New York Daily News: City’s proposed safety regime is overkill

The New York City Council is rushing to impose an onerous new training and registration regime on every construction site in New York City, where 34 construction workers have died since the start of 2015. With an estimated 180,000 construction workers in the city, about half non-union, the latest version of the measure would require […]

Texas: Austin worker’s death emblematic of state’s dangerous construction industry

The death earlier this month of a 49-year-old Austin-area construction worker, who was crushed by a concrete slab while on a jobsite, is another tragic reminder that Texas leads the nation in construction work-related deaths. Fed-OSHA documented in 2015 that a construction worker dies in Texas once every three days. South Austin Patch

Colorado oil tank explosion caused by buildup of ‘combustible products’

Fire investigators have found that a May oil tank explosion in Mead, Colorado that killed a 32-year-old man and seriously injured three others was caused by a buildup of combustible products from oil storage tanks at the Anadarko Petroleum site. The work crew had been digging a trench to remove and replace piping from an […]

Pennsylvania landfill fined $12K in fatal landslide collapse

Fed-OSHA has fined the owners of of a Kersey, Pennsylvania landfill more than $12,000 related to a February landfill collapse that resulted in the death of a 49-year-old employee. Employees reportedly knew of cracks that had been forming around the site. WJAC (Johnstown, Pa.)

MNOSHA adopts federal regulations for walking-working surfaces, fall protection

Minnesota has adopted the final Fed-OSHA rule on walking-working surfaces and personal fall-protection systems for employees in general industry. The new rule updates and clarifies standards and adds training and inspection requirements. Minnesota OSHA’s final rule becomes effective Sept. 19. Faribault Daily News

Fed-OSHA launches injury tracking app

Fed-OSHA has launched its web portal to accept submission of recordkeeping forms pursuant to the requirements in a final rule from May 2016. The agency originally anticipated having the portal available by February of this year. Under the rule, submission for all employers for 2017 is simply the 2016 300A Form. Beginning in 2018, employers […]

Foreign farmworkers in Canada fear deportation if they complain

Canada’s seasonal agriculture worker program was set up to recruit migrants from Mexico and the Caribbean to work for up to eight months a year to address chronic labor shortages. But critics say the program is poorly supervised, leaving workers vulnerable to exploitation by employers and at risk of deportation if they complain about employment […]