Pittsburgh Glass Works launches website on underground fire

Pittsburgh Glass Works has launched a community website to keep employees and the public informed regarding an underground fire burning beneath its East Deer, Pennsylvania plant that is scheduled to close in June. Carbon monoxide and other combustion by-products including hydrogen sulfide and flammable gas have been detected, and Fed-OSHA has visited the twice in […]

Fed-OSHA fines construction firm $250K in connection with fatality

Fed-OSHA has fined a regional transportation contractor $250,000 in connection with a July 2015 trench collapse that killed a worker on a bridge rehabilitation project in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. The worker had been removing loose dirt from the trench when the earthen wall collapsed, pinning him against an abutment and killing him instantly. PennLive

NIOSH to investigate deaths of two Pennsylvania firefighters

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health plans to investigate the deaths of two York, Pennsylvania firefighters in the line of duty last month. The two were killed in a collapse at a former factory the day after a three-alarm fire. WGAL (Lancaster, Pa.) [with video]

NIOSH says it was not consulted about limiting Kentucky black lung claims reviews

An analysis of state data has found that state black lung claims in Kentucky have risen about 40 percent since 2014, but the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that it was not consulted by Kentucky lawmakers about a new law that mostly limits diagnoses to pulmonologists working for coal companies. WAMU (Washington, […]

Army health clinic earns Star designation

The Army Safety and Health Management System recently recognized Kentucky’s Ireland Army Health Clin­ic at Fort Knox as an Army Safety and Occupational Health Star site. The recognition certifies the clinic successfully has completed a three-year process toward excellence in safety and health. News-Enterprise (Elizabethtown, Ky.)

Worker fatally pinned at New York landscaping business

A 61-year-old man died over the weekend from severe head trauma after being pinned between two pieces of equipment he was working on at a landscaping and excavating business in Colonie, New York. Fed-OSHA reportedly has been notified. Saratogian

Iowa company fined $12K in death of employee

Iowa OSHA has fined an Ames-area employer $12,000 in connection with the death of a 45-year-old man at the company’s plant in January. The accident occurred when a safety hood on a test stand fell and hit him. KCCI (Des Moines) [with video]