Irma winds topple several cranes in south Florida

A construction crane at a Fort Lauderdale worksite became the third in South Florida to collapse on Sunday during Hurricane Irma’s high winds. Two cranes fell in Miami, but two dozen other cranes in the city remained upright. Fed-OSHA reportedly has been contacted about the collapses. Sun-Sentinel [with video]

Hurricane Irma scammers posing as FEMA contractors

Even before Hurricane Irma made landfall, “FEMA representatives” reportedly started showing up at St. Lucie County homes peddling a bogus story that they were contracted to remove debris from homes. Authorities say it’s a scam. TCPalm [with video]

Can you be fired for missing work while fleeing Hurricane Irma?

Although Fed-OSHA laws offer some protection, there is no such thing as disaster leave in the United States. Terminating a city employee who shirked hurricane duties is legal in Florida, as it would be in other states. Washington Post

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

Review Journal: Fed-OSHA reduces fines for employers in about half of contested citations

A Las Vegas Review-Journal analysis of Nevada OSHA and Fed-OSHA fatality records since 2010 has found that employers who contest citations get their fine reduced about half of the time. Generally, state programs lower penalties than Fed-OSHA, according to Jordan Barab, former deputy assistant secretary for Fed-OSHA. Over the past seven years, on average, Nevada […]

Tennessee chemical facility fined $10k before explosion

Tennessee OSHA fined a Charleston chemical plant, where a hydrogen chloride release occurred Thursday, close to $10,000 last year for safety violations. One of the prior citations related to process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals and respiratory protection. Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, Ga.)

Is silica the next asbestos?

According to Fed-OSHA, 2 million construction workers are exposed to crystalline silica in more than 600,000 workplaces. Of those, more than 840,000 are exposed to levels above what the agency deems acceptable. New silica rules for construction went into effect June 23, and the agency says this will save 600 lives in the construction industry […]

Fed-OSHA gets warrant to inspect Pennsylvania construction site

A magistrate judge last week granted Fed-OSHA’s request for a warrant to inspect a Millcreek Township, Pennsylvania construction site. A Fed-OSHA inspector said she observed employees working about 20 feet from the ground on scaffolding that was missing protective guardrails and was told to leave the site on August 30. GoErie