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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.


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.


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.


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<...


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.


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.


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


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...


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.


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.


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.


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...


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...


‘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.


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.


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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


U.S. Violators Reap U.S. Contracts

Major wage and safety law violations involving millions of U.S. workers are not preventing their employers from reaping billions of dollars in federal contracts, according to a new study rel...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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 ...


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.


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...


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 ...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Shortcuts Revealed in Fatal FL Collapse

Five contractors are being blamed for a variety of shortcuts—from skipped inspections and welds to ignoring construction plans—in a Florida building collapse that killed four workers last fa...


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.


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.


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.


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...


‘Stan the Span’ to Honor Musial, Worker

A plan to name the newest Mississippi River bridge after St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan ‘the Man’ Musial and a worker who died on the project is moving forward in Missouri.


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 ...


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...


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 Challenge Chevron on Pipe Material

Federal officials are pressing Chevron to justify its selection of an alloy pipe to replace the carbon-steel pipe destroyed in an August blaze at the company's refinery in Richmond, CA.


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...


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.


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.


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...


$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.


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).


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’...


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...


OSHA Sets $16.6M Fine in Blast, But Won’t Ban Risky Practice

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $16.6 million in fines against 17 contractors for a power-plant explosion that killed six people in February, but the agency ha...


Employer Cited in Fatal Confined-Space Fire

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 32 citations against Thermal Polymer Systems LC of Angleton, TX, in connection with an explosion Jan. 28 that killed one wor...


New OSHA Training Stresses Worker Rights

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has introduced a mandatory workers’ rights component to its 10- and 30-hour training programs.


OSHA Plans ‘Virtual Meeting’ on Dust Hazards

OSHA announced plans for a first-ever “virtual stakeholder meeting” for June 28 to seek input about combustible-dust workplace hazards. The virtual meeting format provides quick and easy acc...


OSHA Updates Security on Training ID Cards

Faced with a growing counterfeiting problem, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has quietly incorporated new security features into the wallet cards issued upon completion of ...


Shipbuilder Fined $1.3M in Deadly Blast

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined a Mississippi shipbuilder $1,322,000 following a November 2009 confined space explosion and fire that killed two workers an...


OSHA Reaffirms Methylene Chloride Limit

A 1997 federal regulation limiting worker exposure to the toxic solvent methylene chloride has saved lives and prevented serious illness, OHSA says, and the regulation will remain in place a...


OSHA to Require Employer Safety Plans

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is developing a rule that would require employers to plan and implement an Injury and Illness Prevention Program for their employees.


OSHA Targets Major Violators

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is taking aim at the nation’s most dangerous employers with a new Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP).


OSHA Issues Data on Chemical Exposure

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the release of 15 years of data providing details of workplace exposure to toxic chemicals.


OSHA Releases Database on Workplace Injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which has collected work-related injury and illness data from more than 80,000 employers since 1996, has now made the data from 1996...


OSHA to Hold Public Meeting for Stakeholders

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a public meeting called “OSHA Listens” on February 10 from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at the Frances Pe...


OSHA Plans HAZCOM Hearings

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold three informal public hearings to accept comments and testimony on the proposed rule to align the agency's Hazard Communication St...


OSHA Sets Enforcement Record

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration exceeded its enforcement goals during fiscal year 2008, logging more than 87,000 violations, 80 percent of them serious.


Scaffolding on OSHA Shipyard Agenda

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) will meet January 19-20, 2010, in Washington, DC, to addres...


OSHA Cites 4 Contractors in 3 Deaths

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing penalties against four contractors in the wake of a summer scaffolding accident that killed three workers in Texas.


OSHA Seeks Comments on Construction Safety and Health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is inviting comments for the meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH), scheduled for December 10-1...


Falls Top Rising OSHA Violations

Fall-related infractions are on track to dominate this year’s 10 top violations by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration—a toll that has increased almost 30 percent over las...


Contractor Faces $321K Fine in Lead Case

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration has proposed $321,000 in fines against an Ohio painting company accused of exposing workers to lead.


OSHA Urged to Reduce Workplace Noise

Citing the hazardous noise exposure faced by nearly 22 million American workers daily, the National Hearing Conservation Association has petitioned OSHA to lower occupational noise limits.


Axxiom Receives Safety Award in Texas

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently recognized Axxiom Manufacturing (Fresno, ...


Contractor Cited for Multiple Safety Violations

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has proposed $146,000 in penalties against an Alabama construction firm for multiple safety violations, including 11 repeat violations.


Road Construction Workers Must Wear Reflective Clothing

High-visibility warning garments are now required safety attire for all highway and road construction workers, according to a new letter of interpretation recently released by the U.S. Occup...


Worker Dies from Fall at Bridge Site

An abrasive blaster at a bridge job near Pittsburgh, PA, fell to his death after one side of the swing scaffold he was working from broke, according to Frank Librich, assistant area director...


OSHA Seeks to Align HazCom with UN System

A proposed rule to align the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) with provisions of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Cl...


Shipyard PPE Rule among OSHA Updates

New requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE) in shipyard employment, marine terminals, longshoring, and general industry will take effect October 9, 2009, according to the U.S. O...


OSHA Honors Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it has recognized the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, WA, for ...


OSHA Course Now Mandatory in 7 States

Seven states now require construction workers to complete OSHA safety training before they can work on publicly funded road, bridge and other projects.


Tips Issued on Work Platform Safety

A new safety document for construction workers, "Mast Climbing Work Platform (MCWP) Safety Tips," has been developed through an Alliance Program between the Occupational Safety & Health Admi...


Free Seminars Focus on Scaffold, Ladder Safety

A national organization is offering free seminars nationwide on scaffold and ladder safety.


OSHA to Publish Names of Fraudulent Trainers

In its continuing work to crack down on fraudulent trainers in its Outreach Training Program, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is publishing an “Outreach Trainer Watc...


OSHA Fines Contractor for 3rd Year

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a New York masonry contractor for fall hazards for the third consecutive year. Painting and Decorating Inc., of Ronkonkoma, h...


OSHA Warns Outdoor Workers on Heat

Summer heat can be especially harmful for those who work outdoors in direct sunlight or hot environments, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration warns. Outdoor workers need to tak...


OSHA Offers Silica Exposure Guide

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has just released Controlling Silica Exposures in Construction (OSHA 3362-04), a new publication designed to help employees minimize exposur...


OSHA Partners with NAWIC

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) - Chapter 96 have launched an alliance to promote workplace safety and health ...


OSHA Asked to Tighten Noise Standard

The International Safety Equipment Association has petitioned the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to promulgate a standard that would lower the Permissible Exposure Limit for o...


OSHA Asked to Ban Silica in Abrasive Blasting

The International Safety Equipment Association and the Risk and Insurance Management Society have petitioned the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to prohibit the use of silica i...


Bill Re-Filed to Strengthen OSHA

A California congresswoman has reintroduced the Protecting America's Workers Act (HR 2067), a thrice-defeated measure that would overhaul the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The ...


OSHA Cites Stucco Contractor for 3rd Year

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $118,650 in fines against a Tennessee-based stucco contractor, for 15 alleged repeat and serious violations of safety standards...


OSHA Issues Respirator Selection Details

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued Assigned Protection Factors for the Revised Respiratory Protection Standard (OSHA 3352-02 2009), a detailed guide to respirator s...


OSHA Called Lax on High-Risk Enforcement

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fallen short on implementing its Enhanced Enforcement Program, aimed at workplaces with the highest risk of hazardous conditions, accord...


OSHA Extends Comment Period for Crane Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended until May 18 the post-hearing comment period for its proposed standard on cranes and derricks in construction.


Scaffold Issues Led OSHA Citations in FY08

Scaffolding violations (general requirements, construction 29 CFR 1926.451) accounted for the greatest number of citations and the second-highest penalties by the U.S. Occupational Safety an...


Americlean Earns NY Safety Award

Americlean, an industrial cleaning and painting contractor in South Glens Falls, NY, became the first contractor in the state to earn OSHA’s SHARP (Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Pr...


Subcontractors Seek Changes to Crane Rule

The American Subcontractors Association has suggested some key changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s proposed overhaul of cranes and derricks safety standards—the fi...


OSHA Proposes Revision to Fit Testing Rules

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed two revised fit test procedures under OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard for determining the effectiveness of facemasks. Th...


OSHA Updates Manual, Voluntary Programs

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a revised Field Operations Manual for all health and safety officers nationwide and has overhauled its Voluntary Protection...


Contractors Cited in ’08 Crane Death

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a contractor and subcontractor involved in the dismantling of a 3,000-ton overhead Goliath gantry crane that crushed one em...


Concrete Maker Faces 35 OSHA Citations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited concrete maker Flagg-Palmer Precast Inc. for 35 violations—including some repeat and serious violations—of workplace health...


OSHA Issues Final PPE Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its final rule on clarifying employers’ duty to provide Personal Protective Equipment and train each employee.


OSHA Targets Silica Risks in New England

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a Regional Emphasis Program in the New England area to minimize employee exposure to crystalline silica hazards associated with...


 
 
   

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