Demolition contractor settles in fatal roof collapse case

The family of a 52-year-old New Jersey mechanic who died three years ago when the roof of a shopping center collapsed on top of him has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the demolition contractor for $2.5 million. The victim who had been called to the demolition site on September 24, 2015 to repair a piece of equipment, but had no prior experience nor training in demolition work. Asbury Park Press [with video]

Restaurant owner’s safety guide to keeping employees cool during summer heat

Extreme heat causes more than 1,300 deaths a year in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. To keep employees safe and healthy, restaurant owners should identify and minimize potential heat-related risks in the workplace and train employees on the appropriate response. FastCasual

Highway worker risks addressed during Safe+Sound Week

Fed-OSHA has released some steps intended to help employers in the highway, street and bridge construction industry find and fix hazards, and provide a base to create an effective safety program. ForConstructionPros

Fishermen share safety stories in NIOSH videos

In recent NIOSH safety videos, salmon fishermen and crabbers take part in the reenactment of dangerous situations. Both videos are shot on the boats where the accidents happened. National Fisherman [with video]

OR-OSHA investigating fatal fall from billboard

A 57-year-old Eugene man may not have had his safety harness tethered to the platform fell 75 feet to his death Friday while working on a billboard in Polk County. Oregon OSHA is investigating. Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.)

Worker rescued from crane barge in East Boston

Rescuers pulled a worker out of a confined space on a crane barge on Friday morning. The worker reportedly was stuck in the 10-foot by 30-foot barge with a lack of oxygen for 10 to 12 minutes. Fed-OSHA is investigating. NECN [with video]

In Austin, more fire cadets suffering from life-threatening rhabdomyolysis cases

The Austin Fire Department’s cadet training academy is under investigation following the death of one cadet and the hospitalization of another this summer. The 34-year-old cadet who died was getting ready for his first day of cadet training and suffered an “unknown medical emergency” less than an hour into the training. KXAN (Austin, Texas)

Underground fire at Pittsburgh glass plant may have spread

Two pockets of smoke rising from the ground were visible behind the Pittsburgh Glass Works plant in East Deer, Pennsylvania on Friday morning, suggesting that the fire burning under the facility is spreading. For almost a year the company has been investigating an ongoing fire under the plant caused by coal refuse that apparently was used as backfill for the factory site years ago. Trib Live (Pittsburgh) [with video]

Fed-OSHA investigating Wisconsin lab explosion

Fed-OSHA is investigating a small explosion that occurred last month at a chemical lab in Wausau, Wisconsin. A worker reportedly suffered third-degree burns as well as a broken hip as a result of the incident. WSAU (Wausau, Wisc.)

Construction worker fatally pinned at Wisconsin store site

A 22-year-old employee of a masonry contractor died following an industrial accident Thursday morning at a grocery store construction site in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The worker was pinned between heavy equipment and a wall while pouring concrete at the site. Fed-OSHA is investigating. BizTimes