Cape Cod landscaper seriously injured in wood chipper incident

A landscaper reportedly lost a leg after becoming trapped in a wood chipper at a Yarmouth, Massachusetts worksite on Friday, according to authorities. Fed-OSHA has been notified. The man’s injuries were described as life-threatening. Worcester Telegram

USDA investigating Maryland chicken plant for alleged animal abuse

A Maryland chicken-processing facility reportedly is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture after an animal rights group released video that appeared to depict workers mistreating birds. The National Employment Law Project says a plan to allow slaughterhouses to increase kill-line speeds could negatively affect worker safety. Washington Post [with video]

Wildfire smoke and N95 masks

The N95 mask, often sold at hardware stores and pharmacies, is one of seven particulate filtering facepiece respirators and the most common, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It filters out 95 percent of airborne particles to help protect lungs from damage. How should it be used, and how long does it […]

NIOSH releases report on Delaware firefighter deaths

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released a long-awaited, 99-page report into the deaths of three Wilmington, Delaware firefighters related to a row-home fire in September 2016. Contributing factors, according to the report, include lack of scene assessment and size-up, inappropriate tactics for a below-grade fire, lack of a personnel accountability system, […]

‘Dry cleaning is dirtier than you think’

Scientists have known for decades that the main dry cleaning chemical perchloroethylene is dangerous. The American Cancer Society describes epidemiological studies that show workers regularly exposed to it have increased rates of lymphomas and esophagus, kidney, cervix, and bladder cancers. Popular Science