North Carolina chemical plant employee fatally falls into tank

A 44-year-old man died early Saturday morning after falling into a tank at a Salisbury, North Carolina chemical plant. His family says they were told that he was on a ladder cleaning equipment when he fell, but a company spokeswoman said that the accident happened when he fell into the tank during a loading operation. […]

30 years later, remembering Las Vegas-area plant disaster

Thirty years ago last Friday, the Las Vegas area experienced the the worst non-nuclear disaster in American history when a welder’s torch ignited rocket fuel at the Pacific Engineering and Production Company of Nevada, known as PEPCON. The explosion caused more than $155 million in today’s currency in property damage to schools, homes, and businesses […]

Fed-OSHA seeks comments on rail, trucking whistleblower laws

Fed-OSHA is asking stakeholders in the railroad and trucking industries for comments and suggestions on how the agency can better deliver whistleblower customer service and explain the whistleblower laws it enforces. The agency has scheduled a meeting in Washington, D.C. on June 12 to discuss the issue. Individuals interested in participating or attending in person […]

General industry silica dust compliance starts in June

Fed-OSHA will begin enforcing new silica dust standards for general industry and maritime starting on June 23. The new rules are designed to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in workers by limiting workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Rental Pulse

Partnership brings low-cost safety training to Rio Grande Valley

More than 400 people from Rio Grande Valley-area municipalities and construction companies recently took advantage of a weeklong, low-cost safety and infrastructure summit organized by the Infrastructure Training and Safety Institute, a division of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. Valley Morning Star (Harlingen, Texas)

Fed-OSHA issues final rule on beryllium exposure

Fed-OSHA has clarified a regulation that limited workers’ exposure to beryllium. The new direct final rule, published Friday, clarifies what constitutes a beryllium work area, the definition of emergency, and the meaning of the terms dermal contact and beryllium contamination. Law360 [may require registration]