Balloon explosion caused $475K in damage at Spaceport Tucson

The explosion of a stratospheric balloon during ground testing at Spaceport Tucson last December caused more than $475,000 in damages to the company’s county-owned building, more than double the initial estimates, according to a new report. An independent investigation found that the explosion was caused by static electricity. Fed-OSHA reportedly conducted an inspection of the […]

Massage takes toll on therapists

According to the American Massage Therapy Association, there were between 335,000 and 385,000 massage therapists and massage school students in the nation in 2017. The job’s high demand on hands and wrists puts practitioners at risk of developing injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Deep tissue work and other massage techniques also can lead to […]

Construction worker dies at Illinois prison

Fed-OSHA is investigating a construction accident at a Chester, Illinois-area correctional facility that resulted in the death of a 55-year-old contractor on Thursday. The exact circumstances surrounding the accident were not disclosed. Belleville News-Democrat

Fed-OSHA issues citations in New Hampshire power plant fatality

Fed-OSHA found 25 safety violations and has handed down more than $125,000 in fines to a New Hampshire biomass plant after a 23-year old employee was fatally pulled into a conveyor last November. The agency found the conveyor and other machinery lacked required safety guarding and employees were not trained in lockout/tagout procedures to prevent […]

Federal board to aid nuclear workers revived

The Labor Department last week appointed 12 members to the Advisory Board on Toxic Substance and Worker Health, a group that helps nuclear workers access medical benefits and compensation. As of July 29, more than 10,300 cases have been filed on behalf of sick workers exposed to toxic substances in New Mexico, nearly half of […]