Businesses claim City of Omaha partially responsible for devastating 2016 fire

A group of business owners in Omaha’s Old Market area are alleging that that the city bears some responsibility for losses as a result of a massive fire in January 2016 that destroyed a pub and destroyed other downtown businesses and condos. Specifically, the plaintiffs claim that a gas valve in the middle of a […]

Two contractors injured at Tampa Electric power plant

Two contractors were injured in an industrial accident at Tampa Electric in Apollo Beach, Florida on Tuesday, and Fed-OSHA is investigating. The incident reportedly happened as they repaired the cooling system attached to a boiler. In June, an industrial accident at the plant killed five workers and injured a sixth. Over the last two decades, […]

Contractor rescued from collapsed trench in Baltimore

A contractor was pulled, “alert and conscious,” from a collapsed trench in a Baltimore industrial area early Wednesday, and was hospitalized with injuries that reportedly were not life-threatening. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Baltimore Sun [with video]

EPA chemical review would exclude millions of tons of toxins

The Trump administration is backing off a congressionally-mandated review asbestos, flame retardants and other toxins in homes, offices and industrial plants across the country, seeking to limit the review to products still being manufactured and entering the marketplace. Some firefighters and construction workers say the move jeopardizes their health. A 2015 NIOSH study found that […]

Asbestos, dry cleaning agent among 10 chemicals under EPA review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing 10 chemicals to determine if they pose an unreasonable risk to human health or the environment and should be subject to additional regulation. Here’s a look at what the 10 chemicals are used for and the hazards they pose to human health and the environment. WPXI (Pittsburgh)

NIOSH center to focus on ‘safe integration of robots’ in the workplace

NIOSH has launched the Center for Occupational Robotics Research in an effort to evaluate the possible advantages and hazards of robot workers, as well as foster safe robot-human interactions. The agency says it will collaborate with officials in academia, industry and government to perform research and develop guidance. According to NIOSH, 61 robot-related worker deaths […]