Company manager says foreman at fault for Maine silo explosion

A 62-year-old foreman who used a shovel to scrape accumulated dust and sulfur off the top of an empty, 86-foot-tall silo in Detroit, Maine violated company protocol by scraping the silo with a shovel, instead of washing it down with water, according to the general manager of Northeast Agricultural Sales Inc. As a result, the […]

Fed-OSHA investigating fatality at Cleveland State construction site

Fed-OSHA is investigating the death of a 56-year-old construction worker who was killed when a concrete panel fell on him from an aerial lift at Cleveland State University last week. A police report says the man operating the aerial lift told officers the panel slipped as it was being removed and struck the other worker […]

New York City Council approves construction safety bill mandating worker training

New York’s City Council has voted unanimously to pass a bill that will implement mandatory construction safety training standards citywide. The measure, a controversial aspect of a package of construction safety bills, mandates a uniform baseline amount of safety training hours: workers must have a cumulative total of 40-55 training hours, phased in over time. […]

Fed-OSHA investigating fatal fall from roof near Dayton

A worker fell to his death from a roof of a retirement community last week in Centerville, Ohio. This is reportedly the second fatal workplace fall that Fed-OSHA is investigating in the district since its fiscal year started October 1. Dayton Daily News [with video]

Employee dies after exposure to toxic gases at Utah smelter

Fed-OSHA is investigating after a 64-year-old employee was fatally overcome by toxic sulfur dioxide gases at the Rio Tinto Kennecott smelter near Magna, Utah last Sunday. The man reportedly was doing regular work duties removing debris from a boiler when he was exposed. Daily Herald (Provo, Utah)

Fed-OSHA announces alliance program in Pennsylvania

Fed-OSHA’s Allentown, Pennsylvania regional office has announced a safety alliance with a variety of Lehigh Valley employers, including Lutron, Victaulic, PPL, UGI and Boston Beer. Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

Rolling pipe severely injures North Carolina truck operator

OSHNC is investigating a construction accident on a culvert project in the city of Wilmington that left a man with severe injuries last week when he was struck by a 50-foot long plastic pipe. He reportedly suffered a broken leg, broken pelvis, and a compression fracture on his back. WWAY (Wilmington, N.C.) [with video]

Wisconsin man dies in Iowa railroad work incident

A 23-year-old Wisconsin man died in a railroad work accident near Moulton, Iowa last week after he was struck in the chest by a mechanical bucket that was being used to lift and load railroad ties into a truck on which he was standing. Daily Iowegian (Centerville, Iowa)