Three die in fall from Miami tower when scaffolding fails

Three workers who were attempting to install a new transmission antenna on a television tower in Miami Gardens, Florida died Wednesday when scaffolding fell apart around the 100-story structure. Fed-OSHA has investigated about 30 fatal construction cases at communications towers since 2012, and is investigating this incident as well. Miami Herald [with video]

IOSHA investigates after three fall from I-70 bridge

Indiana OSHA is investigating after three workers fell approximately 40 feet from an interstate bridge last week near Terre Haute. A preliminary report indicates the men were on the bridge during installation of a deck pan that was not secured. Tribune Star (Terre Haute, Ind.)

Explosion at Georgia chemical plant kills one, injures two

An explosion at an Augusta, Georgia chemical plant killed one individual and injured two others on Wednesday. The three reportedly were not employees, and may have been welding on or near the tank that exploded. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Augusta Chronicle

Fed-OSHA investigating accident at Wisconsin food plant

First responders were called to a Del Monte food processing facility in Plover, Wisconsin last week after getting a report of an accident with an entrapped female patient. Fed-OSHA is investigating. WSAW [with video]

Chewing gum factory workers sue over exposure to flavoring chemicals

Around 15 companies have been sued by former workers at a Chicago chewing gum manufacturing plant on grounds that they were frequently exposed to to flavoring chemicals such as diacetyl and acetyl propionyl. Diacetyl is used as a flavoring in alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, baked goods and snack foods, chewing gum and other candy, fats […]

Amazon cited for alleged violations at Pennsylvania warehouse

Fed-OSHA recently cited Amazon for failure to provide injury or illness descriptions on its log of work-related injuries or illnesses at the company’s 1.1-million-square-foot warehouse in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. The agency carried out an inspection after receiving a signed formal complaint of hazards to workers from lifting heavy items. Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

Many with work-related asthma unvaccinated

Each year, about 900,000 Americans get pneumococcal pneumonia, and 5 percent to 7 percent die from it, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, a new study published last week in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that only about half of American adults with work-related asthma get the recommended […]

Fed-OSHA awards $10.5 million in training grants

Fed-OSHA announced this week that it has awarded $10.5 million in one-year federal safety and health training grants to 80 nonprofit organizations, as part of the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. Recipients will focus on safety and health topics designated by the agency, including chemical, electrical, excavation and grain handling hazards, fall prevention in the […]