NIOSH studying diacetyl risks to coffee roasters

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is evaluating coffee roasteries around the country for elevated levels of diacetyl, a compound that can be released from unflavored coffee beans, especially when they are roasted and ground. The chemical has been linked to breathing problems. The results from […]

USDA denies big poultry’s request to speed up slaughter line

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has denied a petition by the National Chicken Council to remove the line speed limit on work at some slaughterhouses. Last fall, the council petitioned the USDA to allow plants that operate under the New Poultry Inspection System a waiver that would remove the current limit of 175 birds per […]

Report: New York construction deaths reached 14-year peak in 2016

According to a union-backed study released this week, construction deaths in New York state hit a 14-year high in 2016. According to the report, New York is one of the top 10 states with respect to rate of construction fatalities. Falls remain the leading cause of such deaths. News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

Auto parts manufacturer fined $129K following fingertip amputation

Fed-OSHA has fined German auto parts manufacturer HP Pelzer more than $129,000 for hazards cited at its Thomson, Georgia plant following an amputation accident last year. An employee’s fingertip was severed in August while the employee was removing a gear box motor from an energized scissor lift. The plant produces molded-resin cotton fiber acoustical insulation […]

Fed-OSHA investigating fatal fall at Nebraska worksite

Fed-OSHA is investigating the fatal fall of a Hastings, Nebraska construction worker. The 39-year-old man reportedly fell about 80 feet at a fertilizer plant construction site last week. U.S. News & World Report