Fed-OSHA opens investigation into scaffolding collapse at Illinois building

Fed-OSHA is investigating the collapse of scaffolding at the Amerock building in Rockford, Illinois during a period of high winds on March 5. Four people reportedly were on the scaffolding when it began to detach from the downtown building; all made it off safely. WIFR [with video]

North Carolina mason who fell to death identified

A 32-year-old masonry worker who fell at least five stories from tower scaffolding to his death while installing brick veneer at a Wilmington, North Carolina construction site has been identified. WWAY (Wilmington, N.C.)

Farmers still suffer hearing loss

Cheryl Skjolaas, agricultural safety and health specialist at the University of Wisconsin Center for Ag Safety and Health, says there is a considerable diversity in noise exposure by farm type. Farming and fishery has the second highest prevalence of hearing loss history behind construction, with 22 percent of farmers reporting hearing problems. Jamestown Sun

Company involved in constructing FIU pedestrian bridge previously fined by Fed-OSHA

In the last five years, Fed-OSHA has fined Munilla Construction Management, which reportedly was involved with the construction of an innovative pedestrian bridge that collapsed last week, more than $50,000 for violations, many of them serious. The Tallahassee company that designed the bridge, FIGG Bridge Group, also reportedly has a history of Fed-OSHA violations. Local […]

Fed-OSHA fines egg processor more than $188K following fatality at Nebraska plant

Fed-OSHA has fined a northeastern Nebraska egg processing plant where a worker was killed last year more than $188,000. The agency determined that the Minnesota-based company failed to properly brace a dock leveler as it was undergoing maintenance at the Wakefield, Nebraska plant, causing it to fall on the employee who was helping with the […]