Michigan: Lack of transparency a problem with workplace deaths, families say

Joshua Fejedelem says he still doesn’t know specific details of how his father died in a workplace accident six months ago at a tow-truck company in Lansing, Michigan. Copies of the full investigative reports into Michigan workplace deaths are not readily available for family members of those killed. mLive

CSB releases findings on fatal 2017 Louisiana tank explosion

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has completed its investigation into the 2017 tank explosion at Packaging Corporation of America’s DeRidder, Louisiana facility, the agency announced on Tuesday. The accident occurred as workers were welding atop a foul condensate vessel. The board found that in the months leading up to the incident, confusion as to who […]

Q&A: Workplace safeguards for welder

Some of the chemicals used in different types of welding cause irritation in the lungs and can predispose a person to respiratory infections. And the ultraviolet light produced during welding can damage skin and eyes. Adequate ventilation probably is the most important part of a welder’s safety practices, from the standpoint of chemical exposure. St. […]

Fed-OSHA fines plastics manufacturer $261K

Fed-OSHA has fined Wilbert Plastic Services $261,000 for alleged violations at its Bellevue, Ohio injection molding plant. The agency cited repeat violations including not protecting employees from falls or electrical hazards as they worked on machinery. Plastics News

Farm supply chain fined for forklift violations

Fed-OSHA has fined Rural King Supply Inc. $258,672 following complaints that employees at a Xenia, Ohio store were allowed to operate a damaged forklift after employees had reported it to have faulty brakes. Dayton Daily News

Lawsuit claims noise at New Mexico capitol causes hearing loss

A woman has alleged in a lawsuit that a contractor was cutting or drilling through a metal desktop in the New Mexico state capitol lobby when she visited two years ago, and that the noise caused severe pain and hearing loss that has impaired her volunteer work at a wildlife refuge. Albuquerque Journal