Fire still burning under Pittsburgh glass plant

Fed-OSHA is one of the agencies investigating a fire under the Pittsburgh Glass Works Creighton plant, which is slated to be closed sometime this year. The fire, which has been burning for at least two months, has released carbon monoxide and other chemicals into the facility. A union says there is no immediate danger to […]

New fact sheet addresses silica rule for general industry and maritime

Fed-OSHA has published a fact sheet intended to help employers comply with the agency’s standard on worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica for general industry and maritime. The final rule lowers the permissible exposure limit for respirable crystalline silica for all industries to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air averaged during an 8-hour shift. […]

Jacksonville responders discuss high-angle rescue

Firemen last week rescued two contractors in downtown Jacksonville, Florida after their platform partially slid down the side of the 18-story skyscraper they’d been working on. Witnesses say they heard a noise and looked up to see the platform hanging at a dizzying angle and a worker dangling from his safety harness. Florida Times-Union [with […]

Washington employer has 2.3 million safe hours and counting

NV5/Dade Moeller employees have worked 2.3 million hours without a Fed-OSHA recordable injury. The safety streak includes work at high-hazard Hanford worksites, where waste storage tanks were emptied of radioactive and hazardous chemical waste. Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Wash.)

Is your workplace prepared for a tornado?

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, tornadoes have resulted in an annual average of 70 fatalities from 1987 to 2016 and have occurred in all 50 states. How can employers ensure that their employees are prepared for a tornado? Safety+Health