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Ex-Coatings VP Guilty in 2 Deaths

Former PPG Industries senior vice president Robert J. Dellinger has admitted killing a pregnant woman, her fiance and their fetus in a deliberate head-on collision that he called a suicide a...


Yard's 3rd OSHA Strike Nets $243k Fine

Cited over and over for similar hazards, including one that cost a worker his arm, a Michigan shipbuilder must now answer to 18 new federal citations and $242,940 in penalties.


Plant Worker Perishes in Sand Silo

A Texas industrial maintenance worker was fatally engulfed in a silo full of sand and gravel when he slipped and fell at a concrete plant outside Atlanta, GA.


Pee-Induced Corrosion Fells Pole

In South Africa, if you pee on a light pole, urine for some corrosion.


Scaffold Law Critics Gain Steam in NY

A longtime effort to revamp New York State's 19th-century Scaffold Safety Law is gathering new momentum, fueled by two new bills, 25 legislative sponsors, and a "Reform Day" in the capital t...


WY Work Safety Bills Die

One of the nation's perennial leaders in workplace deaths per capita will not stiffen the consequences against employers for those fatalities.


Inspections Ordered After Concrete Falls

Maryland officials are rushing to inspect the state's 27 structurally deficient bridges after a chunk of concrete fell off one, smashing the front of a car passing underneath.


Power Plant Asbestos Draws 3 Felonies

Three people have pleaded guilty to their roles in what may have been the largest asbestos release in Michigan since record-keeping began, investigators announced.


Tower Painter's Death Draws $115K Fine

A communication tower company faces $114,800 in penalties after a painter fell to his death—a fatality that could have been prevented if the company had provided adequate fall protection, fe...


$840 Fine Set in 1 of 2 Worker Deaths

Oregon safety officials have fined a concrete contractor and the state's Department of Transportation for two unrelated worker deaths that happened a day apart.


No Violations Cited in OR Bridge Death

Safety investigators are blaming human error, not the employer, in the death of a bridge worker last fall in Oregon.


Galvanizer Fined in 2nd Fatality

A second worker death in less than a year has drawn 10 serious citations and a fine for a Texas steel galvanizer.


Painter Tops Lead Cases with $287k Fine

After a dozen federal health and safety cases in 10 years, including a 14th citation for lead hazards, authorities are sending a Chicago painting contractor a six-figure message.


OSHA Cites Northrop Grumman Painting

Complaints about excessive painter exposure to methylene chloride and hexavalent chromium have led to serious federal citations against defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp.


Decoding Traits that Threaten Safety

LAS VEGAS—"Too much finger-pointing" after the fact and not enough attention upfront to red-flag behaviors are making today's jobsites far more dangerous than they should be, Greg Ford says.


Tank Maker Held Liable in Fatal Fall

A nine-foot fatal fall from a faulty forklift has triggered a variety of federal safety citations against an Idaho tank manufacturer, including many related to its painting operation.


Painting Contractor Gets 2nd Case

An Ohio painting contractor is facing its second federal safety case in three years involving fall hazards and faulty machinery at its Toledo facility.


Bridge Coating Firm Fined for Lead

A Florida-based industrial coatings contractor is facing $58,800 in federal fines after receiving 13 serious citations alleging excessive lead exposures during abrasive blasting.


Deadly Fall Racks up $511K in Fines

After a 22-year-old apprentice fell to his death, a structural steel subcontractor faces $511,000 in penalties—accused not only of failing to provide fall protection, but also of allowing wo...


Respirator Serves Harsh Environments

3M's Personal Safety Division has expanded its Versaflo Respiratory Systems line with the Powered Air Purifying TR-600, designed for durable protection in harsh, hazardous environments.


Worker Killed in OH Overpass Collapse

A construction worker has perished in the "catastrophic pancake collapse" of a Cincinnati overpass that was being prepared for demolition.


In PA, Search Effort Ends Sadly

They promised to "bring Tony out." And after 100 hours of digging through thousands of tons of cement powder in freezing temperatures, they did so.


Trench Fatality Preventable, OSHA Says

A North Carolina contractor faces a $123,200 fine for what authorities called the preventable death of a 22-year-old worker in a trench at Fort Bragg, NC.


Paint Maker to Pay $950K in Death

Vista Paint Corp. has been ordered to pay $950,000 in the 2011 asphyxiation of two untrained workers in a paint mixing tank full of methylene chloride paint stripper vapors.


Chemical Maker Fined for Deadly Release

Tipped by a news report of an accident, federal regulators have levied $87,780 in new penalties against a Georgia coatings chemical plant with a decade-long list of health and safety violati...


Troubled Pipe Maker Fined Again

A pipe and pipe fitting fabricator deemed a "Severe Violator" after a spate of accidents in 2011 is facing a new round of six-figure fines for "callously" leaving hazards unaddressed.


Kiewit Fined $170K on Bridge Job

The general contractor on a floating bridge project is facing $170,500 in proposed penalties after a 13,000-pound weight broke loose from a tower crane and fell in Aberdeen, WA.


Injury Reporting to Increase Jan. 1

It shouldn't take three employees hospitalized at once before an employer is required to report the accident that led to it, federal safety officials say.


EPA Deems Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

In a decision widely viewed as a victory for the coal industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled a final rule that classifies coal combustion residuals (CCRs) as solid—n...


Blast, Fire Injure 1 at Sherwin Plant

Investigators are seeking the cause of a small explosion and fire at a Sherwin-Williams paint manufacturing plant in Canada.


Concrete Maker's Plea Averts Prison

The owner of an asphalt company who doctored the scene of his employee's fatal accident will pay $20,000 in fines and restitution to the victim's widow, but avoid a jail sentence, under a fe...


Beloved Bridge Lost and Found

A 5,000-pound bridge that mysteriously vanished from a Michigan property has been reunited with its owner.


Dust Rule Shelved in OSHA's 2015 Plan

Combustible dust, a common source of fatal explosions and fast-burning fires in a variety of industries, has once again been moved to the regulatory back burner.


OSHA: 3M Americans Injured on the Job

Burns, amputations, fractures and other serious injuries darkened the work day for three million U.S. private-sector employees in 2013, the government reports.


Permit Lack Seen in Fatal Tank Blaze

Unpermitted welding by three workers inside a "dilapidated" storage tank below a Dallas skyscraper apparently ignited the blaze that led to their deaths, authorities say.


Major Fine, Denials in Railcar Death

A cleaner who died inside a railcar had been sent in, unmonitored and without a harness, after atmospheric testing "triggered multiple sensor alarms" on a four-gas meter, federal authorities...


$120k Fine Set in Cellphone Tank Blast

A Texas oil company has been fined $120,000 in a storage-tank explosion sparked by a worker's cellphone, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced.


Contractor Pleads in Worker's Death

The contractor on a Canadian subway project has been fined $400,000 after pleading guilty to violating safety measures in the death of one worker and permanent injury of another.


New MSA Unit Monitors 100 Gases

Global safety equipment provider MSA has introduced a monitor designed to provide precise, low-cost, high-performance monitoring for 100 different industrial gases.


Pipeline Inspector Guilty of Lapses

A former Shell Pipeline Company employee responsible for corrosion monitoring will pay $19 million in restitution and face up to 15 years in prison for his role in a pipeline leak that relea...


All Shook Up: Quake Safety Slides Ahead

Tomorrow's homes may be shaken, but not stirred, by major earthquakes if structural research now underway in California remains successful.


Repeat Hazards May Cost Yards $142K

One shipbuilder and one ship repair facility have each been hit with a dozen health and safety violations after exposing workers to numerous fall and other hazards, federal officials allege....


Bad Practices Endanger UK Workers

Forty percent of 1,748 building sites failed health and safety checks in a recent inspection sweep in the UK, authorities say.


Steel Company's 3 Plants Facing Fines

An Ohio steel manufacturer faces $77,000 in proposed fines after federal safety officials discovered amputation and fall hazards following employee complaints alleging unsafe working conditi...


2nd Span Collapses at NC College

Hours after a worker was killed in a bridge collapse at Wake Technical Community College, the same span in a similar bridge gave way there.


3M Announces Pipe Locating System

A new pipe location system from 3M can identify underground plastic pipes without using tracer wire or installing access points.


Bridge Collapse at College Kills Worker

A bridge pour for a new pedestrian bridge at a North Carolina community college went fatally awry when the center span collapsed, killing one worker and seriously injuring four others.


New Fixture Made for Offshore Use

A new LED fixture is built to withstand the elements of an offshore operation, including hazardous locations where chemical/petrochemical vapors may be present, according to manufacturer Lar...


NIOSH Trumpets Ways to 'Buy Quiet'

Construction work is not just dangerous; it's deafening, warn health officials, who are sounding an alarm to save what's left of workers' hearing.


CSB Urges Overhaul of Steel Standards

Federal investigators are calling for drastically improved standards for steel in petroleum facilities, where equipment is vulnerable to potentially catastrophic hydrogen attack.


U.S. Arrests Recalcitrant Contractor

U.S. Marshals have taken into custody an Illinois sewer and water contractor who has allegedly refused to abate years of federal health and safety violations and to pay hundreds of thousands...


The Hidden, Human Cost of 1 WTC

Dozens of unreported, permanently disabling worker injuries will join the deaths of a painter and a carpenter in the human toll behind the new World Trade Center, the New York Daily News<...


Safespan Awarded $5.25M in Patent Case

After nearly eight years, a leading U.S. manufacturer of bridge platforms and scaffolding has prevailed in a legal battle to protect two critical patents against an employee-turned-competito...


Repeat Hazards Hit Company for $62K

An Ohio powder coating facility repeatedly accused of exposing workers to amputation hazards now faces $62,400 in proposed penalties, according to federal safety officials.


Water Tower Painters Killed in Fall

Two painters who reportedly were not wearing harnesses perished in a 100-foot fall when their scaffolding failed on a water tower project in Ohio, the Butler County Sheriff's office said.


Lighting Tackles Marine Environments

Larson Electronics has expanded its range of industrial-grade lighting equipment with a new fluorescent fixture designed for wet areas and salt-water marine environments.


Fatality, Wind Close OR Bridge

A coastal bridge in southern Oregon has reopened after the death of a worker and the discovery of damage to a massive containment structure—two incidents that happened within hours of each o...


Athletes Pull Off Bridge Pull-Up Record

Call it Extreme Gym Class: a competition by seven athletes in seven countries to see who could do the most pull-ups while hanging from a bridge.


Victim’s Kin Fights for Minimum Fine

Brett Collins' family says his life was worth more than $2,363—and they are determined to effect a change that may spare other families some of their sense of insult and loss.


Probe: Attitudes Doomed Mall

"Apathy, neglect, indifference, mediocrity, ineptitude, incompetence, greed, obfuscation and duplicity" all perpetuated problems that caused the catastrophic collapse of a Canadian shopping ...


Auto Coater Cited for Dust Hazards

An Ohio powder coating company faces $62,300 in penalties for allegedly exposing workers to combustible dust and amputation hazards, federal officials say.


Paint Firm's Temp Hazards Fined $84K

"Deliberately disabled" safety devices and other hazards to unsupervised temporary workers have landed a Georgia paint maker in trouble with federal regulators.


Worker Reinstated after Secret Filming

A railroad machinist who was fired after secretly recording a test of faulty equipment will return to his position with back pay and damages, federal officials announced.


Workbook Knows the Score on Safety

Preventing job-site accidents requires drilling into indicators that can flag hazards long before an incident occurs, according to a new workbook designed to help employers do just that.


OSHA Launches Sweeping PEL Review

How can the U.S. ensure worker health and safety amid thousands of hazardous chemicals now in use in the workplace—without creating thousands of new rules?


New Hoist Boasts 1-Ton Capacity

Spider, a division of SafeWorks LLC, has unveiled a traction hoist with increased load capacity for heavy construction and industrial installation and maintenance.


OSHA Adds 3 Years for Crane Rule

Federal safety officials are giving employers an extra three years to make sure crane operators are competent to operate the equipment safely.


Feds: Onshore Oil Boom Raises Concerns

U.S. oil and gas production is booming faster than regulators can manage, creating risks for the public, pipelines and other transportation networks, a new government audit warns.


Truckers Ignore Emergency Bridge Limits

Rushing to act after an engineering analysis showed a busy bridge failing, New York State officials imposed emergency load limits on the span—only to have truckers ignore them.


Paris Battles Love for Bridge Control

Fed up with the romantic gesture that is weighing heavy on its bridges, Paris is making a new push to block its lovebirds from "Love Locking" the city’s historic spans.


From China, A Bridge Jump Too Far

One of the world's tallest bridges has just hosted a competition that most people would rather die than enter: seeing who could jump off of it the best. Seriously.


Explosion-Proof Light for Tight Space

A new temporary manhole light fixture provides an alternative to traditional string or tank lights for workers in storage tanks, railcars and other confined spaces, the manufacturer says.


Contractor Gets 2nd Confined-Space Case

Four months after settling 17 federal health and safety violations, a Kansas-based provider of railcar painting and maintenance services is facing a second case for similar issues.


2 Killed in U.S. Steel Explosion

Two workers have died and one was injured after a pipe exploded at a U.S. Steel plant in Fairfield, AL


3 Hurt When Paint Truck Overturns

One man almost drowned in paint and two others were injured when the line painting truck they were in rolled off a narrow road outside of Pittsburgh, PA, officials said.


New Award Honors Firms that Give Back

Transportation, construction and safety firms that roll up their sleeves on behalf of their communities are eligible for new recognition of their service.


OSHA Top 10 Sounds Grim Refrain

For the third straight year, fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory protection violations—in that order—lead the list of federal health and safety citations issue...


Construction Angels are Here to Help

Accidents strike construction job sites in a heartbeat—and, all too often, with fatal consequences.


Latino, Contractor Work Deaths Rise

Deaths of Hispanic workers surged, and construction fatalities remained stubbornly unchanged in a new report that otherwise bore good news for U.S. workplace safety.


U.S. Toughens Injury Reporting Regs

Sharpening its focus on severe injuries in the workplace, the U.S. will step up accident reporting requirements for employers as of Jan. 1.


‘Gravity Doesn’t Give You a 2nd Chance’

Leaving workers "one slip, trip or step away from deadly or disabling injuries," a Connecticut contractor is facing nearly $300,000 in fines for federal fall, electrocution and other hazards...


U.S. Focuses on Temp Worker Safety

Aiming to avert simple mistakes that can kill or maim untrained workers in their first day on a job, the U.S. has issued new guidance for employers charged with safety.


U.S. Beryllium Proposal Advances

After nearly 12 years in the pipeline, a federal plan to reduce beryllium exposure in the workplace has moved to the White House for final review.


Coating Operation Fined $341K

Workers repeatedly inhaled, absorbed and even ingested toxic hexavalent chromium through a variety of coating tasks at an Oklahoma contractor, federal authorities are alleging.


Utility Fined $1.4B in CA Disaster

The California Public Utilities Commission has proposed a $1.4 billion fine—its largest ever—against Pacific Gas & Electric for thousands of state and federal pipeline violations and a catas...


Court Rejects TX Contractor’s Appeal

"Spit and sniff" are not adequate testing methods for confined-space work, an appellate court has informed a Texas contractor whose employee died during an industrial cleaning job.


Fatal Crash Destroys 2 TN Bridges

Repairs are underway in Tennessee to remedy an interstate traffic nightmare after a gas truck exploded, killing the driver and destroying two bridges—one of which was brand new and almost co...


REACH Targets Corrosion Chemicals

Nine chemicals, including one used to make coated galvanized steel and several used in anti-corrosion surface treatments, have joined the European Commission’s list of "substances of high co...


Construction Tabs Silica Plan at $3.9B

Unworkable, unaffordable and unnecessary is the construction industry’s final judgment on a federal proposal to reduce worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica.


Contractor Must Rehire Whistleblower

The contractor that is removing 177 underground storage tanks from the U.S.'s largest nuclear site has been ordered to reinstate an employee who had voiced safety and environmental concerns.


Skeletons Give Workers a Lift

A shipyard in South Korea is testing exoskeletons that could radically increase a worker’s ability to lift heavy objects.


Contractor to Pay Whistleblowers $1M

Two drivers and a foreman who were fired by a Michigan paving contractor after raising safety concerns will receive nearly $1 million in back wages and damages under a federal settlement.


U.S. to Shutter Hazmat Deadbeats

Federal officials have a message for hazmat penalty dodgers: Pay up or shut down.


Backlash Stalls OSHA Reporting Rule

Widespread employer concern over the public reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses has prompted U.S. regulators to rethink the plan.


OSHA: No Fine in Fatal PA Blast

Unable to pinpoint the cause of a fatal natural-gas explosion in southwestern Pennsylvania, federal regulators say they will not issue citations in the case.


Lead Rule for Public Projects Advances

U.S. regulators continue to build their case for lead-safe mandates on public and commercial projects, with the release of a draft methodology for analyzing exposures.


Contractor Fined after Painter Burned

A California contractor is being held responsible for a flash fire inside a metal tank that left a painter severely burned—and for not reporting the incident for four days.


Suit Demands Overhaul of NYC Pavement

Thousands of broken, blocked and missing curb cuts and sidewalks are illegally denying public access to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, according to a new federal class-action suit by ...


U.S. to Order Contractor Disclosures

Federal contractors will have to own up to a wide range of labor law violations before receiving future work with the government, under a new order issued by the White House.


Welder Killed in Storage Tank Explosion

One worker is dead and three are injured after a storage tank exploded during welding work at a fish processing plant in Mississippi, authorities say.


PG&E Faces $1.1B Criminal Indictment

A federal grand jury has accused California's largest utility of "knowingly and willfully" violating pipeline safety laws and obstructing the federal investigation into a gas-line explosion ...


Worker Dies in MO Bridge Fall

An investigation is underway into the death of an electrician who fell from a bridge project in Kansas City, MO.


Team TPC Joins Fight Against MS

Employees and friends of coatings industry publisher Technology Publishing Co. joined the fight against multiple sclerosis last weekend, biking 150 miles to raise nearly $9,000.


CSB: Corroded Tanks Were Not Inspected

Severe corrosion damage unchecked by adequate inspections likely caused a January chemical spill that left nearly 300,000 West Virginians without drinking water for almost a week, according ...


Shipyard Hazards Draw $305K Fine

A Texas shipbuilder is facing its second federal safety case in nine months after inspectors recently found a range of hazards uncorrected from last fall.


Abrasive Blasting Draws 17 Citations

Allegations of worker overexposure to lead and silica as well as other health hazards have landed a Connecticut abrasive blasting contractor in trouble with federal authorities.


Company Cited After Two Fatalities

An Alabama construction company faces $54,500 in proposed penalties after two workers were killed in falls from an interstate bridge project in January.


Bridge Design Boasts Seismic Stability

Researchers say they have a new design for a bridge framework that will improve earthquake resistance and reduce damage.


Brazil Bridge Collapses, Kills 2

Two people have been killed and at least 22 injured in Brazil in the collapse of an overpass under construction onto a busy roadway.


Several Injured in Bridge Wall Collapse

A 25-foot section of decorative stone gave way from the Brooklyn Bridge's underpass Wednesday (July 2) night, injuring several people who were taking shelter from the heavy rains drenching N...


Painting, Amputation Hazards Draw Fines

A Missouri manufacturer is facing new federal allegations and fines involving its paint shop and other areas of operation.


NRC Faults Nuke Plant in Death

Nuclear regulators have found two lapses “of substantial safety significance” in a 2013 plant accident that killed one young worker and injured eight others in Arkansas.


OSHA Poses $72K in Teen Worker’s Death

An international construction company is facing $72,000 in proposed penalties and numerous violations in the death of a teenage worker who was crushed by an 1,800-pound bridge panel.


Maintenance Mishap Guts $24M Yacht

Officials are still searching for the cause of a spectacular blaze that destroyed a $24 million yacht in a California shipyard last week.


Runway Rockbed Stops Runaway Planes

A massive bed of new-technology concrete blocks will be installed at the end of a new Florida runway to slow stray airplanes to a safe stop.


Blasting Helmet Lights the Way

Protective equipment maker RPB Safety has unveiled a helmet lighting system that offers blasters concentrated, hands-free illumination for work in confined spaces and other dark areas.


Patrol Hazards in OSHA Video Game

A new video game can help workers identify safety issues and raise awareness about resources to address hazards in the workplace.


1 Killed, 2 Hurt in Tanker Cleaning

One worker perished and two were injured over the weekend when they were apparently overcome by vapors while cleaning the inside of a tanker.


Construction Can’t Snuff Out Tobacco

Smokeless tobacco use remains a rampant and growing problem in the construction industry, even as cigarette smoking declines, new research shows.


CA Eyes Major Lead Level Changes

California regulators are moving closer to slashing lead exposure limits for workers, calling the current standards outdated and harmful to human health.


Paris Bridge is for Too Many Lovers

Police evacuated a Paris footbridge Sunday (June 8) after a section of railing collapsed under the weight of padlocks left behind by love-struck tourists.


OSHA Fines TX Cement Company $286K

A Texas cement mixer manufacturer faces $286,200 in proposed fines for nearly three dozen alleged safety and health violations, federal regulators said.


OSHA Cites Bad Bracing in Steel Fatality

A massive steel beam that fatally crushed a worker last year at a Boston steel fabricator was not properly braced, nor was its stability maintained, federal officials say.


New Job-Site Scrutiny Follows CA Deaths

The deaths of four workers on four jobs in four days in California will be bringing more safety inspectors to construction work sites, regulators have announced.


Stand-Down Harnesses 1M Against Falls

From a military base in Seattle, WA, to a YouthBuild event in Braintree, MA, to a stadium in Atlanta and a rebar maker in Longview, TX, more than one million U.S. construction workers are ge...


2 Firms Fined $130K in Stadium Death

U.S. authorities are alleging willful wrongdoing in the fatal fall of a 25-year-old construction worker on the $450 million Texas A&M stadium redevelopment project


Two Killed on CA Bridge Project

Two construction workers fell 80 feet to their death when their crane-hoisted basket broke free Friday (May 30) on a bridge project outside of Sacramento, CA.


Asbestos to Land Contractor in Prison

Six months in prison, followed by six months of house arrest, and a $10,000 fine await a South Carolina renovation company owner who contaminated a beach and oceanfront properties with asbes...


Company Cited Again for Cave-In Danger

For the second time this year, a Chicago engineering company is facing federal fines of over $100,000 for allegedly exposing workers to trench cave-in hazards on a water and sewer line proje...


OSHA Cites Silica at Coating Company

A Texas powder coating company allegedly exposed workers to toxic chemicals, including silica, and now faces $55,440 in proposed penalties, federal authorities say.


NYC Bridge Crews Loathe Love Locks

Hooking padlocks to the Brooklyn Bridge may be the latest romantic must for the lovestruck, but it’s become a big safety and corrosion headache for transportation officials.


Accident Burns 7 at Site of OSHA Critic

A foundry owner critical of federal health and safety regulations is now dealing with a horrific workplace accident that sprayed his workers with molten metal.


OSHA Hits Powder Coatings Firm

A Wisconsin powder coatings facility faces $51,800 in federal penalties for allegedly exposing workers to toxic substances.


FL Tank Maker Fined $106K for Hazards

Painters, blasters and other temporary and full-time workers at a longtime manufacturer of tanks and pressure vessels are the focus of concern in 23 federal health and safety citations alleg...


Worker Killed in Overpass Collapse

A California demolition worker tethered to a railroad bridge was killed this weekend when “something came loose where it wasn’t supposed to” and the bridge collapsed onto a freeway, authorit...


U.S. Auditors Fault Pipeline Oversight

The federal agency tasked with pipeline safety is doing an inadequate job and lacks effective management and oversight, concludes a new audit by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Offic...


Solvents Tied to Later Brain Problems

Time supposedly heals all wounds, but it may not be able to repair the brain problems caused by longtime on-the-job exposure to industrial coatings and other solvent-based products, a new st...


Bridge Workers Thwart Suicide Attempt

Two bridge mechanics in Portland, OR, are being credited with saving a young man’s life when they prevented him from jumping off a bridge.


Contractor Arraigned in Worker’s Death

A Michigan builder cited repeatedly by federal safety authorities has pleaded not guilty to a felony criminal charge in the 2012 death of his foreman.


Painter’s Suit Ties Solvents to Cancer

For three years, Walter Sarrat used a soaking mist of undiluted toluene to remove the workday’s protective coatings from his skin, clothing and equipment.


Collapse of Old Plant Investigated

As victims recovered, investigators continued to search Wednesday for the cause of a massive roof collapse at the old Bethlehem Steel Mill near Baltimore, MD.


Manhole Accident Claims PA Installer

A construction worker was killed after being pinned beneath a concrete manhole form Monday (May 5) in Pennsylvania.


Officials Probe SC Bridge Failure

Investigators in South Carolina were still puzzling Thursday (May 1) over the collapse of a 20-foot section of bridge that derailed railroad cars passing below it.


Republic Steel Signs $2.4M OSHA Deal

One of North America’s largest steel makers will pay $2.4 million and overhaul its health and safety management to settle more than 100 federal health and safety violations cited in inspecti...


25-Foot Fall Claims Pressure Washer

A 26-year-old father of four has perished in a 25-foot fall while doing pressure-washing work at a plant in Texas.


On Construction Day, a Safety Snapshot

Engineers and trades workers are racking up the highest death rates in construction—two of many sobering statistics laid out Wednesday (April 23) on the seventh annual Construction Safety Da...


$23K Fine Set in ‘Preventable Tragedy’

Federal authorities are holding a Pennsylvania paving contractor liable for the death of a employee who was killed while inspecting the inside of a tank on an industrial vacuum truck in Octo...


Tower Painter Falls to Death

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a 29-year-old painter who perished in a fall from a water tower in Virginia.


Pipe Corrosion Blamed in UT Blast

Pipeline walls thinned by corrosion and uninspected for over 20 years caused a major explosion at a Utah refinery—a scenario that has become “all too familiar,” federal officials announced.


Crashes Hit 45% of Work Zones

Nearly half of U.S. highway contractors report that their work zones were struck by motor vehicles during the past year, according to a new study by the Associated General Contractors of Ame...


Paint Firm Funds Exorcism Ritual

An ancient Cambodian dance believed to ward off evil spirits is getting a budget boost from a paint company, just in time to save the country's fading New Year tradition.


Severe Injuries to Cost Company $185K

A coatings company outside New York City is facing $185,400 in federal fines after one worker suffered a partial amputation and another a crushed hand, the Occupational Safety and Health Adm...


Hospital Cleanup Draws $2.3M Fine

Federal authorities have shut down and fined an intensive cleanup project at an old psychiatric hospital complex in New York, following complaints about dangerous lead and asbestos practices...


PA Orders Vast Impoundment Closed

The largest coal ash impoundment in the United States is officially on borrowed time.


PG&E Faces 12 Felony Counts for Blast

Pacific Gas & Electric is being charged with 12 felonies in a criminal indictment for allegedly violating federal pipeline safety laws related to the deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in San Br...


Man v. Silo in DIY Don’t

“Don’t try this at home” proved more of a challenge than a warning to an unidentified farmer who decided to go mano a mano in taking down a large concrete silo.


Contractor Liable for Trapped Worker

Confined-space hazards and other serious safety lapses caused a Florida worker to become trapped for hours in a tank of hot tar last September, federal authorities say.


Free Webinar Addresses Blasting Safety

The inhalation hazards of working with toxic substances during abrasive blasting will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Paint Makers Seek OSHA Rule Immunity

Coatings manufacturers want an exemption from a proposed federal rule that would make injury and illness records publicly accessible online.


‘Intensive’ Silica Hearings Open

The long-smoldering controversy over new silica limits in the workplace found its voice Tuesday (March 18) in Washington, D.C., as public hearings on the federal proposal opened.


Blasting Contractor Cited for Lead

An Illinois contractor is facing nearly $47,000 in fines for allegedly exposing its abrasive blasters to lead paint, federal officials say.


Worker’s Kin Gets $7M+ Asbestos Award

The family of a former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard worker has been awarded $7.25 million in his death after years of workplace exposure to asbestos.


3M Adds Rescue Kit to Fall Protection

A new controlled-descent device is designed to be an “all-purpose rescue solution” for workers exposed to heights, 3M announced.


New How-To Offers Lead Guidance

Detecting lead and other toxic metals in existing coatings—a crucial prerequisite to developing a coating maintenance strategy—is the topic of a new instructional video on PaintSquare.


EPA Lifts BP Contract Suspension

Nearly four years after 11 oil-rig workers perished in BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, the British oil giant is fully back in business with the U.S. government...


Painter Perishes in Fall from Bridge

Federal safety authorities are investigating the death of a painter who fell 100 feet from a Louisiana bridge that was undergoing repair.


NTSB Investigating NYC Building Blast

Reports of a natural-gas leak have drawn federal pipeline investigators to the scene of an explosion that flattened two buildings and killed at least seven people this week in Manhattan.


Tape Helps Skip Workplace Slips

Firmer walking traction wherever you need it is the idea behind a new industrial-grade anti-skid, anti-slip tape by InSite Solutions LLC.


Corrosion, Alarm Issues Cited in Blast

Deteriorated coatings, ineffective cathodic protection, and a 24-year gap in inspections led to the rupture of a severely corroded pipeline and subsequent massive fire in West Virginia, fede...


Crossrail Worker Killed by Concrete

Europe’s largest construction project has been marred by its first worker fatality, after a contractor died Friday (March 7) when he was struck by a piece of concrete.


GC to Pay $126K in 2 Fatal Accidents

A Wisconsin general contractor has agreed to pay $126,000 in federal penalties to resolve safety citations following two fatal crane accidents in mid-2012.


$560,000 Fine Set for Crushed Arms

A Texas supplier of elastomers and other products for the oil and gas industry is facing major federal citations and $560,000 in fines after a worker's arms were crushed on the job—the compa...


Containment Safety Opens Video Series

Assuring proper ventilation inside containment, a life-or-death issue, kicks off a new PaintSquare Video Learning Center educational series.


3 Nations to Develop Structural Sensors

An international team of engineers will spend the next three years collaborating on a real-time monitoring system to sense potentially catastrophic structural weaknesses before they fail.


Bridge Worker Lands Feet First in Fall

Thiago Santos, 29, probably has eight lives left. He used the first one to land, cat like, on his feet after falling 25 feet from the landmark Pulaski Skyway in Jersey City, NJ.


Bridge Snaps at Funeral, Killing 9

A one-year-old suspension bridge in Vietnam gave way during a funeral procession Monday (Feb. 24), killing nine people, injuring dozens, and spilling the coffin containing the body of a vill...


Employers Call to Withdraw Silica Rule

Construction employers across the industry are urging the federal government to withdraw its proposed rule on silica exposure, saying the measure is “significantly flawed” and “will do littl...


Coating Makers Seek Silica Exemption

Monitoring paint manufacturing for excess silica exposure would cost $700,000—10 times the federal government's estimate—and is unnecessary, the American Coatings Association says.


Painter Arson Prompts New Navy Recs

The loss of a U.S. nuclear submarine torched by a painter has yielded a new fire prevention manual by the U.S. Navy.


Quart of Paint May Cost Amazon $78K

A leaking quart of Hazard Class 3 Flammable Liquid—otherwise known as high-gloss enamel—has left a costly mess for Amazon Fulfillment Services.


Industry Faces ‘Big Regulatory Year’

ORLANDO—Fasten your seatbelts: 2014 will break open a dam of pent-up regulatory action, expert Alison B. Kaelin is warning the paint, coatings and blasting industries.


Diver Death Prompts $300K Fine

Nearly $300,000 in proposed penalties have been levied against a marine construction company in Florida after an untrained worker was killed while diving to do underwater construction work, ...


OSHA Alleges Repeat Painter Hazards

A Texas trailer manufacturer has repeatedly exposed painters and abrasive blasters to airborne particles over eight times the permissible limit, as well as several other hazards, federal saf...


Precast Maker Cited in Worker’s Death

An Illinois concrete company sanctioned in 2012 for not seeking immediate help for a trapped supervisor is now accused of egregious safety violations after a worker was crushed to death in 2...


Bridge Worker Killed on Stadium Project

One bridge worker drowned and another was serious injured when the man-lift to which they were tethered toppled from a floating dock and vanished into the Brazos River in Waco, TX, authoriti...


High Court: No Pay for Donning PPE

Donning and doffing personal protective equipment and getting to and from the worksite are a normal part of a worker's day and do not merit extra pay, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decl...


‘Willful’ Citation in PPG Worker’s Death

Federal authorities are accusing PPG Industries of willful and serious safety lapses in the death of a worker last summer at its facility in Barberton, OH.


USAF Investigates Foam System Death

Three investigations are underway after a defense contractor was killed and three others were injured in a foam fire suppression release at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.


Silica Comment Period Extended Again

Federal authorities will once again allow more time for public comment on a controversial proposal to limit worker exposure to silica.


Manitoba Pipeline Blast Probed

Thousands of Manitobans were still awaiting the return of home heating Monday (Jan. 27), as authorities continued to investigate a pipeline explosion that rocked the southern part of the Can...


Fines in Fatal Blast Contested

A Louisiana chemical plant is challenging fines issued in an explosion that killed two workers and injured 80 last summer, authorities said.


Coating Maker Cited in Chemical Lapses

Federal authorities are accusing a longtime New England specialty coating maker of mishandling highly hazardous chemicals at its headquarters.


Abrasives Maker Faces New OSHA Case

One year after settling eight federal health and safety cases with a $700,000 fine, U.S. Minerals is facing new allegations at the plant that started it all.


Air Shower Reduces Dust Exposure

A new mobile air shower can reduce worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica by removing dust from worker clothing in 30 seconds, according to Bellwood, PA-based HalenHardy.


WV Tank Leak Under Federal Scrutiny

Nearly 300,000 West Virginia residents were readying for a sixth straight day without water after a chemical leaked through a one-inch hole in a steel tank and escaped through a concrete sec...


DE: Stripping Operation Violates Law

An aircraft painting contractor accused of providing “inconsistent” answers regarding its waste practices and operating a paint-stripping operation unlawfully is facing multiple violations a...


Probe of 2 Bridge Deaths Underway

Work is expected to resume this week on an Alabama overpass construction project as investigations continue into the deaths of two workers last week.


$740K Fine May Close CT Contractor

A four-generation coating and abrasive blasting business says it will shut down most of its operations in the face of a $743,500 state fine for hazardous waste, training and other violations...


‘Strange Addiction’ Coats Her in Fame

Bad practices in painting and coatings has a new poster child, and her name is Heather.


Baja Road Sinks, Nearly Falls into Sea

A busy coastal road in Mexico has collapsed, dropping by nearly 300 feet in some areas and threatening to fall into the Pacific Ocean.


OSHA Adds Comment Time for Injury Rule

Stakeholders will have 30 more days to comment on a proposal that would require electronic reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses, and eventually make the data publicly available onli...


Deep Freeze Spurs Worker Alert

With the “Polar Vortex” clamping killer cold on much of the United States, safety advocates are issuing warnings and resources to protect those who work outside.


Paint Fumes Spark Elephant Attack

The smell of fresh paint in his cage apparently incited a two-ton elephant to fatally charge his longtime trainer at a popular tourist complex in Vietnam.


Woman Crushed in Steel Bridge Mishap

Authorities are investigating how an open Boston drawbridge came to crush a mother of two as she stood on it last week.


EPA Slams Chevron in Refinery Blast

Already shouldering $963,200 in state fines, oil giant Chevron is now facing $37,500 a day in federal penalties from a corrosion-related blast that endangered 19 workers and sent 15,000 peop...


Plant Fined after Painter Half-Blinded

A Columbus, OH, metal staircase manufacturing facility faces $90,090 in proposed penalties after a head injury left a painter blind in one eye and half-sightless in the other.


Beryllium Rule Planned for 2014

New federal proposals limiting worker exposure to beryllium—a particular hazard in open-air abrasive blasting—are on track to roll out in April, Occupational Safety and Health Administration...


After Review, Stadium Death Draws Fines

Rescinding a “no violation” decision, California labor officials are now holding an elevator contractor responsible for the death of a worker on the San Francisco 49ers stadium project.


3M Updates Fit, Comfort in New Eyewear

New protective eyewear from 3M self-adjusts for a comfortable and secure fit, the company says.


Coating Advances Top 2013 EPA Awards

New coating technologies that drastically reduce the use of toxic hexavalent chromium and costly titanium dioxide are among the top green chemistry innovations for 2013.


Work Halted after Fatal Tank Collapse

With construction suspended, federal authorities are investigating the collapse of an industrial storage tank that sent two workers plummeting 60 feet to their deaths.


Explosions at Chemical Plant Injure 2

Authorities are searching for answers after two workers were injured in two explosions and a subsequent fire at a phenol plant in a Chicago suburb.


Injury at Pipe Firm Spurs 8th OSHA Case

Another accident at a Houston pipe manufacturer has followed two amputations, scores of citations, and well over $1 million in federal fines there.


Cancer Study Backs Silica Plan

Millions of American workers, including abrasive blasters and construction laborers, could benefit from a federal proposal to limit silica exposure on the job, concludes a new study publishe...


Worker Fatally Crushed by Steel Beam

Authorities are investigating the death of a worker at a Massachusetts bridge steel fabricating and coating plant who was killed this week by a 12,000-pound steel beam.


Railcar Finishing Operation Fined $133K

Abrasive blasting without fall protection, lining work in unexamined confined spaces, silica hazards and other dangers have drawn federal citations against a railcar finishing contractor for...


Bridge Paint Hazards Draw $110k Fine

An Illinois railroad faces $110,500 in proposed penalties after allegedly exposing workers to lead-paint hazards during bridge demolition work in Chicago.


OSHA Floats 4 Possible Rule Changes

From spray finishing to chemical safety, the federal government is seeking input on four potential rule changes that could affect the coating and blasting industry.


Feds: Lead Risk for Painters Persists

Lead exposure on the job remains a significant health threat in painting and blasting, despite decades of improvement among other occupations and the general public, a new federal study repo...


Concrete Training Goes Fatally Awry

One construction worker has died and two others are injured, one critically, after a retaining wall they were using to practice concrete work collapsed in upstate New York, authorities said....


Company Blamed in Trainee’s Death

Cited twice in five years for hazards, including several that led to an amputation, a Texas plating company is now being held responsible for the death of a 22-year-old worker who was learni...


From CPWR, 52 Weeks of Worker Safety

A leading construction safety organization has a free holiday gift for the industry: a year’s worth of ready-to-use materials to educate workers about daily jobsite dangers.


Lining Maker Loses Bid to Block Inspector

A Pennsylvania-based pipe lining maker is barking up the wrong legal tree in its effort to head off a federal health and safety inspection at its facility, a federal judge has found.


Concrete Maker Blamed in Ash Engulfment

Federal safety authorities are holding a major Midwestern ready mix producer responsible for the death of a plant operator who was buried in a storage silo full of fly ash.


OSHA in Standoff with Pipe Lining Maker

Federal health and safety authorities have gone to court to obtain a warrant to carry out their inspection of a Pennsylvania-based pipe lining maker that stores a highly flammable resin.


Ship Blasting Sparks Fire, Toxic Fumes

Lead- and arsenic-laced smoke sent 16 San Diego shipyard workers to the hospital after a fire started during abrasive blasting operations Thursday (Nov. 21), officials said.


Pipe Maker Cited for Amputation Hazards

For the fifth time in five years, a pipe manufacturer in Arkansas has been cited for health and safety violations—this time alleging amputation hazards, federal officials announced.


OSHA Whiplashes on Air Force Case

Federal health and safety officials have done an about-face in their case against Robins Air Force Base, cited earlier this month for excessive toxic exposures during paint removal operation...


Pipeline Pig Maker Gets 19 Citations

Methylene chloride exposures, impalement and amputation dangers, and other alleged hazards have racked up $58,100 in fines against a Texas-based maker of pipeline cleaning pigs.


Hazmat Exec Gets Prison after 2 Deaths

The former president of two Texas environmental-services firms will serve one year in prison for trying to hide his company's role in the death of one of two drivers poisoned by hydrogen sul...


Corrosion Blamed in Fatal Plant Blast

Stress corrosion cracking and a lack of inspections likely caused the fatal explosion at an Illinois manufacturing plant in 2009, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has concluded.


OSHA: Cable Ignored Before Collapse

A Nashville contractor declined to replace a damaged cable on a crane before it collapsed, despite daily inspections showing replacement was needed, federal authorities say.


Infrastructure Cripples Typhoon Relief

Buckled and smashed infrastructure across the central Philippines is hampering the global effort to reach hundreds of thousands of desperate and homeless survivors of deadly Typhoon Haiyan. ...


NY Dismissed from Bridge Painter’s Suit

The City of New York has been released from a multi-defendant lawsuit by a former bridge painter who alleges that his years on the job caused his lung cancer.


Zapping a Safer Nanocoating

“Serious health and safety concerns” over nanoparticles in the newest paints and coatings is driving innovative European technology to make those products safer and less environmentally dama...


UK Backtracking on Chemical Ban

European officials want to lift a ban on professional use of a toxic paint-stripper chemical, less than two years after the European Union largely restricted its use outside of industrial ap...


Owners Held in Coating Plant Blast

Two owners of a powder-coating factory in Mumbai have been arrested after an explosion that killed one worker and injured two over the weekend.


Rig Knocks Bridge onto TX Interstate

As if fixing failing bridges isn't costly enough, Texas must now replace a bridge that was in "very good condition"—until, that is, a tractor trailer knocked it down.


OSHA Proposes Public Injury Reporting

Nearly 500,000 companies would start reporting workplace injuries and illnesses electronically, eventually making the data publicly accessible online, under a newly proposed federal rule.


Teen Worker Falls from MN I-90 Bridge

A 19-year-old construction worker has been critically injured in a 45-foot fall from a $187.5 million bridge construction project into a cofferdam, authorities say.


2 Cited in Ship Repair Heat Death

A coating contractor and a staffing agency are each facing $7,000 in proposed penalties after a temporary worker died from excessive heat while performing surface preparation work on a ship ...


OSHA Cites Air Force Sanding Operation

Toxic chemical exposures during paint-removal operations have once again landed an air base in trouble with federal health and safety authorities.


‘Fatal Inequality’ Seen on Jobsites

Construction is dangerous for all workers, but Latinos and immigrants are more likely to be killed on the job and less likely to speak up about its hazards, a new report warns.


Mall Investigation: Litany of Failures

A drumbeat of neglect, indifference, professional lapses and outright defiance in the face of years of structural red flags resounded through the seven-month investigation into the fatal col...


Pipeline Errors Could Cost PG&E $6.75M

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is facing a proposed $6.75 million fine after a California judge ruled that the embattled utility delayed and attempted to mislead regulators when it revealed reco...


Judge Orders EPA to Act on Coal Ash

After years without action, a federal judge has dropped the hammer on the Environmental Protection Agency to make up its mind on regulating coal waste.


OSHA Urges Self-Regulation on Chemicals

Admitting that its own standards are inadequate, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is urging employers to take their own steps to protect workers from deadly exposure to haza...


Silica Rule Comment Period Extended

Opponents of a federal proposal to limit worker exposure to silica have won additional time to comment on the plan, but the rest of the process is moving forward as scheduled, regulators say...


Concrete Maker Hit with 18 Citations

Silica exposure, confined-space infractions, respiratory hazards, and other health and safety dangers have drawn $153,900 in fines and a lengthy list of federal violations for a New Jersey c...


CA Reopens Probe of 1st Stadium Death

California labor officials are taking a rare second look at the first of two construction deaths that occurred this year at the San Francisco 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium.


Paint Chemicals Smoke Out Carboline

A mixture of coatings chemicals at Carboline’s Green Bay, WI, plant caused a high-temperature reaction that sent smoke billowing out of the facility Monday (Oct. 21), authorities reported.


GC, 5 Subs Fined on Power Plant Project

From shaky scaffolding to lead-paint hazards, more than 30 jobsite violations have landed six contractors from five states in trouble with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


OSHA Seeks Money Trail in Silica Debate

Individuals and organizations who want to comment on a federal proposal to limit silica exposure are being asked to disclose their funding sources and any conflicts of interest—reportedly a ...


MSA Offers 2-Person Lifelines

MSA’s newly enhanced lifeline system offers bypass shuttles, allowing two workers to share a line and pass each other while maintaining 100 percent tie-off, the company says.


WHO Pushes Global Ban on Lead Paint

The World Health Organization is calling on countries to step up national efforts to eliminate lead paint as part of the first International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, which o...


NFL Stadium Project Claims 2nd Worker

A subcontractor’s employee was crushed to death by a load of rebar this week during construction of the San Francisco 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium—the $1.2 billion project’s second worker death...


Fall Arrest System Adds Air Hose

A new fall arrest system combines a pneumatic tool air hose with a fall protection system that complies with Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.


Senator Relays Deadly Explosion Fines

The company that owns a Texas fertilizer plant where 15 people were killed in an April explosion has been hit with $118,300 in proposed penalties and two dozen alleged safety violations, off...


Navy Charges 4 in 2 Diving Deaths

The U.S. Navy has charged four senior leaders of an elite diving unit with dereliction of duty in the deaths of two Navy divers who perished during a training exercise at Aberdeen Proving Gr...


KY Signs Safety Plan with Bridge GC

Kentucky officials have announced an agreement with general contractor Walsh Construction Co. to step up worker safety on the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, but Indiana—Kentucky's ...


Foes Seek Extension on Silica Rule

Opponents of a proposed federal rule to limit worker exposure to silica are lashing out over the proposal's time frame, calling the Dec. 11 comment deadline “virtually impossible” to meet.


Thief Busted by Green-Faced Giveaway

It’s not easy being green—especially for robbers doused with an invisible coating that turns them neon lime under ultraviolet light.


MSA Launches Sweet New Hard Hat

MSA has introduced a “green” protective hard hat made of materials sourced from sugarcane, instead of petrochemicals.


Falls Again Top OSHA Violations

Employers may not be getting the message about fall protection, according to a new ranking that keeps those violations well atop a new Top 10 list of federal health and safety citations.


Railcar Finishing Work Nets $170K Fine

A New York manufacturer of rail and aircraft interiors is facing 24 federal health and safety citations and $170,100 in fines for coating, sanding and related hazards at its plant in Champla...


Director Sacked after 2nd Shipyard Fire

The director of a large Russian shipyard is getting axed after a nuclear submarine caught fire during maintenance operations, injuring 15 people.


Sudden Sagging Closes WI Bridge

Wisconsin officials have closed a four-lane state bridge indefinitely after a 400-foot section of the structure abruptly dropped about two feet overnight.


4 Firms Cited in Death at Nuke Plant

Facility owners, managers and contractors alike are being held responsible for a crane collapse that killed one worker and injured eight others at Arkansas's Nuclear One Power Plant in March...


Electrocuted Painter’s Widow Gets $3.2M

The family of a painter who was fatally electrocuted while working on a bridge will receive a $3.2 million settlement from utility company Commonwealth Edison, attorneys announced.


Tank Cleaner Hit with 33 Violations

Federal authorities have slapped a slew of citations and $83,300 in fines on a tank cleaning company in Texas for chemical, explosive and confined-space hazards.


Flash Flood Claims Worker in Sewer

A worker who may have removed his harness to reach a tight space on a sewer relining project was then swept to his death by flash flood waters in Chicago.


OSHA Hits Chicago Paint Shop for $75K

Blocked exits, lack of ventilation and combustible dust in the paint shop have drawn federal citations and fines to a Chicago company that coats and manufactures industrial shelving and stor...


Painter Injured on DE Bridge Project

A painter was injured in a fall from a Delaware bridge over the weekend, but details about the fall—particularly the distance—remain unclear.


3M Adds to Respirator Line

3M has expanded its line of respirators with a new series designed for extreme conditions.


Paint Worker Found on Tank Dies

A paint plant worker in New Jersey died after he was overcome by fumes and toppled onto a solvent tank, local police reported.


OSHA Publishes Proposed Silica Rule

Federal officials are now inviting public comment on a controversial proposal to limit worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica.


Modern Service Bridges Ancient Fears

Friday the 13th sparks all kinds of fears—and, not surprisingly, people ready to profit from them.


3-Ton Concrete Topples onto Worker

A Colorado construction worker is lucky to be alive after massive decorative concrete panels fell onto a hydraulic lift vehicle he was driving on a rail and highway project.


2 Burned in Tank Lining Blast

Two workers were seriously burned this week when an underground gasoline storage tank erupted in a flash fire as they were lining it, authorities say.


Troubled Mill Fined $185K in Accident

A Wisconsin pulp and paper mill where five people have died in recent years is now facing federal citations for an accident that severely burned a worker in March.


$750K Fine in 4 Deaths; Pot, Load Cited

A construction contractor that allowed six workers—including a supervisor who had just smoked marijuana—on a swing stage built for two has been fined $750,000 in the scaffold's fatal collaps...


Paint Maker Fined $262K in Blasts, Fire

A Chicago-area paint factory rocked by explosions and a fire is now facing more than two dozen safety violations, including allegations of blocked exits and mismanagement of hazardous chemic...


Report: Crew Conflict Proves Costly

Do you shrug off hot tempers and crew dust-ups as a normal part of daily life on a job site? If so, stop shrugging and start soothing, because those beefs are costing you a lot more money th...


Technology Detects Gas Leaks on a Roll

New car-mounted technology is offering one of the nation's largest utilities a fast, ultra-sensitive method of detecting gas leaks.


Offshore Workers Target Troubled Copter

Tens of thousands of offshore inspectors, technicians and other professionals are seeking to ground a transport helicopter that has been involved in five major incidents in four years, inclu...


Battle Lines Drawn over Silica Rule

A showdown is quickly shaping up over a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, pitting a new group of construction employers against organized labor and safety ...


Gas Leak Exposure Leads to Citations

A Wisconsin metal finishing facility that allegedly failed to evacuate workers during a natural gas leak has been cited with 17 health and safety violations, the Occupational Safety and Heal...


Bridge Inspector Electrocuted in NY

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a bridge inspector who was electrocuted while working on a steel railroad bridge Monday (Aug. 26) in New York.


PA Limits Weight on 1,000 Bridges

Struggling to manage the third-largest number of structurally deficient bridges in the nation, Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation has announced plans to impose new "risk-based weigh...


Construction Deaths Defy Declining Toll

U.S. construction deaths are back on the rise, even as the overall workplace death toll drops to one of its best records in a generation, the federal government reports.


U.S. Proposes New Silica Limits

Federal regulators have finally released a long-awaited—and certain to be controversial—proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, widely used in construction, painting and abr...


Broken Bridges Are an India Hotspot

Man-made infrastructure marvels often attract tourist attention in countries all over the world, but in India, busted concrete piers are drawing crowds to areas usually only populated by fis...


8 Hurt in Navy Boat Work Accident

An explosion during maintenance work at a Navy boat house sent eight people to the hospital on Tuesday (Aug. 20).


Machine Shop Cited for Lead Exposure

An industrial parts manufacturer is facing $188,300 in proposed penalties after workers were allegedly exposed to lead, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said.


Engineers Call for Inspection Changes

Following a fatal mall collapse, regulators are seeking changes to inspection standards and overall transparency in inspection reports from professional engineers.


CO Detector Hard Hat Takes Award

A construction hard hat that incorporates a carbon monoxide sensor has won an award for its inventors at Virginia Tech University.


Contractor Error Cited in Deadly Blast

Federal inspectors are holding a utility contractor primarily responsible for a natural-gas explosion that leveled a Kansas City restaurant and killed one of its employees in February.


BP Sues U.S. to Drop Contract Ban

British oil giant BP has filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeking to lift a federal contract ban imposed after the company was charged with crimes, including mans...


OSHA Fines Steel Producer $1.1M+

Adding to an already long list of federal health and safety violations, Republic Steel has received two dozen new citations and a proposed penalty of $1,138,500, the Occupational Safety and ...


OSHA Probes Tower Painter’s Death

Federal inspectors are investigating the death of a painter who suffered a fatal fall from a water tower in the closing days of the project.


3M Offers Self-Rescue Device

3M has unveiled a new backpack-style rescue device for personal fall protection.


Navy Hazards Addressed; Review Unlikely

Navy officials have addressed toxic-metals exposures that threatened to shut down a California painting and maintenance facility last fall, but federal health officials have declined to take...


Fear Seen in Injury Underreporting

Fear of firing, reluctance to undermine safety incentives, and assumptions that getting hurt is “part of the job” are fueling widespread under-reporting of work-related injuries in construct...


SHARP Employers to Keep OSHA Breaks

Federal health and safety officials have dropped a plan to increase their scrutiny of so-called “exemplary employers” who participate in recognition programs.


Chemical Disasters Spark New U.S. Order

The U.S. is moving to crack down on chemical safety and security in the wake of a growing series of catastrophic chemical accidents, including the April plant explosion that killed 15 people...


2 Inspectors Fall to their Deaths

Two transmission line inspectors in Texas have perished after the cable that suspended them from their hovering helicopter apparently struck the power line and snapped.


Army Cited after 3 Diving Deaths

Federal health and safety investigators have issued citations against the U.S. Army's Aberdeen Test Center in the first of three diving deaths that occurred just weeks apart earlier this yea...


Painter’s Death Halts Bridge Work

The death of a bridge painter has shut down work on two Rhode Island bridges, while contractors work to develop a new safety plan, authorities announced.


Painter Shares in $190M Asbestos Award

Two boiler manufacturers have been ordered to pay $190 million to five workers—including three who have since died—for workplace asbestos exposures that led them to contract mesothelioma.


Guam Shipyard Faces 61 OSHA Citations

U.S. investigators have recommended nearly $300,000 in fines against Guam Shipyard, a former U.S. Navy facility, for scores of alleged health and safety violations.


Safway Offers Heavy Load Mast Climber

A new access platform from Safway Group offers a high speed-to-capacity ratio and allows workers to adapt to corners and angles, the company says.


With Mall ‘Doomed,’ Owner Shunned Fixes

The owner of Ontario's infamous Algo Centre Mall says he refused to repair what he called a “doomed” structure because it was a “black hole” unworthy of additional expense.


Halliburton Admits Destroying Evidence

Halliburton Energy Services Inc. will become the third corporation to plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 offshore workers and un...


Heroic Workers Thwart Robbery Attempt

A construction crew is being hailed for their heroic actions after capturing a robbery suspect who allegedly threatened a store clerk with a gun before taking the contents of her cash regist...


Feds: Heat Caused Fatal Bridge Collapse

Record heat was to blame in a fatal train derailment last summer that collapsed a bridge, sending the entire structure and dozens of loaded freight cars crashing onto the street below, a fed...


Gas Leak Ignites, Collapses Rig

Natural gas from a drilling rig leaked for 14 hours before igniting and partially collapsing the structure off the coast of Louisiana on Tuesday (July 23).


2 Companies Held Liable in Tank Death

South Carolina health and safety investigators have fined a paper mill and its contractor in the asphyxiation of a worker who was cleaning a tank in January.


Suits Claim Shipyard Guest Worker Abuse

A new series of federal lawsuits accuses shipbuilder Signal International of swindling and mistreating hundreds of Indian guest workers recruited for work in the United States.


OSHA Whistleblower Awarded $820K

The federal agency tasked with protecting corporate whistleblowers has just signed an $820,000 settlement with one of its own, who had accused the agency of complicity in underreporting inju...


NYC Construction Deaths on the Rise

Construction worker fatalities are soaring in New York City, possibly due to a resurgence in construction activity there, federal regulators are reporting.


Flooding Erodes Bridge, Derails Train

A corroded bridge over a flooding river gave way, derailing a train carrying flammable petroleum products in Alberta.


Worker Survives Fall from Crane

Faulty equipment is being blamed for a 35-foot fall suffered by a construction worker who was working on a crane at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.


Amputations Bring 7th OSHA Case

Despite dozens of federal safety citations and more than a million dollars in fines to their employer, two Texas employees have suffered amputations at a Texas pipe fabricator and coating fa...


Bridge Projects in MO, AZ, PA Kill 3

Devastating bridge construction accidents in three states have claimed the lives of three workers in 10 days, authorities report.


Fatal OH Plant Blast Draws $325K Fine

A deadly explosion at a Cincinnati sewage plant has drawn 22 federal health and safety violations and $325,710 in fines for the facility owner.


OSHA Fines Follow 24-Foot Fall

A general contractor building a wind turbine in Hanover, MA, has been fined after an employee survived a 24-foot fall down the structure.


From OSHA, A Peek Behind the Probes

Against the backdrop of a mounting number of deadly structural collapses, the federal government has just released extensive documentation of its investigations into several such disasters.


Ninja Goggles Protect from Overspray

Using air as a barrier, new Ninja goggles shield painters from overspray, according to manufacturer ProBlocker.


GAO: 1 in 4 U.S. Bridges Deficient

Recent bridge collapses in Washington State, Missouri and elsewhere attest to more bottom-line bad news just delivered to Congress: A significant share of U.S. bridges is in dicey condition.


Second LA Plant Blast Claims One

Just miles apart, two chemical plant explosions within two days in Louisiana claimed the lives of three people and sent well over 70 others to the hospital.


Plant Explosion Kills 2, Cause Unknown

A chemical plant explosion killed two people and injured dozens more in Geismar, LA, on Thursday (June 13).


Corrosion, Overloaded Cargo Sank Ship

Corrosion and a significantly weakened structure contributed to a sinking cargo ship that saw the loss of six lives, according to an investigation report published on Wednesday (June 12).


City Fighting Rogue Crosswalks

After five rogue crosswalks were painted in Tacoma, WA, the city announced its plans to arrest and prosecute anyone caught in the act.


Ergodyne’s Brim Adds Protective Shade

A new hard hat brim provides neck and face UV protection for workers who are exposed to the sun.


Worker Dies From Fall-Related Injuries

A construction worker has died several days after falling from the Lower Perry Bridge in La Grande, OR.


OSHA Cites Controversial Contractor

A New York contractor who has initiated several high-profile lawsuits over various projects is now on the receiving end of bad news, facing $84,000 in federal fines over severe safety violat...


New DVDs Detail Chemical Accidents

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has released a free three-disc set of technical videos detailing some of the nation's worst chemical accidents.


Landmark Chemical Bill May Revamp TSCA

After nearly four decades, chemical makers and environmental groups may be ready to agree on new federal legislation overhauling the nation's chief chemical safety law.


Bridge Worker Hit by Falling Bucket

A worker on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge near Baltimore, MD, was seriously injured on Tuesday, June 4, after a five-gallon paint bucket fell, striking him on the head.


Bridge Mishap Leaves Painters Hanging

Two bridge painters can thank their fall protection for saving their lives after a support platform gave way and left them dangling from the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge in New York.


Federal Probe Urged in Mall Collapse

A citizens group is demanding a federal investigation into the fatal cave-in at the Algo Centre Mall, after an Ontario Labour Ministry official defended her agency's oversight of the doomed ...


Citizen Crosswalk Painter Arrested

A California man has been arrested after painting an unauthorized crosswalk at a busy intersection near his home.


Boss Imprisoned in Worker’s Fatal Fall

The owner of a UK demolition company has been sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter in an employee’s death on a worksite.


Plane’s Paint Called Plain Plagiarism

Finland’s largest airline will strip a new paint scheme from one of its aircraft after the designer admitted copying the work from a Ukrainian folk artist.


No Answers in Parking Deck Cave-in

Investigators continue to comb the rubble of a suburban Maryland parking garage to determine why a 50,000-pound concrete slab fell, fatally crushing a construction worker and critically inju...


Settlements Seen in Painters’ Deaths

A coating contractor and Colorado utility implicated in the 2007 deaths of five painters are reportedly close to settling federal safety cases for reduced amounts.


Spider Improves Lifeline System

Spider, a division of SafeWorks LLC, has revamped its SpiderLine lifeline system for workers on bridges, building construction, rooftops and other elevated surfaces.


Train Wreck Brings Down MO Bridge

Federal transportation investigators are combing the scene of the nation’s second bridge collapse in less than a week.


Load Mishap Cited in WA Bridge Collapse

Slammed by a rig hauling an oversized load, a Washington State bridge has collapsed, plunging two cars and three people into the frigid Skagit River.


Firm Told to Rehire Nuke Whistleblower

A senior engineer who was fired after raising safety concerns during construction at a Kansas nuclear power plant must be reinstated and compensated more than $260,000, federal regulators ha...


Painter Electrocuted on Bridge Project

Authorities are investigating the death of a worker on a Kentucky bridge painting project that has been fast-tracked for early completion.


Blasting Helmet Helps Keep Users Cool

A new blasting helmet from protective equipment maker Bullard offers wearers a lighter, cooler fit, the company says.


Spray Booth Hazards Draw $119K Fine

Unsafe spray finishing operations, including flammable liquids and paint booth hazards, are among the violations that have landed a screen printing company in hot water with federal regulato...


OSHA Impostor Gets Prison Term

A Louisiana woman will serve nearly five years in prison for impersonating a federal safety trainer to profit off of displaced members of the Gulf of Mexico's fishing community, many of whom...


Corrosion Cracking Shuts Nuke Reactor

Stress corrosion cracking in a North Carolina nuclear reactor has forced operator Duke Energy to take the plant offline, officials said.


ASA Advises Contractors on ‘Obamacare’

Subcontractors who must soon navigate the complex dictates of the new federal health-care law have a new guide from the American Subcontractors Association.


Contractor Fined in Tank Worker’s Death

An Illinois industrial cleaning and painting firm is being held responsible for the death of a worker, who was stricken while cleaning a methylene chloride tank inside a paint thinner plant.


Old Paint Sites Get EPA Cleanup Funds

The toxic legacy of abandoned boat sanding, shop painting, metal finishing and other industrial operations nationwide will be addressed with more than $62.5 million in newly released federal...


2 Burned in Blast Operation Explosion

Two workers have been critically burned in explosions at an Oklahoma abrasive blasting and coating plant that may have been operating unlawfully, authorities say.


ACA Fights Customer Disclosure Plan

What's more important: the privacy of a customer list or the possible need to reach those customers about product dangers?


$2.25B Fine Urged in Pipeline Blast

The California utility responsible for a fatal pipeline explosion is likely in for an "astronomical" fine after investigators turned up dozens of preventable problems dating back decades.


OSHA Drops Citations in 2 Deaths

Two workers asphyxiated in a manhole’s toxic atmosphere were engaged at the time in “construction,” not “general industry work”—a distinction that is likely to spare their employer federal c...


Coating Shop with OSHA Record Burns

A steel plant coating facility cited last year for combustible residues, excessive exposures and flammable liquid hazards has been destroyed in a fire.


New OSHA Rule on Cranes to Begin

Underground construction and demolition must soon follow the same crane and derrick standards that now apply to the rest of the construction industry, under new federal rules set to take eff...


Inspector Who Cleared Mall is Charged

Engineers who inspected an Ontario shopping mall last year declared it structurally sound one month before it caved in and killed two people.


Painting Contractor Cited in 2nd Death

A New York industrial painting contractor who lost two transmission tower painters in two deadly falls two years apart is now facing $35,000 in fines for new federal safety citations.


Offshore Fires Spur New Demands on BP

For the second time in two years, regulators have ordered BP to address offshore maintenance lapses that have led to fires and risked catastrophes aboard oil and gas platforms.


7 Blasts on AL Barges Injure 3

A spark during cleaning operations apparently triggered seven explosions that blew up two fuel barges and sent three people to the hospital this week in Mobile, AL, the Coast Guard said Thur...


OSHA Fines Paint Co. $41K in Injuries

Worker injuries at a powder paint manufacturer have drawn multiple federal health and safety violations and more than $40,000 in fines, officials announced.


Chilled Safety Culture Draws NRC Fines

A “chilled work environment” prevented nuclear facility employees from raising safety concerns—a serious safety shortcoming that has prompted fines against Chicago Bridge & Iron for its rece...


$1M Chemical Blaze Guts Coating Plant

Fire ripped through a polymer coating facility in Canada over the weekend, causing $1 million in damage and requiring 60 firefighters to bring the blaze under control.


Amputation Dangers Draw $589K Fine

An Ohio paint-can manufacturer that allegedly operates with unguarded machinery in order to speed up production is facing egregious federal safety violations and nearly $600,000 in fines.


Disney Closes Rides after Citations

M-i-c-k-e-y M-o-u-s-e is in big trouble with C-a-l/O-S-H-A.


Philippines Seeks $1.5M in Reef Mishap

The Philippines has announced plans to fine the United States $1.5 million for damage to a protected coral reef where a Navy ship was stuck for more than two months.


7 Workers Perish during Tank Cleaning

Seven workers have died while cleaning a tank at a brewery in Mexico City for Grupo Modelo, the parent company of Corona beer, the company has confirmed.


Coating Facility Hit With Repeat Fines

A Georgia industrial coatings contractor is facing repeated federal safety violations for allegedly allowing painters to be exposed to—and eat in areas laced with—hexavalent chromium.


Study: Nuke Site Issues Pose Blast Risk

Leaking radioactive waste tanks, design flaws, and poor safety practices at a nuclear tank farm in Washington could lead to an explosion and other threats to public health and safety, a nucl...


Piece by Piece, Navy Removes Ship

Grounded for more than two months, a U.S. Navy minesweeper is being surgically dismantled and lifted off a coral reef in the Philippines, officials said.


Producer Blamed in Death of Tank Diver

A California film studio is being held liable for the death of a water tank cleaner who drowned on a movie set last fall.


New Airport Sign Kills Boy, Crushes Mom

A 10-year-old Kansas boy was killed and his mother critically injured when a massive concrete and glass display board in a newly renovated airport terminal fell on four members of the family...


Trapped 75 Feet Down, Worker Saved

A New York City subway construction worker is lucky to be alive and safe after a dramatic rescue freed him from a quicksand-like concrete slurry 75 feet below the street.


New Spider Rail Made for Strength, Ease

Spider has introduced a high-strength, temporary guardrail system that is designed for easy assembly and portability without compromising fall protection.


Scissor Lift Topples, Kills 2 at Port

Two public-works employees were killed and a third was critically injured when a scissor lift they were working from toppled over in Port Everglades, FL,, hurling them several stories to the...


Free Webinar Tackles Blasting Safety

Protecting abrasive blasters in their dangerous work will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Painter Gets 17 Years for Sub Arson

A civilian painter has been sentenced to 17 years in prison and $400 million in restitution after setting fire to a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine last May, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office ...


MT Contractor Cited in Worker's Death

A Montana paving contractor is facing 16 federal health and safety violations, including one willful violation, in the death of a worker who slipped from the top of a tank and struck his hea...


Ruling: Communications Doomed Worker

One emergency radio system—rather than a protracted chain of cell-phone calls—could have helped save the life of bridge worker Tilden Billiot, a federal review panel has concluded.


Barge Strikes Pipeline, Ignites Blaze

A fire so intense that the U.S. Coast Guard was waiting to extinguish it continued to blaze late Wednesday in a Louisiana bayou after a tugboat pushing an oil barge struck a pipeline.


RR to Pay $350K for Worker ‘Retaliation’

The Union Pacific Railroad has been ordered to reinstate an award-winning 30-year employee who was accused of wrongdoing and summarily fired after he reported an on-the-job injury.


2 Paint Plant Explosions Injure 3

Two explosions and a massive fire at a coatings plant near Chicago this week injured three people and sparked panic in the surrounding area.


Fired, Injured RR Workers to Get $1.1M

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. has been ordered to pay more than $1.1 million and clear the records of three employees, including a bridge worker, whom it allegedly fired after they were injur...


TX Firm Accused of Serious Fall Hazards

A commercial and residential concrete contractor in central Texas is facing $46,000 in federal penalties for allegedly allowing employees to work at heights without fall protection.


Fire Devastates Pipe Coating Facility

Fire investigators are searching for answers after a blaze destroyed a pipeline coating facility in Leduc, Alberta.


Coating Firm, GC Cited in Manhole Death

A St. Louis-area industrial painting contractor and general contractor share responsibility in the suffocation of an employee who perished in a pipe 18 feet underground a sewer plant last su...


Safety Firm Fined $448K in Fatal Shock

One of the nation's largest highway marking and safety contractors is facing $448,000 in fines and a list of egregious federal safety citations after an employee was electrocuted on an inter...


BASF Blast Laid to WWII Bomb

BASF has confirmed that an explosive device, most likely a World War II-era bomb, caused the blast that left one person injured Tuesday at a plant construction site in Germany.


Containment Issues Stall Plant Restart

Offline for almost two years, a Nebraska nuclear plant was told this week that it must address additional issues before being allowed to restart, according to federal regulators.


1 Injured in Explosion at BASF Site

An explosion at BASF’s plant construction site in Germany has injured one worker, the giant chemical manufacturer said on Tuesday (Feb. 26).


BP Trial Starts Over Gulf Spill

Oil giant BP faced its first day in court on Monday (Feb. 25), contending that it should not bear sole responsibility for the 2010 rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which sp...


Capital Safety Touts New Escape System

A new hands-free escape system designed for workers in commercial construction tops a list of safety equipment just introduced by Capital Safety.


Firms Fined in Deadly Paint Dust Blast

Federal regulators are holding three contracting firms liable for a combustible-dust flash fire that claimed the lives of two workers in a paint booth at a Texas facility in August.


Pipeline Mishap Kills 1, Levels Restaurant

A contractor's drilling error is suspected in a natural-gas pipeline explosion and fire that demolished a popular Kansas City, MO, restaurant this week, killing one person and injuring at le...


New Rule to Protect Ship Whistleblowers

Shipboard painters, blasters and other workers will soon have new federal protection from retaliation over complaints about their working conditions, under interim final rules issued by the ...


Driller Pleads Guilty in Gulf Disaster

The world's largest offshore drilling company will pay $400 million in fines and penalties stemming from crimes in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 workers, under an agreem...


Bill Urges Action on Combustible Dust

Five years after a combustible-dust explosion killed 14 workers in Georgia, legislators are again demanding that federal safety regulators set standards for such hazards.


Plant Collapse Kills 1, Injures 1

One worker has died and another has been injured after the collapse of a coal-fired power plant being demolished in Pampa, TX.


Corrosion, Low Inhibitors Ruptured Pipe

Insufficient corrosion inhibitors and severe corrosion caused a pipe rupture that triggered a massive explosion and blaze last year at Chevron's refinery last year in Richmond, CA, investiga...


Roof, Walls Collapse at Chernobyl Plant

Heavy snow accumulation has caused the collapse of a large section of roof at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, but country officials insist that the site of the world's worst nu...


BP Confirms 4 Deaths in Terror Attack

BP has confirmed the deaths of four employees in the recent terrorist attack on one of its desert gas facilities in Algeria.


New Coating Helps Blastproof Trains

Haunted by catastrophic terrorist bombings of their transit systems, European researchers have developed a window coating that helps keep glass intact when shattered by a blast.


Survivors May Get Steel from MN Bridge

Some of the nine million pounds of steel from the fallen Interstate 35W bridge in Minnesota may be pieced off to survivors of the bridge collapse as a solemn memorial.


Contractor Cited in Traffic Cop’s Death

The construction contractor on a project that claimed the life of Westfield, MA, police officer has been issued a $14,000 fine after an investigation found a repeat safety violation.


Navy to Scrap Stuck $277M Vessel

Hopelessly beached on a reef in the Philippines for over two weeks, the $277 million USS Guardian minesweeper will be cut to pieces in order to free it, the U.S. Navy has decided.


Paint Truck Smashed by NJ Train

An NJ Transit train full of commuters collided with a tractor-trailer full of paint in Little Falls, NJ, leaving several injuries and one whopping mess.


Chevron Fined $1M in Refinery Fire

Chevron's apparent decision to ignore its own inspectors' decade-old recommendation to replace a corroded, leaking pipe has triggered a record fine against the oil company in the blast and b...


Bogus OSHA Trainer Pleads Guilty

A Louisiana woman has admitted impersonating a federal health and safety trainer in order to fleece immigrants displaced from the Gulf Coast fishing industry by the Deepwater Horizon ...


Record Year for Pipeline Fines

Rounding out a year of record enforcement actions against the pipeline industry for coatings, corrosion and other violations, U.S. regulators have levied nearly $200,000 in fines against Col...


Tank Worker Killed, 2 Hurt at SC Plant

Authorities are investigating the death of a contract worker who was cleaning a fume tank at a South Carolina paper mill owned by Resolute Forest Products.


$500K Fine Set in Deadly PA Blast

Pennsylvania state regulators have hiked their fine to the maximum of $500,000 against a utility company whose aging pipeline caused a fatal explosion in Allentown, PA.


PG&E Trying 3D Laser for Pipe Safety

A high-tech laser scanner was recently implemented to enhance gas pipeline safety and detect corrosion at Pacific Gas & Electric.


Bridge Inspector’s Fatal Fall Probed

Federal authorities are investigating the death of an engineer who plunged 140 feet in a fall from a New York City bridge he was inspecting earlier this month.


WV Pipe Thinned By Heavy Corrosion

Heavy corrosion caused a pipeline wall to thin to one-fourth of its original thickness, leading to its rupture in December, a new federal report has found.


Expert Rejected, Contractor Upheld

Unimpressed with the testimony of both an expert witness and a federal compliance officer, a federal commission has thrown out a safety case filed against a pipe contractor in a rupture that...


Europe Eyes Hazardous Lead Labeling

Lead paint could soon take on a new "hazardous" status throughout the 27 member states of the European Union, under measures now being considered.


Hoover Dam Hit with 58 OSHA Citations

Lead contamination, hexavalent chromium exposures and a wide variety of other hazards at the Hoover Dam Hydroelectric Power Plant have resulted in the filing of 58 federal health and safety...


Award-Winning Apps Offer Hip Path to Safety

Are you more likely to date a supermodel or die in a fall? Do you work with a Safety Jackass? Above all, do you have a clue how to handle that mystery chemical you're about to use?


Feds Order Pipeline Review After Blast

A section of pipeline in West Virginia has been determined “hazardous to life, property, and the environment,” federal investigators stated in a corrective order in response to a December 20...


EPA Withdraws New Cadmium Rule

Under pressure from producers, the U.S. government has reversed a brand-new rule that would have increased safety disclosure requirements for products containing cadmium, used in some protec...


U.S. Reviews Paint Stripper Chemicals

Largely banned in Europe and linked to multiple deaths in the U.S., toxic paint-stripper chemicals are finally getting a serious look from the Environmental Protection Agency.


OSHA Fines MT Tank Maker $75K

Spray area and confined-space hazards, improper resin storage and a variety of other dangers have led to a dozen federal safety citations and a $75,600 fine against a Montana tank maker.


Transocean Fined $1.4B in Gulf Blast

The world's largest offshore drilling contractor will pay $1.4 billion in fines and plead guilty to environmental crimes to resolve federal civil and criminal cases stemming from the 2010 De...


WI Contractor Fined in 2nd Crane Death

Two Wisconsin construction firms are being held liable for a fatal crane collapse at a bridge construction site last year—the second death in three months for one of the contractors.


Corrosion Stirs Removal of Tunnel Panels

Scores of 100-pound coated metal panels have been removed from two Boston tunnels after one broke from its frame and fell, authorities say.


OSHA Fines Firm in Blaster's Death

A fatal labeling error that led an abrasive blaster to hook his supplied-air hood to nitrogen gas rather than oxygen will cost a West Virginia employer $42,700 in federal health and safety f...


New Hose Color Coding to Start in New Year

The new color-coding scheme for pressure hoses adopted by the WaterJet Technology Association-Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association (WJTA-IMCA) will take effect Jan. 1, 2013.


OSHA Criminal Referrals Seen to Rise

U.S. employers whose workers suffer a fatal accident on the job may soon be looking at a new consequence: prison time.


Pipeline Spill Penalties Total $312K

ConocoPhillips has agreed to pay state and federal environmental regulators more than $312,000 in penalties and other costs related to a pair of corrosion-induced oil spills at the Kuparuk R...


Bridge Work Blamed in WA Wildfire

Welding and cutting with power tools—activities prohibited at the time under local fire regulations—ignited last summer's $11 million Taylor Bridge blaze that destroyed 61 homes and more tha...


OSHA Sues Contractor over Fired Worker

Federal regulators are suing an Alabama structural relocation company for allegedly firing an employee who refused to work in a collapsing trench.


Corrosion Cited in WV Pipeline Blast

External corrosion could be the cause of a pipeline explosion that ignited a massive fireball, destroyed four homes, and closed part of an interstate in West Virginia last week, the National...


Worker Survives 90-Foot Fall from Tower

An employee of a South Dakota tank and tower maintenance and painting firm is lucky to be alive after falling from the top of a municipal water tower in northwest Iowa.


OSHA Corrects Record on U.S. Minerals

Abrasives maker U.S. Minerals has paid its $700,000 fine in full and has complied fully with the terms of its summer settlement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA s...


Abrasives Maker Settles 8 OSHA Cases

U.S. Minerals, one of the largest U.S. producers of coal slag products, has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle 141 federal health and safety citations stemming from egregious respiratory and o...


OSHA Seeks Input on Cutting Red Tape

Attempting to improve and streamline existing construction standards, the federal government is seeking public input on rules that can be pruned, clarified or pitched.


Pipeline Blast Engulfs WV Interstate

Crews were searching for victims late Tuesday after five homes were ablaze and part of Interstate 77 was engulfed in flames from a gas-pipeline explosion that ignited a massive fireball just...


Paint Chemical Maker Fined in Blast

An explosion at a Georgia plant that makes paint and coating chemicals has drawn 20 federal citations and $77,000 in fines for a “wide range of safety hazards.”


1 Dead, 1 Hurt in Drained Water Tower

One worker was killed and one was trapped for several hours Wednesday after falling into an empty water tower in eastern Pennsylvania.


Evacuation Grows, Tempers Shorten in NJ

One hundred more New Jersey homes have been evacuated near the site of a toxic chemical release from a train derailment, and the area’s congressman is calling for an end to self-policing of ...


Signal, Inspection Eyed in Train Wreck

A faulty signaling mechanism, missed inspection, and rules for transporting hazardous materials by rail are all under scrutiny as federal safety officials press their investigation into Frid...


Neglect Seen in Deadly Tunnel Collapse

At least nine people were killed on Sunday (Dec. 2) morning in Japan when hundreds of tons of concrete fell from the ceiling of the Sasago Tunnel.


Chemical Levels Slow Derailment Probe

Levels of vinyl chloride seeping from a derailed freight train spiked Monday (Dec. 3) in southern New Jersey, temporarily halting cleanup work as the federal investigation into the accident ...


Study: Low Bids Hide 'Staggering' Costs

Low-bid contractors who compromise safety end up squandering both public money and lives, argue three new studies that challenge the longstanding government contract process.


NTSB: Confusion Preceded NJ Derailment

Confusion over a signal may have contributed to a train derailment that spewed clouds of toxic vapors over a New Jersey neighborhood on Friday, federal authorities say.


Chemical Release Draws $545K Fine

An Ohio chemical plant has been slapped with 47 federal health and safety violations and a $545,000 fine stemming from an unexpected release of hazardous materials in May.


Research Puts Heat on Flame Retardants

Flame retardants are backfiring when it comes to building safety, and current building codes that mandate the chemicals' use should be re-examined, new research warns.


Deadly Overpass Collapse Sparks Riots

At least 13 people are dead, scores are injured, and about 20 people remain trapped in the rubble of a highway overpass that collapsed during construction over the weekend in Bangladesh, aut...


Free Webinar Tackles New HazCom Rules

New U.S. requirements for classifying chemicals and communicating hazardous information on container labels and material safety data sheets will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar by SS...


'Human Error' Blamed in Club Explosion

A natural-gas explosion that leveled a Massachusetts strip club, damaged 42 buildings, and injured 21 people has been blamed on the apparent mismarking of a gas line.


Coating Firm Fined $74K in Fire

A Connecticut urethane coatings maker is facing federal citations and $74,000 in fines after a fire in August left four workers hospitalized.


OSHA Seeks PPE for Sandy Cleanup Work

Federal regulators have asked the largest safety groups in the United States for donations of Personal Protective Equipment to aid crews and individuals who are working on Hurricane Sandy cl...


Body Found, Subpoena Set in Rig Blast

One body was recovered from the sea floor and divers continued Monday to search for another in the Gulf of Mexico, in the wake of an explosion and fire on an offshore oil platform.


$246K Fine Set in Blast that Burned 2

A Texas oil and gas services company is facing nearly $250,000 in federal fines for an explosion that injured two tank cleaners shortly after the company was cited for similar hazards.


Nuke Manager Faked Safety for Bonuses

After his company collected over $2.5 million in safety bonuses, a former safety manager for the Shaw Group now faces up to $8 million in fines and 10 years in prison for generating false in...


BP Hit with Indictments, $4.5B Fine

British oil giant BP will pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history and plead guilty to 14 criminal charges, including manslaughter, in the April 2010 explosion that killed 11 workers...


Abrasives Maker Fined for Labeling Issue

An Alabama abrasives maker has been fined $1,100 for one federal labeling violation for failing to list beryllium as a component of a coal slag abrasive.


IN Blast Kills 2, Guts Neighborhood

Federal and state authorities worked feverishly Monday (Nov. 12) to determine the cause of a massive explosion and blaze that killed two Indianapolis residents and devastated a neighborhood ...


Water Utility Cited in Worker’s Death

Missouri’s largest water utility is facing two severe federal safety violations and a $140,000 fine in the death of a pipe cutter who was killed while working to rebuild tornado-ravaged Jopl...


OSHA, MA Contractor Settle for $200K

A “recidivist” Boston contractor with a “long history” of federal safety violations has agreed to pay a $200,000 fine and “significantly overhaul” its safety practices to settle a series of ...


Bridge Painter Loses Lifeline Appeal

An Ohio bridge painting company that challenged access to federal safety inspectors on a follow-up visit to a job site has lost its appeal of the case.


Feds: VT OSHA Bungling Death Probes

Are workers in states that run their own occupational safety and health programs getting the same protection as those in states overseen by federal regulators? A new federal audit—the lates...


Painter Did Not Tie Off, Employer Says

A bridge painter who drowned after falling from the Lewis and Clark Bridge in Washington State had been wearing a harness but had not tied off, his employer said Tuesday (Nov. 6).


Bridge Painter's Body Recovered

The body of a missing bridge painter who fell into the Columbia River on Oct. 7 while working on the Lewis and Clark Bridge was recovered Saturday afternoon (Nov. 4).


US DOT Releases $13M in Sandy Relief

The wind and rain may have subsided, but Hurricane Sandy's devastating damage to crucial infrastructure is just emerging, prompting the federal government to release $13 million in quick rel...


Tower Painter Electrocuted, 2nd Injured

A New Jersey painter working on a high-voltage transmission tower was electrocuted and fell 70 feet to his death, striking his partner below him and knocking him to the ground as well, autho...


Infrastructure Battered by Sandy's Wrath

The plants, refineries, levees and other infrastructure of the U.S. East Coast took an unprecedented pounding from Hurricane Sandy, despite officials' best efforts to secure facilities befor...


NM Refinery to Pay $400K in Fatal Blast

A New Mexico oil refinery will pay a record $400,000 fine for a 2010 explosion and blaze that killed two employees and seriously injured two others who were working on a storage tank at the ...


1 Killed, 14 Hurt in Bridge Work Mishap

One worker was killed, one was in a coma, and 13 others were injured when a suspended platform fell Friday (Oct. 26) at the site of a mega-bridge being built off Hong Kong.


Firm Upheld in Fatal Cell Phone Case

If you are on your cell phone arguing with your spouse when you are supposed to be working, and you don’t see a big truck coming at you, is that your employer’s fault?


Fall Violations Lead OSHA’s Top 10

Fall-protection violations are now the leading cause of federal health and safety violations by employers, overtaking scaffolding violations for the first time in four years, new preliminary...


Shipyard Worker Killed in PA

Authorities are investigating the death of a Pennsylvania ship repair worker who became entangled in machinery while servicing a crane 100 feet in the air.


Corrosion Eyed in 2nd Refinery Fire

The neglected corrosion suspected in a recent explosion at Chevron Corp.’s refinery in Richmond, CA, may also have caused a 2011 fire that prompted employee complaints about the problem, new...


Death Toll Climbs in FL Collapse

As sadly expected, recovery workers on the scene of a building collapse at Miami Dade College have found another victim in the wreckage, bringing the death toll in the accident to four.


Contractor: Crane Hit Doomed Garage

A crane “bumped a support column” on a five-story parking garage two days before the structure pancaked on top of workers, killing three in Doral, FL, the contractor now says.


CA Tightens Pipeline Safety Laws

One year plus two pipeline explosions equals three new California laws aimed at ramping up natural-gas pipeline safety.


3 Dead, 1 Missing in Collapse Of College Parking Garage

At least three workers were dead and one was still missing Thursday after a parking garage under construction collapsed at Miami-Dade College in Doral, FL.


Concrete Form Mishap Kills 1, Injures 3

A concrete pour on a Kentucky highway project turned tragic this week when the metal form for a new retaining wall apparently fell, killing one worker and injuring three.


Blast May Have Caused Tank Death; 2nd Fatality Strikes Movie Set

Some sort of explosive pressure, rather than a floor collapse, may have caused the death of a tank cleaner last week in California, investigators now say.


3 Companies Fined in MO Bridge Death

Federal authorities have issued serious four citations and leveled a $15,300 fine against the builders of a Mississippi River bridge in the fatal fall of a lift operator near St. Louis last ...


Feds on Power Play at Islanders' Home

New York Islanders fans who are demanding a new home for their team just got some new, asbestos-laced ammunition from federal health and safety regulators.


Worker Perishes in Oil Field Water Tank

One tank cleaner was killed and another was seriously injured this week when the floor gave way in the tank they were cleaning at a California plant near Bakersfield, authorities said.


UK Warns of Offshore Grating Failure

Fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) deck gratings used in the offshore industry may fail, or lose integrity, after short exposure to hydrocarbon pool fires, UK health and safety regulators are wa...


Construction Trade Death Toll Declines

Construction-related deaths continued a five-year decline in the United States last year, although workplace fatalities changed little overall, according to preliminary figures released Thur...


OSHA Awards $10.7M in Training Aid

Dozens of shipyards, unions, construction safety organizations, community groups, and schools will share in $10.7 million in federal grants to support worker health and safety training.


Finishing Companies OK $196K EPA Deal

Three Southern California metal painting and finishing companies will spend a total of nearly $200,000 to resolve federal hazardous-waste and clean-water violations, under a new agreement wi...


U.S. Suit Targets Whistleblower’s Boss

Federal authorities are suing a New York asbestos contractor who allegedly fired an employee for raising concerns about a shoddy asbestos removal job at a school.


MA Bridge Worker Falls to His Death

Authorities are investigating the death of a bridge worker who fell 60 feet through a gap on Interstate 91 in Springfield, MA.


Safer Pipeline Digging Gets $1.6M Boost

Federal pipeline regulators have awarded 22 states nearly $1.6 million to tackle the deadly problem of pipeline excavation damage.


Repeat OSHA Violator Goes Bankrupt

Shouldering a lengthy, costly record of health and safety violations, a New Hampshire roofing, painting and construction company has declared bankruptcy.


Secret Pipeline Settlement Slips Out

Secret documents inadvertently released by a California court detail a settlement of more than $2 million by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to a California teenager burned in the deadly pipeline...


Contractor to Defy Fine in Worker Death

The employer of a worker who was crushed to death in a building collapse says he plans to ignore the federal fines imposed in the case.


Lack of Maintenance Eyed in Venezuelan Refinery Disaster

As the death toll neared 50 in Venezuela’s horrific Amuay refinery explosion and four-day blaze, initial speculation on the cause focused quickly on maintenance and management neglect.


Paint Firm: Personal Task Led to Blast

A painting company employee was using his company’s facility to repair a steel tank from home on his own time when the unit blew apart, injuring him critically, according to his employer.


OSHA Offers Severe Violators a Way Out

Once an employer with an egregious health and safety record lands in OSHA’s biggest, baddest doghouse, how does he or she get out? Two years after it built the doghouse—formally, the Seve...


2 Workers Burned in Tank Blast

Two Pennsylvania painting company employees have been injured, one severely, in the explosion of a pressurized tank they were welding.


OSHA Cites 2 NJ Companies in Heat Death

A temp agency for construction workers and a global waste management firm are being held responsible for the heat-related death of a sanitation worker who perished on his collection route in...


Worker Survives Brain Skewer by Bar

A Brazilian construction worker is recovering remarkably quickly after being impaled through the brain by an iron bar that fell from five stories up on a job site.


More Suits Aim to Force CCR Decision

Few industry debates are as bitterly divisive as that over Coal Combustion Residuals, but there is one thing on which friends and foes agree: It is high time for the Environmental Protection...


Painting Contractor Settles Lead Case

An Ohio industrial painting and blasting contractor with a long-unblemished safety record has tentatively settled its first federal case for a sharply reduced fine.


OSHA Eyeing Contractor Fall Practices

Here’s a heads-up to contractors in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi: Uncle Sam is watching you. Mid-Atlantic contractors: You, too. Other regions: He may be on the way.


Trapped Worker Rescued from Drain

A white-knuckle three-hour rescue operation managed to safely free a Florida construction worker who had been trapped waist-deep in soil in a city storm drain.


Judge OKs Release of Kids’ Lead Tests

Hundreds of thousands of children’s medical records will be released to the Sherwin-Williams Co. and other lead pigment paint producers in a long-running lawsuit brought by 10 California cit...


NH Plant Facing 66th OSHA Citation

Cited dozens of times since 1998 for federal lead violations, a New England foundry is now shouldering a new case that carries a $185,900 price tag.


A Bridge Map of Danger and Purpose

Remember the deadly I-35 Bridge disaster of 2007? Barry LePatner says there are 7,980 more like it just waiting to happen.


Waterproofing Contractor Fined $56K

Continuing allegations of respiratory protection hazards have prompted new federal citations and fines against a Chicago-area coating and waterproofing contractor.


Corrpro Held Liable for Painter’s Hole

Cathodic protection supplier Corrpro Companies Inc. did not adequately protect a new field employee who fell through a hole left by a third-party painting contractor, a federal Administrativ...


OSHA: Firm Delayed 911 Call for Worker

Waist-deep and sinking in 25,000 pounds of sand, the worker was eventually rescued. But the ending is not so happy for his employer.


Mayor: Bridges No Safer Since Collapse

Five years after the catastrophic failure of Minneapolis’s I-35 Bridge, are America’s bridges any safer? No, says the mayor whose city suffered the disaster.


Firm Fined $200K in 4 Scaffold Deaths

Rejecting a prosecutor’s plea to send a million-dollar message, a Canadian judge has fined an Ontario construction company $200,000 for the deaths of four immigrant workers who plunged 13 st...


Burns Claim Life of 2nd Mill Worker

A second subcontract worker has died from burns he suffered two weeks ago in a fly-ash accident at a Wisconsin paper mill.


Bridge Painter Loses Lead Case Appeal

A federal commission has three words of advice for bridge painting contractors who are blasting off old lead-based coatings: Monitor, monitor, monitor.


Asbestos Contractor Gets 10-Year Term

An Illinois fireproofing contractor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegally removing, handling and disposing of asbestos from a Kankakee building in 2009.


Tank Maker: Strike 2 on Confined Space

An Illinois tank maker slapped last year with 23 federal health and safety citations and a six-figure fine is facing more of the same for continuing confined-space and other life-threatening...


$92K Fine Set in Port Worker’s Death

A Long Beach, CA, marine services company faces $92,100 in federal fines in the death of a worker who was crushed by a 40-foot-long shipping container in January.


Plant Fined 3rd Time in 15 Months

Lack of soap, towels, and showers; inadequate respirators; and forced use of vacation time for mandatory medical examinations of employees working with toxic chemicals are among the federal ...


Scaffold Failure Injures 4 at TX Plant

Four workers have been rescued from a 30-foot-deep pit after the scaffolding on which they were working failed at the Lubbock Wastewater Treatment Plant.


WI Mill Fly Ash Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Burned

Authorities are investigating the death of one worker and severe injury of another who were both burned by fly ash at a Wisconsin paper mill.


OSHA Cites TX Pipe, Tank Company

A Texas oil tank and pipe manufacturer is facing a dozen federal health and safety violations—half of them repeats from 2011—and $129,800 in fines for hazards at its plant in Abilene.


UK’s OSHA Adopts ‘Loser Pays’ Policy

UK employers who flout health and safety laws will start subsidizing the cost of their own enforcement, in a novel “cost recovery scheme” that the government will launch this fall.


Fabrication Plant Draws 3rd OSHA Case

A nationwide steel fabricator faces $132,000 in fines for a variety of crushing, laceration and electrical hazards at its plant in Augusta, ME—the third round of federal citations at that lo...


BP Adds $13M to Refinery Disaster Tab

BP’s costs for a 2005 series of deadly refinery explosions are inching steadily closer to $2 billion, with a new $13 million federal settlement announced Thursday (July 12).


EPA Offers ‘Flexibility’ on Cement Rule

Bowing to a federal-court ruling and industry pressure, the Environmental Protection Agency will offer more implementation time and other “compliance flexibilities” to its 2010 air standards...


Arkema Plant Hazards Draw $117K Fine

A federal crackdown on chemical plants that are ill-prepared for a catastrophic release has now swept in Arkema Inc., the global raw materials supplier to the coatings, construction and seal...


NTSB: Pipe Rupture, Spill Avoidable

Enbridge Energy knew of—and ignored—multiple corrosion-fatigue cracks in a Michigan pipeline five years before the line ruptured, unleashing the costliest onshore oil spill in U.S. history, ...


WI Bridge Worker Killed; Crane Death is Firm’s 2nd

Federal authorities are investigating the second worker death since April involving a crane operated by a Wisconsin contractor.


IL Bridge Collapse, Derailment Kill 2

Federal authorities are investigating the collapse of a railroad bridge that derailed a 138-car freight train and crushed a couple in their car in a Chicago suburb.


OSHA Updates Head Protection Rules

OSHA has issued a direct final rule and a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise requirements for head protection in its general industry, construction, shipyard employment, longshoring, an...


OSHA Reaches Out to Stop Falls

OSHA has posted new media resources on its Fall Prevention page and encourages media to use them to help get the message out to workers and employers that safety pays and falls cost.


Paint, Other Hazards Draw $86K Fine

Slippery coatings on floors, inadequate protection for paint workers, and other hazards have drawn 26 federal safety and health citations against an Atlanta manufacturer of metal storage sys...


OSHA Issues Health Alert on Fracking

The recent surge in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activities in shale and other natural-gas operations is exposing workers to dangerous levels of silica, federal officials are warning.


Port Firm Again in Hot Water with Feds

Failure to address long-standing chemical and training hazards has led to a host of extremely serious safety and health violations and nearly $90,000 in fines against a marine maintenance co...


Judge Throws Out OSHA Clothing Case

Federal regulators overstepped their authority when they cited an oil and gas company for not having an employee wear flame-retardant clothing, a new ruling holds.


50-Foot Fall Kills Worker at Power Plant

A 50-foot fall from an aerial lift basket has claimed the life of a subcontractor’s employee at an old Pacific Gas & Electric Co. plant in Bakersfield, CA.


1 Killed, 1 Burned in CA Tank Blast

For the fourth time in a few weeks, a worker has died and another has been injured after accidentally igniting vapors while dismantling an oil tank that they thought were empty


OSHA: RI Bridge Project Lacks Fall Plan

Inadequate rescue procedures and fall protection on a Rhode Island bridge project have landed the contractor in hot water with federal safety officials.


Containment, Exposures Draw $163K Fine

Paint stripper hazards, inadequate paint-area fire extinguishers, lack of training and MSDS, and widespread lack of respiratory and personal protection have led to 30 citations and a $163,22...


Prime Grime: DuPont Hails ‘Dirty Work’

DuPont wants the dirt on your dirty work, via a photo contest that captures the gritty, grimy, splattered glory of industrial jobs.


Grout Spray Kills NV Tunnel Worker

Authorities are investigating the death of a worker who was struck by a high-pressure stream of grout in a tunnel project more than 600 feet below Lake Mead, NV.


OSHA Urged to Watch Incentive Programs

Can workplace safety incentive programs actually backfire, by becoming a numbers game that discourages reporting of injuries and illness?


‘Ample Warning’ of Deadly Blast Ignored

A gas company’s failure to heed “ample warning signs”—including several fatal explosions—about its century-old mains led to a catastrophic 2011 blast that killed two families in Allentown, P...


AR Plant Fined $122K for Chemical Risks

Great Lakes Chemical Corp., a leading global producer of flame retardants and other construction chemicals, is facing 18 serious federal safety violations and a $122,000 fine for risking “un...


Worker Crushed at Steel Bridge Plant

Authorities are investigating the death of one worker and an injury of two others at one of North America’s largest steel bridge manufacturers.


Chemical Group Urged to Expel 3 Firms

Legislators from 10 states are asking the American Chemistry Council, the nation’s oldest trade group, to expel three member manufacturers of flame-retardant chemicals for “deeply unethical”...


3rd Death, 2nd Fatal Fall for TX Firm

Federal authorities are investigating a worker’s fatal fall from a highway overpass in Texas—the company’s third death in seven years.


Steel Products Maker Fined at 2nd Plant

Repeated failure to provide personal protective clothing and other safeguards has a Michigan-based specialty steel fabricator facing a variety of federal citations and $64,400 in fines.


Blast Disrupts Steel Mill Coating Shop

Workers escaped injury this week when a “small explosion” rocked a coating facility at North America’s largest steel mill.


Honeywell Debuts Sporty Safety Goggles

Honeywell Safety Products has launched Uvex Bayonet safety eyewear, designed to combine “high-performance protection with comfortable, sport-inspired styling,” the company says.


PG&E Reveals More Pipeline Corrosion

Embattled Pacific Gas & Electric has notified California state regulators of 180 corrosion areas along its pipeline network that violate the utility’s own standards.


OSHA Hits Galvanizer with 22 Citations

A Mississippi branch of North America’s largest galvanizer is facing nearly two dozen federal health and safety citations and $78,500 in fines after an inspection triggered by a complaint.


DOT Releases Pipeline Emergency Guide

Federal pipeline and hazmat regulators have released the 2012 version of their Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), providing first responders with a newly revised go-to manual to help addres...


Explosions, Fire Gut PA Blasting Firm

A Western Pennsylvania abrasive blasting and paint firm is a total loss after several explosions started a fire that leveled the business this week.


WI Worker Killed Changing Light Bulb

Authorities are investigating the death of a Wisconsin worker at a steel fabrication facility who apparently suffered a fatal fall while changing a light bulb.


Questions Smolder in Fatal Plant Blast

Authorities are seeking answers after an explosion rocked a century-old paper mill in central Minnesota this week, leaving one worker dead, the facility precarious, and a major local employe...


Coatings Cited in 6-Pipeline Explosion

Overlooked coating failures and lax oversight of high-risk corrosion environments top the list of “foreseeable” causes of a massive 2008 gas pipeline explosion in Western Australia, governme...


Court Tosses ‘Any Dose’ Asbestos Claim

In a case with major potential implications for chemical exposure claims, Pennsylvania’s high court has dismissed expert testimony asserting that “each and every fiber of inhaled asbestos” c...


Study: Fines Take Bite Out of Worker Injuries

Planned federal safety inspections can reduce workplace injuries later, but only if the visit yields penalties that hit employers in the wallet, new research finds.


3 Workers Killed in AR Tank Blast

Three workers are dead following the explosion of an abandoned containment vessel they were dismantling at an Arkansas oil site.


Study: OSHA Visits Save Injuries, Costs

New research is challenging the conventional business wisdom that safety inspections lay a “job-killing” burden on employers and do little to protect workers.


Adhesive Maker to Pay $600K for Blast

Adhesives manufacturer Bostik Inc. will pay a reduced fine of $600,000 to settle 50 federal health and safety violations stemming from a 2011 explosion that rocked its plant in Middleton, MA...


Lightning Sparks Fatal Paint Plant Fire

Cleanup efforts and investigations continue at an old Rohm and Haas coatings plant outside Philadelphia, where lightning torched two massive chemical tanks, triggering a three-alarm blaze.


Bridge Worker Burned by Power Line

Authorities are investigating how a bridge worker came to suffer a jolt from a 23,000-volt power line at a construction site near Pittsburgh, PA.


Stricken Tank Workers Left to ‘Nap’; Paint Maker Fined $159K

Co-workers of two unconscious men slumped at the bottom of a paint mixing tank full of toxic vapors “assumed” the men “were taking a break” and did not seek help because they did not want to...


Fines Set in Death from Paint Chemicals

A fatal accumulation of vapors from pools of spilled coating chemicals has led to 12 federal safety citations and $64,600 in fines against a Wisconsin manufacturer.


OSHA Holds Firm on PPE Requirement

Federal safety officials have nixed a congressman’s request to ease up on requirements that oil and gas workers wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


On the Job: Fewer Injuries, More Deaths?

Here’s a puzzler: Why would employers who report fewer injuries have more deaths on the job—and fewer deaths in workplaces that see more injuries?


4 Firms Fined in Bridge Painter’s Death

A Michigan industrial painting contractor bears the most responsibility among four companies cited in the death of a painter who fell from Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge in January and drowned,...


Workers Get Help to Beat Deadly Heat

Outdoor work in the summer is not just difficult; laboring under hoods, respirators, gloves and other protective gear, it can be deadly.


Substandard Work Alleged in Collapse

Federal officials are accusing an Ohio cement contractor of design and construction violations in the partial collapse of a casino parking garage last year in Cleveland.


Co-Workers Rescue Man from Acid Tank

A New Jersey man is in critical condition—but lucky to be alive—after falling 20 feet through a collapsed pipe factory roof into a tank of diluted acid.


Death of IN Bridge Worker Investigated

Indiana authorities are investigating the death of a bridge construction worker who was apparently crushed by a piece of equipment last Monday.


Shop Coating Operation Draws $54K Fine

Combustible residues, excessive exposures and flammable liquids in the coating operation have landed a Georgia metal fabricator in hot water with federal health and safety officials.


Brothers’ Deaths in Drain Called ‘Completely Preventable’

A California facility has been fined $166,890 for what authorities called the “completely preventable” deaths of two brothers who perished in a storm drain from toxic gas vapors.


Companies Settle Navy Base Lead Case

Two military housing companies have paid a substantially discounted fine to settle federal lead paint disclosure violations on two New England Navy bases.


PowerSeat Made for Working at Heights

Harken Industrial has introduced the PowerSeat, a sit-on powered ascender touted as a first for people working at heights.


Fatal Falls Spur Life-Saving Effort

Trying to stem the deadly and crippling tide of falls on the eve of construction’s busiest season, the Labor Department has announced a new push to improve fall protection practices at works...


Harness Designed for Painters, Blasters

MSA has introduced a new full-body construction harness designed for comfort and ease of use in painting, abrasive blasting, confined space and other applications.


OSHA Issues Defective Respirator Alert

Federal safety officials have alerted employers and workers to a “critical defect” in a commercial respirator used in chemical and wastewater plants, tunneling, confined spaces and other lif...


After Drop, Workplace Deaths on Upswing

More deaths in confined spaces and several large-scale disasters fueled an overall increase in fatalities on the job in 2010, according to new data by the Labor Department.


Silica, Cr(VI) Trigger OSHA Case

Excessive silica and hexavalent chromium exposures lead a lengthy list of federal health and safety violations against an Alabama tank and pressure vessel maker that also provides coating, w...


Company Cited in Fracking Tank Blast

Failure to control sparks and provide fall protection contributed to a tank explosion and blaze that injured three workers at a South Texas fracking disposal site in January, the Occupationa...


Bridge Work Resumes after 4 Accidents

Work has resumed on Connecticut’s Moses Wheeler Bridge replacement project—site of four recent safety mishaps—after construction was halted for a week while contractor employees attended saf...


Audit: OSHA Too Slow on Rule Making

For those who view the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a slash-and-burn regulatory monster, the General Accountability Office begs to differ.


Firm Cited after Coating Worker Crushed

The employer of a man who was crushed to death in a coating machine faces 10 federal health and safety violations—including a repeat violation—and a $51,300 fine in the case.


CSB Blames DuPont in Fatal Tank Blast

DuPont engineers fatally misjudged the level of flammable vapor inside a 10,800-gallon tank that then exploded during welding at a New York polymer plant in 2010, the U.S. Chemical Safety Bo...


RPB Unveils ‘Ultimate’ Respirator

RPB Safety, a global provider of respiratory protection equipment, has introduced the Nova 3 series respirator, billed as the “ultimate heavy industry respirator” for abrasive blasting.


Steel Structure Supplier Fined $72K

A manufacturer of steel substation and transmission structures is facing $72,000 in fines and 14 federal safety violations related to combustible dust and other hazards at its plant in Louis...


Tank Cleaner’s Appeal: Scripts, Lies and Intrigue

Pot-smoking witnesses, statements by an unconscious supervisor, government conspiracies, lying to investigators, coached witnesses, obscenity-laced threats, and a texted offer to sell hearin...


Steel Maker OKs Multi-Plant OSHA Pact

A major steel producer with a lengthy history of federal health and safety violations at its plants will be writing checks indefinitely to resolve the latest case, involving an employee who ...


Court Slaps OSHA on Citation Time Limit

A federal appeals court has sharply limited the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s power to cite employers for record-keeping violations.


4 Injured in Coating Line Fire

Authorities are investigating a flash fire that injured four workers on a coating line in an Alabama aluminum plant.


OSHA Offers $1.2M in Training Grants

Fall protection, shipyard safety, and crane and chemical hazards are among the critical health and safety areas eligible for new training grants from the Department of Labor.


Left/RIGHT Earmuffs Made for Better Fit

MSA has introduced a line of protective earmuffs tailored for individual left and right ears, to provide better fit and hearing protection.


Bath Iron Faces 3rd Major OSHA Case

For the third time in recent years, one of the nation’s oldest and best-known shipyards is facing double-digit citations and a six-digit federal fine for a wide variety of repeat and serious...


Training, Ventilation Faulted in Blaze

A Texas chemical plant faces seven federal health and safety violations and $45,000 in fines for a massive fire that burned the facility to the ground in October.


Body of MO Bridge Worker Recovered

Divers have recovered the body of a 35-year-old married father of two children who fell to his death Wednesday while working on a Mississippi River bridge project at St. Louis.


Cited in Deaths, Company to Train Others

The Indiana employer of two tower workers killed in a 320-foot fall will receive a drastically reduced fine and citations while launching a paid training program, under a settlement with sta...


MO Bridge Worker Missing After Fall

Recovery crews continued late Thursday to troll the Mississippi River at St. Louis in search of a bridge worker who fell into the river Wednesday and was presumed dead.


Painter’s Daughter Wins Landmark Asbestos Ruling

A UK painter’s daughter has won a five-year court battle for insurance compensation for her late father’s fatal illness—and that of thousands of others—from asbestos exposure.


OSHA Fines OH Coating Contractor $88K

An Ohio industrial and military coatings applicator is facing 26 federal health and safety violations and $88,200 in fines for spray booth violations, combustible dust hazards and other issu...


Injured Painter Gets ½ Blame, ½ Award

An industrial painter permanently disabled in a 40-foot fall from an electric transmission tower shares the blame for the accident and will therefore receive only half of his $4.6 million aw...


GAO Raps Oversight on Fracking Lines

Pipeline safety officials need to get a grip on the fast-spreading network of unregulated lines that is springing up around the nation’s oil shale boom, a new Government Accountability Offic...


3 Painters Found Dead in CA Home

California authorities are investigating the deaths of three painters who perished while working in what officials described as a “sealed-off home.”


Rebuilding, Coating Maker Gets a Break

An Australian coatings maker has been convicted of two safety violations and lost its $2.4 million plant in an explosion that burned an employee—but, in the end, it could have been worse.


OSHA Overhauls Chemical Labeling Rule

Coming soon to material safety sheets and product labels near you: symbols, standard designs, plain-spoken warnings, and other efforts to make all of that information actually understandable...


Painter Closes after OSHA Citations

A Florida aluminum coating and blasting operation has closed its door in the face of 37 new federal safety and health citations and a fine of nearly $140,000.


Court Tosses OSHA Claims in $2M Case

Employers hit with OSHA’s most serious—and expensive—citations may have new leverage for appeal, as long as they “did not do nothing,” a new federal-court ruling concludes.


Firms Cited in Border Scaffold Failure

Three contractors have been cited in a massive scaffolding collapse that crushed cars and injured motorists and employees at California’s San Ysidro border crossing in September.


Pipe Maker Faces 6th OSHA Case

Just two months after getting slapped with a $1+ million fine, a Houston-based pipe maker is again in trouble with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


PPG Seeks EHS Specialist

PPG Industries Inc. has an opening for an Environment, Health and Safety specialist at its resin plant in Circleville, OH.


Utility to Pay $70M in Pipeline Blast

Pacific Gas & Electric will pay more than $70 million to the City of San Bruno, CA, as restitution for one of the nation’s deadliest pipeline explosions, which leveled a neighborhood and kil...


EU Banning Most DCM Paint Strippers

While deaths from methylene chloride paint strippers continue in the United States, most sales and use of the products are about to be banned in Europe.


Pipe Maker Fined $469K in Repeat Case

A Texas pipe manufacturer is facing 36 federal citations and nearly $470,000 in fines for a variety of serious and repeat health and safety violations at its facility in Baytown.


CA Tank Painter’s Death Spurs Alert

California occupational safety officials have issued a Fatality Alert about methylene chloride paint strippers after a painter died while using the toxic solvent in a tank.


Study to Weigh Easing of H&S Standards

Do worker health and safety regulations help protect employees, hurt businesses—or perhaps both? And could a lighter governmental touch achieve the same good?


Copper Upgrades for Lead Pipes May Backfire, Study Shows

The dangers of lead pipes in drinking-water systems are well established, but could the cure be even worse? Quite possibly, say researchers at Washington University in St. Louis.


3rd Worker Killed at Wastewater Plant

A third worker has perished at a Tennessee wastewater treatment plant while working to remove the wreckage that fatally crushed two other men last April.


CDC Links 13 Deaths to Paint Stripper

Federal health officials have issued a warning about the use of the paint stripper methylene chloride after linking the chemical to more than a dozen accidental deaths.


EPA Slaps Plant on Chemical Drum Mess

Hundreds of corroded, leaking, dusty, unlabeled drums have drawn a federal order that chemical producer SIC Technologies change its way, and quickly.


Worker Dies in Fall into Chemical Tank

Authorities are investigating the death of an Oregon barge worker who fell into a tank of corrosive chemicals just moments after opening the hatch cover.


Horse Kicked Off Coating in Fatal Blast

A fatal explosion that blew apart a hyperbaric chamber at a Florida equine therapy center was caused by a steel-shoed horse kicking through the chamber’s protective coating, authorities have...


Shipbuilder Cited in 3rd Worker Death

Three deaths at an Indiana shipyard—including two in four days—have now drawn 46 federal health and safety violations and nearly $200,000 in fines for the facility’s owner.


FL Bridge Worker Killed in Fall

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a worker who fell from a railway bridge in Florida this week while performing repairs.


KY Auditors Question Bridge Inspections

Kentucky’s state bridge inspection program has fallen behind in reviewing inspection reports, due to lack of time and insufficient qualified personnel, state auditors have found.


CA Issues Confined Space Alert

Reeling from seven confined-space deaths in one year, California has issued an alert and launched a special employer initiative to stem that toll.


Trapped Worker Rescued from Sand Silo

Federal authorities are investigating how a concrete company supervisor was nearly buried alive this week in a 25-foot silo containing 50,000 pounds of sand.


3 Groups Cited in Fatal Stage Collapse

A sound contractor, stagehand union and the Indiana State Fair Commission all share responsibility for the deadly collapse of steel staging that killed seven people at the fair in August.


WA Shipyard Worker Killed in Fall

Federal authorities are investigating how a safety-conscious, experienced shipwright fell nearly 100 feet to his death in a Seattle shipyard.


Plant Cited in Fire Fought by Worker

Federal safety authorities have cited a New York metal finishing plant where an employee was burned while trying to put out a fire in September.


Blasting Accident Kills Shipyard Worker

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a 66-year-old Mississippi shipyard worker in an accident involving abrasive blast equipment.


Probe of Bridge Collapse Continues

Salvage planning is underway as federal and state authorities continue their investigation into what caused a barge carrying Air Force flight hardware to knock down a section of an aging ste...


Action Set on Silica, Confined Space

Long-delayed federal standards on crystalline silica, confined-space work, hazard communications and other critical industry issues will see action in 2012, according to the Occupational Saf...


Disclosures Urged on Abrasive Beryllium

Federal safety authorities have failed to enforce a law requiring manufacturers of coal-slag abrasive to disclose levels of beryllium in their product, consumer advocate Public Citizen conte...


OSHA Pitching Rule; Foes Not Catching

The federal government’s effort to bring an ounce of prevention to workplace health and safety has not lightened the pound of grief it is getting from business groups.


2 Leaks in 4 Days at PPG Plant in UK

PPG Industries is investigating two chemical spills in four days at one of its resin plants in Stowmarket, UK.


Railcar Maker Cited in Electrocution

Federal safety authorities have leveled 10 serious citations and $61,400 in fines against an Arkansas railcar repair and painting facility where an employee was electrocuted in July.


Report Spurs New Probe of CA Utility

California’s Public Utilities Commission is weighing major penalties against Pacific Gas & Electric after a staff investigation turned up numerous violations of laws, regulations and standar...


Heater Eyed in Blast at Pipe Coater

A kerosene space heater near a cloud of polymer dust is believed to be the cause of an explosion that injured four employees at an Oklahoma pipe coating plant, officials say.


Painter Dangers Draw 2nd Shipyard Case

Accused for the second time in three years of endangering its painters, a Michigan shipyard is facing 32 new federal safety and health citations—including five repeats—and fines totaling nea...


Bridge Painter Feared Dead After Fall

A painter on Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge was missing and presumed dead after falling more than 100 feet into the river while working on the span.


OSHA Sets $118K Fine in Manhole Death

A Texas contractor failed to test atmospheric conditions, provide sufficient ventilation, or have rescue equipment ready before sending a worker into a sewer line, where he then died, federa...


MSA Debuts UltraSonic Gas Leak Detector

Global safety equipment provider MSA has introduced the UltraSonic EX-5 Gas Leak Detector for instantaneous detection of airborne leaks from high-pressure gas systems.


Contractors Cited in NJ Bridge Project

A New Jersey construction joint venture is facing seven serious safety violations and a $41,580 fine for conditions found on a major bridge project over the Passaic River.


EPA: Navy Landlords Hid Families’ Lead Risks

Two contractors are facing more than $150,000 in federal fines for allegedly failing to disclose residential lead paint hazards at two Navy bases to military families, some with young childr...


Company Fined $7,300 in Fatal Collapse

A New York demolition contractor will pay a $7,300 fine in the catastrophic collapse of a Florida power plant that killed a 65-year-old welder last summer.


TX Pipe Maker Ends 2011 with $1M Fine

A Houston-based pipe manufacturer with a history of federal safety violations faces more than $1 million in federal fines in a new case alleging amputation risks and other dangers to employe...


OSHA Fines Navy Shipbuilder $166K

Government contractor Huntington Ingalls Industries and five subcontractors face a total of 50 federal citations and $176,444 in fines related to health and safety conditions at the company’...


Russia Probes Nuclear Sub Hull Blaze

A rubber hull coating blazed out of control for hours on a Russian nuclear submarine last week, before 400 firefighters and 170 emergency workers could extinguish the fire.


$46K Fine Set in Barge Painting Death

A deadly flash fire explosion that killed one painter and burned another aboard a barge has led to 12 federal health and safety citations and a $46,600 fine against the men's Tennessee emplo...


3 Pipe Plant Accidents Spur $468K Fine

Three serious accidents in five months have led to the issuance of 16 federal citations and $468,000 in fines against a pipe manufacturing plant in Texas.


RPI Plea Deal: Probation, $1.65M Payout

RPI Coating Inc. will pay $1.65 million and accept five years of probation as part of a plea bargain in the deaths of five of its painters trapped underground by fire in 2007.


OSHA Fines PPG Resin Plant $90K

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited PPG Industries Inc. for four safety violations, including one willful violation, at its resin production facility in Barberton, OH...


2 Truckers Injured in Paint Fume Blast

Two men who were apparently trying to warm a tractor trailer full of paint on a cold Canadian afternoon managed to escape serious injury when their propane heater ignited the paint vapors an...


Pipeline Bill Flowing through Congress

After several idle months, stronger federal pipeline safety rules are zipping through Congress, with the House passing a measure on Monday and Senate acceptance expected soon.


KKR Buys Capital Safety for $1.12B

Capital Safety, a global supplier of fall-protection, confined-space and rescue equipment, has been sold to investment buyout firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) for $1.12 billion.


Pipeline Operator Fined $38M in Blast

A natural-gas explosion attributed to thin pipeline walls, inappropriate pipe usage and other violations has prompted a $38 million state fine against Pacific Gas & Electric Co.


RPI Plea Likely in 5 Painters’ Deaths

RPI Coating Inc. is expected to plead guilty to several misdemeanors and financially compensate the families of five painters killed in an underground fire at the Xcel Energy Cabin Creek hyd...


MA Shipyard, Painter Fined $134,900

A painter who lost consciousness while spray painting inside a tugboat “very easily” could have died in the incident, say federal authorities who have fined the employer nearly $73,000 for t...


Momentive Fined $81K in Blast, Fire

Specialty chemicals maker Momentive Performance Materials is facing an $81,000 federal fine for an explosion and fire that severely burned two employees and risked a catastrophic chemical re...


Painting Contractor Faces 9th OSHA Case

Federal authorities have slapped hefty fines on a Wisconsin painting contractor after one painter was found straddling the parapet of a highway overpass and another fell 25 feet from a bridg...


AIHA Demands Release of Silica Rule

The federal government has announced yet another delay in its long-stalled rule on crystalline silica exposure, sparking objections and questions from health and safety experts.


New Options to Light Hazardous Sites

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com has introduced three new lighting options for hazardous work areas and one designed for extreme environments.


MA Rail Operation Fights OSHA Case

A commuter railroad in Massachusetts is contesting 22 federal health and safety citations and a $130,800 fine related to working conditions at a maintenance facility.


Paint Plant Fumes Kill Man, Injure 2nd

One man has died and another was critically injured after they were overcome by chemical paint remover fumes while working in a storage tank at a California paint company.


GOP Battles Non-Existent Regulations

Hey, did you hear that the Environmental Protection Agency is planning to ban dusty back roads and has fined hundreds of companies $5,000 a day for spilled milk?


Shipbuilder Again Runs Afoul of OSHA

Four months after settling one federal safety case involving 21 violations, a Texas shipbuilder has been hit with 25 new citations and a $150,700 fine.


Tank Worker Hazards Draw $54K Fine

Allowing workers to clean tanks without precautions for confined-space work and other hazards has drawn an Ohio company 16 federal health and safety violations and fines totaling $53,900.


Paint Firm Fined $126K in PPE Case

A small metal painter in Wisconsin is facing nearly $126,000 in federal fines for allegedly failing to provide workers with protective equipment, exposing them to skin rashes and irritations...


BP Tab in Refinery Disaster Tops $800M

BP has just added another $50 million to its cost for the 2005 Texas refinery catastrophe that killed 15 workers and injured 180 people.


WI Paint/Blast Shop Draws 42 Citations

A longtime Wisconsin painting and blasting contractor is facing 42 federal citations and $50,140 in fines for a wide variety of health and safety violations, including some first cited in 20...


Big Protection Sized for Smaller Ears

Honeywell Safety Products has added MAX Small earplugs to its flagship Howard Leight MAX single-use earplug family.


Falls, Construction Still Top Workplace Dangers

The good news: Slightly fewer Americans are being injured on the job. The bad news: Millions are still endangered daily in the same old ways, with the construction industry still claiming th...


Report: OSHA Toothless, Paralyzed

Defying popular wisdom that paints OSHA as a regulatory monster run amok, a new report contends that the federal agency is actually attempting little and accomplishing even less.


Contractor Fined in 2nd Bridge Death

A Tennessee contractor is facing a new round of health and safety violations—its fourth case in six months—involving the death of a second worker on a massive bridge rehabilitation project.


OSHA: No Ventilation in 2 Tank Deaths

No ventilation was used and the air quality was not tested or monitored in a small underground septic tank where two men worked and perished last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Ad...


CSB Assails Tank Safety, Site Security

Lax security and a mishmash of regulations and standards are endangering public safety at oil and gas production facilities nationwide, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board concludes in a new stud...


Paul’s About-Face Clears Pipeline Bill

A federal pipeline safety bill is back on track, after the Senate’s lone opponent not only dropped his objection, but closed a loophole in the measure.


Lead Case Targets Disney Attractions

M-i-c-k-e-y M-o-u-s-e is getting s-u-e-d over l-e-a-d.


Failing Metro Bridges Carry Millions Daily

“There are more deficient bridges in our metropolitan areas than there are McDonald’s restaurants in the entire country.”


Fabricator Paint Shop Draws $134K Fine

An Ohio structural steel fabricator is facing 17 federal health and safety citations and $134,400 in fines for recurring hazards in painting and other operations at its facility in Akron.


Scaffold Law Effort Seeks Liability Shift

If an intoxicated worker who shuns a safety harness slips and falls 50 feet from a scaffold and breaks his neck, is the employer responsible?


Brothers Held in Stolen Bridge Caper

Turns out that unloading a hot 40-ton bridge isn’t as easy as it seems.


Tower Firm Fights Fine in Fatal Falls

The Indiana employer of two tower workers killed in a 320-foot fall is disputing the state’s finding that the company “knowingly” exposed the men to dangerous working conditions.


Pipe Maker Faces 27 OSHA Citations

One of the oldest names in American pipe manufacturing has been fined $85,000 and accused of 27 federal health and safety violations at its facility in Bessemer, AL.


Wife’s Fatal Cancer Tied To Paint Worker’s Laundry

A family in the UK is searching for colleagues of a veteran paint company inspector whose wife allegedly died of cancer contracted by washing his asbestos-filled clothes over the years.


Boatyard Cited in Fatal Flash Fire

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 40 federal citations and a $221,200 fine to a Texas boat repair facility in a confined-space flash fire that killed two workers i...


MSA Rolls Out Twin-Leg Fall Limiter

MSA has introduced the Workman Twin Leg Personal Fall Limiter, designed to increase productivity by providing greater mobility and continuous connection while the worker moves from one locat...


Alone, Paul Plugs Up Pipeline Bill

Sen. Rand Paul, a Tea Party conservative, is single-handedly blocking progress of a federal pipeline safety bill that has strong support from both parties and the pipeline industry.


2 Poisoned by Confined-Space Fumes

Federal authorities are investigating the deaths of two workers who were overcome by sewer gases while working in a sewage pump tank this week in Kennebunkport, ME


2 Fall-Arrest Lifelines Self-Retract

Fall-protection equipment manufacturer Capital Safety has introduced two new self-retracting lifelines, designed to withstand the harshest operating environments.


Tearful Co-Worker Recalls Painters’ Fatal Shortcut

A decision by three night-shift painters to take an unauthorized shortcut across the Forth Bridge cost one his life when he fell through the missing floor of an abandoned walkway, according ...


Trailer Maker, Coater Draws $950K Fine

Two Texas trailer manufacturers have been slapped with nearly $1 million in federal fines for a wide variety of noise, toxic exposure and electrical violations, including many in the facilit...


Wastewater Plant Coatings Are Focus of Webinar

The ins and outs of selecting the correct coatings systems for wastewater plants will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


New Rescue Tool Cuts through Concrete

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has developed a new tool that can breach reinforced concrete in just minutes, speeding assistance to those trapped beneath falling concrete in natura...


Powerful Underground Light Hangs Clear

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight has introduced an innovative manhole entry light for use in a wide variety of underground and enclosed work spaces.


ASSE Sets Standard for Safer Design

Prevention through Design—the long-held safety philosophy that many occupational hazards can be headed off by more careful design—has finally left the “nice idea” phase and become a standard...


Facial, Eye Injuries Draw $175K Fine

A Massachusetts metal fabricator for the defense industry is facing dozens of federal citations and $175,500 in fines following a grinding accident that caused serious eye and facial injurie...


Bridge Painter Fined $5,600 in 2nd Death

A Pennsylvania industrial painting contractor has agreed to pay a $5,600 fine to resolve a federal safety citation issued after an employee fell to his death on a worksite.


Scaffold Collapse Snarls US Border

A massive collapse of construction scaffolding shut down the world’s busiest land border crossing in Southern California this week, crushing 15 cars and sending 11 people to the hospital wit...


Adhesives Maker Fined $917K in Blast

Global sealant and adhesive giant Bostik Inc. faces 50 federal safety citations and $917,000 in fines for an explosion March 13 that injured four workers at a company chemical plant in Middl...


Ruling Mixed in AkzoNobel Birth-Defect Suit

A doctor should have been allowed to testify at trial that exposure to AkzoNobel solvents may have contributed to brain damage and birth defects in an employee’s child, the Supreme Court of ...


OSHA Issues Plan for High-Hazard Sites

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting 2011 (SST-11) program, to help the agency direct enforcement resourc...


Chemical Co. OKs $245K EPA Settlement

Chemical maker Hercules Inc. has agreed to pay a $245,521 federal civil penalty to resolve claims that it violated Clean Air Act requirements at a manufacturing facility in Louisiana, MO.


Crane Topples During Cathedral Repair

Rains and high winds toppled a 550-foot crane this week at the Washington National Cathedral, further damaging the site and compounding the multimillion-dollar job of repairing the earthquak...


Bridge Repair Work Draws $83,160 Fine

A New Jersey contractor has been accused of 12 serious federal safety violations and fined $83,160 for conditions on a bridge repair project in Princeton.


Quake Risk Rising for Nuclear Plants

U.S. nuclear plants are at far greater risk from earthquakes than previously thought, with one-quarter of reactors in likely need of safety modifications, according to an Associated Press an...


OSHA Gets Court Order to Protect Crew

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has taken the rare step of obtaining a federal court order to ensure that a New Jersey general contractor keeps a construction site safe and...


Webinar Targets Contractor Safety

Developing and implementing the critical practical and regulatory complexities of a company safety program will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


Chemical Distributor Settles EPA Suit

A major chemical distributor in Virginia has agreed to pay a $43,967 penalty and complete more than $200,000 in safety improvements to settle alleged violations of federal environmental laws...


$83K Fine Set in Rig Worker’s Death

A Gulf Coast oilfield services contractor faces $83,300 in fines and nine federal safety violations in the death of an oil rig worker on a barge in March.


Lift Safety Campaign Targets Schools

Colleges, high schools and other institutional users of aerial lifts have new safety resources available to help them avoid the kind of accident that killed a University of Notre Dame videog...


Construction Still Leads Work Deaths

Construction deaths are declining, but the industry still remains America’s most dangerous and U.S. workplaces were just as deadly in 2010 as in 2009, the federal government reports.


Pipeline Corrosion May Face New Rules

Stronger corrosion control measures are among the mandates under consideration as the federal government weighs new safety requirements for the nation’s gas transmission pipelines.


Quake Triggers Alerts At 13 Nuclear Plants

Two nuclear reactors in Virginia were shut down and so-called “Unusual Events” were being monitored at a dozen other nuclear power plants in the wake of Tuesday’s earthquake in the Eastern U...


Ergodyne Names New Marketing Director

Ergodyne, manufacturer of work and protective gear, has named Mike Dinndorf as its new Marketing Director.


FL Tank Painter Collapses, Dies

A Florida municipal worker has died after falling critically ill while painting atop a water tower near Interstate 95, authorities said.


Death Toll Rises in Scaffold Collapse; 2 Lawsuits Seek $60M

A sixth victim has died from injuries suffered in the collapse of a 10-story scaffolding stage at the Indiana State Fair, just as another victim has filed the first of what will likely be ma...


OSHA Probes 3rd Death at Shipyard

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a Jeffboat maintenance employee—the third worker killed at the Ohio River shipyard since May 2010.


CO Helmet Monitor Protects Blasters

The CMS-3 Carbon Monoxide Monitor, new from Clemco Industries Corp., is the first in-helmet-mounted monitor approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for use in C...


OSHA Slaps AFB Painting, Blast Shops

Painters, blasters and sanders at Hill Air Force Base are working with excessive noise, lack of respiratory protection, lack of training, and excessive exposures to cadmium, hexavalent chrom...


Firms to Pay $1.4M in MA Paint Blast

The owners and former operator of a Massachusetts paint and ink manufacturing plant have reached a $1.4 million federal settlement in a massive explosion and fire that destroyed dozens of ho...


New Railings Clamp Directly to Slabs

Garlock Safety Systems, of Plymouth, MN, has introduced Turbo-Rail fall protection railings, which can clamp directly onto parapet walls and slab floors.


Deadly IN Scaffold Collapse Probed

Was the steel scaffolding that crushed five people and injured 45 others Saturday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds “a house of cards” structurally, or were other factors to blame?


Worker Survives Nail-Gun Shot to Head

A Texas construction worker is expected to make a full recovery after being accidentally shot in the head with a four-inch nail.


Painting Violations Draw $102K OSHA Fine

A wide variety of paint-related violations—from open drums of lacquer to unprotected lighting spattered with overspray to lack of training in first aid and respirator use—has an Ohio fabrica...


Tank Co. Cited in Worker’s Death

A Southeast Texas tank trailer company is facing 32 federal citations and $160,000 in fines in the death of a worker at the facility’s tank wash operation.


OSHA Hits Ft. Bragg with 37 Citations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued notices for 37 safety and health violations at the U.S. Army’s Fort Bragg installation, following an inspection focusing on the f...


Tower Painter Survives 100-Foot Fall

Authorities are investigating an accident at a Texas municipal water tower, in which a painter fell about 100 feet from the top of the tower while working.


Railcar Plant Electrocution Probed

Federal authorities are investigating the electrocution of a worker at a railcar repair and painting facility in Arkansas.


EPA Rule Increases Chemical Reporting

Despite objections from the coatings and chemical industries, the Environmental Protection Agency will increase the type and amount of information it collects on commercial chemicals from ch...


Dow to Pay $2.5M Environmental Fine

Dow Chemical Company has agreed to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty to settle alleged violations of federal air, water and waste regulations at its century-old manufacturing and research com...


OSHA Fines Tank Services Company $114K

Lack of machine guards, excessive respirable dust and other alleged hazards have a Wisconsin tank company facing 11 federal safety and health violations and $114,000 in fines.


Coating Plant Cited in Worker’s Death

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has accused an Ohio powder coating company of 15 safety violations following the death of a grinder operator who was killed when the abrasiv...


Shop-Towel Wars: Textile Rental Association Weighs In

The Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA) has described as “frivolous” the claims in a recent study that laundered shop towels contain potentially dangerous levels of heavy m...


Abhe & Svoboda Wins Aqueduct Coating Contract

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (Oakland, CA) awarded a contract of $6,183,310 to Abhe & Svoboda, Inc. of Prior Lake, MN, to perform lead abatement and coatings application on the Mo...


Critics Rap Shop Towel Study

A study suggesting potentially excessive exposure to heavy metals in laundered shop towels, reported in the July 20 edition of this Newsletter, has been met with skepticism about its objecti...


Laundering Doesn’t Protect Against Heavy Metals, Study Shows

A study by an environmental and risk science consulting firm shows that commercially laundered shop towels contain levels of heavy metals that could expose workers to unsafe exposure.


Texas Bridge Partners to Recoat Sunshine Bridge

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development awarded a contract of $6,223,574 to Texas Bridge Partners, LLP, of Humble, TX, to perform superstructure and substructure painting ...


EPA Won’t Review Coal Ash Risks Soon

Although twice chastised by its own auditor for promoting the use of Coal Combustion Residuals without sufficient research, the Environmental Protection Agency has no plan to evaluate the ri...


Owner of Burned Paint Plant Faces Fines for Unreported Chemicals

The owner of a Pennsylvania paint plant is facing fines of up to $25,000 a day for not providing authorities with a mandated list of chemicals and substances stored on site before fire struc...


$214K Fine Set for 2 Amputations

An Illinois metal fabricator and painter is facing $214,830 in federal fines and several major citations following amputation injuries suffered by two workers in eight days.


$354K Trench Case is Contractor’s 8th

A Massachusetts wastewater and bridge contractor with a long history of federal safety violations is now facing its eighth series of citations and $354,000 in new proposed fines, for exposin...


OSHA Issues Lift Hazard Alert

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a hazard alert about the dangers of using scissor lifts to film events and functions.


Tank Maintenance Worker Killed in Fall

Authorities are investigating the death of a contract employee who fell 48 feet from the top of a refinery storage tank as he was performing routine maintenance work this week.


Bridge Company Fined in Worker’s Death

A Pennsylvania bridge company is facing a $14,000 federal fine and two serious safety citations in the death of a worker who was crushed in a trench collapse in January.


OSHA Cushions New Reg with e-Tool Help

Uncle Sam has bad news and good news for employers, proposing expanded reporting requirements for injuries and illnesses but providing a new web tool to help with compliance.


National Lift Safety Program To Come from Student’s Death

The death of a University of Notre Dame student employee will bring forth a new nationwide safety program on scissor lifts, under a unique settlement the university has reached in the case.


Company’s Paint Waste Draws $100K Fine

An untended assortment of paint waste, alkaline and acidic corrosive liquids, and sludges containing heavy metals has drawn a $100,000 federal fine for a California metal plating company.


2 Injured in Tank Cleaning Flash Fire

Authorities are investigating a flash fire that erupted this week as three subcontractors were cleaning out a production water tank at an Oxy USA drilling operation in Colorado.


US Stiffens Oil & Gas Violation Fines

Federal fines for corroding pipelines, crumbling offshore structures, and other neglected facilities will soon increase, under new penalties announced this week.


Jury Clears Xcel in 5 Painters’ Deaths

A federal jury has found Xcel Energy and its Colorado subsidiary not guilty in the 2007 deaths of five painters who were trapped by fire in a utility penstock.


Painter Survives 25-Foot Fall from Bridge

A Wisconsin painter is recovering after falling 25 feet from a bridge where he had been working.


Rust from Leaks Reported At Most US Nuclear Sites

Corroding underground pipes are leaking radioactive substances at most U.S. nuclear sites, thanks largely to a sympathetic relationship between the nuclear industry and its regulators, an in...


New JPCL Equipment Guide Now Available

JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings has just released its 24th Annual Equipment Buying Guide, listing more than 4,500 products, equipment and supplies for protective and marine co...


CSB Urges Action on Combustible Dust

A recent wave of deadly flash fires and explosions should prompt companies to improve their combustible-dust practices now and not wait for the federal government to act, the nation’s chemic...


Fatal Blast Probed at CA Sewage Plant

Authorities are investigating the death of an operator who was struck by steel shards when a 4,500-gallon water tank burst at the Clear Creek Water Treatment Plant, in Redding, CA.


Builder Fights OSHA in Trench Death

Is a contractor responsible for a sub’s fatal wrongdoing or mistakes?


OSHA Offers $4.7M for Safety Training

Nearly $5 million in federal funds is now available for training in fall protection, chemical exposures, shipyard hazards and other critical health and safety areas.


Contractors Fined in Concrete Death

Two Wisconsin contracting companies are accused of willfully violating federal safety standards in the death of a worker crushed by a wet concrete wall at a plant construction site.


Doomed FL Worker Had Warned Off Others

A welder working to dismantle a seven-story power plant “sensed something wasn’t right” and yelled for co-workers—including his own son—to evacuate, just before the structure collapsed aroun...


OSHA Rolls Out Standards Overhaul

Respiratory standards are being revised, medical records requirements changed, definitions updated, and sling standards tweaked under a new regulatory overhaul issued by the Occupational Saf...


Hopes Dim for Trapped FL Worker

Workers said they were close Monday to recovering the body of a contractor trapped almost four days in the rubble of a seven-story Florida power plant that collapsed unexpectedly.


Manhole Rescue Effort Ends in 2 Deaths

Authorities are investigating the suffocation of two North Carolina workers in a water system manhole—one of whom apparently died trying to rescue the other.


OSHA Sharpens Eye on Metals Industries

Steel, aluminum and other metals producers, take note: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is watching you.


Pipeline Contractor Fined In 2 Cases, 1 Fatal

The main contractor on Nevada’s Ruby Pipeline project is facing $36,000 in federal fines and multiple safety violations in the death of one worker in December and the injury of seven others ...


Refinery Tank Blast Kills 3 Painters

UK authorities are investigating the deaths of three painters and another employee in a Chevron oil refinery explosion that also critically injured a fifth worker.


SSPC Renewed as Official FBPE Trainer

The Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE) has renewed its authorization of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings as a continuing education provider, SSPC has announced.


Prosecutor: Xcel Knew Of Tunnel Safety Issues

Xcel Energy Co. knew of workplace safety violations in the area where five painters later died, yet chose the low-bid proposal by their employer, RPI Coating Inc., over another company with ...


International Paint, Harsco Expand Market Reach

New distribution agreements will bring International Paint’s Marine and Protective Coatings products to the Caribbean and Central America, while a separate alliance will expand Harsco Corp.’...


Trial Begins in Deaths of 5 Painters

Federal criminal proceedings have begun in Denver against Xcel Energy Co. in the deaths of five men killed in a fire at the Cabin Creek hydroelectric plant in 2007.


OSHA Survey Seeks Employer Input

Employers who have longed to give a piece of their minds to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration now have the chance to do so.


OSHA to Streamline, Update Regs

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it will lighten the regulatory load on employers with a comprehensive new rule that streamlines and simplifies the agency’s standards.


Bridge Project Halted After 2nd Death

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has suspended a massive rehab project on the historic Henley Bridge in Knoxville after a second worker was killed on the job this week.


IL Asbestos Removal Draws $1.2M Fine

What began as an internal safety audit at a Chicago-area manufacturer has backfired into state enforcement action and a $1.2 million federal fine against the company for using untrained, unp...


Pipe Plant Cited in Worker’s Death

The fatal crushing of an employee has led to a second set of federal citations and fines in four months against Welspun Tubular LLC, involving violations at its pipe manufacturing and coatin...


2 Killed in NM Sewer Trench Collapse

Authorities are investigating the deadly collapse of a trench that crushed two city employees as they worked on a sewer line in Las Vegas, NM.


OSHA Revives Injury Reporting Rule

The federal government’s off-again, on-again proposal regarding reporting of sprains, RSI and other musculoskeletal disorders is on again.


Coatings Help Keep Nuke Plant Going

Although improper coatings application has previously caused problems at the nation’s oldest nuclear power plant, newer coatings are apparently providing protection that will keep the plant ...


Turbine Maker Cited in Death, Amputation at New Plant

The world’s largest wind tower plant, cited for a fatal accident just after the Colorado facility opened in October, is facing new citations and a $164,000 fine after a November accident cau...


GC Fined $180K for Lead Paint Exposure

An Illinois construction contractor faces $180,180 in fines and eight federal health citations for exposing workers to lead paint while they were torch-cutting on a steel bridge.


OSHA Cites Steel Plant for 26th Time

Steel manufacturer Republic Engineered Products Inc. is facing $563,000 in federal fines for alleged repeat and willful safety violations at its plant in Lorain, OH.


Robot Speeds US Toxicity Screenings

Think the federal government grinds too slowly on reviews and decisions? Tox21 is out to change your mind.


MSA Bows Abrasive Blasting Respirator

The Advantage 4000 Abrasi-Blast Respirator, new from MSA Safety Works, provides respiratory and upper body protection during abrasive blasting for workers in shipbuilding, the construction i...


Fabricators Bestow Safety Awards

Seven metal fabricators with perfect safety records for 2010—including one on a seven-year safety streak—have been named 2011 FMA/CNA Safety Award winners by the Fabricators & Manufacturers ...


Fabricator Cited for Exposures, Spray Issues

An Alabama steel fabricator is facing a $48,510 fine as well as repeat and serious federal citations for spray and blasting booth hazards, chemical exposures and other conditions at its faci...


EPA: No Fine in Fatal Plant Collapse

The Gatlinburg (TN) Wastewater Treatment Plant will not face federal penalties for the collapse of a sewage basin wall last month that killed two workers and dumped millions of gallons of ra...


Wife’s Killer Blames Metals Toxicity

A Cambodian man accused of murdering his wife was deranged at the time of the killing by “heavy metal toxicity” from workplace exposure to lead, cadmium and other metals, authorities and def...


Companies Fined in Fatal NY Tank Blast

A DuPont chemical plant and a contractor with a once-spotless safety record are facing a total of 17 federal safety citations and nearly $117,000 in fines in a fatal explosion at the plant n...


BP Must Step Up Pipeline Maintenance

While the federal government is set to gain $25 million from settling BP’s 2006 oil spill, the pipeline coatings industry may also benefit from the deal.


Parker Hannifin Faces 42nd OSHA Case

Parker Hannifin Corp., the world’s largest manufacturer of motion and control technologies, faces 33 federal health and safety citations and $487,700 in fines for conditions at its plant in ...


New Metal Finishing Rules Loom

Metal fabricators and spray finishers, beware: After three years on deck, new federal emissions standards are set to take effect, with implications for training, cleaning, equipment and othe...


OSHA Stiffens Shipyard Protections

More toilets, sanitation measures to protect coatings workers, updated requirements and new protections should help prevent about 350 serious injuries a year among shipyard workers, the Occu...


WA Orders Hazards Fixed During Appeal

Washington State employers who have been cited for broken equipment, unsafe practices and other serious workplace hazards must now correct those issues immediately, even if the case is being...


Labor Slams OSHA on Worker Protection

Not everyone is jumping on the political bandwagon that is clamoring to “rein in” the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Blade Maker Cited 8th Time in 4 Years

A wind turbine blade manufacturer with a history of federal safety violations, including some related to a 2010 death, is now accused of having employees work in a confined space filled with...


$7.9M Bridge Painting Job Up for Bid

The California Department of Transportation will open bids May 18 for recoating and related work on three bascule bridges in the Sacramento area.


NIOSH Links TiO2 Dust to Cancer Risk

Airborne ultrafine particles of titanium dioxide—the world’s most popular coatings pigment—are a potential cause of cancer in the workplace, the National Institute for Occupational Safety an...


Paint May Hold Clue to Jet’s Rupture

Exterior blue paint found inside a joint on Southwest Airlines Flight 812 may hold critical information for federal investigators probing the April 1 rupture of the jet’s fuselage while in f...


Notre Dame Sees No Fault in Lift Death

No one individual is responsible, or will be disciplined, for the death of a University of Notre Dame student videographer who perished in a 39-foot fall from a mobile lift in a windstorm, t...


YouTube Hit: HazCom You Can Hum To

Who knew that hazardous communication could be such a toe-tapper—and had such amazing connections to Seinfeld, Ronald Reagan and tuna casserole?


Bridge Painting Draws $207K OSHA Fine

An Ohio industrial painting contractor faces $207,200 in fines and multiple federal citations for allegedly failing to provide fall protection and water safety measures for bridge blasters a...


‘Green’ Curative Made for Epoxies

Croda Coatings & Polymers has rolled out its latest green product: Priamine 1071, for protective and marine coatings.


Grants, Site Support Pipeline Safety

The federal government is offering more than $3 million in grants and the technical support of a new website in its new push for pipeline safety.


OSHA Appeal Filed in Painter’s Deadly Fall

A Pennsylvania industrial painter is contesting a variety of serious federal citations in the fatal 90-foot fall of an employee who was painting an electrical transmission tower.


OSHA Fines Ship Repair Yard $45K

A Pennsylvania-based ship maintenance operation faces 13 federal safety citations and $45,900 in fines related to operations at its West Virginia facility.


Firm’s Double Whammy: OSHA, Fire

Authorities are investigating two explosions and a fire that heavily damaged an Ohio chemical processing facility shortly after it was cited—a second time—for electrical hazards and other fe...


EPA Targets Coating, Foam Compounds

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued action plans to address the potential health risks of two chemicals used in making polyurethane polymers, adhesives, sealants and coatings...


New OSHA Silica Rules Looming

New federal rules tightening workplace exposure limits and other requirements involving respirable crystalline silica are expected soon, likely bringing major changes for the coatings indust...


New Glove Palms Coated to Resist Cuts

Magid Glove & Safety has added two new gloves to its XKS line: CutMaster XKS500 and XKS510 palm-coated styles.


PPG Accepts $600M Cleanup Settlement

Twice defeated in getting the case thrown out, PPG Industries has agreed to remove an estimated 700,000 tons of chromium waste from its former chrome production facility in a densely populat...


2 Killed When FL Water Tank Explodes

Federal, state and local authorities are trying to determine what caused a central Florida water tank to burst, unleashing a wall of water on an adjacent pump house and killing two men who h...


Wall Collapse Kills 2 at TN Sewage Plant

Authorities are investigating the collapse of a Tennessee wastewater containment wall that killed two workers and dumped millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Little Pigeon River.


Fakes Flood PPE Market, UK Warns

The British Safety Industry Federation is warning against an influx of fake, shoddy personal protective equipment from China that it says “could cost lives” in the UK construction industry.


Tank Company Cited in Worker’s Death

A Mississippi propane tank maker faces 19 federal safety citations and nearly $47,000 in fines in the death of a worker who was ejected and crushed by a rough-terrain forklift he was operati...


Ex-OSHA Inspector Indicted on Fraud Charges

A former Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspector in Kansas has been charged in federal court with making false inspection reports.


Sync Offers Hi-Fi Hearing Protection

Honeywell Safety Products has introduced Sync, a new generation of hearing protection from Howard Leight designed for “true listening enjoyment.”


MA Finisher Cited, Fined 3rd Time

A Massachusetts metal finishing and hard coating contractor faces more than $49,000 in federal fines for painting-related violations that include hazards dating to 2005.


Boat Maker Fined $95K in Repeat Case

A Georgia boat maker faces $95,240 in federal fines and 19 health and safety violations for failure to abate a variety of violations found on earlier inspections.


City Cited in Official’s Drowning

Washington State authorities have issued 12 safety citations and fined a small town $15,750 in the death of its public-works director, who drowned last summer in a storm drain.


Carts Offer Fall Protection for 1-3

Garlock Safety Systems, of Plymouth, MN, has introduced a series of Cobra LifeLink Mobile Fall Protection Carts for one, two or three workers.


Worker Rescued from Swirling Sewer System

Washington State authorities are investigating the harrowing ordeal of a sewer worker who was swept 3,500 feet through an underground pipe full of sewage after he briefly unhooked his safety...


Auditors Rap EPA on CCR Risk Studies

For the second time in five months, Environmental Protection Agency auditors have taken the agency to task for its risk assessment practices and statements regarding the safety of Coal Combu...


OSHA Fines TX Steel Pipe Maker $124K

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Tex-Tube Co. with 26 health and safety violations and proposed $124,740 in penalties following an investigation at the company’s f...


OTC to Cut Paint Thinner, Solvent VOCs

A dozen Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states will reduce Volatile Organic Compound limits in paint thinners and cleaning solvents, if the Ozone Transport Commission proceeds with its plan to ad...


Robot to Test 10,000 Chemicals for Toxicity

Several federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, unveiled on March 23 a high-speed robot screening system that will test 10,000 different chemicals for potential toxici...


DOT Tightens Bridge Oversight, Spends $9.5M for Innovative Projects

The Federal Highway Administration will more closely monitor state bridge inspections and maintenance while funding several projects to reduce bridge congestion and extend life, under two ne...


GE Warns of Turbine Blade Corrosion

General Electric is contacting operators of its CF6-80E1 engines in Asia to check for corrosion on the powerplant's high-pressure turbine blades, following three engine shutdown events on Ch...


Peeling Paint Imperils Big Dig Lights

Paint failure on hundreds of light fixtures in Boston’s infamous Big Dig project is apparently causing the tunnel fixtures to corrode—and one 110-pound fixture, so far, to fall out, official...


No Cause Set in ‘Whistling’ Tank Blast

A Detroit-area tank lining contractor will not be cited in the explosion of a 27,000-gallon tank during lining removal because authorities are unable to determine what caused the blast.


Notre Dame Fined in Lift Death; ‘Knowingly’ Imperiled Untrained Worker

The University of Notre Dame has been fined $77,500 for “knowingly” allowing an untrained student to operate a long-uninspected lift in dangerously windy conditions, leading to the student’s...


European Paint Plant Safety: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” could be the motto for workers in paint manufacturing and related industries, when it comes to seeking safety information and voicing concerns, a new study concludes.


House GOP Aims to Slash OSHA Funds

Congressional foes of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have proposed to slash tens of millions of dollars from the agency’s standards, enforcement and information programs f...


Webinar Takes Up Confined-Space Perils

Approaching the life-threatening task of working in a confined space demands strict adherence to best practices and regulatory requirements—protocols that will be discussed in a free upcomin...


Scaffold Firm Settles 3rd OSHA Case

New England’s self-described “premier scaffolding rental and erection company” has admitted to a serious federal violation in the collapse of scaffolding that sent a construction worker plun...


OSHA Inspector Averts Cave-In Accident

Quick action by a federal safety inspector on a Chicago site visit prevented serious or fatal injury when he urged the contractor to remove a worker from an unsafe trench—just moments before...


Webinar to Tackle Respiratory Safety

The critical worker-safety issue of appropriate respiratory protection will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


Aqueduct Noise, Fall Hazards Cited

Deafening noise, multiple fall hazards, lack of fire extinguishers, and unprotected work near energized electrical panels are among the federal health and safety violations a contractor face...


Free Webinar Tackles Fall Protection

Preventing falls—the leading cause of death in construction-related industries—will be the focus of a free webinar Thursday (Feb. 24) co-sponsored by JPCL and SSPC.


Flash Fire at Sherwin-Williams’ Plant Probed

North Carolina authorities are investigating a flash fire at a Sherwin-Williams plant that left an employee with minor burns.


Tank Painters’ Fall Prompts Citations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Florida contractor $69,168 for a scaffolding collapse that critically injured two men who were painting the interior of a munici...


OSHA Issues PPE Enforcement Guidance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued Enforcement Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment in General Industry, a directive that provides enforcement personne...


Webinar to Tackle Respiratory Safety

The critical worker-safety issue of appropriate respiratory protection will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


Plant Painting Draws OSHA Fine

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing $121,800 in penalties for 40 safety and health violations related in part to painting operations at two Alabama manufacturing p...


IL Contractor Cited 4th Time for Cave-In Hazards

For the fourth time in eight months, a Chicago-area pipeline and sewer contractor is facing federal citations and fines in connection with cave-in hazards during trenching operations.


AFB Painting Facility Cited 3rd Time

From lead on the ice machine, to cadmium in the sanding booths, to open-sided work 13 feet high in the paint area, the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Georgia is facing a new slew of v...


Castings Maker Fined $220K for Repeated Silica Exposures

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Oberdorfer LLC for 28 alleged violations of workplace health and safety standards, including failing to correct hazards cited duri...


Water Tower Painter Survives 110-Foot Fall

Authorities are investigating the 110-foot fall of a Virginia painter from an East Texas water tower.


OSHA Drops Reporting Plan for Sprains, RSI

Just days after withdrawing one controversial proposal, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has sounded retreat on another: a plan to restore more specific reporting of work-re...


Fatal IN Lift Accident Under Investigation

Authorities are investigating the death of a contract worker who was fatally injured in a mobile lift accident at Evonik Degussa Corp.’s Tippecanoe Laboratories in Indiana.


OSHA Slams GA Air Base Painting Facilities

For the second time in seven months, the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Georgia faces numerous federal health and safety citations regarding its painting and sanding facilities, and m...


Contractor Fined in Fall from Bridge

A Vermont industrial contractor has agreed to pay a state fine of $3,500 for a 22-foot fall suffered by a worker on a bridge redecking project last fall.


NTSB Reports Lack of Coatings, Bad Welds in CA Pipeline Blast

The National Transportation Safety Board has found faulty welds, sagging coatings, and large uncoated areas on Pacific Gas & Electric natural-gas pipelines that exploded in September.


JLG Lift Deaths Trigger Alert in UK

The UK government has issued a Safety Alert regarding two models of JLG scissor lifts, after three lift tip-over accidents in four years killed five people.


Owner Cites ‘Human Error’ in Painter’s Death

A bridge painter who suffered a fatal fall on a worksite in Maine last week was the victim of human error, the owner of the contracting company says.


 
 
   

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