K.C.-area neighbors of cold storage facility file suit

Some landowners in Olathe, Kansas are trying to reverse approval of a large cold-storage facility near their homes, on grounds that the facility would expose the neighborhood to toxic and combustible anhydrous ammonia and possibly overwhelm local firefighters in the event of an explosion. Kansas City Star

Teen falls to death in New Jersey Hindu temple

Fed-OSHA is investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy who fell 45 feet inside a Hindu temple in Robbinsville, New Jersey Thursday night. The teenager apparently had been serving as a volunteer. NJ Advance Media

‘Hellfire from above’

Following a 1997 tank explosion, Tampa Electric wrote special guidelines in order to prevent a similar accident from happening again. Two decades later, almost to the day, five of the utility’s power station workers were burned to death performing a near-identical job in June. A Tampa Bay Times investigation has found that Tampa Electric abandoned […]

Employee dies after being pulled into machine at Alabama plant

An employee at a Helena, Alabama manufacturing plant has died after being pulled into an industrial machine. The business is a supplier of flexible intermediate bulk containers and a manufacturer of polypropylene concrete fibers. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Helena Reporter

New lead poisoning lawsuits filed against Wisconsin shipyard

More than 40 employees have filed federal lawsuits alleging lead poisoning in connection with a Superior, Wisconsin shipyard’s 2016 change-out of steam engines for diesel power on a freighter. A welder and ship fabricator first sought damages in May 2016 for exposure to toxic levels of lead. The ship’s Ohio-based owner is also a defendant. […]

Brooklyn worker seriously injured in fall from house

A 41-year-old construction worker, who had been replacing shingles on the roof of a 184-year-old, two-story clapboard Brooklyn Heights home, fell from the roof onto the porch and suffered serious injuries. Fed-OSHA is investigating. New York Daily News

Mistakes led to deputy’s death at Georgia sperm bank, investigation finds

Investigations by Fed-OSHA and Georgia fire officials have found that an Augusta sperm bank and its gas supplier were aware several weeks before a deadly February accident that a tank could improperly release nitrogen inside the facility and subject employees to asphyxiation hazards. Hundreds of Airgas tanks in Georgia have failed to have required re-inspections […]