A tale of two trench collapse companies

Trenching construction companies who choose not to protect employees from the hazards of trench collapse are an epidemic and the problem appears to be getting worse. Why won’t some trenching companies follow basic life safety rules? San Marcos Corridor News

Maine justices to address medical marijuana for work injury

Who will pay for medical marijuana for Gaetan Bourgoin, who was injured while working at a paper mill in 1989? That question could be answered in a landmark court case that will be heard by Maine’s highest court in September. Portland Press Herald

Pennsylvania warehouse worker dies after forklift accident

A 32-year-old man died last week at a Trader Joe’s warehouse near Bath, Pennsylvania after he was injured in a forklift accident. He had been operating the vehicle when he struck a steel post. Fed-OSHA is investigating. lehighvalleylive

New York employer fined nearly $26K in 2016 crush death

Fed-OSHA has settled with an Easton, New York manufacturer for around $25,800 following the death last October of an employee who was was crushed by a 7,000-pound steel box at the company’s plant. According to investigators, the box was on a forklift that lifted it 10 to 18 inches off the ground, and when the […]

Fed-OSHA fines Ohio manufacturer more than $110K

Fed-OSHA has fined a Marshfield, Ohio manufacturer of steel pipes and tubes more than $110,000 after investigators found that at least one employee was exposed to excessive levels of hexavalent chromium and another worker suffered severe injuries after being struck by a moving piece of machinery. Fed-OSHA also determined the company used damaged cranes, altered […]

Stop-work order issued for trench collapse site

Officials in Chesterfield Township, Michigan issued a stop-work order for a residential construction site where crews were digging out a foundation for a garage, after two employees were trapped in a trench collapse on August 21. MIOSHA is investigating. The Voice (Clinton Township, Mich.)