Explosion kills Massachusetts vacuum systems plant employee

An employee of an Ayer, Massachusetts vacuum systems plant died Friday of injuries caused by an explosion. Authorities say the explosion, which also reportedly resulted in the hospitalization of another employee, may have been caused by a pressure vessel malfunction. MassLive

Employee killed, two others injured in explosion at Utah automobile safety plant

A 64-year-old technician was killed and two other employees were injured in an explosion early Monday at a northern Utah manufacturer of propellants for air bag inflators. Fed-OSHA is investigating. The facility, in the town of Corinne, is site of a 2015 explosion that injured an employee and a 2013 flash fire that left another […]

Fed-OSHA campaign addresses construction hazards

Fed-OSHA has launched an awareness campaign about four top safety hazards in construction: electrical, struck-by, fall and caught-in-between hazards. The campaign will run March through June and be directed toward employers and employees in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and District of Columbia. Representatives with the agency will participate in monthly “toolbox talk” discussions […]

Experts warn of growing hazards to tree-care workers

About 80 tree care workers die and at least 23,000 chainsaw-related injuries are treated in U.S. emergency rooms every year. Fed-OSHA has no specific safety and health standards for tree care workers; employers instead must follow general standards outlined by a network of national, regional and state groups. And the danger to these workers could […]

What Ohio employers need to know about medical marijuana

Some Ohio business owners might be nervous at the prospect of employees soon having greater access to marijuana, which the state legalized for medical purposes in 2016. However, the law was written in a pro-employer manner, writes Douglas M. Oldham, a staff attorney in the Chicago and Columbus offices of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. National […]