Crisis over, but chemical safety hazards remain at Texas plant

The fires that occurred last week at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey flooding, have exposed major flaws in regulation of chemical safety, risk disclosure and emergency planning. The incident, which occurred when floodwaters caused chemicals to become unstable and is under investigation by the Chemical Safety and […]

Natural gas leak at Wisconsin food plant

Emergency personnel responded Tuesday to a natural gas leak at a food plant in the Village of Plover, Wisconsin. No one was seriously injured, but a fire official said carbon monoxide levels exceeded those set by Fed-OSHA as acceptable. WSAW (Wausau, Wisc.) [with video]

How to handle catastrophic accidents in the workplace

Deaths and catastrophic accidents occur in the workplace on a nearly daily basis, and employers must deal with at least three very distinct audiences. What are they? And what kind of advance preparations should employers make to deal with potential workplace injuries? Business Journals

Landscaping: The importance of having a comprehensive health and safety program

When it comes to creating a health and safety program for your landscaping business, there are several options. Some of the elements that should be assessed when ensuring a program is up-to-date include: safety and health activities, equipment, employee capabilities and accident and injury history. Fed-OSHA offers free and confidential onsite consultations to small and […]

‘How to survive a government shutdown’

If you’re an construction contractor that participates in federal contracts, successfully enduring a shutdown in federal government activities requires preparation. Even a closure of just a few weeks would have a significant impact on the economy and the bottom line of a construction contractor. Here are some tips. Construction Dive

Heat exposure killed 37 workers in 2015, BLS reports

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is highlighting data indicating that environmental heat exposure contributed to 37 work-related deaths and more than 2,800 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in 2015. Nearly 90 percent of the deaths occurred from June through September. Kansas had the highest rate of nonfatal injuries and illnesses, with South Carolina and Nebraska […]