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Unit Boasts Non-Spark Dust Collection

Nilfisk CFM has introduced a pneumatic industrial vacuum cleaner designed for collecting dry combustible dust and debris in manufacturing settings.


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.


$3.7M Suit over Crosswalk Paint Revived

The City of Portland, OR, will have to answer in court for degraded markings at a crosswalk where several people have been killed.


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.


Company Admits Error in Fatal Collapse

Ohio's largest general contractor has conceded that an "engineering mistake" in its bridge demolition plan may have contributed to a catastrophic collapse that killed one its foremen last mo...


$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.


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.


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.


Shipyard Fined for Waste, Collapse

A Mississippi shipyard will pay $144,545 to resolve a host of state environmental violations related to abrasive blasting and painting at its Pascagoula facility.


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.


Umbrella Kit Protects Portable Blasters

New abrasive umbrella kits for portable blasters offer protection from overhead feeding systems and from weight-related pop-up failures, according to Pirate Brand and manufacturer Forecast S...


EPA Proposes New TDI Limits

Certain chemicals used in coatings and sealants could face restricted levels in consumer products under a newly proposed rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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...


N. America to Lead Silica Sand Boom

Uncle Sam may be worried about silica, but North American industry apparently is not, as the region prepares to lead the global growth of silica sand through 2018, according to a new market ...


Coating Oversight Breeds $2.6M Verdict

The lack of a nonskid sidewalk coating at a church in Florida has led to two falls, one disabled knee, and one seven-figure judgment.


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.


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...


RPM's Asbestos Woes Near an End

Nearly 40 years after it stopped making asbestos-containing products, Carboline's parent company will close its $800 million book on the issue and reunite the company's pieces.


35 'Resilient' Cities Set to Rebuild

Determined to save their infrastructure, strengthen structures, fix transit systems and meet other shared challenges, 35 cities from Chicago to Chennai, India, have been tapped for a global ...


Prison Terms Set in Marine Coating Case

The brother-owners of a Florida-based marine coatings company will serve time in prison for producing and selling a TBT-containing antifouling for years after the toxic product was banned.


WI Pilot to Have Drivers Seeing Orange

What road marking color do motorists see best? Traditional yellow and white, or maybe something else? That's the question that Wisconsin is putting to the test.


$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.


30 Years on, Lessons from a Catastrophe

Invoking the 1984 tank explosion that ignited the world's worst industrial disaster, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has issued an urgent new call for measures to improve chemical handling sa...


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.


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...


Coating Makers Score Label Reprieve

Federal regulators will grant coating manufacturers more time to meet new global requirements for labeling and safety data sheets, the American Coatings Association has announced.


'Cheesegrater' Bolts Raise Concern

Two bolts the size of a human arm have fallen off London's brand-new skyscraper, sending engineers scrambling to inspect thousands of others on the structure.


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.


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.


Fines Follow Fires at Coating Maker

Three separate, and apparently unreported, fires at an industrial coatings plant have triggered a strong response from federal health and safety officials.


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 ...


Aviation Painters Forum Takes Off

Like aviation technology itself, coatings for today's aircraft are changing constantly, bringing high-stakes challenges that have turned a group of industry competitors into collaborators.


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.


New Method Cuts Finish-Coat VOCs

A new gel coating used during manufacturing finishing could virtually eliminate the health and environmental risks of the organic compound styrene, researchers say.


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.


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.


Tanks in for New Coatings, Inspections

As many as 80,000 aboveground storage tanks in West Virginia may fall under a set of new mandates for rigorous inspections, coating system overhauls, and spill prevention plans, state offici...


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.


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.


Hawaii DOT Fined $1.2M for Runoff

Six years of state and federal complaints about pollutants washing into Hawaii's largest harbor have ended in a $1.2 million fine for Hawaii’s Department of Transportation.


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.


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.


New Web Tool Manages Pipeline Data

GE and Accenture have teamed up on a new "Industrial Internet solution for pipeline management" to give pipeline customers faster access to data.


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.


EPA Sees Wide Risks in Paint Strippers

Methylene chloride, widely used in paint stripping products, poses a health threat to hundreds of thousands of workers, consumers and project bystanders, U.S. authorities have determined.


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.


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.


Seoul Searches for Sinkhole Answers

The Summer of Sinkholes has left the city of Seoul scrambling for construction culprits both above and below ground.


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.


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.


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.


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 ...


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.


Storage Tank Bill Tabbed at $114M

A U.S. proposal to protect surface water from chemical storage facilities would cost about $114 million over four years, likely busting the federal threshold for unfunded mandates in the pri...


Painting, Amputation Hazards Draw Fines

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


U.S. Disaster-Proofing Gets $1B Boost

Reeling from a deadly series of natural disasters, devastated communities across the U.S. now have an additional billion-dollar incentive to rebuild more resiliently. But the incentive has s...


EU Backs Philippines’ Anti-Lead Push

The European Union is throwing its support behind an effort to eliminate lead and mercury exposures among millions of Filipino schoolchildren.


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.


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.


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.


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...


Pipeline Corrosion Firm Sold for $116M

Global HSE concern Halma plc has acquired California-based Rohrback Cosasco Systems (RCS), the leading U.S. corrosion monitoring firm, the companies have announced.


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


Above Chicago, Cracking on the Ledge

The sound and sight of protective coatings cracking at the top of America's tallest building has left visitors shaken, but officials insist the failure held no danger.


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.


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.


Canada Puts Price on Pipeline Liability

Pipeline companies in Canada will be held responsible for at least $1 billion in damages if their network leaks—no matter who is ultimately to blame.


Antimicrobial Coatings Set to Clean Up

Driven by escalating U.S. health and environmental concerns, the global antimicrobial coatings market is expected to surge by nearly 10 percent annually and top $4.5 billion by 2020, a new s...


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...


Coating Changes Color under Pressure

New research has produced a coated material that can reveal pressure points by changing color.


Posh ‘Monument of Defects’ to be Razed

Six years after revelations of serious construction defects stopped work, a Las Vegas luxury high-rise will be painstakingly dismantled without ever opening.


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.


A Fight to Root Out Pipeline Corrosion

A California utility is locked in a showdown with private and public property owners over its plan to remove hundreds of trees that are damaging and corroding area pipelines.


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...


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...


Paint Lights ‘Route 66 of the Future’

Tomorrow’s highway has arrived on a short stretch of a Dutch roadway where glowing green road markings have replaced street lights.


Lead Makes Veneration Risky Business

Tens of millions of Catholics in the Philippines are being warned against kissing, rubbing and other hands-on veneration of statues in the run-up to Easter, due to high amounts of lead paint...


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...


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...


‘Major’ Changes Loom for Coating Makers

With the ink barely dry on the last round of new regulatory limits, paint and coating manufacturers are in for more.


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...


Rogue Barges to Cost Team $1M Monthly

One. Two. Three strikes, you’re out—out a million bucks a month, that is. That’s the warning to a construction team on a New York bridge project after its construction barges broke loose on ...


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.


Study: High-Lead Paint Persists in Asia

Long banned in the U.S. and Europe, architectural paint with lead—a lot of lead—is still widely available in Asia, the world's largest coatings market, a new study concludes.


Beyond Glow in the Dark: Light-Up Paint

When it comes to illumination, who would know more than the Dark Side? That’s Darkside Scientific LLC, founded by Andy Zsinko, a longtime aftermarket painter who has gone glow-in-the-dark pa...


Manufacturer Defends Coatings in Fire

A protective-coatings maker is taking strong exception to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report that cites his products as contributors to a devastating 2013 fire at a high-security research...


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.


Plan for Chemical Hit List Sparks Heat

Industry manufacturers are objecting to a California plan that would target toxic chemicals used in paint stripper and spray polyurethane foam.


Abrasives Maker Gets 10th OSHA Case

Fourteen months after resolving numerous federal health and safety violations at its plant in Harvey, LA, U.S. Minerals is facing a fresh round of citations at the facility.


CA Targeting Stripper, Foam Chemicals

“Is it necessary to use this toxic chemical?” That’s the question that makers of paint strippers and spray polyurethane foam may soon have to answer in California.


‘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.


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.


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.


Game of Drones: Tomorrow’s Job Site

Drones, all the rage for everything from missile strikes to package delivery, may soon be keeping an eye on you—if not replacing you—at work.


‘Extensive Cracking’ Closes New Stadium

A structural investigation is underway to determine the cause of “pervasive” concrete cracking in a $60 million high school football stadium that has been open less than two years.


$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.


Reindeer Hope Collisions Glow Away

Glowing reindeer are roaming around Finland, but instead of red noses lighting the way, these animals are equipped with fluorescent antlers.


Water-Based Epoxy Shields Tanks

Industrial-grade thermal tank insulation from a water-based epoxy is the promise of Carboline Company's new Carbotherm 551.


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...


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, ...


JPCL at 30: Evolution and Revolution

Anniversaries and birthdays are funny things, and can be seen in positive and negative lights: They speak to endurance, repetition, the inevitability of time passing, growth, and decline.


Coatings Crowd Converges on FL

Exhibit and housing space are long gone, and dozens of expert-led sessions are ready to roll, as more than 2,000 industry professionals pour into Orlando, FL, today (Feb. 10) for SSPC 2014 f...


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...


eBook Tackles Environmental Controls

Dehumidification, ventilation and other environmental controls can have high-stakes consequences for coating and blasting workers and projects alike.


Bay Bridge Inspectors Rebut Critics

Naysayers who challenged the integrity of officials on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge project skewed information to provide a misleading account, a new review contends.


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...


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...


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.


Inquiry: Bay Bridge Concerns Quashed

Critics were fired or reassigned, safety questions deflected, information suppressed, and a “malicious” lack of transparency shrouded construction of the world's most expensive bridge, a new...


New NIST Coating Quells Foam Ignition

Government scientists have developed a nanocoating that dramatically cuts the flammability, melting and pooling of polyurethane foam—the source of hundreds of deaths and thousands of house f...


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.


Thermal Paint Pops Out Icy Warning

Dangerously icy roads in Austria have officials experimenting with painted signs that appear only when the temperature plummets.


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.


Worker Injured at Pipe Coating Company

A temporary worker at a Pennsylvania pipe coating company is lucky to be alive after a large steel pipe fell on his back and pinned him face first to the ground, authorities said.


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...


‘Strange Addiction’ Coats Her in Fame

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


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.


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.


Paint Makers to Pay $1.1B for Lead

Reversing years of legal victories, the Sherwin-Williams Co., NL Industries and ConAgra Grocery Products have been ordered to pay $1.1 billion to remove lead paint from millions of Californi...


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.


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...


Suppliers Lend Hand for UK Hearts

Members of the British Coatings Federation are donating red paint to transform obsolete phone booths across the UK into life-saving defibrillator stations.


Across the Industry, All Shook Up

Sometimes, we wonder if infrastructure and construction are just day jobs for crews waiting for Hollywood to discover them.


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...


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.


New Bridge Inspection Guide Released

The nation’s leading highway and transportation organization has published a new technical guide for agencies that perform element-level bridge inspections.


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...


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.


Gritco Unveils Blasting Jacket, Cape

Blasting and cleaning equipment maker Gritco BV has introduced a long-sleeve jacket and bright-orange safety cape to improve protection for abrasive blasters.


Paint/Graffiti Remover Touts Safety

Cortec Corp. has unveiled two heavy-duty, anti-corrosion paint strippers and graffiti removers that the company calls “the safest on the market.”


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.


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.


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...


Feds Recommend Nanomaterial Controls

As makers of paints, coatings and other products reap the rewards of the nanotech boom, federal health and safety experts are racing to keep up with the risks.


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.


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...


PPG Announces Protective/Marine VP

PPG Industries has put its entire protective and marine coatings business in the United States, Canada and Latin America under the leadership of Diane M. Kappas.


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...


Nuke Owner Rebuked for Workers’ Crimes

A bizarre plan by two senior nuclear reactor operators to rob an armored car—and then actually commit a carjacking—has led to federal sanctions against the U.S.’s top nuclear operator for la...


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...


Portable Light Offers Versatile Options

Air Systems International has introduced a weather-proof, portable, area light for use in dusty and wet environments.


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.


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...


Lead Safety Campaigns Target Paint

The U.S.'s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, focusing on the hazards of lead paint, has hit the world stage.


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.


Blast-Proof Light for Paint Booths

Larson Electronics has introduced a two-foot-long explosion-proof light fixture for paint booths and other hazardous locations with the potential for flammable vapors.


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.


Report: World Cup Push Risks Workers

Workers' safety and lives are being sacrificed to Qatar's dash to build infrastructure and venues in time for the 2022 World Cup, an international labor group charges.


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...


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.


Adhesive Mixer Death Draws $200K Fine

Calling the gruesome death of a temporary worker “completely preventable,” California authorities have slapped a leading industrial adhesives maker with a list of safety citations and a $200...


OSHA Publishes Proposed Silica Rule

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


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 ...


LED Gun Light Made for Blasting Work

Larson Electronics, a supplier of explosion-proof lighting equipment, has unveiled an LED blasting-gun light built for abusive operating conditions.


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...


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.


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 ...


3M Offers Self-Rescue Device

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


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...


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.


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...


Crew Digs Up Live Cannonball

A construction crew unearthed a live cannonball, believed to be from the Civil War, in downtown Atlanta on Thursday (July 18).


Japan Makes Construction Safety Cute

Japan’s culture of cuteness has found an unlikely new home in the nation's construction zones.


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.


Stan the Man Gets His Span

In the bottom of the ninth, Stan Musial and the veterans have tied for naming rights to the Mississippi River's next major bridge project.


OSHA to Target Key Coating Chemical

Federal health and safety authorities have announced a new crackdown on worker exposure to a chemical widely used in protective and marine coatings.


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.


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.


Probe: Doctored Inspection Unfolds

One discredited Ontario engineer touched up the structural assessment, while his partner signed off on the report, based on verbal assurances and despite his own knowledge of problems at the...


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.


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...


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.


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 ...


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.


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.


Coating Made to be Bulletproof

Developed for a “dangerous world” of school, mall and theater shootings, a new protective coating is being billed as a bullet-stopping life saver.


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.


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.


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.


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...


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.


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.


Judge Rips USACE over Katrina Failures

The many victims of New Orleans’ “tragically flawed” levees cannot prove that the Army Corps of Engineers caused the system’s failure during Hurricane Katrina—but even “if the levee was desi...


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.


New Concrete Gives Glow a Go

Concrete pavers, roads, safety strips and stairs can all stand out in the dark with a new series of products produced by a German partnership.


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...


Flakes Glow for Safety Applications

Glow-in-the-dark flakes that can provide guidance during a power outage are the latest product from Garage Flooring LLC.


Audit Rips Caltrans on Bridge Testing

California Department of Transportation employees falsified concrete testing data, were paid for work they did not perform, and stole steel beams and other materials from state project sites...


Exxon Fined $1.7M in Yellowstone Leak

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has been slapped with a $1.7 million federal fine for its 2011 crude-oil pipeline failure in the Yellowstone River, doubling its tab to date for the disaster, reg...


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 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.


IL EPA Seeks Order at Paint Blast Site

A Chicago-area paint factory that was the scene of two explosions and a fire earlier this month will not reopen until state authorities know what caused the accident and how the cause is bei...


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...


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.


EPA Reveals Corrosion, Failures
Plaguing ExxonMobil Refinery

ExxonMobil is operating the United States' second-largest refinery with hundreds of corroded pipes, a record of overdue inspections, noncompliance with its own procedures, and a series of in...


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.


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...


Immigrant ‘Crisis in Construction’ Seen

Half of the construction workers in Texas are undocumented, and seven in 10 are foreign-born—a dire situation with safety, social and economic implications for the entire industry, a new rep...


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.


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.


‘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 ...


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.


Fluorescents Offer High-Visibility Help

Five new eye-popping aerosols from PlastiKote may help reduce hazards around doors, railings, barriers and other safety-sensitive features of industrial and commercial settings.


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.


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 ...


$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.


New Rules Could Shake Up Industry

SAN ANTONIO—Coating manufacturers are starting to see sweeping changes in hazard communications that could potentially impact every safety data sheet in the industry.


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...


Scholarship, Service Take SSPC Awards

SAN ANTONIO—A scholarly yet sassy examination of the "nether world" of Corrosion Under Insulation took the 2013 Outstanding Publication Award on the opening day of SSPC 2013.


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?


The World’s Most Dangerous Commute

Tired of fighting traffic on your way to work? Try free-climbing to your job. More than 1,700 feet in the air. Without safety lines.


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...


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.


Officials Seek $7M in Bridge Collapse

Kentucky officials are seeking $7.1 million after emergency repairs were required when a cargo ship struck a bridge, essentially cutting it in half and causing the span to collapse last Janu...


DOD Adds $1.5M to Powder Coating Push

The U.S. Department of Defense has stepped up its campaign against liquid protective coatings with a $1.5 million award to PPG Industries to develop a powder Chemical Agent Resistant Coating...


Customers to Foot Half of Pipeline Bill

Two years after a California pipeline explosion killed eight people and demolished a neighborhood, the utility's customers have been handed the bill: $299 million.


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.


Engineers Dance to Structure’s Song

Listen up: Tuning into how a highway bridge sings in the rain can tell engineers a lot about the span's structural integrity, engineers at Brigham Young University have determined.


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...


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.


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.


CA Plans New Squeeze on VOC Limits

Even lower VOC emissions limits on architectural and industrial maintenance coatings may be headed for California, to the dismay of coating manufacturers.


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.


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 ...


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...


NASA Paint Sprays Away New Car Smell

Love it or hate it, that “new car smell” is not healthy—or, it turns out, good for sensitive satellite instruments—driving NASA to find a way to spray it away.


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...


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...


Portlanders Fume Over Paint Vapors

In a neighborhood perched above Swan Island in Portland, winds have shifted with the cooler weather, and it's making residents nauseous. Literally.


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...


Paint Booth Light is Explosion Proof

Larson Electronics has introduced an explosion-proof, four-foot-long lighting fixture that carries a paint spray booth light certification and T6 temperature class certification.


Orange You Glad You Paint Philippine Bridges?

It wasn't a trick-or-treat stunt: The Philippines government announced Wednesday (Oct. 31) that it would henceforth paint all federally owned steel bridges "International Orange."


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...


Deadly Sandy Spurs Backups, Shutdowns

With Hurricane Sandy on the march in the U.S. Northeast, infrastructure officials were taking unprecedented precautions and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was beefing up inspection at pla...


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.


BP to Sell Off Troubled Refinery

Dogged by multibillion-dollar bills from multiple disasters, British Petroleum has announced the sale of its notorious Texas City refinery to Ohio-based Marathon Petroleum Corp.


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 ...


UM Unplugs Bridge Safety Technology

New “smart bridge” technologies being developed by engineering teams at the University of Maryland may help prevent catastrophic failures like the one that befell the I-35 Bridge in Minneapo...


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...


U.S. Indicts Bogus OSHA Trainer

A Mississippi woman is facing years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines after allegedly posing as a federally certified safety trainer in the wake of the 2010 BP Deepw...


Paint Firm Fined $136K in Vapor Release

An Ohio paint producer is facing 26 federal health violations and a $138,600 fine in the March release of a cloud of flammable vapors at its industrial coatings division in Columbus.


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...


Gritco Unveils New Blasting Helmet

Blasting and cleaning equipment maker Gritco has introduced a new helmet designed for more comfort, less fatigue, better protection, and improved productivity.


New Fireproofing Meets Latest Codes

Grace Construction Products has rolled out a new spray-applied fireproofing material that meets the latest bond strength requirements of the International Building Code.


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.


Sherwin-Williams Recalls 4 Aerosols

The Sherwin-Williams Company is recalling nearly 120,000 aerosol canisters of automotive, acrylic and other paints in the wake of user reports that cans have been leaking and pose a fire haz...


OSHA Demands Cleanup of Navy Facility

A U.S. Navy maintenance facility may be forced to shut down after a series of health and safety inspections found workers there exposed to a variety of “extremely toxic materials.”


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.


IUPAT Opens $3.5M Training Facility

The world’s largest painters’ union has launched a $3.5 million facility that aims to be the country’s premiere training site for industrial, commercial and residential painters and related ...


Concrete-Busting Weed Sparks Action

It’s a weed that can push through four feet of concrete and spread like kudzu—and British Columbia is dead set on eradicating it before it threatens the region’s infrastructure.


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...


LNG Blast, Fire Draw $111K Fine

A botched start-up process that lacked written procedures, skipped a pre-start safety review, and routed cryogenic liquids through unsuitable equipment touched off the explosion and fire tha...


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...


Walsh Appeals Fine in Bridge Death

A Chicago builder is appealing a $10,000 fine imposed in the death of an employee who was crushed to death in a lift on a $131 million Indiana bridge rehab project.


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.


U.S. Set to Step Up Pipeline Enforcement

Flexing its new statutory muscle, the U.S. government has taken the first step toward implementing a 2011 law that strengthens both pipeline safety regulations and regulators’ authority.


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.


3rd Truck in 10 Days Dumps Paint Load

The third crash of a paint-loaded rig in 10 days has dumped a load of industrial paint on a highway in Michigan.


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.


Pipe Corrosion Eyed in Refinery Fire

Federal investigators are looking at corrosion of an old pipe as the possible cause of a near-catastrophic fire at the Chevron Refinery last week in California.


Bucking Trends, Asbestos Surges in U.S.

Although banned in scores of countries, asbestos is actually booming in the United States, the U.S. Geological Survey reports in a new study.


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...


Coating May Paint Away Pestilence

Developers of a remarkable paint are amassing significant evidence that the coating can wipe out infestations of insects that carry deadly diseases in Latin America and Africa.


OSHA Settles Case with TX Pipe Maker

Federal regulators have sharply reduced their health and safety case against a Texas oil tank and pipe manufacturer, dropping several citations and two-thirds of the fine it recently imposed...


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.


Feds Block Pipeline Restart after Spill

Enbridge Energy will not be allowed to reopen a Wisconsin pipeline that ruptured last week until the company completes an acceptable restart plan for the entire 467-mile segment, federal reg...


GC Fined $10K in Bridge Worker’s Death

A Chicago builder managing a $131 million bridge rehab project has been fined $10,000 for the death of a lift operator on the job—a penalty that the victim’s brother compares to “me … buying...


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.


New ‘Bridge Health Index’ Hones Structural Safety Assessments

A new ratings system that improves damage detection and measurement could help prevent catastrophic failures of pipelines, bridges and other concrete structures, scientists say.


Carlsbad Odor Laid to Coating, Solvent

Carlsbad Caverns National Park has reopened after “extensive” air quality testing showed that chemical vapors released during elevator renovation had not spread to the visitor center or surr...


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...


Pipeline Owners Hunt for Smarter PIGs

Under growing pressure by regulators and the public to step up safety, the pipeline industry has put in-line inspection technology (ILI) on the front burner.


$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.


Coating Fumes Shut Down National Park

“Overpowering” coating fumes from newly installed rails in an elevator shaft sickened employees and forced the emergency closure of Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico this week, of...


Employer Indicted in 2 Worker Deaths

The owner of a former environmental company in Texas is facing 13 federal criminal charges after two workers died in four months while helping him transport chemicals illegally.


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.


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.


Alarms Ignored; Spill Draws $3.7M Fine

Federal regulators have proposed a record $3.7 million fine and 24 actions against pipeline operator Enbridge Energy for a corrosion-related rupture that spilled more than 20,000 barrels of ...


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...


EPA, Shipyard Settle Paint Waste Fine

Fairhaven Shipyard Companies, Inc. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $175,000 to resolve violations of the federal Clean Water Act at two of its facilities in Fairhaven during paint remov...


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.


Compressor Offers High Air Capacity

Jenny Products, Inc. (Somerset, PA) has introduced the W11HGB-30P to its line of two-stage, wheeled-portable air compressors.


Nuclear Plant Inspection Firm Fined

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has fined a major plant inspection firm $49,000 for safety and security lapses and has banned one of its former employees from NRC projects for a year.


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.


U.S. Auditors See Lax Pipeline Oversight

Inspection backlogs, a preference for paper over field visits, regulatory loopholes, data management problems and other “key deficiencies” are weakening federal oversight of pipeline safety,...


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?


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.


Coating Claims a Superhero Substrate

Note to self: Submarine paint is for submarines. Face paint is for faces. When in doubt, check the MSDS.


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.


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.


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...


Chemical Co. Cited Again—and Again

A Texas chemical maker whose central plant burned to the ground in October continues to pile up citations for hazardous conditions at that site and elsewhere.


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.


Older Pipelines May Face New Testing

New pipeline record-keeping requirements are coming and old testing loopholes long enjoyed by older systems may be going, federal regulators warned operators this week.


More Tests Set at Paint Superfund Site

Federal regulators have agreed to more testing at a New Hampshire tract full of toxic paint waste before approving a final plan for the 23-year-old Superfund site.


JPCL Offers New Buying Guide Features

Free new print and digital features will join the popular traditional resources this year in JPCL’s upcoming Equipment Buying Guide, now in its 25th year.


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.


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.


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 ...


New Boeing Paint Saves Injuries, Time

Boeing has teamed up with Australia’s national science agency to produce an aircraft paint and application process that has not only saved millions of dollars, but also reduced painter injur...


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.


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...


NY Bridge Painter Feared Dead in Fall

A 35-year-old bridge painter is missing and presumed dead after he fell from the Throgs Neck Bridge in New York, apparently while doing something to his safety harness.


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...


Subway Work Fined; Death Probe Underway

The dangers of New York subway construction are drawing closer federal scrutiny, with new citations issued against contractors for excessive silica exposure and a runaway rail car just weeks...


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...


NSRP Eyes Lasers, Lessons, Real Risks

Laser-powered coating removal, real-life confined-space risks, and lessons from foreign shipyards will all be the focus of research projects newly funded by the National Shipbuilding Researc...


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.


EPA Floats New Chemical Limits

Companies would face potential limits on new uses of five groups of chemicals, including some used in pigments and paints, under a new rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agen...


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.


TruQC Eases Painting Site Paperwork

TruQC, of St. Louis, MO, has launched a suite of cloud-based apps for job-site documentation for the iPad, developed for industrial painting by industrial painting workers.


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.


Shock Ads Aim to Jolt Highway Bill

Driving up pressure on the House to accept a Senate-crafted transportation bill, a leading labor union has unveiled a chilling campaign that features a Russian Roulette radio ad and a mass m...


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...


Tainted Paint Ends Festival in Tragedy

A popular Hindu spring festival in India ended in tragedy this week, when poisoned paint used in the celebration killed one boy and injured hundreds of other children.


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.


Free Webinar Tackles Better Blasting

The secrets of more productive, safer abrasive blasting will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


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?


Study: Nano Coatings Hold Mega Promise

The nanotech revolution that is sweeping the coatings industry may live up to its sizzling promise after all, with apparently few risks and huge potential for functional coatings of every ki...


FTI Honors 2 Apprentices of the Year

Coating industry elders despairing of the next generation can take heart from two young painters who have just been named 2011 “Apprentices of the Year” by their Finishing Trades Institute D...


PHMSA Lapses Blamed in Pipeline Blasts

Federal pipeline regulators “abjectly failed” to enforce safety standards for more than a decade before a series of deadly pipeline explosions hit California, the City of San Francisco conte...


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...


Explosion-Proof Vacuum Targets Combustible Dust

Nilfisk CFM has expanded its line of combustible dust vacuums with the new 118/50EXP, designed to collect dry dust and debris in manufacturing facilities.


Industrial Scientific Names Sales Chief

Industrial safety veteran Larry Kilian has joined Industrial Scientific Corp. as senior director of sales for the Americas, Australia and New Zealand.


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.


Remote Monitoring Service Protects in Hazardous Exposures

A new multi-company collaboration couples the latest gas detection technology with wireless remote monitoring of employees working in potentially hazardous environments.


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.


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...


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.


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.


Navy Fined for Pipe, Tank Inspections

The Navy will pay nearly $161,000 in fines to settle federal claims that it failed to properly monitor pipes and underground fuel storage tanks for leaks at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, in Silv...


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...


New Painting, Blasting Lights Unveiled

Larson Electronics has introduced several new lighting options for industrial and commercial painting and blast cleaning operations.


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...


Paint Cues Scientists to Bridge Stress

Some people watch paint dry. Materials scientist Mark Iadicola watches it move—speck by speck. Iadicola’s work—capturing and analyzing 3D images of infinitely subtle paint movement—is part ...


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...


Cement Maker’s Emissions Tab Tops $35M

A leading U.S. cement producer will spend $1.7 million in fines, $33 million in pollution control upgrades, and $745,000 in mitigation measures to settle emissions violations at six of its p...


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.


Contractor Prevails as OSHA Drops Case

Federal officials have withdrawn two serious safety citations against a Mississippi industrial painting contractor with a model safety record, saying the inspections that led to them should ...


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.


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.


PSN to Recap the Year’s Highs, Lows

From tragic accidents to silly stories, tough quizzes to controversial projects, PaintSquare News will take a look back at the coatings industry of 2011 with two special issues next w...


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...


SafeWorks Names Global Engineering VP

Access equipment provider SafeWorks LLC has appointed Erik Elzinga to the new role of Vice President – Engineering, with global responsibility for new product development for its Power Climb...


MO Town to Tackle Storm-Churned Toxins

Seven months into its recovery from massive tornado damage, the city of Joplin, MO, will receive $500,000 in federal aid to begin the enormous task of remediating lead exposed in up to 1,500...


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...


OSHA Program Targets Chemical Plants

Facilities that process and store chemicals will face heightened federal scrutiny, including more surprise inspections, under a new safety program designed to prevent catastrophic releases o...


Team Turns 4D MRI Imaging on Pipelines

Physicists and engineers at the University of California-Berkeley have developed a new system to monitor and prevent pipeline ruptures using MRI medical technology.


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.


‘Cold’ Grinder Tools Strip Paint in Explosive Areas

Safety Tools Allmet has rounded out its exclusive line of sparkless grinders and cutting tools with a custom anti-static suitcase—a system designed for “cold” coatings and corrosion removal ...


Probes, Changes Follow Death of NY Tunnel Worker

An investigation is underway and safety procedures have changed after a young New York tunnel worker was fatally struck by a section of falling concrete while working alongside his father.


Plant Operator Rips Fatal Blast Probe

A major wastewater plant owner accused of ignoring tank corrosion that led to a fatal explosion is fighting back with its own photos and a demand for another investigation.


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.


Quake-Jolted Reactors Restarting in VA

With approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Dominion Virginia Power is restarting two nuclear reactors that shut down near the epicenter of the East Coast Earthquake in August.


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.


Keystone XL Pipeline Stalled, Rerouted

An environmentally sensitive segment of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will be rerouted and a final decision on the controversial $7 billion project delayed until after the 2012 U.S. elec...


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?


PG&E Repairs, Coats Burst Pipelines

Pacific Gas & Electric is blaming “isolated” corrosion for a new leak in one part of the infamous San Bruno, CA, transmission pipeline, while working to repair and recoat two other segments ...


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.


Town Reels from Water Tower Collapse

Stunned authorities in a small Indiana town are investigating the abrupt collapse of the town’s water tower, which crumbled to the ground in seconds this week, unleashing 250,000 gallons of ...


AkzoNobel Fined for Chemical Release

AkzoNobel is facing serious federal safety citations and a $63,000 fine in the wake of a toxic chemical release at an Illinois plant in May.


New Ruptures, Leak Plague CA Pipeline

Another segment of the California natural-gas pipeline that exploded in September 2010 has ruptured and unleashed a mudslide onto a highway—the third incident in less than two weeks involvin...


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...


NY Paint Fumes Force Evacuation

Painting has been halted at the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal after fumes from the project forced the evacuation of an adjacent building, sickening some occupants and sending four to ...


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.


Bad Markings Blamed in PA Gas Blast

Inaccurate gas-line location markings are suspected in the explosion of a line that ruptured this week when struck by a construction crew in the center of a Pennsylvania college town, offici...


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...


Spider Adds LA, NC District Sales Reps

Global access equipment provider Spider, a division of SafeWorks, has hired new district sales representatives for its operations centers in Charlotte, NC, and New Orleans.


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.


Report: Gas Line Leaked 26 Times before Blast

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. knew of more than two dozen previous, unexplained leaks in one of its natural-gas pipelines when it certified that the pipe was free of seam-weld leaks months be...


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.”


Waterjet Group OKs Hose Color Coding

Hoses of red, silver, green, blue, orange and yellow will soon color the waterjetting landscape, as the industry begins to adopt a new safety scheme designed to better identify the pressure ...


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?


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.


DOT Fines OH Tank Maker Nearly $4M

The U.S. Department of Transportation has fined one of the nation’s oldest tank makers nearly $4 million for manufacturing and selling what it calls “unsafe” cargo tanks used to carry causti...


Tank Cleaner Fined $122K for Exposures

A large Midwestern tank cleaning company is facing federal accusations of exposing workers to respiratory and confined-space hazards while cleaning tanks at a job site.


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...


Asbestos Contractor Gets 6-Year Term

A New York construction and asbestos abatement contractor has been sentenced to six years in prison for lying to his untrained employees—and, later, to a federal inspector—about their asbest...


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.


Report Slams BP in 2010 Gulf Blast

Cement failure, insufficient training, plan changes, inappropriate responses, and multiple other problems killed BP’s Deepwater Horizon crew of 11 and caused the spill of 5 million barrels o...


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...


Asbestos Scam Draws 7-Year Prison Term

The former owner of the largest U.S. asbestos abatement training school has been sentenced to 87 months in prison for running a business built on thousands of untrained, undocumented workers...


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...


HEPA System Made for Paint Booths

Air filtration systems provider A.J. Dralle Inc. has introduced the HEPA-XFP, a third-stage filtration system meeting HEPA-level efficiencies, NESHAP Method 319, and ASHRAE 52.2 testing.


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...


3 Arrested in Fake Paint Scam

Three men in Beijing have been arrested on charges of manufacturing tens of thousands of gallons of ersatz paint and reselling it in used cans bearing popular brand names.


$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.


Infrastructure Weathers Quake; Monument, Cathedral Damaged

The good news: The U.S.’s much-lamented aging infrastructure appeared to ride out the East Coast’s earthquake—and aftershocks—this week with few problems.


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...


States' Bridge Emergencies Spread

Age and summer heat are taking a heavy toll on the nation’s bridges, with a wave of emergency closures and other measures reported nationwide in recent weeks.


DOT Grants $417M for Highway Projects

Rural roads in Alaska, bridges in Maine, highways in Florida, roundabouts in California and a host of other state highway projects have received a $417.3 million boost from the U.S. Departme...


NY Sewage Wall Failure Tied to Design

A design that violated code and multiple construction problems—including structural deficiencies flagged earlier—caused the sudden collapse of a massive wall at a New York sewage plant in Ma...


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...


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...


Contractor Software Offers New Tools

Maxwell Systems Inc., maker of construction business management software, has released ProContractorMX version 2.7, which offers new capabilities to construction companies of varying sizes a...


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...


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.


FCA Names New VP, Safety Specialist

The Finishing Contractors Association has hired Cindi Spangler, of St. Louis, MO, as its new Central Regional Vice President and Safety Specialist.


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...


Ford to Clean Up 40-Year-Old Paint Dump

Facing a new HBO documentary on a very old controversy, Ford Motor Co. has agreed to clean up tons of toxic paint sludge that the company dumped decades ago on ground near the Ramapo River, ...


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...


2nd ‘Big Dig’ Official Suspended; DOT Culture of Secrecy Alleged

A second Big Dig tunnel official may lose his job after discussing pressure within his agency to avoid documenting the Boston project’s problems, such as that of a coatings failure that has ...


$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.


Exxon Told to Re-bury Yellowstone Pipe

ExxonMobil must re-bury its Silvertip Pipeline beneath the Yellowstone River and take other measures before restarting the pipeline, after it leaked up to 1,000 barrels of crude oil into the...


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.


Industry Fights Looming Emissions Laws

Coatings manufacturers are racing the clock to fend off tighter emissions rules impending in Southern California and at the federal level.


Painter Survives 25-Foot Fall from Bridge

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


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.


Software, Services Target Site Safety

Software developer Maxwell Systems Inc. and American Compliance Systems have joined forces to provide jobsite safety tools and consulting services for construction and related contractors.


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.


EPA Revokes Chemical Secrecy Claims

Coatings and chemical manufacturers will have to divulge a significant amount of chemical information long held confidential, under a new order by the Environmental Protection Agency.


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.


Gas Detector Monitors Continuously

MSA has unveiled the Ultima OPIR-5 Detector, an open-path IR gas detector that provides continuous monitoring of combustible gas concentrations at a path length of up to 150 meters (nearly 5...


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.


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 ...


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...


EPA Issues More Coal Ash Safety Plans

While the Environmental Protection Agency remains tight-lipped on its proposed rule for coal ash, the agency has released action plans by 20 electric utility facilities with 70 coal ash impo...


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...


New MSA Unit Detects Up to 6 Gases

MSA has just rolled out the Altair 5X Multigas Detector, with XCell Sensors for SO2, Cl2, and NH3 and a typical life span of more than three years.


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.


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...


Pipeline Safety Rules to Be Expanded

Federal pipeline safety regulations will be extended to cover rural, low-stress, hazardous liquid pipelines as of Oct. 1, 2011, under a new rule issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Material...


Paint Blasting Mishap Kills MT Worker

Authorities are investigating the death of a Montana man who was struck in the head and killed by a part from an abrasive blasting machine while he was removing paint.


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...


Lights, Fans, Action from Air Systems

Air Systems International has rolled out several new light and fan models and upgraded some old favorites for hazardous and non-hazardous locations.


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...


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...


Ohioans See Red in Dyed Creek

Like a horror-movie backdrop, a Huron River tributary flowed blood red for almost 24 hours last week, when superconcentrated dye from some old coatings equipment was washed into the creek.


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...


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...


‘Safe Chemicals’ Bill Riles Industry

Coatings and chemical makers have come out swinging against a new Senate proposal that would overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act to shift the 35-year-old burden of chemical safety proo...


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?


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...


$3B+ Deal to Upgrade 11 Power Plants

The Tennessee Valley Authority will pay $3 billion to $5 billion to improve pollution controls on 11 coal-fired plants in three states, under a federal agreement announced Thursday (April 14...


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...


Budget Compromise Slashes EPA, OSHA

The 11th-hour budget deal that averted a government shutdown will come at a high price for two Republican targets: the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health ...


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.


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...


US DOT Orders Pipeline Review, Repairs

With deaths from exploding residential-area pipelines on the rise, the federal government has launched an initiative to repair and replace aging pipelines across the nation’s 2.5 million-mil...


New Guidance Targets Blast, Respiratory, Training Risks

Explosive atmospheres and respiratory hazards—two deadly industry dangers—are the focus of new guidance documents issued by international and federal agencies. A third initiative takes aim a...


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.”


69K Unsafe Bridges Detailed, Mapped

Is one of the United States’ 69,233 structurally deficient bridges in your neighborhood? Now, there’s an interactive map that can tell you.


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...


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...


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...


OSHA Alleges Lead-Hazard Violations in Bridge Project, Proposes $129,000 Penalty

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued 35 citations against Panthera Painting Co. Inc., Canonsburg, PA, for allegedly exposing workers to dangerously high levels of lead, a...


Two Die in Chemical Plant Explosion and Fire

Two workers died in an explosion and fire at a Louisville, Ky., chemical plant at 5:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.


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.


Gas Detector Made for Confined Space

Gas detection instrument maker Industrial Scientific has introduced the Ventis MX4 multi-gas detector, a lightweight, configurable instrument that detects up to four gases.


EPA: Test Water for Paint Chemicals

Paint residues in tap water? Federal regulators want to know.


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...


‘FilterSpec’ Protective Equipment Recognized with ‘Innovation’ Award

JSP Ltd.’s FilterSpec personal protective equipment—a combination of safety glasses with respiratory mask—has been named the winner of a 2011 Frost & Sullivan North America New Product Innov...


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...


Paint Waste to Land Shipyard on Superfund List

Open piles of paint and blasting grit, a burn pit of toxic solvents, and river contaminants more than 500 times the acceptable level have made an Oregon shipyard a candidate for the federal ...


Notre Dame Ends Use of Mobile Lifts

While continuing to investigate the death of a student videographer on a falling scissor lift, the University of Notre Dame has announced that it will no longer use mobile lifts to film game...


EPA Funds R&D for Nanocoating Risks

The billion-dollar-plus boom in nanocoating technology will be getting a closer look as several federally funded studies undertake to study the risks of nanomaterials.


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...


Pipe Coating Plant Logs 1M Safe Hours

The last 10 years have seen more than 50,000 American workers killed on the job and more than 40 million American workers lose time to work-related injury or illness. But not one of those...


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.


Europe, US Take Aim at Coating Chemicals

Several chemicals used in protective coatings, corrosion control or coatings removal face bans in Europe, after the European Chemicals Agency has tagged them as Substances of Very High Conce...


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...


OSHA Cites US Minerals for 6th Time

U.S. Minerals LLC has been hit with a sixth wave of federal health and safety citations—and the third round at one plant—leaving the embattled abrasives maker with seven new citations and an...


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.


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...


US Orders Repairs on AK Pipeline

Corrosion, inspection practices and other conditions on the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline are endangering the public and the environment, and pipeline owners must address them now, the U.S....


Cemex to Pay $3.4M in Clean Air Case

Global Portland cement producer Cemex Inc. has agreed to pay a $1.4 million federal penalty and spend $2 million for equipment to control illegal toxic emissions at its plant in Fairborn, OH...


Tower Painter Survives 80-Foot Fall

A Pennsylvania industrial painter fell 80 feet to the ground and a fellow painter was left dangling in mid-air by his safety harness when their scaffolding gave way as they were painting a s...


Bill Demands Rules on Combustible Dust

Three years after 14 of his constituents perished in a refinery explosion traced to combustible dust, a Georgia congressman is again trying to force the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health A...


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.


Pipe Company Faces 25 OSHA Citations, $88K Fine

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 25 citations and proposed $88,000 in fines against Welspun Tubular LLC for alleged violations at its pipe manufacturing and coati...


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.


Zinc Producer Fined $45K in 2 Worker Deaths

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued nine safety citations and proposed $45,000 in fines against the nation’s largest zinc producer for a refinery explosion that kill...


OSHA Drops Noise Plan Amid Reg Review

One day after President Obama announced a sweeping review of federal regulations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration dropped its controversial proposal to mandate quieter work...


OSHA Record-Keeping Tab: 3M Hours, $136M

Q: How much time and money do U.S. employers spend on federal employee illness and injury record-keeping?


Court OKs EPA Takeover of TX Permits

A federal appeals court has green-lighted the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to take over Texas’s air-pollution permitting program.


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.


Firms Face $229K Fine in 2 Tank Repair Deaths

Two western Pennsylvania companies face federal citations and fines totaling more than $229,000 in a tank repair explosion that took the lives of two workers in July.


‘Whistle’ Saves Workers Before Tank Blast

Authorities are investigating the explosion of a tank during lining removal at the headquarters of Duratech Systems LLC in the Detroit suburb of Redford, MI.


9th OSHA Case Labels NJ Transit Contractor a ‘Severe Violator’

A New Jersey contractor with a record of federal fall-protection safety violations has been cited again for work at a state train station—this time, leaving the company with a $69,300 fine a...


SSPC Highlights Confined Space Dangers

Working with flammable and hazardous materials and managing the unique hazards of penstocks are among the topics addressed by SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings in a new “Confined Spa...


Cal/OSHA Cracks Down on Serious Violations

The year 2011 will bring more “serious” workplace health and safety citations—and with them, higher fines—to California’s employers, as a new law takes effect that redefines such violations.


Worker Killed, 2 Injured in Manhole Accident

Authorities are investigating the death of one worker and injury of two others who were apparently overcome by fumes while repairing a pipeline to a water treatment plant in Winston-Salem, N...


EPA Orders Testing of Common Chemicals, Expands Toxics Reporting Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to target chemical safety with a new rule that requires manufacturers of 19 widely used chemicals to test and report on their health and environ...


Vista Paint Corp. Settles Waste Suit for $1+M

Vista Paint Corp. has agreed to pay $1 million to six District Attorney’s Offices in California to settle a lawsuit charging illegal transportation and mismanagement of hazardous waste and m...


Fatal Collapse of Bridge Trench Probed in PA

Federal authorities are investigating the collapse of a trench during the repair of a newly built bridge in Allentown, PA, that killed one worker and injured another.


NTSB Issues Urgent Recommendations In Probe of Deadly Pipeline Blast

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued seven recommendations—six of them urgent—in its investigation into the pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 37 homes ...


EPA Takes Over TX Air Permit Program

The smackdown between the state of Texas and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over greenhouse gas emissions has heated up again, with EPA now running Texas’ permitting program while...


2 MO Contractors Jailed for OSHA Violations

Two St. Louis masonry contractors have been ordered jailed for repeatedly failing to comply with court sanctions enforcing citations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


OSHA Proposes $92K Fine in Lift Death

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued five citations and proposed $92,000 in penalties against LM Wind Power Blades Inc. of Grand Forks, ND, for fall and crushing haza...


NY Subway Painters Demand More Lead Protection

New York City subway painters are calling on the city transit authority to adopt tougher lead abatement standards on capital projects.


Europe May Tighten Rein on 4 Coating Chemicals

The European Chemicals Agency has recommended that four coatings chemicals be deemed “substances of very high concern” that should “not be used without authorization”—a proposal that could a...


3M’s New N95 Respirator Designed for Comfort

3M’s new Particulate Respirator 9211 is designed for optimum comfort while performing grinding, sanding, sweeping, bagging and other operations that create dust.


US, EU Countries to Partner on Chemical Safety

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and European Chemicals Agency have announced a partnership to “share knowledge and exchange experience and best practice” on chemical management acti...


Waterjet Safety Gear Enters N. American Market

TST Sweden, the leading supplier of waterjet protective clothing in Europe, will begin to distribute its line of safety garments and hose protection in North America and Southeast Asia begin...


Blasts Rock Northrop Grumman Shipyard

Federal authorities are investigating the cause of several explosions and a fire that rocked two warships under construction at Northrop Grumman’s Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, MS.


Magnalight Extends Light Mast Boom to 25 Feet

Larson Electronics has introduced the Magnalight LM-25, a 25-foot-tall, steel, two-piece light mast modeled after its 20-foot LM-20.


KY Tells CSX to Contain Flaking Bridge Paint

The state of Kentucky has asked CSX Transportation Inc. to come up with a plan to address future flaking of rusty, lead-based paint off the Barren River Bridge in Bowling Green.


OSHA Hears Critics, Extends Noise Comment Time

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is extending the comment period on its controversial proposal to mandate quieter workplaces and allow less reliance on hearing protection.


Suit Takes Aim at Low Bidder’s Deadly Record

Should a low bidder’s blemished safety record weigh against its being awarded new contracts? Yes, says a Connecticut contractor that is suing to gain a contract lost to a competitor involved...


Harsco Signs 25-Year Joint Venture in China

Harsco Corp. and China’s Taiyuan Iron & Steel (Group) Co Ltd. have established a 25-year joint venture to address “the environmentally beneficial processing and metal recovery of TISCO’s sta...


US Minerals: 5 Cases, 140 Citations, $1.4M Fine

Embattled U.S. Minerals LLC has been hit with a fifth wave of federal health and safety citations, leaving the abrasives maker to answer to a total of 140 citations and $1.4 million in propo...


2nd PA Bridge Painter Killed in Fall

Authorities are investigating the death of a New Jersey painter who perished in a fall Sunday from the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge in Maine, where he was working.


New OSHA Case Pushes U.S. Minerals Fine to $1M+

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has slapped abrasives maker U.S. Minerals with its fourth series of citations since August, leaving the company facing more than 100 citatio...


USGS: Sealcoat Toxins Pervade Lakes

Coal-tar-based pavement sealant is the largest source of toxic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) found in 40 urban lakes recently studied by the U.S. Geological Survey.


AIHA Backs PEL Update, UN MSDS Effort

Updated Permissible Exposure Limits, globally uniform MSDS, and more focus on preventing occupational illness and injury top the policy priorities of the nation’s occupational health and saf...


OSHA Reviewing All Permissible Exposure Limits

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is conducting a comprehensive review of hundreds of chemical Permissible Exposure Limits that the agency says are dangerously outdated.


Team Finds Way to Reduce Silver Coating Toxicity

Safer coatings materials containing silver may be close at hand, thanks to new research by Finnish researchers.


GOP Senators Assail OSHA Policies

Republican ranking members of two key U.S. Senate committees have asked Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis for an accounting of recent changes proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Admi...


EPA to Screen More Coating Chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency will screen 134 chemicals, including some used in paints and coatings, for their potential to disrupt the endocrine system.


Free Book Aims to Boost Lift Safety

Declaring that “untrained operators should never, ever operate aerials,” the International Powered Access Federation has released a free download that details best practices for aerial work ...


OSHA Cites GA Contractor on Cr(VI) Exposures

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 17 citations and proposed $300,400 in fines against a Georgia industrial painting contractor, alleging chemical overexposures, la...


Contractor Cites Worker Misconduct in 2 Deaths

A Missouri bridge painting contractor has appealed federal penalties in the deaths of two employees, saying his company took extensive, on-going steps to enforce worker safety.


NY Road Painter Killed When Tanker Hits Truck

One road-striping painter was killed and another one was injured early Tuesday (Nov. 16) when their work vehicle was sideswiped by a tanker truck on the Niagara Thruway in Buffalo, NY.


OSHA Fines Abrasives Maker 3rd Time in 3 Months

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new wave of citations and proposed penalties against U.S. Minerals LLC related to its facility in Harvey, LA—the agency’s third...


SSPC Adds Disciplinary Action for Fatalities

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has revised its Disciplinary Action Criteria to establish sanctions for SSPC-certified contractors who have a workplace fatality.


Panel Affirms Fines in 2 Bridge Painting Deaths

An independent federal review board has upheld 18 citations and an $871,500 fine against a Missouri bridge painting contractor in the deaths of two workers killed weeks apart at the same wor...


NY Contractor Killed in DuPont Plant Blast

Federal, state and local authorities are investigating a baffling tank explosion that has killed one worker and injured another at a DuPont plant in Western New York.


OSHA Heightens Scrutiny of Shipbreaking Hazards

Marine coatings exposures, coatings removal and confined-space safety during ship demolition are facing new federal scrutiny as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration implements a...


Cr(VI) in Brockovich Case Spreads

A poisonous plume of Hexavalent Chromium-laced groundwater is still spreading near Hinkley, CA, violating a long-standing order for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) to clean up the contam...


Survey: Workers Unsupported in Safety Fears

Although workplace safety is the No.1 priority for at least 85% of American workers, the issue gets little public or political support, according to a new study from the National Opinion Res...


Notre Dame Takes Responsibility in Lift Death

The president of the University of Notre Dame has accepted responsibility for the death of a student videographer who was killed when the hydraulic scissor lift where he was working blew ove...


OSHA Shifts Reporting, Inspection Plans

Stung by recent accusations of leniency toward the employers it oversees, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has expanded its injury and illness record-keeping program and has...


Shutdown of Mississippi River Bridge Extended

Just days after the City of Minneapolis temporarily closed one of its Mississippi River bridges to inspect a corrosion problem, the city has decided to keep the bridge closed all winter.


Notre Dame Questioned in Lift Death

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration has joined the investigation into the death of a Notre Dame University student who was killed when the hydraulic scissor lift from w...


Contractor Clouds PA Town with Lead Paint Dust

A Pennsylvania town is grappling with potentially serious contamination of its air, water and residents after a contractor unleashed “clouds” of uncontained lead-based paint dust while blast...


BPA Tied to Low Sperm Count, Male Sex Problems

New research has found a significant association between workplace exposure to the chemical Bisphenol A, widely used in coatings, and decreased sperm count and function—the first research to...


Court Slashes Awards in LA Paint Thinner Leak

The Louisiana Supreme Court has slashed about 90% of the personal-injury damages awarded in test cases of a class-action suit over the release of paint thinner at a Union Carbide plant.


MI Probes Paint Spill into Muskegon River

Michigan environmental officials are investigating the accidental discharge of 18,000 gallons of black-water-based paint by a steel components plant in Big Rapids City.


Tether Aids Tool, Instrument Changes at Heights

Tether and lanyard manufacturer Gear Keeper has introduced the Quick Connect tool tether, designed to help users safely change out a tool or instrument while working aloft.


Corrosion Shuts Down Minneapolis Bridge

Three years after one of its Mississippi River bridges collapsed, killing 13 people, the City of Minneapolis has closed another bridge over the river due to corrosion.


Environmental Firm, Managers Guilty of Fraud

A federal jury has found a New York environmental services company and three employees guilty of conspiring for nearly 10 years to falsify lab results and air-quality data.


MSA Introduces Air System Respirator Products

MSA has unveiled four new MSA Air System products designed to offer easy-to-use, portable solutions for completion of a breathing air system.


Fort Riley Water Plant Faces 19 OSHA Citations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued notices of one willful and 18 serious violations of OSHA standards to the U.S. Army Garrison in Fort Riley, KS.


Tank Cleaning Firm Cited in Fatal Flash Fire

An industrial tank cleaning company faces a $39,000 fine and 12 serious-violation citations following a confined-space flash fire that killed a worker who was cleaning a train tanker car.


Fall Hazards Again Top OSHA’s Violations List

Scaffolding, fall protection and ladder violations claimed three of the top five spots on OSHA’s list of violations in 2010—a record that has stubbornly persisted for years, officials said.


OSHA Reduced ’07-’09 Fines by $321M Without Studying Safety Impact, Auditors Say

The federal agency charged with overseeing workplace health and safety reduced fines to 98% of the employers it cited for violations—$321 million in all—in one 23-month period without ever e...


OSHA Cites Employer in Painter’s Electrocution

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a $57,900 fine against a Pennsylvania painting contractor accused of workplace safety violations that led to the electrocution ...


OSHA Issues Mixed Report Card on State Programs

Hawaii’s occupational safety and health program is so deficient that it may be taken over by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, while California, Minnesota and other sta...


EPA Begins Enforcement of Unpopular Lead Rule

Enforcement Day has finally arrived for the Environmental Protection Agency's controversial "Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule," despite months of efforts by contractors, suppliers and ot...


Project Goal: Image Pipelines through Coating

Research into high-resolution imaging that can detect pipeline corrosion through coatings is underway, thanks to $5.9 million in federal grants for new pipeline integrity management initiati...


Coal Ash Hearings Playing to Packed Houses

Producers, marketers, environmentalists, physicians, neighbors, power companies, towns, Chambers of Commerce and even churches have numbered among the thousands of speakers and attendees pac...


New N95 Respirators Promise Comfort, Value

3M has introduced VFlex Particulate Respirators 9105 and 9105S, N95, designed for comfort and flexibility and priced affordably, the company says.


Exchange Takes Aim at Unsafe Ladders

The UK's occupational safety agency has kicked off its third annual Ladder Exchange, an initiative mounted with manufacturers and retailers to remove unsafe ladders from workplaces.


OSHA Hits Contractor with 4th Fine in 3 Years

A New York painting and masonry contractor cited and fined by federal authorities in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for scaffold and fall hazards now faces 15 new citations and an additional $225,200 f...


Crushing of Bridge Painter Probed

The New York City Department of Transportation is investigating the death of a painter who was fatally crushed while working on the Williamsburg Bridge.


OSHA Issues Transit, Rail Whistleblower Rules

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued new rules protecting whistleblowers in transit-related industries from retaliation by employers.


OSHA Fines Abrasives Maker, Widens Probe

Reports of dust-covered workers and other hazards at a U.S. Minerals plant in Illinois have led federal authorities to propose a $466,400 fine against the company and initiate inspections at...


EPA Targets Dye, Cleaner, Retardant Chemicals

Several chemicals widely used in dyes, flame retardants, detergents and other industrial applications are the subject of new action plans by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


OSHA Proposes Exceptions to Consulting Program

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking greater flexibility to respond to concerns or incidents involving employers it has recognized as safe and/or those that are worki...


U.S. Probes Gulf Oil Fire Involving Paint Crew

Federal authorities are investigating the cause of a blaze that broke out last week while a 13-member painting and cleaning crew was working aboard an oil and natural-gas platform in the Gul...


Employer Found Liable for Risk to Subs’ Workers

General contractors and other job-site employers may be held responsible for violations created by a subcontractor whose workers are exposed to safety or health hazards, the Occupational Saf...


OSHA Crackdown on Chromium Hits WI Company

A Wisconsin plating company faces a $74,500 fine and 53 citations as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to tighten its focus on Hexavalent Chromium, a carcinogenic c...


ASTM, ISO Tackle Spill Vessels, Ship Recycling

Standards to improve vessel safety, efficiency and environmental impact from design to disposal are the focus of new and proposed measures by ASTM International and ISO.


US Slams Painting Contractor, Xcel in 5 Deaths

An industrial painting contractor’s lack of training, planning and “zero” safety rating were among the “vital safety failures” that caused a 2007 plant tunnel blast in which five painters pe...


Occupational Fatalities Decline in Latest Reporting Year

Occupational fatalities declined by 17 percent in 2009, according to a preliminary report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released on August 19.


Glove Grabbers, Hazmat Suit Enhance Protection

“Grabbers” that temporarily attach gloves and other items to clothing and a gas-tight chemical protective suit have just hit the protective equipment market.


Firm Fined for Hydrogen Sulfide Death in Sewer

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is recommending a $136,000 fine against a Texas construction company in the death of an employee working inside a sanitary sewer manhole.


Survey Finds Widespread Lack of PPE Use

Widespread, and growing, failure to wear necessary safety equipment—especially eye protection—has become the No.1 workplace concern of safety professionals.


OSHA Slaps BP with $50.6M Fine in ’05 TX Blast

BP Products North America Inc. will pay a $50.6 million penalty for the 2005 explosion that killed 15 workers at a Texas refinery and will spend at least $500 million to begin improving work...


U.S. Tells Pipeline Owners to Rein in Cell Use

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is urging pipeline owners and operators to restrict employee use of cellular telephones, mobile computers or other personal electr...


Larson Introduces 3 Explosion-Proof Lights

Larson Electronics’ magnalight.com has added several new two-foot explosion-proof LED lights with UL 844 Class 1 and Class 2 certifications.


ACA, IPPIC to Advise on Global Lead Paint Ban

The International Paint and Printing Ink Council, with counsel from the American Coatings Association, will take the coatings industry’s lead in the global initiative to end the use of lead ...


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...


Worker on PA Bridge Project Survives 100-Foot Fall

A worker on a Pennsylvania bridge project survived a 100-foot fall from the bridge into a containment net on Monday.


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 U.S. Rule Would Mandate Tunnel Inspections

Transportation departments and other tunnel owners would be required to inspect highway tunnels by prescribed standards, under a new rule being proposed by the Federal Highway Administration...


OSHA Overhauls Standards for Cranes, Derricks

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has revised its decades-old standards for the use of cranes and derricks in construction, mandating qualification of operators, increased on...


Crane Rigger Acquitted in Fatal ’08 Collapse

A crane rigger has been acquitted of all charges in the 2008 collapse of a tower crane in Manhattan that killed seven people and injured two dozen.


Massachusetts Bans Certain Floor Finishes

Lacquer sealers and other floor finishing products with a flashpoint below 100 degrees will not be sold or professionally used in Massachusetts beginning next year, under a new Commonwealth ...


3M Offers Painting-Job Protection Products

3M Company’s Construction and Home Improvement Markets Division introduced several jobsite protection products for painting and construction projects that the company says were developed wit...


NFPA: Fires in Homes Cause Most Fatalities

Nearly all structure fire deaths happen in homes—a toll that averages 2,850 civilian deaths each year, according to a new study by the National Fire Protection Association.


U.S. Names Problem Drywall Makers

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has released the names of drywall manufacturers whose products emitted high levels of corrosive hydrogen sulfide after installation in homes.


Hazardous-Location Lighting Product Line Expanded

Larson Electronics’ magnalight.com expanded its line of offshore LED lighting for hazardous locations with the addition of the stainless-steel HALSS-48-2L-LED, the HALP-48-2L-LED with corros...


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 Targets Training Language

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reminding employers that they must tailor any required training and enforcement guidance to the employee’s language, level of educa...


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.


U.S. Worker Deaths Declined in 2008

Worker fatalities in the U.S. have reached record lows but still claimed an average of 14 lives each day in 2008, according to the latest figures by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Sperian Launches Protective-Eyewear Line

Sperian Protection (Smithfield, R.I.), a manufacturer of personal protective equipment, announced that the launch of Uvex SolarPro™ safety eyewear, featuring a sport-inspired wrap-around des...


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.


NSF and GREENGUARD To Develop Standard Limiting Product Emissions

NSF International, an organization that certifies products and writes standards for consumer goods related to their effects on health and the environment, and the GREENGUARD Environmental In...


Workers Missing After Offshore-Unit Explosion, Fire

The U.S. Coast Guard late Wednesday continued the search for 11 missing crew members from the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon off the coast of Louisiana, the site of an explo...


Gut Homes with Tainted Drywall, Feds Advise

Homeowners with problem drywall should remove all of it from their homes and replace all electrical components and wiring, gas service piping, fire suppression sprinkler systems, smoke alarm...


Painter Electrocuted at Work Site

A 48-year-old painter from the Pittsburgh area was electrocuted while painting a Habitat for Humanity complex this week.


Ansell Offers Online Guide to Protective Gear

Ansell Protective Products Inc. (Red Bank, N.J.) published an online version of its Protection Solutions Guide, a reference to the company’s hand-protection products.


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Safety Harness

MSA introduced the EVOTECH Full-Body Harness, reported to offer advanced design features that improve user comfort, ease of use, durability, and user safety.


Partnership Aims to Reduce Workplace Eye Injuries

Safety eyewear maker Sperian Protection and Prevent Blindness America have teamed up to help reduce workplace eye injuries and promote a culture of safety.


ISEA Updates Safety Apparel Standard

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has updated the national consensus standard for high-visibility safety apparel to provide criteria and test requirements for garments ma...


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 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.


ASSE Tackles Workplace Falls

As winter weather compounds the steady rise in workplace falls, the American Society of Safety Engineers is offering tips to stem the toll, which causes injury, death and a multibillion-dol...


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.


New OSHA Data Names Employers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has begun publishing online employer-specific, incident-by-incident reports involving deaths or catastrophes.


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.


Contractor Receives Safety Certificate

Certified Coating Specialists Inc. (CCS), an industrial painting contractor based in Vancouver, British Columbia, has achieved the Certificate of Recognition (COR) for Safety in Alberta.


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.


Little Giant Unveils ‘Safe Ladder’ Styles

Addressing statistics that still show nearly one ladder-related death each day, Little Giant Ladder Systems has rolled out three “safe ladder” products with enhanced stability features.


Online Symposium to Focus on Falls

The American Society of Safety Engineers will offer “Slips, Trips and Falls: Best Practices and Standards,” a virtual symposium on workplace safety, from Oct. 20-22.


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...


MSA Unveils Half-Mask Respirator

MSA has rolled out the innovative Advantage 420 Respirator, with a comfortable half-mask design that allows users to quickly adjust the unit to individual needs.


EPA to Study Nanomaterials for Risks

With nanotechnology now used in hundreds of consumer products ranging from paints to sunscreen, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has outlined a new research strategy to better ...


EPA Issues Guidance on PCB-Containing Caulk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced steps that building owners and school administrators should take to reduce exposure to PCBs from caulk in many buildings built or renov...


Free OSHA Training Files on Respirators, Scaffolds

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) Training and Reference Material Library has recently issued downloadable reference materials on scaffold safety and respiratory prote...


Work Deaths Show Mixed Picture

Fatal work injuries among painters and paperhangers rose in 2008, amid a general decline in workplace deaths. But the new numbers may not give the full picture.


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 ...


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...


PDCA Teams Up to Offer Lead Training

The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America have teamed up with an environmental consulting firm to provide lead-safe training to painting contractors.


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...


New Safety Program Aims at Highway Workers

A new national worker safety training program from the Associated General Contractors of America aims to reduce the annual death toll among construction workers involved in highway maintenan...


ALI Launches Ladder Safety Site

The nonprofit American Ladder Institute (ALI) has launched a new resource, www.laddersafety.org, to educate contracting professionals and the public about the proper selection, care and safe...


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...


ASSE Revises SH&E Training Standard

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has announced the availability of the newly revised American National Standard ANSI/ASSE Z490.1-2009 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety...


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 ...


EPA Fines Painter for Failing to Disclose Lead Risk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken the rare step of fining a San Francisco based painting contractor $10,000 for failing to disclose information about lead-based paint ...


Four Jailed for Environmental, Safety Crimes

On April 24, 2009, Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Co. (Phillipsburg, NJ) and four of its senior managers were sentenced to fines and federal prison terms in what the EPA calls the longest fe...


Competition Seeks New Women’s Fall Harness Design

A UK-based trade association has announced a new competition to find the best new design for a fall harness sized for female workers. In its announcement, the International Powered Access Fo...


May is Hand Tool Safety Month

The Hand Tools Institute (HTI) in Tarrytown, NY, has announced that May is hand tool safety month.


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 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...


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 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.


Worker Deaths Drop as OSHA Increases Citations

A year-long emphasis on the five most hazardous industries and five most common causes of work fatalities have driven violation citations to an all-time high and workplace injuries and fatal...


ASSE Opens Registration for Safety 2009

Registration is now open for “Safety 2009,” the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Professional Development Conference and Exposition, scheduled for June 28–July 1, 2009, in San Antonio, ...


ALI Releases Revised Ladder Standard

The American Ladder Institute (ALI) has released an updated version of the A14.3 standard to help reduce personal injuries during fixed ladder use.


 
 
   

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