Chicago-area worker rescued from trench

A man who had been working on a sewer line in Mount Prospect, Illinois, outside of Chicago, was rescued on Wednesday after a dirt wall in the trench collapsed, trapping him from the waist down. Chicago Tribune

Last moments of day laborer who died in woodchipper recounted at N.Y. hearing

The death of a 23-year-old day laborer who was pulled into a woodchipper in May 2016 was the subject of a Fed-OSHA hearing in late October in Albany, New York. His employer faces several citations, including one classified as willful. No decision is expected for months. Altamont Enterprise

City of Cincinnati to request cancer cluster evaluation of police station

Although there have been concerns for almost a year about possible cancer risks linked to a Cincinnati police station, there had been no formal request by the city or police union for a health hazard evaluation of the building. The Cincinnati Health Department says it would have referred any request to NIOSH, but it never […]

New Hampshire construction worker electrocuted

A construction worker at a Nashua, New Hampshire condominium site was electrocuted Thursday when he came into contact with power lines. It was not immediately clear whether he was operating the lift or if someone else may have been operating the machine from the ground. Fed-OSHA is investigating the incident. New Hampshire Union Leader

Contractor fined $106K for putting Downtown Boise workers in danger

In fining the company more than $106,000 last week, Fed-OSHA charged that Alta Construction failed to follow safe trenching practices at a downtown Boise development project. Citations include one classified as willful. Fed-OSHA inspectors found employees working inside a 7-foot-deep trench without cave-in protection. Idaho Statesman

Worker fatally pinned by excavator bucket in northwest Indiana

A 62-year-old man died Wednesday after being pinned between a wall and excavating equipment at an excavation site in Hobart, Indiana. The excavator’s bucket apparently moved when a piece of the operator’s clothing caught a lever in the cab. The Times