Black Lung study finds biggest cluster ever

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health epidemiologists have confirmed that they’ve identified the largest cluster of advanced black lung disease ever reported: 416 cases of Progressive Massive Fibrosis at three southwestern Virginia clinics, from 2013 to 2017. NPR reportedly first uncovered the cluster 14 months ago. PMF, or complicated black lung, encompasses the worst […]

Audits highlight gaps in addressing employee safety concerns at TVA

Two new audits have concluded that the Tennessee Valley Authority is not complying with orders to address employee safety concerns at nuclear plants. Although neither audit identifies any safety issues that put workers at risk, they state that the TVA needs more formal processes to address some of the corrective actions that the Nuclear Regulatory […]

Colorado mental health facility cited for workplace violence hazards

Fed-OSHA has cited a Rocky Ford, Colorado provider of long-term care and mental health services for failing to protect employees from workplace violence. The facility faces fines of more than $9,000 and one citation classified as serious. The agency says it identified five documented incidents of workplace violence in 2017 that resulted in employee injuries, […]

Here’s how your job might be making you fat

Americans are getting fatter, and a new study puts some of the blame on exercise. While people in the United States have gotten roughly the same amount of exercise in their free time over the past 50 years, the amount of physical activity they do during their jobs has decreased significantly. This loss of on-the-job […]

Fed-OSHA investigates North Dakota oilfield fatality

A 23-year-old Illinois man died Thursday after being struck by a falling traveling block on a workover rig near Williston, North Dakota, according to Fed-OSHA, which is investigating. Bismarck Tribune

Two killed in crane accident in Pennsylvania identified

The two men, one of whom was 49 years old and the other 66, who were killed in an accident at a Pennsylvania crane manufacturer last week have been identified. Wisconsin-based Manitowoc’s Antrim Township, Pennsylvania plant manufactures mobile cranes. Lancaster Online

Nearly half of all construction worker deaths are fall-related: NIOSH

According to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health data, 42 percent of construction worker deaths involve falls. The NIOSHA study aligns with prior Fed-OSHA conclusions that falls are the leading cause of accidental death among construction workers. In September, Fed-OSHA announced that falls once again ranked first on the agency’s annual most-cited violations list. […]