Coffee-roasters found to have high levels of dangerous airborne chemicals

Preliminary findings of a two-year study by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers indicate widespread problems that jeopardize employee health across the estimated $74 billion coffee-roasting industry. In several of the facilities, workers were exposed to more than four or five times the recommended level of diacetyl. The CDC found dozens of workers […]

Employee killed at northern Minnesota paper mill

The death on Tuesday of a worker at a Cloquet, Minnesota paper and pulp mill is under investigation. The mill reportedly last had a fatality in 2003, when a 47-year-old died while doing maintenance work on electrical equipment in the finishing department. Bemidji Pioneer

Rhode Island company fined after chemical fire

Fed-OSHA has fined a Rhode Island employer following a late January chemical fire that resulted in several firefighters requiring hospitalization. The Cranston business agreed last week to pay $6,500 for failing to properly label chemical containers or keep a complete inventory of chemicals, and for failing to train employees to respond to an emergency. WPRI […]

Employee injured last week at Milwaukee-area plant dies

The 60-year-old employee who was struck by a heavy steel plate May 10 at a South Milwaukee, Wisconsin Caterpillar plant succumbed to his traumatic crushing injuries on Monday. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Michigan auto parts plant had history of violations before explosion

A Michigan automotive parts factory where an explosion injured two workers in early May reportedly has a history of recent safety violations. According to Michigan OSHA, the violations included separate incidents in which employees suffered burns. The plant has been cited for seven safety violations, three classified as serious, since early 2014. HazardEx