Fall protection repeats as top violation

For the sixth consecutive year, violations under Fed-OSHA’s fall protection-general requirements topped the agency’s Top 10 Violations List, with more than 6,000 citations issued in fiscal year 2017. Rounding out the top five were violations under the hazards communications, scaffolding, respiratory protection, and lockout/tagout requirements. Bulk Transporter

Poor ergonomics costs enterprises billions annually

Musculoskeletal disorders are the leading cause of pain, suffering, and disability in American workplaces, accounting for 33 percent of all workers’ compensation costs, according to Fed-OSHA. The agency also reports that enterprise employees suffering from injuries related to MSDs require an average of 11 days away from work to recover, according to Fed-OSHA. TechRepublic

Study: Rural workers have higher exposures to COPD-causing pollutants

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control’s National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety has found an elevated risk of exposure to obstructive airway diseases like COPD in rural workers with no connection to the agricultural industry. Exposures among rural workers who had never farmed were almost twice as high as those seen […]

Ohio construction workers were 7X more likely to die of an opioid overdose last year

A Cleveland Plain Dealer analysis has found that construction workers in Ohio were seven times more likely to die of an opioid overdose last year than were workers in other professions. The construction industry had the most deaths, but tree trimmers had an opioid overdose fatality rate higher than all the rest. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Maine company fined $8K after electrocution at Vermont wind power project

A Maine-based construction firm has been fined $8,000 by Vermont OSHA for safety violations found after the electrocution death of a 59-year-old man at a wind power worksite in April. The agency’s investigation found two serious violations related to equipment traveling under or near power lines. Bennington Banner

Fed-OSHA announces electronic reporting deadline for 2016 injury and illness data

Certain employers in high-risk industries like construction, manufacturing and building materials must submit electronically their 2016 injury and illness data from OSHA Form 300A by December 1. These high-risk establishments must then submit their 2017 300A forms by July 1, 2018, and then annually by March 2 thereafter. Construction Dive

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