Changes on tap at CSB as chair exists

Vanessa Allen Sutherland formally ended her three-year stint as chair of the U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board. Sutherland took over board leadership in 2015 following a period when CSB was under attack by members of Congress and federal oversight agencies, particularly the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General. Sutherland did not say […]

Victims identified in Lockport work accident

Two employees, one 62-years-old and the other 38-years-old, of an international logistics and transportation company, were killed early Monday morning when several 800-pound slabs of countertop material collapsed inside a truck that they were unloading in the town of Lockport warehouse. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Logistics company is well-known to Fed-OSHA

XPO Logistics, which employed the two men who were crushed by slabs while working on Monday, is well-known to Fed-OSHA, which has investigated it for three workplace accidents in New York State. Last June, a truck driver at the company’s Albany warehouse fractured his pelvis when he was struck by an 800-pound box, according to […]

WVU, NIOSH partner on workplace health and safety

Through a new National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health “Scholar in Residence” program, Douglas Myers, an associate professor in the WVU School of Public Health, will serve as a primary liaison between the school and several local, regional and state partners. Myers’ research takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of workplace safety, occupational […]

Employee drug use and what you should know

Whether and when employers can require drug testing is a loaded question. Experts are placing bets that changes to rules that Fed-OSHA issued in 2016 that were meant to address recordkeeping requirements, but that spilled over into the area of employee drug testing, will include the elimination of post-accident drug testing guidance. National Law Review

Fed-OSHA fines Ohio excavator more than $202K in fatal trench accident

Fed-OSHA has fined a Mason, Ohio excavation company more than $202,000 in response to a trench collapse that killed a 25-year-old man in late December. The man died while working in a 16-foot trench working on a sewer tap-in at a housing project in Morrow, Ohio. Fed-OSHA placed the employer, JK Excavating, in its Severe […]

Florida roofer fined $150K

Fed-OSHA has fined a Florida roofing company nearly $150,000 for violations including fall hazards, the agency in announced Monday. Investigators say the employer neglected to use a guardrail, safety net or personal fall arrest system for roofers who were installing waterproofing material on a roof more than 6 feet off the ground. Palm Beach Post