New York City construction worker safety bill pushed back again

New York City officials last week acknowledged another delay of a bill that would require every construction worker on projects over three stories to receive 59 hours of safety training. Construction accidents in the city have been climbing in recent years, and the injured often have been poorly trained illegal laborers. So far in 2017, […]

Florida legislator urges quick action by Fed-OSHA after Tampa power plant accident

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor last week called on Fed-OSHA to quickly develop “clarifying rules” in response to a June accident that killed five workers at a Tampa Electric power station in Apollo Beach, Florida. Two decades earlier, at least three employees were hospitalized after performing a nearly identical maintenance procedure at another Tampa Electric plant. […]

Houston: Arkema plant has history of recent violations

Fed-OSHA last year found 10 serious violations at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas that was at the center of a mandatory evacuation due to the catastrophic flooding in the Houston area. Arkema Inc. paid penalties of more than $91,000 and corrected the cited hazards following the agency’s August 2016 inspection. Click2Houston [with video]

Tennessee gun range out of business following investigation

Earlier this year, two former employees of a Crossville, Tennessee gun range reported that the ventilation system and lack of proper equipment for lead cleanup caused their health problems. Following an investigation by Tennessee OSHA, which found lead levels on many surfaces throughout the range and the front office, the business has closed its doors […]

UPS employee loses arm in conveyor accident

An employee’s arm was severed in an accident involving a conveyor belt at a UPS facility in Loveland, Colorado last week. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Reporter-Herald (Loveland, Colo.)

How to use a generator safely after a hurricane

Portable generators produce as much carbon monoxide as hundreds of cars and can kill a person within minutes, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Fed-OSHA has recommended placing the generator in an area where it has 3 to 4 feet of clear space on all sides to ensure proper ventilation. Here are some other […]

Connecticut work-related illnesses decline: Report

UConn Health has released an annual report on occupational diseases in the state. Using the latest available data stemming from the submitted reports of individuals filing for workers’ compensation and health providers, researchers found that occupational illnesses in Connecticut declined about 9 percent between 2013-15, but remain 5 percent above the national rate. The largest […]

Top dangers in regional commercial fishing subject of NIOSH report

NIOSH has just reviewed overall commercial fishing fatalities in Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, and the East and West Coasts from 2010 to 2014, which found more than 180 deaths in those four regions. The commercial fishing industry has a fatality rate 29 times higher than the national average. Vessel disasters such as capsizes, fires, […]

In milestone ruling, South Korea court links employee’s disease to Samsung

South Korea’s Supreme Court has overturned lower court decisions to find that a 33-year-old former worker in a Samsung LCD factory who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis should be recognized as having an occupationally caused disease. The plaintiff is the third Samsung worker to report multiple sclerosis and win in court but the first to […]