Contractor fined $50K In gas explosion near Twin Cities

A contractor that was working at a Minneapolis-area academy last August when a gas explosion destroyed the building, killing two people, faces $50,000 in fines related to training and use of lockout devices. CBS Minnesota [with video]

Waste company fined $4,500 following death of Iowa employee

A Bettendorf, Iowa company solid waste and recycling company faces a fine of $4,500 related to the work-related death of a 40-year-old employee in December. The man reportedly was servicing the hydraulic system of a front-loader collection truck when the dumpster lift arms began to move and pinned his body against the truck cab. The […]

Colorado worker drowned in a few inches of water

A 35-year-old Greeley, Colorado man who died in December while cleaning a train tanker car drowned in a few inches of water at the bottom of the car, according to an autopsy report. Authorities originally suspected that the accident involved hazardous materials. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Greeley Tribune

Budget puts Harwood grants on the block

The Chemical Safety Board and Fed-OSHA’s Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, are slated for elimination in President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal. Overall, the administration is seeking $10.9 billion in discretionary funding for Labor Department, which currently is operating on a $12 billion budget. Safety+Health

Courthouse employees sue South Carolina county over mold issue

Five employees at the Spartanburg County, South Carolina Courthouse are suing the county and 10 unnamed defendants, claiming their illnesses are symptomatic of exposure to toxic mold within the facility. County officials allegedly negligently discouraged them from wearing appropriate masks while working. WYFF (Greenville, S.C.) [with video]