Authorities: Maine skydiving instructor’s death was suicide

After a nearly two-month investigation, investigators with the Maine State Police, the Federal Aviation Administration and Fed-OSHA have concluded that an experienced skydiving instructor who fell to his death during a tandem jump in September intentionally loosened his harness in midair. The second man who was attached to the parachute landed safely. Central Maine

Delaware Memorial Bridge reopens after highly flammable gas leak

By Sunday, after all lanes of traffic had been shut down for more than six hours, a leak of toxic ethylene oxide from a chemical plant near the base of the Delaware Memorial Bridge was contained. No injuries were reported. News Journal/Delaware Online [with video]

Fed-OSHA reminds employers of safety, pay laws during holiday season

Fed-OSHA is encouraging retailers this holiday season to address potential workplace safety hazards by using trained security personnel and barricades or rope lines for pedestrians, and implementing crowd control measures and emergency procedures. The agency is also highlighting the rules that protect temporary or seasonal employees. Albany Herald

Connecticut: Union reps back bill to curb violence in health settings

A 2016 U.S. Government Accountability Office report said the rate of violence against healthcare workers is up to 12 times higher than it is for the overall workforce. In Connecticut, a bill intended to curb violence against workers in health settings has the support of a local union. The Day (New London, Conn.)

Massachusetts: Public sector employees subject to federal safety standards next year

Starting February 1, public employees such as those working for the Town of Wellesley, Massachusetts and those who work in public higher education in the state will be subject to the same workplace safety standards as those who work for public and quasi-public agencies. The Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards will enforce the protections. The […]