Who is in charge when the cranes fall?

No one so far has been held accountable for three crane collapses in South Florida that occurred during Hurricane Irma two months ago, and issues of jurisdiction make it unlikely that anyone will. A building official for the city of Miami says the cranes should have withstood the storm. WLRN

Fed-OSHA fines Nebraska bakery $100K

Fed-OSHA has fined a Bellevue, Nebraska commercial bakery more than $100,000 for violations including lack of machine guarding, failing to provide fall protection and using a damaged electrical panel box. The agency reportedly has cited the company twice before for similar hazards. Lincoln Journal Star

Nebraska grain co-op fined $374K

Fed-OSHA has fined a Nebraska grain-handling cooperative nearly $374,000 for failing to protect workers from grain bin entrapment and engulfment hazards. The citations include two willful, one repeat, and four serious safety violations of grain handling standards. The company is now in Fed-OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program. A worker was rescued in May from a […]

Ski area owners cited following employee’s death

Fed-OSHA has cited the company that owns Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine, following the death in March of a 23-year-old employee. The employee had been preparing a competition course on one of the trails when he lost his footing and slid down the course. The company now has a helmet policy in place for all employees […]

NIOSH: Avoid a hairy situation with your respirator during ‘Movember

Facial hair along a respirator’s sealing area can compromise its effectiveness against harmful vapors, gases and particles, NIOSH is warning men who participate in ‘Movember.’ However, all users should undergo a user seal check every time a respirator is worn, whether or not they have facial hear, according to the agency. Safety+Health

Fed-OSHA raising awareness of robot-related hazards

Fed-OSHA recently inked a two-year alliance with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the Robotic Industries Association, with the aim of drawing attention to occupational hazards presented by industrial robots and emerging robotic technologies. The group will also identify potential areas of NIOSH research. Powder & Bulk Solids