Employee dies after accident at Louisville GE manufacturing plant

A 24-year veteran GE employee died over the weekend following an accident Friday afternoon at a Louisville, Kentucky-area plant. The employee reportedly was pinned by a metal fixture that holds foam installation on an assembly line that builds refrigerators. WDRB (Louisville) [with video]

New problem for legal cannabis: Exploding factories

In the 33 states where cannabis is legal for medical or recreational use, at least 10 fires or explosions have occurred in the past five years at facilities that extract hash oil used in edible products. Nearly all resulted in serious injuries for production-line staff. Most of the states where marijuana is legal offer no safety and health guidance for the new industry. Politico

Tourists, staff exposed to radiation in Grand Canyon museum building

The safety, health and wellness manager of the Grand Canyon says although federal officials learned last year that three five-gallon paint buckets in the Grand Canyon National Park museum, next to a taxidermy exhibit, contained radioactive uranium ore specimens, neither park workers nor the public were warned they might have been exposed to unsafe levels of radiation for nearly two decades. One of the buckets reportedly was so full that its lid would not close. azcentral

Massachusetts construction worker dies following accident

Law enforcement officials in Salem, Massachusetts confirmed that a construction worker who was injured on at a worksite on Friday has died. It was not clear what caused the North Attenborough man’s death. WHDH (Boston) [with video]

Oregon farmworkers found in dilapidated, trash-strewn housing

Following an unannounced inspection involving a farm labor contractor, U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division reports that it found farmworkers in Silverton, Oregon living in “dilapidated, trash-strewn housing.” The agency assessed $35,000 in penalties for violations of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. KPTV (Beaverton, Ore.)

NIOSH releases new mining safety software

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released a beta version of new software designed to help miners identify hazards in mines by creating an interactive environment using more than 30 preloaded images of scenes. The EXAMiner software is designed specifically for use by trainers to form part of their annual refresher training programs, quarterly training meetings, or pre-shift toolbox talks. Mining Technology

U.S. Department of Labor Imposes Fine on Motion Picture Company for Failing to Adequately Protect Stuntmen from On-Set Hazards

February 19, 2019

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Eye Productions Inc. for failing to protect employees from hazards while filming a television show in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. Proposed penalties total $9,472.

OSHA investigated the incident after a stuntman was injured while performing a stunt from a moving vehicle traveling approximately 18 mph. OSHA issued a serious citation for failing to provide adequate head protection during stunts.

“This incident underscores the requirement for employers in the entertainment industry to implement better safety practices to protect actors and stunt persons from serious injuries,” said OSHA Atlanta-West Acting Area Director Keith Hass.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.

Severe injuries for new trucking workers rising

Overall, workplace accidents are decreasing, but as trucking, construction and other industries face record-low levels of unemployment and severe worker shortages, severe workplace injuries for new employees are rising. More employers are increasingly hiring workers with less experience in hazardous conditions. Workforce watchdogs warn trouble could be on the horizon for the trucking industry. Columbia Daily Tribune

New Jersey contractor charged with lying to Fed-OSHA about incidents

A Bernardsville, New Jersey construction contractor was charged last week with lying to federal officials about two incidents when employees fell from a roof at a project in Long Valley. The first incident happened in May 2018 when a worker fell through the skylight of a horse stable on a project where the defendant was general contractor. Two months later, a second worker fell through the stable’s skylight. my central jersey/Bridgewater Courier News [with video]