Dumpster accident kills one at North Carolina soup plant

North Carolina safety officials are investigating a fatal accident that happened Sunday at a soup factory in Maxton. The incident occurred as a 59-year-old man was attempting to dump a smaller dumpster into a larger dumpster at a loading dock, and the smaller dumpster jumped off the track of the forklift and fell, pinning him. […]

Tennessee lineman electrocuted

A 58-year-old electrical lineman was killed last Tuesday in Coffee County, Tennessee after his bucket truck caught fire. According to his employer, he had been repairing a light when a fire ignited on his truck’s boom, he removed his safety harness and jumped at least 12 feet. WKRN (Nashville, Tenn.)

Minor hearing loss can mean major dementia risk later

Even a small amount of hearing loss taxes your brain and it could open the door for dementia later in life. People with hearing loss may put so much effort into listening that they start to drain their cognitive resources that could be otherwise used for memory and attention, says Yune S. Lee, PhD, an […]

Florida shipbuilder fined after employee’s drowning

Fed-OSHA has fined a shipbuilding and repair company more than $271,000 after an employer drowned at the company’s facility in Jacksonville, Florida in January, when a pressured air manifold struck him and knocked him into a river. WOKV (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Wisconsin gas leak explosion kills first responder

A gas leak and explosion a week ago in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin that reportedly occurred when a third-party contractor hit a gas line killed a 15-year-veteran firefighter. Fed-OSHA is investigating the incident. Five firefighters, one police officer and five civilians were transported to a hospital with injuries. Cap Times

Ohio bearings manufacturer fined more than $108K

Fed-OSHA earlier this year fined a Holland, Ohio company that makes bronze bearings and other metal products more than $108,000 for multiple alleged violations relating to proper functioning of controls on a melting furnace, damaged gas-line couplings, the presence of hazards on walkways used by employees, and other hazards. The agency has since proposed to […]

Fed-OSHA video emphasizes importance of silica dust safety standards

To help prevent silicosis and other health hazards associated with silica dust inhalation, Fed-OSHA has issued a video on the importance of adhering to silica dust standards when dry grinding, cutting and polishing material. It’s available here. Construction & Demolition Recycling