CSB: Surge of drilling fluid preceded fatal Oklahoma rig explosion

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board concluded last week that more than 100 barrels of drilling fluid poured out of a natural gas well before it ignited and killed five people in January at a rig near Quinton, Oklahoma. It’s a volume of fluid that should have triggered alarms at the drilling site, the […]

Worker dies after falling into oil vat at central Florida energy plant

A 61-year-old man died after he slipped and fell into a vat of oil at an energy facility near Walt Disney World last week. The man was emptying oil and grease from a tractor-trailer at the facility, which converts organic waste into clean energy, when he reportedly became overwhelmed by fumes and slipped further into […]

Pennsylvania logging equipment manufacturer fines

A Mercersburg, Pennsylvania log- and lumber-handling equipment manufacturer has agreed to pay more than $21,000 in Fed-OSHA penalties following a February incident in which a 19-year-old worker was fatally struck in the head by heavy machinery. Chambersburg Public Opinion

Ohio tool servicing plant fined more than $200K

Fed-OSHA has fined a Wooster, Ohio tool and manufacturing servicer more than $213,000 and placed it in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program after an employee experienced a partial finger amputation. Investigators found the company failed to adequately guard pinch points on a conveyor belt, a violation similar to one for which it was cited in […]

Wearable safety device could be ‘game-changer’ for workplaces

An in-development wearable technology product designed for factory workers is aimed at decreasing workplace injuries and death by tracking working conditions: the product is designed to track near-misses, which experts believe can help predict future accidents but are vastly underreported in workplaces. Des Moines Register

Officials identify woman killed in Garner construction accident

The North Carolina Department of Labor has reported that a 48-year-old Wake County construction worker was killed during the first week of August while operating a roller-paver. She reportedly was struck and pushed into an excavation by a scraper/pan operated by another employee. CBS 17 (Raleigh, N.C.) [with video]

Death of Kansas golf course worker under investigation

Fed-OSHA is investigating the death of a 27-year-old assistant superintendent at an Andover, Kansas golf course. While the man and a coworker were in a hole repairing a water line, he reportedly was struck by a brick pillar. Hays Post