Florida worker crushed by concrete wall

A 49-year-old construction worker was killed at a Broward County, Florida residential construction project on Friday when a concrete wall fell on him. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Sun-Sentinel

Massachusetts: State permanently closes psychiatric hospital weeks after declaring it safe

The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health late last week permanently closed the troubled Westwood Lodge psychiatric hospital. Although no specific reason was provided, according to an unidentified employee, there were allegations that a male patient sexually assaulted a female patient in her room last week. Safety lapses reportedly occurred at the facility despite assurances by […]

Fed-OSHA cuts most Georgia fatalities from its list

Fed-OSHA’s new list of work-related fatalities includes the deaths of only two Georgia workers so far this fiscal year. However, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at least 32 Georgia workers have been killed on job since October 1, 2016. Also removed from the list on the agency’s homepage are the names of victims; to see […]

The opioid epidemic and the EMS provider

Emergency medical services providers are on the front lines of managing opioid overdose patients. The types of opioids being abused have increased and become far more potent. This situation has created potentially hazardous conditions for first responders such as EMS, law enforcement and fire departments. Several agencies have published recommendations to better protect the frontline […]

Fed-OSHA proposes extending crane operator certification requirement

Fed-OSHA is proposing to further delay the November 10, 2017 deadline for crane operator certification requirements by one year to November 10, 2018 in order to address stakeholder concerns. The agency is accepting public comments until September 29, 2017. National Law Review