More businesses learning how to respond to active shooter situations

No employer wants acknowledge that a mass shooting could happen in their workplace, but with the alarming rate of mass shootings in recent years, safety trainings for active shooter situations are becoming more common than ever, especially at schools and health care facilities. Sage Rehabilitation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is one of a growing number […]

Savannah Morning News editorial: Stronger federal action still needed on combustible dust

On the 10-year-anniversary of the Imperial Sugar refinery disaster, which claimed the lives of 14 people and injured nearly 40 others when the Georgia plant exploded, the Savannah Morning News calls on Fed-OSHA to enact a standard on combustible dust. The editorial notes that four more combustible dust explosions have claimed lives in the interim. […]

Fed-OSHA fines Mississippi employer after father, son deaths

Fed-OSHA has issued multiple citations to the Richland, Mississippi employer of a 45-year-old man and his 20-year-old son who were killed in a 2017 lift station accident. The agency’s report says the younger man was overcome by hydrogen sulfide gas and became unconscious. As his father tried to get him out of the station, which […]

Fed-OSHA cites concrete manufacturer in crush death

Fed-OSHA has fined a Canadian concrete manufacturer nearly $26,000 for two cited violations following a fatal incident last year in which a 20-ton slab of concrete fell from a pipe brace and landed on a contractor, killing him instantly, on an Austin, Texas construction site. Austin Chronicle

Central New York paper mill settles fines for $175K

A Carthage, New York paper milling company has agreed to pay $175,000 in Fed-OSHA fines related to 62 cited violations that the agency found last year following a complaint inspection. Carthage Specialty Paperboard Inc., which originally was fined more than $357,000, has agreed in the settlement to enhance efforts to prevent hazards associated with machine […]

South Carolina OSHA investigating Lincolnville FD

South Carolina OSHA is pursuing a complaint investigation against the Lincolnville fire department for alleged health and safety violations. The town’s mayor says he has no idea what the investigators are specifically looking for, but that the complaint may have been made by a disgruntled firefighter. live5news (Charleston, S.C.) [with video]

Fed-OSHA fines contractor $14K after struck-by fatality

Fed-OSHA has fined a structural steel and precast concrete contractor more than $14,000 following the November death of a 25-year-old man who was struck by an I-beam that he had been painting at a worksite in San Augustine County, Texas. The agency identified three alleged serious violations. KTRE (Pollok, Texas)

North Carolina ag company earns state award for farmworker housing

Wilson County, North Carolina’s Scott Farms International has received an award from the N.C. Department of Labor for improving onsite housing for migrant farmworkers. Awards are given to members of the agricultural community who voluntarily elect to provide housing that exceeds state standards for their migrant workers, according to the agency. The Wilson Times