Fed-OSHA cites Wisconsin manufacturer over exposures linked to lung disease

Fed-OSHA has cited Nemak USA Inc., an aluminum castings manufacturer based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin for exposing workers to metalworking fluids. According to the agency, three employees of the company have been diagnosed with occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Sheboygan Press

Two electrocuted at Florida high school baseball field

A Florida high school baseball coach and his wife, also an employee of the school district, died after being electrocuted while installing concrete pilings at the baseball field Sunday when the boom truck he was driving hit an overhead power line. Their 14-year-old son, who tried to help his parents, also was shocked but survived. […]

Chlorine leak at Louisiana plant among string of accidental releases since 2018

In at least the ninth accidental leak since the beginning of 2018, an unexpected shutdown at a Louisiana chemical plant earlier this month overwhelmed an emergency scrubber with toxic chlorine earlier, leading to the hospitalization of several workers, according to state environmental quality regulators. During one such leak last August, more than 4,000 pounds of […]

IOSH hands down citation, penalty in steel subcontractor’s death

Iowa OSHA has issued a serious citation and penalty of $3,880 to a steel erector subcontractor in connection with the death of 37-year-old man at a Marshalltown, Iowa jobsite in December. The employee had been operating an aerial lift to lay out a roof pattern across structural steel beams on top of a building, when […]

NIOSH proposes new mine safety test lab site

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is considering a 460-acre tract near Mace, West Virginia as the future site of a research center and testing laboratory for underground mine safety. The site would replace a site located in an underground chamber in a limestone quarry near Fairchance, Pennsylvania, which NIOSH operated operated from […]

Safety key in nation’s most hazardous industry

According to the National Safety Council, agriculture is the most hazardous industry in the nation. According to Fed-OSHA, farm safety can be improved by increasing awareness of farming hazards and making a conscious effort to prepare for emergency situations including fires, vehicle accidents, electrical shocks from equipment and wires and chemical exposures. Injury rates are […]