Suburban Chicago worker dies in industrial accident

A 30-year-old employee was killed Monday afternoon in an industrial accident at a concrete plant in Lemont, Illinois, southwest of Chicago. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Chicago Sun-Times [may require registration]

Fed-OSHA to spotlight excavation, trenching dangers in Southeast

Fed-OSHA compliance specialists in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi are reaching out to excavation employers, industry associations, equipment rental organizations, water utility suppliers, and national and local plumbing companies in order to educate them and their employees on hazards associated with trenching and excavation work.

Michigan worker rescued from collapsed trench

A 30-year-old man suffered a broken leg in a trench collapse last week in Macomb, Michigan. The cave-in trapped him for about an hour until firefighters, using shovels and their bare hands, dug him out. Fire officials said it appears the construction company failed to use a metal trench box to hold the soil and […]

Pennsylvania worker dies in warehouse accident

A 64-year-old Mercersburg, Pennsylvania man died early Thursday morning after being found under a 1,800-pound stack of plywood at a warehouse belonging to a company that reportedly has been cited as recently as 2013 for forklift violations, including unauthorized riders being transported and failure to certify forklift operators. PennLive

Lawsuit filed in wake of chemical explosion

Fed-OSHA identified violations after a fire and explosion at a chemical plant near Fort Worth, Texas that killed one worker and severely injured another in mid-March, according to a lawsuit alleging companies involved in the sale, employee training and labeling instructions concerning the handling of sodium chlorite were negligent in their duty to inform workers […]

Employer fined more than $142K in elevator worker’s death

Fed-OSHA has fined an employer more than $142,000 in connection with the death of a 45-year-old man who was crushed April 18 in an elevator shaft at a hospital worksite in Mount Carmel, Ohio. Citations include a willful violation involving exposing employees to crushing hazards while they worked beneath unsecured hydraulic elevator cars. Columbus Dispatch

Injured Minnesota construction worker succumbs to injuries

A man who was injured on November 6 while working for a steel erector on a construction project in Thief River Falls, Minnesota died nine days later, according to his employer. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Minneapolis Star Tribune

Fed-OSHA fines Florida roofing contractors

Fed-OSHA has cited and fined two Florida roofing contractors more than $129,000 each after receiving a complaint that employees were performing residential roofing activities without fall protection at a St. Augustine worksite. News4Jax (Jacksonville, Fla.)