Fed-OSHA investigating Missouri duck boat tragedy

According to Fed-OSHA, the company that operated the duck boat that capsized during stormy conditions last week near Branson, Missouri, killing 17 people, has no past history of safety violations. KSHB (Kansas City, Mo.)

Pennsylvania construction worker electrocuted when lift contacts power line

A 43-year-old employee of a roofing contractor was killed last week when the lift he was operating touched a high-tension power line Friday morning in Wright Twp., Pennsylvania. The lift reportedly caught fire and the man was electrocuted and fell to the ground, according to police. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)

Texas store without AC for three weeks

Customers at a San Antonio, Texas-area local Dollar Tree say employees have been working with no air condition for at least three weeks. WOAI (San Antonio) [with video]

TOSHA fines Smoky Mountain Opry fined $22K after fatal carbon dioxide poisoning

Tennessee OSHA has fined the Smoky Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge $22,300 after a carbon dioxide leak in March killed the main operator of the valve, which was used for special effects. Several other people were hospitalized as a result of the valve being left open. TOSHA investigation found that the Opry exposed employees to […]

NIOSHA: Central Appalachia’s black lung rates highest in 25 years

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health researchers have found that the recent surge in cases of black lung disease is especially concentrated among coal miners in central Appalachia; specifically, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia. The disease is caused by exposure to coal dust, the mining industry is required under federal law to control. WFPL […]

Wisconsin contractor cited again for fall hazards

A Green Bay, Wisconsin-area contractor has been fined more than $48,000 by Fed-OSHA. It is reportedly the sixth time in five years the company has been cited for exposing employees to fall hazards. WBAY (Green Bay, Wisc.)

Fed-OSHA won’t investigate deadly Iowa elevator explosion

The May explosion of a grain elevator near Sioux City, Iowa will not be investigated by Fed-OSHA. The agency has dropped its investigation after learning the privately-owned elevator had too few employees to fall within its jurisdiction. Federal law exempts family farm-owned facilities with fewer than 11 non-family employees from Fed-OSHA’s purview. Sioux City Journal