Texas: Is chemical plant worth the risk?

A proposed chemical manufacturing plant in Killeen, Texas could not only create close to 30 new jobs but also could bring a number of other companies from the semiconductor industry to the city. At a forum last week, however, residents raised safety concerns, in the aftermath of the Arkema plant fire near Houston in August. […]

Some fear exploitation during Harvey cleanup

Fed-OSHA says it has 23 staff members operating in the Houston area, to identify hazards and keep safety a priority during clean up of the recent hurricane, but the economic stress that comes with post-hurricane work is a perfect storm for wage theft, says a local lawyer. Houston Public Media

Ammonia leak reported in Brazoria County, Texas

An ammonia leak last week at the rural Brazoria County facility of a Houston-based manufacturer of plastics, fibers and chemicals resulted in no reported injuries. The leak was near the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge. Houston Chronicle

New acting HHS secretary once worked for Labor Department

The career of Don Wright, new acting Health and Human Services secretary, includes a stint from 2003 to 2007 with Fed-OSHA. Wright has worked at HHS for 10 years; since February, he has been the department’s acting assistant secretary. USA Today

Idaho potato farm worker killed in conveyor belt accident

A man died last week at a potato farm near Idaho Falls, Idaho after being pulled into a conveyor belt system as he unloaded a truck. His coworkers freed him from his tangled clothing and perform CPR until an ambulance arrived, but EMTs were unable to revive him. Fox6 (Green Bay, Wisc.)

Cause of fatal Wisconsin mill blast undetermined four months later

It has been about four months since the explosion and fire that killed five employees and injured 11 others at a Wisconsin corn processing plant, but the cause of the explosion has yet to be officially released. Fed-OSHA is one of the agencies investigating the May 31 incident, which leveled much of the facility. Portage […]