Atlanta-area street sweeper operator fatally struck

The operator of a street sweeper in Gwinnett County, Georgia, near Atlanta, was fatally struck early Thursday by the machine as he was trying to loosen debris. The accident reportedly occurred when he became pinned between the hydraulic arm and the hopper of the truck. Atlanta Journal Constitution

Fed-OSHA’s new PSM guide focuses on petroleum refineries

Fed-OSHA has published a guide intended to help oil refineries comply with the agency’s Process Safety Management Standard. In it, the agency makes recommendations for employers to review their PSM programs to ensure violations are not present, and suggests ways to avoid specific violations within each PSM area. Safety+Health

Roofer falls to death in Chicago

Fed-OSHA is investigating the death of a 42-year-old man who fell about 35 feet from the roof of a building Wednesday afternoon on Chicago’s Southwest Side. He reporteldy was performing roof repairs when he fell. Chicago Sun-Times

Tennessee: Chattanooga prep school fined for asbestos violations

A Chattanooga, Tennessee private preparatory school for girls is facing $4,800 in Tennessee OSHA fines for asbestos-related violations after a whistleblower prompted a June investigation. TOSHA’s inspection report show the school threw hazardous material in a dumpster. WRCB (Chattanooga, Tenn.)

Agencies ill-equipped to monitor industrial plants damaged by Harvey

More than a dozen Texas chemical and refining plants reported damaged storage tanks, ruptured containment systems and malfunctioning pressure relief valves as a result of Hurricane Harvey. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Fed-OSHA and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality are poorly equipped to monitor plant startups–the most dangerous period in the life of a […]

Michigan: Problems at shuttered Flint funeral home stretch back years

Health hazards at a Flint, Michigan funeral home were occurring more than a decade before state officials found decomposing bodies stacked inside an unrefrigerated garage and shut the business down in July. Between 2012 and 2016, MIOSHA inspected the business six times, issuing four citations for serious and repeat violations, including failure to control for […]

Teen killed at New Jersey amusement park identified

A 19-year-old recent high school graduate has been identified as the worker killed last Friday in an accident at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. He had been working as an apprentice, stringing lights when he was struck by a lift truck. NJ Advance Media