Florida: Drowning victim was not wearing life vest

A 51-year-old construction worker on a bridge-widening project drowned in the St. Johns River near Jacksonville, Florida after he fell off a barge last week. He was not wearing a life jacket, according to law enforcement. Fed-OSHA is investigating. News4Jax (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Attack on nurse at Seattle hospital is latest in series of assaults on staff

Last week’s unprovoked assault by a patient at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital is the latest in a series of attacks on health care workers at Western State Hospital. The 29-year-old patient reportedly attacked a 63-year-old nurse, choked her and bit part of her ear off. The hospital has been plagued by problems for years […]

Indiana Deputy Labor Commissioner to provide OSHA updates

Indiana Deputy Commissioner of Labor Tim Maley will address northwest Indiana business leaders on the subject of workplace safety, including silica exposure regulations and other rules designed to protect worker health and safety, at 3 p.m. October 24 at the Innsbrook Country Club. The Times (Munster, Ind.)

Ohio-based foam fabricator fined more than $213K

Fed-OSHA has fined an Ohio-based foam fabricator and molder more than $213,000 for citations including machine guarding hazards, after an employee was hospitalized due to a crushed arm. The company, which was cited last year for similar violations at a Wisconsin facility, was placed in the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program due to the repeated […]

Missouri sawmill fined $200K in fatal grinder accident

Fed-OSHA has fined a St. Joseph, Missouri manufacturer of lumber products for gunstocks and furniture nearly $200,000 after a 38-year-old employee fell into the chute of a grinder and was killed on March 12. The penalties, finalized last month, include $112,000 from the fatal accident review and $86,000 for a subsequent inspection that found various […]

Massachusetts public works employee injured in water main break

A 60-year-old employee of the Plymouth, Massachusetts water department was knocked unconscious Wednesday night when he was struck in the head by the bucket of a backhoe while trying to fix a water main break. Fed-OSHA is investigating. WickedLocal Plymouth

Skydiving instructor’s death under investigation

Fed-OSHA is one of the agencies investigating after a 41-year-old Maine skydiving instructor fell a mile to his death during a tandem jump September 27. He apparently became separated from the student with whom he was jumping after the parachute was deployed. Portland Press Herald