Fed-OSHA fines Illinois company $23K for fatal accident in Pennsylvania pressroom

An Illinois company hired to dismantle printing presses at The Morning Call in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania has been fined more than $23,000 by Fed-OSHA in connection with the death of an employee who was killed while moving a printing press in May. The agency charges the employees moving the press used swivel bolts that were […]

Plain Dealer editorial: City’s handling of probe raises concerns

The city of Cleveland in 2014 gave a 14-day unpaid suspension to the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport’s director of field maintenance for ordering expensive de-icing chemicals on an emergency basis to prepare for a snowstorm, after communicating to city officials what he was doing. Fed-OSHA determined that the employee experienced wrongful retaliation for his whistleblowing […]

Complaint about banana toy reportedly spurred investigation, shake-up at IOSH

A complaint alleging that Iowa OSHA employees used a toy banana to make sexual jokes reportedly triggered an investigation that led to the removal of two top officials at the agency. Both of the accused employees say the allegation was false. The complaint was lodged during a campaign in which Democrats were accusing the state’s […]

Fed-OSHA continues probe into construction site death on Guam

The death of a construction worker who was struck in the head by a backhoe last week on a Guam worksite is still under investigation by Fed-OSHA. It is reportedly the island’s second construction-related death this year. KUAM

Low levels of chemical found at former stump dump in Arkansas

Air quality test results from a smoldering underground fire at a former stump dump in Bella Vista, Arkansas revealed low levels of a volatile organic compound, according to state health officials. The fire has been smoldering since July. Benzene was found at 30 parts per billion within the boundaries of the site. KFSM (Fort Smith, […]

New Hampshire: Portsmouth asked to support NIOSH study for firefighters

Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s assistant mayor reportedly plans to ask the city council to support his efforts to lobby the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to conduct a health study on firefighters who have been exposed to PFAS chemicals. Seacoastonline