Chicago explosion under investigation

Dozens of rescuers dug 6 feet down and tunneled through 40 feet of concrete to save a trapped ironworker following a methane-induced explosion at a water reclamation plant on Chicago’s far south side on Thursday morning. Fed-OSHA is investigating the incident, which occurred as the 51-year-old ironworker executed the routine procedure of removing a frozen […]

Fed-OSHA fines four northwest Ohio firms $240K

Four Ohio companies have been fined a combined more than $240,000 for alleged violations. The largest fine, more than $92,000 was handed down to a roofing firm for violations related to scaffolding or roofs lacking adequate equipment or prevention programs to avoid fall hazards at heights of 17 feet above ground. Toledo Blade

NIOSH: Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis deaths on the decline

From 1999 to 2016, coal workers’ pneumoconiosis years of potential life lost compared with life expectancy increased from 8.1 to 12.6 years, according to a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study. The NIOSH researchers suggested that decreases in CWP death rates and CWP years of potential life lost relative to life expectancy may […]

Fed-OSHA investigating electrocution of West Virginia contractor

A 30-year-old man was fatally electrocuted Thursday at a Kincheloe, West Virginia worksite while working on a generator that runs a water pump to a well pad more than two miles from the incident. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Exponent Telegram

Shoring falls on Connecticut construction worker

A worker was injured Thursday when structural shoring fell on him while he was standing below it in an elevated confined space area of a Stamford, Connecticut building construction site. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Houston Chronicle

Fed-OSHA reaches settlement in fatal tire-shredding accident

After initially levying more than $204,000 in penalties, Fed-OSHA has informally settled with an employer for $100,000 for 19 cited violations in connection with the January death of a 26-year-old man in a tire-shredding accident in Sheldon, Texas. KTRE (Pollok, Texas)