Dryer fire at Minnesota sugar plant causes $200K in damages

A sugar processing facility in East Grand Forks, Minnesota reportedly sustained $200,000 in damages following a pulp dryer fire on Tuesday afternoon. In 2013, Minnesota OSHA found 30 violations plant after three workers were burned in a series of incidents that year. Powder & Bulk Solids

New Tuscon Police grant opens up resources for work zone safety

The Tucson, Arizona Police Department is making use of a $95,000 grant from Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in order to try to prevent accidents in construction work zones. The money is specific to overtime for the officers. KGUN (Tucson, Ariz.) [with video]

Colorado Springs concrete company fined following trench collapse

A Colorado Springs construction company faces more than $90,000 in Fed-OSHA fines in connection with a trench collapse last December that injured one worker. The agency cited the company for not moving employees from a hazardous work area and failing to install cave-in protection. KRDO (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Pennsylvania bridge rehab firm charged with willful violation

A Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-area bridge rehabilitation company, which contracted with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to rehabilitate a bridge in Columbia County, has been cited by Fed-OSHA in connection with a fatal trench collapse that occurred in July 2015. While the employee was working, one of the trench’s vertical dirt walls collapsed, burying the employee up […]

Massachusetts gov signs bill covering public workers

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed into law a bill that provides Fed-OSHA level protections for public employees. The new law will apply enhanced safety standards for 428,510 public sector workers, according to MassCOSH, a union-backed worker safety advocacy group. Worcester Business Journal

New beryllium standard enforced starting May 11

Fed-OSHA has announced that it intends to start enforcement of the final rule on occupational exposure to beryllium in general, construction, and shipyard industries on May 11. The start of enforcement had previously been set for March 12. Industrial Distribution