Propane blast injures two near Providence

Two people were injured in an explosion Thursday afternoon near a barge construction site at a North Kingstown, Rhode Island-area shipyard. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Providence Journal

Former NJ Transit official files whistleblower complaint

A former NJ Transit chief compliance officer, who testified to state lawmakers about the agency’s safety and patronage problems, has filed a whistleblower complaint with Fed-OSHA contending he was punished for raising safety concerns. Todd C. Barretta has alleged that a deadly September 2016 train crash in Hoboken that killed a pedestrian and injured 108 […]

Michigan hazardous waste facility seeks approval to treat dioxins

The largest hazardous waste treatment facility, by volume, in the country, US Ecology’s Michigan Disposal Waste Treatment Plant, is seeking permission to expand its operations and approval to take in dioxins. These highly toxic chemical compounds can cause cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, damage to the immune system, and can interfere with hormones, according to […]

Ohio: Grants sought to protect firefighters

Weathersfield Township, Ohio officials are hoping to secure a number of grants for a variety of equipment including a diesel exhaust filtration system that sucks exhaust out of the truck bays. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation created the grant program to reduce dangerous environmental element exposure among firefighters. Existing hoods, worn under helmets and […]

New Mexico: Doña Ana County wins safety award

The New Mexico Association of Counties has informed Doña Ana County that it has won the 2017 NMAC Workers’ Compensation Award for large counties, which will be awarded January 18 at the NMAC Legislative Conference in Santa Fe. The county’s safety officer says workers’ compensation claims have decreased by 29 percent. Las Cruces Sun-News