collapse

Fed-OSHA is investigating the collapse of a building under construction in Parma, Idaho, on Wednesday, that injured six construction workers. Some of the workers who had been standing on the building at the time reportedly were trapped under debris, but were pulled out by co-workers before emergency crews arrived. Idaho Statesman

Explosion kills two at Minneapolis school

An explosion Wednesday at a private school in Minneapolis killed two people including the school’s receptionist and injured several others, according to fire officials. Contractors were working on a campus building at the time of the incident, which investigators suspect was caused by natural gas. Victims suffered injuries ranging from head injuries and broken bones […]

Report finds labor abuses on New York dairy farms

A recent study has found that as Upstate New York’s dairy industry has boomed, much of the largely illegal workforce has lost basic labor rights. Ninety-three percent of the participants were illegal, mostly from Mexico and Guatemala and the majority worked on large farms and spoke little to no English. Ithaca Voice

Alaska commercial fishing deaths reverse direction

The dangers of commercial fishing in Alaska’s rough waters include getting tangled in or hit by equipment, slipping, or drowning after falling overboard. After dropping to historic lows, commercial fishing deaths in the state are on the rise again. There have been 10 commercial fishing deaths in Alaska so far in 2017; a large portion […]

IOSHA fines resort in employee’s death

Indiana OSHA has fined the owners of the French Lick Resort $14,000 for unsafe working conditions and failing to report the death of a 64-year-old employee who fractured an ankle after falling from a golf cart and subsequently suffered a fatal blood clot over a week later. The incident was not reported to IOSHA for […]

NIOSH study addresses nurses’ exposure to chemotherapy drugs

Liquid antineoplastic drugs are used during chemotherapy to treat cancer, as well as arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other conditions. However, nurses who administer the medications are at risk of exposure. A NIOSH study has found that consistent use of personal protective equipment and engineering controls, established precautionary measures, and a heightened commitment to safety from […]

Commentary: Raise maximum fine to deter unsafe working conditions

Each year, 250 New Yorkers die on the job. The good news is that many state prosecutors understand that these deaths can constitute crimes. State legislation could raise the maximum criminal fine to an amount that would make the most egregious offenders think twice about putting profits ahead of the safety of employees and bystanders. […]

Victim of Michigan tire explosion ID’d

A 45-year-old man who was killed in a workplace explosion last week at a Kalamazoo, Michigan pallet company has been identified by authorities. The fatally injured employee was with other workers using a front end loader to move discarded, wooden industrial pallets to a place where they could be chipped and grinded down when a […]

Senate confirms NLRB pick along party lines

In a 50-48 party line vote, the Senate last week confirmed Marvin Kaplan to fill one of the vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board. Kaplan currently serves as chief counsel of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. William Emanuel, a labor lawyer at Littler Mendelson in Los Angeles, has been tapped to fill […]

South Carolina: Orangeburg County fire guidelines under development

Orangeburg County, South Carolina Fire Director Teddy Wolfe is seeking to develop an operational procedure manual to ensure that fire departments operate according to federal and state standards. The guidelines will also cover general administration, member health and safety, public education and safety, training levels and safety at emergency incidents. Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, S.C.)