Texas: Ammonia plant plans spark environmental, health concerns

A proposed $800 million anhydrous ammonia plant in Texas City, Texas has drawn widespread objections including navigational, environmental and public health concerns, and from residents leery of yet another potentially hazardous facility. A catastrophic event at the future Gulf Coast Ammonia facility or dock could put thousands of people at risk. Houston Chronicle

Air quality report notes another danger in Baton Rouge/New Orleans corridor

Researchers are again finding that communities along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans are at a greater risk for exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. The most recent National Air Toxics Assessment conducted by the EPA notes dangers from ethylene oxide. In Louisiana’s St. Charles Parish, residents in one census tract face the highest […]

Window washer falls from building in downtown Portland

A window-washer who fell eight stories at a downtown Portland, Oregon building on Wednesday survived the fall but landed on his feet, crushing his ankles. The incident is under investigation. KPTV (Portland)

Funeral home cited for storing apple sauce in embalming room

The operator of a Minnesota funeral home has been fined by state health officials for allegedly storing applesauce containers in an embalming room for his brother, the owner of an orchard. State law prohibits using embalming rooms for purpose other than embalming, including storing food. The home also reportedly violated rules regarding blood-borne pathogens. Belle […]

Iowa worker fatally pinned by truck boom

A worker who was part of a crew pouring concrete died last week after being pinned by a truck boom east of Fort Dodge, Iowa on Friday evening. Friday’s incident was apparently the second fatal construction accident in Webster County this year. The Messenger (Fort Dodge, Iowa)

Understanding hearing health in the workplace

It has been estimated that happy employees are about 20 percent more productive than employees who are unhappy. Unfortunately, untreated hearing loss could impede a person’s ability to positively interact with others at work. On top of impacted productivity from workers, companies have even more to lose when hearing loss goes unchecked. Forbes

Staten Island gets new, veteran-owned construction safety training center

The United Safety Academy has opened a new training center in Great Kills, on New York City’s Staten Island. The academy offers virtual reality training with International Accredited Continuing Education and Training (IACET) credits. The veteran-owned business also offers military and veteran discounts. SIlive