Worker killed in Morning Call pressroom

A 32-year-old Florida man was killed Tuesday afternoon as workers were dismantling a printing press in The Morning Call building in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The man reportedly was pinned beneath a piece of machinery. Fed-OSHA is expected to investigate. Allentown Morning Call

Employee fatally struck at North Carolina flooring manufacturer

A 68-year-old employee was fatally struck by a front-end loader at a Mount Gilead, North Carolina laminate flooring manufacturing plant while walking in the facility’s wood yard on Friday. The North Carolina Department of Labor reportedly was notified timely. Stanly News & Press (Albemarle, N.C.)

North Carolina employers honored for safety achievements

The North Carolina Department of Labor has honored approximately 20 businesses in three counties for maintaining exemplary safety records. The awards honor outstanding on-the-job safety achievements during 2017. Richmond County Daily Journal (Rockingham, N.C.)

One of four injured in West Virginia tank explosion dies

Fed-OSHA has confirmed that one of the four workers hospitalized after an oil tank exploded last week in West Virginia has died of thermal and inhalation injuries. The 51-year-old oil and gas company employee was removing oil tanks Friday morning when one of the tanks caught fire and exploded, according to the agency. Charleston Gazette-Mail

South Florida contractor cited for repeat violation

A south Florida contractor that was fined for workplace safety violations in the deaths of three workers last year on a road and drainage project in Key Largo has been fined again by Fed-OSHA, this time after a 26-year-old employee suffered fatal injuries at a Naples worksite last November when a steel plate fell on […]

Florida Keys restaurant contests fines related to electrocution

An Islamorada, Florida restaurant is contesting fines of more than $27,000 that Fed-OSHA issued following the electrocution of a 54-year-old restaurant employee last July. The incident occurred as the man stood on a metal-framed ladder, holding a multi-purpose tool while changing a fluorescent light bulb and testing electric wires. Keys West Citizen

Commentary: Drug testing has become perilous for employers

At least 16 states have laws that allow the medicinal use of marijuana by patients if it is prescribed by a physician, but employers in those states do not have to provide any accommodation for medical marijuana users. One of the legal reasons is that the employers could still be held liable for a work-related […]