Fed-OSHA cites contractors in Florida bridge collapse

Fed-OSHA has cited and fined contractors who designed and built the Florida International University bridge that collapsed March 15, killing five motorists below and a worker, while it was still under construction. The bridge’s design suffered from a calculation error that may have weakened it at a key connection point where the cracks developed, according […]

Nashville construction workers push for more safety

In 2016 and 2017, 16 workers were killed on construction sites in booming Nashville, the most dangerous southern city for construction workers, according to a report released last year. Workplace safety advocates say there is widespread abuse of workers in a sector where many know that they can be easily replaced by illegal workers. Guardian

National Farm Safety Week can have year-round benefits

National Farm Safety Week, which runs until September 22, is an opportunity for farmers to re-focus on farm safety heading into the busy harvest months. It’s coordinated by the U.S. Agricultural Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, to highlight agricultural health and safety and create opportunities to start or continue […]

Peanut processor fined $309K, placed in SVEP

Fed-OSHA has cited a Leesburg, Georgia peanut processing facility after conducting a follow-up inspection as part of a formal settlement. The employer faces $309,505 in proposed penalties. Citations include failing to develop and implement procedures for confined space entry; train employees on confined space hazards; reduce compressed air to the required level; and meet recordkeeping […]

Lawsuit alleges asbestos exposures at Portland apartment building site

Former employees of a property management company have filed a $40 million lawsuit alleging managers of a Portland, Oregon apartment complex, where workers were remodeling five vacant apartment units, exposed employees to asbestos even though construction crews had warned that the cancer-causing fibers were present. According to the lawsuit, three workers were removed from the […]

OR-OSHA hosts cannabis safety forum

Oregon OSHA is hosting a forum in Bend this week, designed to help marijuana-related businesses keep employees safe. Oregon’s Department of Agriculture will be there as well. The emerging industry faces unique safety challenges, including repetitive motion and explosion hazards. KBND (Bend, Ore.)

Staying safe from toxins in the workplace

According to Fed-OSHA, poor indoor air quality has been tied to headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. What if your physical workspace is working against your employees’ health? Corporate Wellness Magazine