CDC identifies cluster of dentist’s deaths

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that a cluster of cases of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a chronic, progressive lung disease, occurred among dentists and other dental workers treated at one Virginia care center. All the cluster patients were men, with an average age of 64. Occupational exposure is possible, according to […]

Seven dust explosions reported in U.S. in 2017

According to an annual report issued by Purdue University researchers, there were seven reported grain dust explosions at U.S. food and agricultural facilities last year, two more than in 2016. The incidents resulted in five fatalities and 12 injuries, which is below the 10-year average. Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Oregon and Minnesota each reported one explosion […]

Fed-OSHA renews alliance with Massachusetts entities

Fed-OSHA has signed a safety alliance with the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety and the Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts. The participants will focus on preventing exposures to scaffolding, lead and silica hazards, and increasing awareness of fall protection and electrical safety. Construction & Demolition Recycling

New MSHA secretary discusses his vision for the agency

At a recent industry event, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health David Zatezalo has begun to publicly outline his vision for the Mine Safety and Health Administration. He noted the “slight uptick” in the budget allocated to the agency, and urged mine operators to focus on improvement in powered haulage safety. National […]

Michigan tannery workers drank water mixed with waterproofer in 1999

A Grand Rapids new station reports that, almost 20 years ago, employees at a local leather tannery drank highly contaminated water on the job. The water reportedly was being mixed directly with Scotchgard, which the employee used to waterproof shoeleather. However, it’s possible no one made a complaint about the contamination, according to a 34-year […]

TOSHA fines chemical company again

Tennessee TOSHA has issued citations to Wacker Chemie related to an explosion last September at the company’s Charleston plant that resulted in the hospitalizations of at least 13 people. The agency cited seven violations, five classified as serious, related to venting, use of maintenance materials, inspecting energy control, lockout devices, and training employees. The chemical […]

Pennsylvania framing contractor fined $213K

Fed-OSHA has fined a Bensalem, Pennsylvania carpentry framing company more than $213,000 after inspectors visited a worksite in August that they say was not being regularly inspected and had no available fire extinguishers despite the use of a gas-powered generator, among other hazards. Bucks County Courier Times