Florida bill targets heat-related injuries for outdoor workers

A Florida legislator last week proposed legislation that would require agriculture and construction employers to train outdoor workers and managers on avoiding heat-related illnesses. The bill also would set a statewide standard for all outdoor workers to be given plenty of drinking water, access to shade and 10-minute rest breaks enforced after every two hours […]

South Florida pet food maker fined $95K

Fed-OSHA has fined a Miami-area manufacturer of natural pet foods for birds more than $95,000 for 17 alleged violations. Cited violations include lack of machine guarding on gears, sprockets, and chains and failing to develop and implement a hazardous energy control program and exposing employees to falls from an uncovered floor hole. Miami Herald

Attorney says worker might have caused fatal bell tower accident

Defense attorneys for a suburban Chicago-area mall have argued in a wrongful-death lawsuit that a 47-year-old electrician who died of suffocation after he was pinned by an aerial lift while installing a sign on the mall’s bell tower in 2017 may have caused the fatal accident. Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.)

Heating contractor at Cape Cod animal center hospitalized

A contractor at a Cape Cod animal adoption center was hospitalized Thursday after he was found unconscious near a boiler he had been working on. A veterinarian performed CPR on the worker while waiting for emergency responders. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Boston Globe

Online Red Cross program helps businesses prepare for emergencies

According to a 2018 release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors after a disaster, which includes situations like fire, widespread outage or active shooter. Red Cross’ Ready Rating Program is a free online safety assessment that helps businesses develop or improve their emergency action plan. […]

Texas A&M-Texarkana to offer fall protection course

The Extended Education and Community Development department at Texas A&M University will be offering the OSHA 3115 Fall Protection course March 18-20, 2019 in Texarkana. The class covers the OSHA Fall Protection Standard for construction and an overview of fall protection methods. TXK Today