Assaults surge at Washington mental hospital

Thousands of nurses, mental health technicians and security guards at at Western State Hospital in Bremerton, Washington have been punched, kicked, knocked unconscious, and bitten during patient assaults that resulted in hospitalizations and time off work in recent years, according to interviews and public records. The Washington Department of Labor and Industries launched an investigation […]

Man fatally pinned by plywood at Pennsylvania warehouse identified

In Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, a 64-year-old man who died late last month while working at a distribution warehouse has been identified as the seventh person to die on the job in Franklin County this year, the deadliest in recent memory for local workplace fatalities. He reportedly was found beneath an 1,800-pound stack of plywood in the […]

Fed-OSHA fines roofer nearly $246K for violations

A Jacksonville, Florida roofer has been fined nearly $246,000 for fall protection citations, including those classified as repeat, after Fed-OSHA inspectors reportedly found violations at three sites this year. Miami Herald

Florida construction worker suffers amputation accident

A 44-year-old construction worker’s arm was amputated below the elbow in an accident involving an industrial drill in Hillsboro Beach, Florida on Thursday. Officials said surgeons would attempt to reattach the man’s arm. Fed-OSHA is investigating. WSVN (Miami) [with video]

South Dakota’s workplace fatalities numbers improve

South Dakota has experienced a decline in the number of workplace fatalities, from 31 in 2016 to five in fiscal year 2017-18, with most occurring in the eastern part of the state, according to Fed-OSHA. In 2016, South Dakota was among the top five states reporting the highest fatality rates, with 7.5 per 100,000 workers, […]

Man dies on Boston construction site

A man who was found unresponsive at a Roslindale, Massachusetts construction site on Monday morning was pronounced dead at the scene. Fed-OSHA has been notified. Boston Globe