Owners of railcar cleaning company indicted in fatal Omaha explosion

The co-owners of an Omaha railcar cleaning company have been charged with falsifying a variety of documents prior to an explosion that killed two workers and injured a third in April 2015. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the fake documents were created to falsely portray that the company was following worker safety law requirements. […]

Stunt coordinator seriously injured on Atlanta set

A stunt coordinator who sued CBS a year ago after he was injured in a vehicular accident on the set of “Hawaii Five-O,” was seriously injured again last week during a stunt in which he was transferring from one vehicle to another on the set of “MacGyver” in Atlanta. WSB (Atlanta)

Portland air quality: What you need to know about masks

Portland is gearing up with surgical masks, bandanas and industrial filters to cope with the wildfire smoke afflicting the city, but health authorities advise staying indoors as much as possible. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality rated air in much of the Portland area as “Unhealthy” last week, but conditions were improving through the week. […]

Ohio foundry explosion injures five

Five people were recovering last week after an industrial accident at a Delaware, Ohio foundry that occurred when molten iron exploded. Fed-OSHA is expected to investigate. Fox28 (Columbus, Ohio)

Fed-OSHA issues maximum fine for death at Ohio steel plant

Fed-OSHA has fined National Material Company LLC more than $129,000, which includes a citation for a willful violation, in connection with a fatal accident at a steel supply plant in Mansfield, Ohio. The investigators determined that six steel coils struck the employee after they tipped while being moved. Three other instances of coils tipping over […]

Driver struck by truck at western Pennsylvania landfill

A 59-year-old man was seriously injured Tuesday when he was struck by a vehicle at a landfill southeast of Pittsburgh, as he unloaded his garbage truck. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

‘Why no one at GM is allowed to walk around on their smartphones’

In the era of smartphone addiction, people are thinking more proactively about how to untether themselves from their screens. General Motors employees are not allowed to walk around on their phones, a rule that extends to the office. For GM, the smartphone concern is less about productivity and more about distraction. FastCompany