Fed-OSHA investigating N.H. hospital after employees sickened last month

Following an August 11 incident in which 19 employees of Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire experienced dizziness and nausea for an unknown reason, Fed-OSHA is trying to determine what happened. In all, 19 workers became ill, 12 of whom were transported to other hospitals for treatment. New Hampshire Union Leader

Michigan construction worker fatally struck by saw

A 39-year-old construction worker, who was part of a crew removing an in-ground pool from a residence in Troy, Michigan, died at the worksite Wednesday night after being struck in the neck by a portable saw that he had been operating. MIOSHA is expected to investigate. Detroit News

TOSHA investigating highway worker’s death

Tennessee OSHA is investigating the death of a highway worker that occurred last Wednesday in the acceleration lane of a highway near Knoxville. WATE (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Nebraska farmworker killed in accident

A 57-year-old farmworker at a potato farm near North Platte, Nebraska died last week as a result of becoming trapped in a potato barge while doing maintenance. A spokesman for the company says it has not had such an accident in 30 years. North Platte Telegraph

Massachusetts mental health facility ordered to halt admissions

Last month, Fed-OSHA handed down more than $200,000 in fines against Lowell Treatment Center in Lowell, Massachusetts because the mental health treatment center’s employees were allegedly exposed to threats of violence. Now, state inspectors have ordered the facility to stop accepting new patients for a second time in less than a year. Lowell Sun

EMS workers face higher occupational injury rates: NIOSH

Using data gathered from a four-year study of emergency medical services workers, NIOSH has determined that they have higher rates of work-related injuries than the general workforce and three times the lost workday rate of all private-industry workers. The organization makes several recommendations to prevent workplace injuries and exposures for these employees. Safety+Health

Fed-OSHA, NGFA enter alliance for grain-handling employees

Fed-OSHA has formed a two-year alliance with the National Grain and Feed Association that focuses on the safety and health grain-handling industry employees. The alliance specifically will focus on preventing exposure to hazards associated with grain bin entry, machine guarding, respiratory protection, falls, heat exposure exposures, combustible dust, struck-by equipment, and lockout/tag-out. World-Grain

Fed-OSHA, American Chemistry Council ink safety training alliance

Fed-OSHA and the American Chemistry Council have entered into a two-year alliance to offer a web-based training program on safe use of the chemical and educate workers on the associated hazards. In addition to offering web-based training, the alliance plans to hold best practices seminars on health and safety procedures and develop guidance on medical […]