Two recent fatalities raise New Hampshire’s 2017 total to at least 10

The recent deaths of a 35-year-old tree services worker and a 23-year-old employee of a wood-burning energy plant have brought New Hampshire’s total work-related deaths this to at least ten. However, according to the New Hampshire Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, the total number of workplace deaths in the state is down from recent […]

One year later, penalties in fatal Sioux Falls building collapse under appeal

A lounge collapsed in downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota just over a year ago, killing a construction worker. Fed-OSHA recently fined the contractor responsible for tearing out a loadbearing wall more than $200,000 and a staffing company more than $101,000. Both companies are appealing the fines. Argus Leader [with video]

Former conservatory employee alleges termination for raising security concerns

A former employee of Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is suing the organization over claims she was fired for reporting her security concerns to Fed-OSHA. A supervisor “expressed his annoyance” that she filed a complaint with the agency, according to the lawsuit, prior to her employment being terminated. Chicago Sun-Times

Labor Department denies ex-inspector’s workers’ comp claim for 9/11 illness

A 59-year old former Fed-OSHA compliance officer who has been diagnosed by government doctors with interstitial lung disease in connection with his work at Ground Zero after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks has been denied workers’ compensation by the Labor Department, his employer at the time. Dale Henderson, whose illness was acknowledged by the […]

Construction firm challenges citations for mercury exposure at N.H. power plant

A Connecticut-based construction contractor that conducted mercury and asbestos abatement and demolition work last year at at a Portsmouth, New Hampshire power plant intends to challenge citations and nearly $330,000 in Fed-OSHA fines related to possible mercury exposure. The agency cited the company for eight alleged violations concerning mercury, respirators, protective clothing and sanitary conditions. […]

3 key considerations for improving EMS workplace safety

Beyond existing safety standards, how can emergency medical services agencies, which must address factors ranging from infection control to transportation safety standards to personal protective equipment, ensure the safest possible workplace for their employees? EMS1

Nevada DIR schedules free safety training for entertainment industry employees

Beginning January 1, 2018, specific workers in Nevada’s entertainment industry must complete an OSHA course. The Safety Consultation and Training Section of the Nevada Division of Industrial Relations has scheduled mandatory OSHA 10-Hour and 30-Hour Safety and Health Courses. Northern Nevada Business Weekly