Several companies cited in Kentucky towboat explosion

Fed-OSHA has cited five companies in connection with a towboat explosion resulted in the deaths of three people and severe injuries to two others earlier this year in Marshall County, Kentucky. Collectively, the five companies have received 55 violations with proposed penalties of more than $795,000. Fed-OSHA determined that the explosion occurred when employees were […]

NIBCO of Virginia receives VPP Star

The NIBCO of Virginia plant has been recertified as a STAR Worksite VOSH’s Voluntary Protection Program. The site’s three-year average DART rate is 0.7, compared with the 3.1 national rate, which is 78 percent below the national average for the industry. The facility was originally certified in 2014. Augusta Free Press

NIOSH: Central Appalachian miners especially prone to black lung

A new National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health report shows one in 10 underground coal miners who have worked in the mines for at least 25 years were identified as having black lung. While the report did not specify why miners in central Appalachia are more likely to receive a black lung diagnosis, federal […]

Registry act aims to track firefighters’ health

Earlier this month, the federal Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2018, which requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and maintain a registry to collect data regarding the incidence of cancer in firefighters, was signed into law. The law calls for a voluntary collection of data from firefighters around the country. Congress […]

Fed-OSHA fines Alabama box maker $66K

An Opelika, Alabama cardboard box manufacturer faces more than $66,000 in Fed-OSHA fines for allegedly failing to give employees written procedures on how to control the release of hazardous energy, allowing them to operate machinery and forklifts without proper training, and exposing employees to unprotected machinery and amputation hazards. WSFA (Montgomery, Ala.)

Worker fatally pinned at Iowa manufacturing plant

Iowa OSHA is investigating the fatal injury of a 41-year-old man who reportedly was hit by and pinned under a steel beam last Thursday at a plant near Fort Dodge that produces an additive for poultry and swine feed. Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa)