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FL Contractors Create Safety Task Force

The Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida recently announced that it has created an industry task force for building structure and safety discussions.


Amtrak Derailment Investigations Underway

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board have recently launched an investigation into the deadly derailment of Amtrak’s Empire Builder train in a remote section of north-centr...


Plans Proposed for Grenfell Tower Demo

Despite safety concerns, ministers from the United Kingdom are expected to formally announce their decision to demolish the Grenfell Tower later this month.


New Report Blames Welds in MX Metro Collapse

Recently, Norwegian risk management firm DNV issued its final report regarding the deadly subway overpass collapse in Mexico City in May, finding that poor welds on the infrastructure were t...


NIST Names Champlain Tower Investigators

Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology announced its selection of a team of technical experts to investigate the partial collapse of the ...


OSHA Fines Contractor $1.3M for Trench Deaths

Late last week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that it is proposing $1.3 million in penalties following the death of two workers at a Boston dig site.


Reports Look at Design, Corrosion in FL Collapse

Months after part of Champlain Towers South, in Surfside, Florida, collapsed killing 98 people, an investigation is ongoing surrounding what actually caused the collapse and how it unfolded....


OR Heat-Related Deaths Highlight Safety Need

A roofing worker has reportedly died of heat-related illness in Oregon, following what officials are calling a “record-setting heatwave,” according to the Oregon Occupational Safety and Heal...


DOL Honors Worker Death with Heat Reminders

In honoring the heat-related death of a worker this time last year, the Department of Labor is urging everyone, but especially western New Yorkers, to safeguard against weather hazards.


CA Water Tank Explosion Causes Fatality

Last week, a 1.5-million-gallon water tank exploded in at the Station 7 Water Facility in Lemoore, California.


FL Condo Collapses Killing At Least 9

Crews are continuing to sift through debris after the collapse of a residential building last week, in the Surfside neighborhood of Florida, about six miles north of Miami beach. As of Sunda...


Prelim Findings Show Plagued MX Metro

Preliminary findings of Norwegian risk management firm DNV’s investigation into the deadly subway overpass collapse in Mexico City last month have revealed a structural fault as a leading ca...


Railway Safety Questioned in Pakistan Crash

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered investigations into the country’s railway safety fault lines in wake of Monday’s (June 7) train derailment and collision, which caused at leas...


Report: Decking Questioned at NOLA Hard Rock

Records recently obtained by WWL-TV show that a materials supplier for the NOLA Hard Rock project tried to warn those closer to the design that it needed more steel supports on the upper flo...


Firm Tapped to Investigate MX Metro Collapse

In the events following the subway overpass collapse in Mexico City at the beginning of the month, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum has recently announced that Norwegian risk management firm DNV has ...


Skanska Worker Killed on Pensacola Bridge

At the end of last month, a deadly accident was reported at the Pensacola Bay Bridge, involving a Skanska employee being struck by a subcontractor’s dump truck on the work site.


Mexico City Metro Overpass Collapse Kills 23

On Monday evening (May 3), a subway overpass in Mexico City collapsed into a busy boulevard, causing cars of the passenger train to fall into the street below.


DOL, OSHA Honor Workers Memorial Day

Last week, on April 28, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration commemorated Workers Memorial Day to honor workers who have lost their lives on the...


NY Contractors Request Scaffold Law Waiver

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has recently received a letter from the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, in addition to three New York-...


CSB Gives Update on OH Paint Explosion

Upon early investigations into the paint explosion that occurred at the Yenkin-Majestic Paints plant in Northeast Columbus earlier this month, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has announced it...


Paint Plant Explosion Kills 1, Injures 8

Last week, the Yenkin-Majestic Paints plant in Northeast Columbus experienced an explosion which resulted in one fatality and eight injuries.


Details Released After Water Plant Death

Last week, a mechanical contractor employee from Murray Co. (Rancho Dominguez, California) fell to his death while securing a lid on top of a below-grade concrete tank at the Hyperion Water ...


Pedestrian Fatality Report Calls for Safer Streets

According to the 2021 Dangerous by Design report recently released by Smart Growth America, the number of pedestrians struck and killed by drivers nationwide over the last decade has increas...


Plans for Replacement FIU Bridge Move Forward

According to reports, plans to rebuild the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge are moving forward.


NY Created Death Registry for Construction

A bill was recently signed into law in New York that creates a statewide death registry for the construction industry, as well as expands definitions on workers and reporting.


Rescuers Digging for Trapped Hydroelectric Workers

Last week, a portion of a Himalayan glacier broke off in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, sending a rush of water and debris down the mountain and trapping 37 nearby power plant wor...


Tech, Construction Company Study Heat Sensor Devices

Physiological monitoring platform Kenzen has partnered with Kansas City-based firm Garney Construction to test out a new, wearable smart device to monitor health indicators of each worker.


Streets to Reopen Around NOLA Hard Rock Demo

The $8.4 million demolition at the Hard Rock Hotel site in New Orleans is reaching milestones, with estimations now set for the reopening of adjacent streets.


BLS Releases 2019 Workplace Fatality Report

Earlier this week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report for 2019. According to the data, the construction industry ha...


Water Recycling Plant Explosion Kills 4

Last Thursday (Dec. 4), a large explosion was reported to have taken place at the Avonmouth, Bristol-based Wessex Water plant, a water supply and sewerage utility company serving an area of ...


Grenfell: Docs Hint Companies Knew of Dangers

Last week during the Grenfell Fire Inquiry, emails from the cladding companies involved in the tower’s 2015 refurbishment revealed that officials at the companies knew that their materials w...


Construction Industry on Most Dangerous Jobs List

A new report listing the 25 most dangerous jobs was recently released by business insurance analysis firm AdivsorSmith. Of that list, 12 of the 25 jobs are in the construction industry.


Grenfell: Clerk of Works Wasn't Monitoring Compliance

Late last week, the Grenfell Fire Inquiry found that the person on record as the Clerk of Works for the Grenfell Tower’s refurbishment was not, in fact, acting as Clerk of Works.


Final Body Removed from NOLA Hard Rock

The third and final body has been removed from the New Orleans Hard Rock construction site, 10 months after the structure partially collapsed.


FIGG Files Against FHWA Suspension

FIGG Bridge Engineers Inc., along with FIGG engineer William “Denney” Pate, have sued the Federal Highway Administration asking for the agency’s suspension of its eligibility to participate ...


Baltimore Gas Explosion Kills 2, Injures Several

A gas explosion in Northwest Baltimore on Monday morning has killed two people and seriously injured at least seven others, according to officials.


1 Body Recovered from NOLA Hard Rock

The remains have been recovered from one of the workers who were trapped in the New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel, which partially collapsed more than 10 months ago.


Grenfell Inquiry Looks at Contractor, Worries

Recent testimony of the Grenfell Inquiry have focused on the contractor for the Grenfell Tower’s 2015 refurbishment, Rydon, with focus on how the company handled concerns not only about the ...


Grenfell Inquiry: Officials Disagreed on Materials

In the most recent updates of the Grenfell Tower inquiry, it has come to light that there were disagreements between not only architects and building safety officers, but also between archit...


Morandi Bridge Named, Opening Announced

Twenty-two months after the tragic collapse, on Monday (June 22), officials announced the inauguration of the new Morandi bridge—known as “Ponte Morandi”—in Genoa, Italy.


Morandi Bridge Replacement Reaches Completion

Recently, joint venture Pergenova, made up of construction and civil engineering business Salini Impregilo and shipbuilder Fincantieri, announced that the final span for the Morandi Bridge r...


Causes of Taiwan Bridge Collapse Investigated

At the beginning of the month, investigators from the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board (TTSB) announced that they were looking at several possible causes of last year’s Nanfang'ao Bridge c...


2 Inspectors Suspended Amid NOLA Hard Rock Reports

According to reports, New Orleans officials have suspended two building inspectors after allegations surfaced that they falsified reports for the Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans project, just mo...


Grenfell Inquiry Begins with Blame, Immunity

The start of the second phase of the inquiry into London’s 2017 Grenfell Tower fire has opened with the blame game, according to reports.


Report: Workplace Fatality Rate Stagnant in 2018

The fatal work injury rate remained unchanged from 2017 to 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual report, which was released last month. The count remains at 3.5 per 100,0...


Demolition Scheduled for NOLA Hard Rock

On Friday (Jan. 3), New Orleans city officials announced a demolition schedule for the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel. The demolition is slated to take place in December 2020, more than...


NOLA Hard Rock Won’t Get Implosion

After meeting with New Orleans officials, Hard Rock Hotel developer 1031 Canal Development LLC, announced a new conventional demolition plan for the partially collapsed structure.


Construction in Cincinnati Continues After Fatality

On Tuesday (Dec. 3), work resumed on a Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC) mixed-use project after suffering a partial collapse that resulted in the injury of four workers and on...


Full Demo for NOLA Hard Rock Planned

Although the bodies of two deceased workers remain in the rubble of the partially collapsed New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel, Mayor LaToya Cantrell reported that the city is preparing for a full ...


Victims of Hard Rock Collapse File Suits

As a result of the partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, multiple lawsuits have been filed in civil court against the project’s construction leaders and other involved part...


NOLA Works on Hard Rock Demo, Cranes

Last weekend, crews carried out demolition services for two damaged cranes that remained at the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans.


Multiple Casualties At NOLA Hard Rock Collapse

On Saturday (Oct. 12) morning, the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown New Orleans partially collapsed while more than 110 construction workers were completing onsite duties.


Bridge Collapses in Taiwan Killing 6

On Tuesday (Oct. 1), the Nanfangao Bridge collapsed in northeastern Taiwan, resulting in the death of six people and the injury of 10 other individuals.


Report: Russia Nuclear Reactor Explosion Likely

A few weeks after the explosion at a Russian weapons testing site resulted in a temporary spike of radioactive materials in the atmosphere, new details on the incident point to the likelihoo...


Floating Nuclear Plant Draws Concern

Set to begin its 4,000-mile ocean trek to the Russian town of Pevek, floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov was recently placed under further scrutiny in light of the country's safe...


Study: Injuries Cause Rise in Overdoses, Suicides

In a study co-authored by researchers from Boston University’s School of Public Health, suicides and opioid overdoses are showing an increase in relation to workplace injuries.


Report: UK's Hackitt Responds on Fire Safety

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has launched a fourth consultation on improving fire and structural safety of high-rise housing since engineer Dame...


Officials: No Charges for Grenfell Fire Until 2021

Police investigating London’s fatal Grenfell Tower fire—a blaze in 2017 that killed more than 70 people—are now saying that they likely won’t be pressing any charges until 2021, after the pu...


NC Apartment Project Trench Collapse Kills 1

According to reports, a trench collapse at an apartment complex project in North Raleigh, North Carolina, on Tuesday killed one and injured two more.


Report: Construction NYC's Most Fatal Industry

The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released last week new numbers (from 2017) on work-related fatalities and injuries in New York City, finding that the const...


Workplace Fatality Data Released for 2017

In 2017, there were 43 fewer workplace fatalities than the previous year (dropping from 5,190 to 5,147). That’s according to the most recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Nati...


Report: Construction Leads US in Suicide Rates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent recently released its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which included statistics from the 2012 and 2015 National Violent Death Reporting Sys...


Study: Construction Leads US in Suicide Rates

Late last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which included statistics from the 2012 and 2015 National violent Death Repo...


Genoa's Morandi Bridge to be Demolished

Three months after the collapse of Genoa’s Morandi Bridge, testing of debris from the site has begun, and a demolition date for what remains of the span has been set.


Brooklyn Construction Site Collapse Kills 1

Late last week rescue crews recovered a body of a worker after a retaining wall collapsed Wednesday at a Brooklyn construction site.


Grenfell Commission to Decide Tower Site Fate

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government recently announced that a commission will be formed to enable the Grenfell community on deciding a long-term plan f...


Italian Architect Offers Morandi Replacement Help

In light of Genoa’s Morandi Bridge disaster, well-known Italian architect Renzo Piano has offered to help design a replacement structure signifying rebirth and redemption for the affected ar...


Report: Experts Knew of Corrosion on Morandi Cables

More than a week after the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, new reports indicate that experts found corrosion on the cables of the bridge months prior to the disaster. Several...


Morandi Warned of Special Corrosion Risks on Genoa Bridge

The engineer who designed the Morandi Bridge, the span in Genoa, Italy, that collapsed last week, reportedly warned several decades ago that the bridge would need constant maintenance to rem...


Italy to Look at Infrastructure After Bridge Disaster

Only days after the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, the government has proclaimed that there will be a nationwide safety assessment of its infrastructure, which may be mired ...


Major Highway Bridge Collapses in Italy

Dozens have been reported dead and more injured after the collapse of a 200-meter (656-foot) section of the prestressed concrete Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, on Tuesday (Aug. 14).


Plea Deal Tossed in 2016 CA Fire

A judge has tossed out the plea deal offered by two men who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in July, almost two years after 36 people were killed in a warehouse fire in a building...


CDC Recommends Changes on Heat Hazards

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently investigated whether heat exposure limits recommended by its own National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, alongside the A...


CDC Releases Study on Workplace Heat Risks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently took on research to find out if heat exposure limits recommended by its own National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, as ...


4 Dead, Dozens Injured in Tokyo Construction Fire

Dozens of people were injured and five were killed Thursday after a fire broke out on a construction site in the Karakida district of Tama, western Tokyo.


Firm Pleads Guilty in Deadly NYC Fall

The company that was overseeing a Manhattan construction project where a worker died last fall has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.


1 Killed in TX Construction Site Explosion

An explosion at a Texas construction site Tuesday afternoon has reportedly killed one construction worker and injured 15 more, and authorities are ruling the blast an accident.


Inspection Crew Trapped in Fatal DC Bridge Crash

On June 20, an inspection crew working from a boom bucket on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, in metropolitan Washington, D.C., were trapped underneath the bridge when a tractor-trailer lost contr...


Subcontractors Under Seige at Grenfell Inquiry

A year after London’s Grenfell Tower fire claimed more than 70 lives, the public inquiry hearings are just getting started, with opening statements and fact-checking commencing just last wee...


Final UK Building Review Released

The highly anticipated government review of building regulations in the United Kingdom was released late last week by Dame Judith Hackitt, who said that industry indifference and ignorance l...


UK Will Pay for Recladding of Public High-Rises

Eleven months after London’s tragic Grenfell Tower fire, Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged that the government will fund the cladding replacements for all social high-rises, a project t...


Report: Better Cladding Originally Slated for Grenfell

A recent report has revealed that nonflammable aluminum panels had been proposed for the cladding of London’s Grenfell Tower—the site of a deadly fire last June that killed at least 70 peopl...


Report: Grenfell Refurb Added Fuel to Fire

As the hearings for the public inquiry into London’s fatal Grenfell Tower fire draw near, a 210-page report on the incident blaming the 2014-16 refurbishment for the fatal blaze has surfaced...


US Court: Ignorance of Safety Standards Not a Defense

A Georgia court has ruled against a company that claimed its foreman didn’t know the safety requirements for fall protection and therefore should not have been handed a nearly $50,000 fine a...


Report: Grenfell Cladding Had Been Downgraded

A new investigation suggests that the cladding fitted on the Grenfell Tower had been downgraded before it was installed on the London high-rise, the site of a fire that killed 71 people last...


Cases Pile Up After Fatal MA Accident

Investigators have opened a fourth case regarding the site of Massachusetts’ Wynn Boston Harbor resort and casino after a construction worker died in an accident last week.


NJ Company Fined in High-Profile Accident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited and fined a New Jersey-based construction company six months after an accident killed ex-boxer David Bey.


Officials Investigate Cause of Fatal Fire in Russia

Officials are investigating the cause of Sunday’s massive fire in Kemerovo, Russia, that killed at least 64 people, many of them school-aged children who were at the mall celebrating the sta...


Fatal Denver Fire Sparks Lengthy Investigation

A fatal fire last week a Denver apartment building construction site is prompting a massive federal investigation, according to reports, calling into question under-the-table labor and safe ...


KY Officials Issue Hazard Alert for Trench Fatalities

Officials at Kentucky’s Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program recently issued a hazard alert in response to what the organization calls an alarming rise in trench work fatalitie...


CPWR Releases Report on Caught-In/Between Accidents

The Center for Construction Research and Training recently released its newest quarterly data report in which it covers caught-in/between fatalities in various industries from 2003-15. Const...


Painters, Construction Take Spots on Dangerous Jobs List

USA Today recently released a list of the 25 most dangerous jobs in America, with painting in construction and maintenance ringing in at No. 24, based on fatality rates, which are directly i...


Painters Rank No. 24 on Dangerous Jobs List

USA Today recently released a list of the 25 most dangerous jobs in America, with painting in construction and maintenance ringing in at No. 24, based on fatality rates, which are directly i...


Worker Falls at Site of $500M WI Arena

An electrician working on a new arena in Milwaukee died late last week after falling off a ladder at the site.


Miami Condominium Worker Falls 10 Stories

A Miami construction worker reportedly died Friday afternoon (Oct. 20) after falling 10 stories.


Landslide at Malaysian Construction Site Kills 11

A landslide at a construction site in Malaysia killed 11 workers over the weekend, and more developments are slated on the region’s hillside, officials say.


CA Fires Death Toll, Damages Take Shape

The fall fire season in California is turning out to be the most dangerous yet, with dozens of lives lost and hundreds of thousands of acres burned.


Falling Material Kills Cleveland Worker

A construction worker was killed Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 11) while doing work at the Cleveland State University campus, officials say.


OSHA Fines CA Companies for Fatal Wall Collapse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s investigation of a construction site wall collapse in April that killed one worker and injured another is complete, officials say, and the...


NH House Explosion Kills Painter

A house explosion that killed a painter last week is now under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Former Boxer Dies in NJ Struck-By Accident

Former heavyweight boxer David Bey was killed in a construction accident last week in Camden, New Jersey. According to reports, he was struck by materials.


2 Workers Killed in Separate NYC Fall Incidents

Two construction workers were killed in two separate work site incidents that occurred on the same day in Manhattan.


Grenfell Public Inquiry Details Released

The public inquiry into the fatal fire at London’s Grenfell Tower opened late last week, with officials announcing timeline goals for the investigation.


Falling Equipment Kills Atlanta Worker

A worker at an Atlanta construction site was involved in a fatal accident Friday afternoon.


ACM System Passes UK Fire Safety Tests

The fourth in a line of six expanded tests to evaluate the fire safety of cladding systems in the United Kingdom has found an aluminum composite panel system that complies with safety codes,...


Owner, 'Contractor' Arrested in Building Collapse

Two people have been arrested in relation to a building collapse in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar neighborhood last week that killed 17 people, Parksite police say.


Cladding Systems Fail New Tests, UK to Review

After more than 80 towers failed revamped fire tests in the United Kingdom, officials say they’re going to review building regulations and fire safety.


$39M Verdict Upheld in Parking Garage Incident

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently upheld a $39 million verdict against Advance Cast Stone, the firm that built the O’Donnell Park parking garage in Milwaukee where a 15-year-old boy wa...


Worker Crushed to Death at MA Renovation Site

A man was killed on Tuesday afternoon while working on the foundation of the Woburn Public Library in Woburn, Massachusetts.


Anger Lingers in Industry Post Grenfell Fire

Industry professionals in the United Kingdom and beyond are expressing frustration as more cladding samples are failing and a task force is set up to oversee immediate safety decisions acros...


Charges Considered in Grenfell Tower Fire

The Metropolitan Police Service announced late last week that a criminal investigation has been opened regarding the fatal fire at London’s Grenfell Tower.


2 Arrested for Deadly CA Fire

Two men have been charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the Dec. 2 fire at the “Ghost Ship” warehouse in Oakland, California.


Report: Corroded Tank Blamed in Deckhand's Death

Corrosion in a cylinder has been blamed for a February explosion on a cruise ship that killed a crew member in New Zealand, investigators said Thursday (May 11) .


Charges Filed in NY Wall Collapse Death

The owner of two New York construction companies was indicted for putting workers in danger after allegedly ignoring their concerns about an unstable wall that collapsed at a work site, kill...


OSHA Issues Maximum Citation to SD Company

Weeks after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued $214,000 in fines and two dozen citations regarding a building collapse in South Dakota that killed one worker and trappe...


Crews Probe Deadly Samsung Crane Mishap

Rescuers are still sifting through debris after a crane collapse at a Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard site in South Korea. Six workers were killed and 22 injured, with three in serious con...


NYC Passes Slew of Construction Safety Bills

New York City’s Housing Committee has approved six pieces of 21 construction-related safety proposals in the wake of an increase in construction site deaths. The committee, however, tabled a...


OSHA Fines Companies for Collapse That Killed 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied $200,000 worth of fines Monday in relation to a December 2016 building collapse in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, that left a person trap...


Congress to Cut OSHA Rule

Congress has voted to ditch a workplace regulation that extended the time period for federal workplace safety authorities to cite employers for failing to report workplace injuries and illne...


NYC Construction Bills Spark Debate

New legislation in New York City has the construction industry divided, and a new state report reveals what regulators call "alarming trends" related to worker fatalities.


Safety Bills Divide Workers in New York

A set of 21 bills aimed at increasing construction jobsite safety and a report revealing a crisis in rising construction fatalities in New York are fueling debate in the construction industr...


Steel Company Found Guilty in Falling Death

A federal judge has found a Missouri-based steel company responsible for a 22-year-old apprentice’s 2014 falling death.


Worker Falls to Death at World Cup Venue

Authorities are investigating the falling death of a 40-year-old British worker on a World Cup stadium project in Qatar on Thursday (Jan. 19).


Building Collapses, Kills Firefighters

Government authorities are investigating what caused a high-rise building fire and collapse in Iran that killed at least 20 firefighters Thursday (Jan. 19).


OSHA Probes Steel Fabricator after Death

Federal workplace safety regulators are investigating the crushing death of a worker at a structural steel facility in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.


OSHA Targets Four Firms after Fall

Four contractors face fines after a 33-year-old worker fell 11 feet to his death through an unprotected stairway opening at a housing complex under construction in Florida, according to auth...


Drowning Attributed to Lack of Safety Measures

As they hand the investigation over to federal safety regulators, local authorities released more information regarding an accident that left one painter dead Nov. 4 after falling from a Kin...


Canada Moves to Ban Asbestos Outright

According to a newly announced government plan, asbestos, still used on some level in industries including construction and shipbuilding, will be banned completely in Canada by 2018.


Canada Targets Asbestos, New Building Codes

Government officials in Canada say they are committed to eliminating asbestos in the country by 2018.


Foreman Ignored Warnings, Gets Prison

A foreman who repeatedly ignored warnings of unsafe work conditions on a Manhattan building site will spend one to three years in state prison for his role in the 2015 death of a worker ther...


Finishing Firm Fined Following Worker Death

Federal safety inspectors have recommended fines totaling $171,169 for a Wisconsin aluminum extrusion and coating services business following the June 14 death of a 51-year-old worker.


Wildfire Damage Estimate Tops $500M

Historic Tennessee wildfires were responsible for killing 14 people and damaging more than 2,400 structures in and around the city of Gatlinburg, officials announced in a press conference Tu...


Coating Technician Death Spurs Fines

A Wisconsin aluminum extrusion and coating company is facing federal fines of $171,169 stemming from the death of a 51-year-old worker.


Contractor, Roofer Settle Stadium Death Case

Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium builder and roofing subcontractor have paid nearly $150,000 in combined fines stemming from the August 2015 falling death of 35-year-old Jeramie Gruber, authori...


Officials Probe Deadly Building Collapse

Federal workplace safety authorities are investigating a building collapse that killed a construction worker and trapped a woman Dec. 2 in downtown Sioux Falls, SD.


Wildfires Exact Human, Structural Toll

Wildfires covering some 15,000 acres were responsible for killing at least seven people and destroying 700 structures in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, according to officials from ...


Case Hits Builder in Fatal Balcony Collapse

State contractor licensing regulators in California want to suspend or revoke the license of a general contractor linked to the deadly collapse of a Berkeley apartment building balcony in Ju...


OSHA Firms Up Stance on Slips, Trips, Falls

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published its long-awaited final rule regarding slip, trip and fall hazards for general industry.


Painter Dies in 50-Foot Fall

Federal workplace safety authorities are investigating the death of a 58-year-old painter who fell 50 feet while painting a building in Orlando, FL.


Suit Filed in 2014 College Bridge Collapse

Just days after the two-year anniversary of a bridge collapse during construction on Wake Technical Community College’s Raleigh, NC, campus, a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the workers...


New Rule Targets Slips, Trips and Falls

Federal workplace safety regulators have published a final rule in the Federal Register regarding slip, trip and fall hazards for general industry.


Heat Stress Death Leads to Fine

U.S. labor officials have fined a Missouri-based commercial roofing and waterproofing company $12,471 in the death of a worker at a high school project in Jefferson City.


Painter Drowns after 5 Fall from Bridge

Emergency response crews were called to perform a water rescue after five painting contractors fell into the water from a bridge in Kingsbury, NY. One worker did not survive.


Bridge Falls, Kills 1, after Safety Warning

Italian authorities have opened a criminal investigation into the collapse of a highway bridge near Milan late last week that left one driver dead and injured 5 others.


Mural Artist Dies in Scaffold Collapse

Authorities are investigating a deadly scaffolding failure at a mural project on a construction site in Hollywood, FL, according to local reports.


Probe Launched After Deadly Blast

Three people have died and six more were left severely injured following a powerful explosion that rocked a BASF chemical plant Monday (Oct. 17) in Germany, according to multiple reports.


BASF Blast Kills 2, Injures More

German authorities are investigating the cause of an explosion at a BASF chemical plant that killed two and severely injured at least six. One person remains missing after the incident, acco...


Worker Removes Harness, Falls to Death

Authorities are investigating the falling death of a 27-year-old worker who plunged 13 floors Monday (Oct. 10) at a construction site in Perth, Australia, various reports said.


Building Under Construction Falls, Kills 2

At least two people were killed and several others injured after a multi-story residential building under construction collapsed early Wednesday (Oct. 5) afternoon in Bengaluru, India, raisi...


Painter Electrocuted at FL Jobsite

Federal safety authorities say they are investigating the recent death of a 50-year-old, experienced painter in Jacksonville.


NJ Architect Killed in Fall

Federal and local authorities are investigating the falling death of a New Jersey architect in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday (Sept. 15) afternoon.


Officials Probe Deadly Garage Collapse

The collapse of an under-construction four-story underground parking garage near a medical center in Tel Aviv, Israel, remained under investigation Tuesday (Sept. 6).


Scaffold Collapse Kills 1

A construction worker died Monday (Aug. 22) after falling from collapsing scaffolding at a building expansion project in Las Vegas, reports relate.


Painter Dies Following 50-Foot Fall

Investigations are underway to determine what led a painter to fall 50 feet to his death Monday (Aug. 15) while at work on a water tower project.


Probe Launched in Coil Coater’s Death

Federal workplace safety authorities are investigating the death of a worker at a coil coating plant in Denver.


Jury: PG&E Guilty of Pipeline Safety Breaches

A federal jury found California utility company Pacific Gas and Electric Co. guilty of criminal charges connected to the fatal 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.


2 Workers Killed in Collapse

Two construction workers perished and others were trapped Sunday (July 24) when a building portico under construction collapsed in Hyderabad, India.


Lift Falls 18 Stories, Kills 8

Eight people were killed when the construction elevator they were in dropped 18 stories in eastern China, according to reports.


NY Firm Sentenced in Fatal Trench Case

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has ordered a construction company to fund public service announcements on worker safety as punishment in a manslaughter case; however, attorneys for the comp...


Design Plans, Wind Eyed in M1 Collapse

The official inquiry into a 2015 fatal bridge collapse in South Africa has called out potential causes ranging from material quality and workmanship to a gust of wind.


Bridge, Scaffolding Fall on Autobahn

A newly built section of a bridge on Germany’s Autobahn system collapsed Wednesday (June 15), leaving one worker dead and seriously injuring six others.


Stadium Worker Death Spurs Fines

Minnesota workplace health and safety regulators have levied fines against the contractor and a subcontractor who helped build the new professional football stadium in Minneapolis.


5 Firms Cited at Student Housing Project

Five contractors face a total of $115,200 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to falls and other safety hazards at a troubled student housing construction project in Lincoln, NE.


Contractor Charged in Fatal Fall

A New York-based concrete contractor and his companies have been indicted on manslaughter and other charges in connection with the falling death of a worker.


Fines Doubled in Tower Death Case

A New York painting contractor now faces $91,000 in fines in relation to a worker’s electrocution death on an electrical tower job in 2012, a judge has ruled.


7 Killed in Wall Collapse

Seven construction workers were killed Saturday (May 14) evening at a five-story mall project under construction in Guntur, India.


Mudslide Envelops Hydro Construction Site

Hundreds of rescuers assembled to search for the missing after a landslide swept through a hydropower plant construction site in southeast China.


Baby Saved, Dozens Die in Collapse

A baby has been found alive and safe amid the ruins of a collapsed multifamily residential building in Nairobi, Kenya, but the number of victims has topped 21 and is expected to rise.


Crane Accident Claims Life on Bridge Site

A Scottish health and safety agency is investigating the events that led to the death of one worker and injury of one other on the country’s new Queensferry Crossing bridge project.


Olympic Games Run-up Claims 11 Workers

As the world awaits the 2016 Olympic Games kickoff in Rio de Janeiro this summer, Brazil’s preparations have claimed 11 lives.


Criminal Trial Pending for 2010 Blast

Six years after a devastating blast in one of its natural gas pipelines, a California utility company is facing a criminal trial.


Police Probe Cause of Japan Beam Drop

Area police are looking into potential safety management issues at the site of a fatal construction accident in Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture.


Mexican Chemical Plant Blast Claims 24

An explosion at a petrochemical plant on the southern Gulf Coast of Mexico has reportedly claimed the lives of 24 workers, injured more than 100 others, and released a cloud of toxins into t...


Family Receives $18M for Bridge Death

A jury awarded $17.72 million to the family of the worker who drowned during bridge construction on the Baylor University campus in 2014.


Winds Blamed in Deadly Crane Collapse

A construction crane collapse that killed 18 workers in China remains under investigation.


New Painter Dies in 50-Foot Fall

Federal workplace safety authorities are investigating the death of a 25-year-old painter who fell five stories at an apartment project last month in Springfield, MO.


45-Ton Beam Falls onto Crew of 4

Federal authorities have been called in to investigate the events that led to a 45-ton beam on Interstate 90 killing one construction worker and injuring three others in Des Plaines, IL, Tue...


Firm, Staff Charged in Kolkata Collapse

Three officials from the company building the overpass that collapsed Thursday (March 31) in Kolkata, India, have been arrested in relation to the incident, NPR reported Saturday (April 2).


Flyover Gives Way in Eastern India

An overpass under construction in Kolkata, India, collapsed in a busy commercial district around noon Thursday (March 31), killing at least 14 and trapping more than 100 beneath the rubble, ...


Trial Begins in Bridge Worker's Death

The trial concerning the alleged wrongful death of a worker who drowned in early 2014 during construction of a bridge on the Baylor University campus was set to open Tuesday (March 29), a lo...


Fatal Collapse Spurs Fraud Charges

A company previously indicted on criminal charges related to a construction site fatality in New York City is now facing fraud charges concerning workers and salaries.


Worker Dies in 53-Story Fall

Workplace safety authorities have launched an investigation after a worker fell 800 feet to his death Thursday (March 17) at the Wilshire Grand Center construction site in downtown Los Angel...


OSHA: $105K for Fatal Bridge Accident

Federal authorities are citing the main contractor on a northwest Wisconsin bridge rehabilitation and resurfacing project after an 18-year-old apprentice died from injuries after being struc...


OSHA: Wrong Floor Design Leads to Death

Federal authorities say the life of the 54-year-old general contractor could have been spared had new engineering plans for a concrete floor been obtained.


Architect Gets Prison in Deadly Collapse

A Japanese architect will spend eight months in prison in connection with a fatal grocery store parking garage collapse in 2011.


Safety Fines to Surge in NYC

Construction workers and building professionals in New York City will see increased oversight and harsher penalties for skirting safety regulations in the coming months.


OSHA: $102K Fine for Fatal Lift Tipover

Federal authorities have levied fines against a Massachusetts roofing and waterproofing contractor after a worker died while operating an aerial lift on an inspection site in Taunton.


Safety Stand-Down Week Set for May

Millions of construction workers across the country are expected to take part in the third annual National Safety Stand-Down, organized by U.S. workplace health and safety officials.


OSHA Announces Safety Stand-Down Dates

U.S. workplace health and safety officials have announced that the third annual National Safety Stand-Down will take place May 2-6, 2016.


App Made to Detect Seismic Activity

Scientists in California want to turn our smartphones into a worldwide seismic network.


Arrests Follow Collapse of Taiwan Building

The developers of a collapsed two-decade-old apartment building in Taiwan have been taken into custody as questions regarding construction materials used within the structure have surfaced.


NYC Crane Collapse Claims 1

Authorities are investigating what caused a crane to collapse in lower Manhattan Friday (Feb. 5), killing a 38-year-old man and seriously injuring at least three others.


Judge Sentences Two for Fatal Collapse

Finding one defendant remorseful and another disregarding public safety, a judge in Philadelphia sentenced two men accused of killing people when they caused a city building to collapse.


Trench Death Leads to Willful Citations

A northcentral Pennsylvania company faces $140,000 in fines after a worker was killed in a trench during a bridge renovation project last summer.


Mecca Crane Collapse Probe Continues

Authorities are weighing charges against engineers and government officials following the construction crane collapse that killed more than 100 people last September at one of Islam’s holies...


Silica, Beryllium Top 2016 OSHA List

As 2015 came to a close, new rules on silica, beryllium and record-keeping were among those on the horizon—but not final yet.


OSHA Puts Silica on 2016 Rule List

A final rule on silica exposure topped the list of health and safety rules that might affect the coatings and construction industries in 2016.


Repeat Hazards Spark $80K in Fines

Following a fatal fall at a Kyle, TX, construction site and a later inspection that also revealed fall hazards, the federal agency that oversees worker health and safety has fined a San Anto...


Pipeline Blasts Lead to Jail Time

The Chinese government has sentenced 14, including former officials of a state-owned energy company and government officials, for corrosion-related pipeline blasts that killed more than 60 p...


Judge Suspends Sentence in Fall Case

A U.K. court has suspended the 18-month prison sentence of a roofer after one of his employees fell 30 feet to his death in May 2014.


Plasterers Fined in ‘Senseless’ Death

A pair of Arizona plaster and stucco contractors is facing more than $407,000 in fines after a 44-year-old worker fell off an unguarded balcony to his death in May.


Dozens Die in Pakistan Factory Collapse

At least 23 people have died after a factory in Pakistan that was undergoing renovation work collapsed Wednesday (Nov. 4) night.


Fines Bolster Compliance, Study Says

Do employers take worker safety more seriously when they know there will be formal or financial consequences?


Study: Citations Reduce Work Injuries

New research confirms previous studies that suggest citations and penalties from workplace inspections reduce injuries that occur on the job.


Building Demolition Turns Deadly

A partial building collapse in Midtown Manhattan has left one worker dead and another seriously injured.


Four Cited Following Bridge Fatality

Four companies have been fined nearly $87,000 for putting employees at risk during a bridge renovation project that turned fatal when part of the bridge collapsed and killed a family driving...


Contractor Guilty in Philly Collapse

A jury in Philadelphia has convicted a contractor of involuntary manslaughter in a 2013 building collapse that killed six and injured 13.


Construction Bridge Falls on Highway

At least two people are dead and more than 20 others are injured after a temporary bridge near a Johannesburg, South Africa, construction site collapsed onto a highway.


Contractor Fined in Manslaughter Case

A U.K. court has ordered a scaffolding contractor to pay £300,000 (about $464,000 USD) after a fall killed a worker in 2012.


Highway Construction Worker Hit, Killed

One highway construction worker died and another was injured critically after a driver hit them in an Interstate 94 work zone during the early hours of Sunday (Oct. 11) morning.


OSHA Finds Falling Death ‘Preventable’

A New York contractor faces $84,600 in proposed fines after an employee fell to his death while on a jobsite in April.


Muralist Shot, Killed While Painting

A California mural artist was shot and killed as he was working on an art piece under a freeway overpass in Oakland that was designed to help deter violence.


Safety Probe Spurs Manslaughter Charges

The owner and foreman of a California construction company face manslaughter charges stemming from the falling death of an employee.


OSHA Probes Deadly Roof Collapse

Federal workplace safety authorities say they are investigating the partial collapse of a one-story building that killed a construction worker on Thursday (Sept. 24) in Chicago.


Teen Worker Dies on Bridge Project

A teenage bridge worker in northwest Wisconsin died Monday (Sept. 21) after being injured in a forklift accident.


Murder Trial in Collapse Set to Begin

More than two years after a downtown Philadelphia building collapse killed six people, the demolition contractor connected to the incident will stand trial for murder.


Construction Fatalities on the Rise

The number of fatal injuries on job sites is creeping up, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, based on data collected in 2014.


Construction Deaths Hit 6Y High

U.S. construction fatalities rose in 2014 to reach the highest level seen since 2008, according to newly released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Contractor Blamed in Crane Collapse

Authorities in Saudi Arabia say the construction company overseeing an expansion project at the largest mosque in the world was partially responsible for last Friday’s crane collapse that ki...


Company Cited for Floating Bridge Death

A Washington state contractor has been cited following the death of a worker on a floating bridge project earlier this year.


Cause Probed in Fatal Crane Collapse

The cause of a construction crane collapse that killed more than 100 people in Mecca remained under investigation Monday (Sept. 14).


Unstable Snooper Truck Kills Inspector

A routine bridge inspection turned fatal for one inspector in Connecticut last week.


‘Reckless Gamble’ Leads to Jail Time

Choosing to defy a "stop work" order on a Milpitas, CA, job site has led to prison sentences for two California construction company agents, according to authorities.


Charges Filed in Fatal Pit Collapse

Two construction supervisors and their employers have been charged in connection with a trench collapse that killed a 22-year-old worker this spring at a retail project site in New York.


Bosses Get 2 Years in Cave-in Death

The owner and project manager of a California construction company will spend two years behind bars in connection with the 2012 cave-in death of an employee in Milpitas, according to authori...


Fatal Bee Swarm Sparks Cal/OSHA Probe

California workplace safety authorities are investigating the death of a construction worker who died after a bee swarm attack in Riverside.


Bridge Collapse Leads to $14K Fine

An Ohio-based construction company with long-standing state contracts has been fined for a fatal bridge collapse earlier this year.


Companies at Odds over Bridge Death

Less than a day after a man died while performing abrasive blasting work on a Mississippi River bridge, one of the companies involved asked a federal judge to rule it is not liable.


‘See-Through’ Truck: Future of Safety?

ARGENTINA--Samsung has come pretty close to providing a glimpse of what the future will--literally--look like.


OSHA Delays Confined-Space Enforcement

WASHINGTON--Federal authorities have announced a temporary enforcement period to ease employers into full compliance with the upcoming new rules on confined-space work in construction.


Worker Perishes at Dow Site in TX

FREEPORT, TX--Federal authorities and officials at two companies are investigating the death of a worker in a tank at a Dow Chemical Co. construction site.


Judge Denies Request in Balcony Collapse

BERKELEY, CA--The contractor that built the apartment where six students were killed in June has been denied access to building components removed as part of the criminal probe.


$18.7B BP Settlement Sets U.S. Record

WASHINGTON--The largest environmental disaster in U.S. history will yield the nation's largest settlement with a single entity, BP Exploration and Production Inc. has announced.


Shock, Resolve in Air Products Attack

L'ISLE-D'ABEAU, FRANCE--"Horrified and saddened" by a terrorist attack on one of its French facilities, the CEO of coating raw-materials supplier Air Products & Chemicals Inc. has announced ...


D.A. Taking on Fatal Balcony Failure

BERKELEY, CA--Severe dry rot doomed a balcony that ripped loose from an apartment building and sent six college students plunging to their deaths, city building inspectors say.


Water Tank Worker Killed in Fall

VERONA, VA--Authorities are investigating the death of an engineering technician who perished after what his employer called a "short" fall while appropriately harnessed.


Alert, New App Flag Heat Dangers

WASHINGTON--Common sense is still failing to protect dozens of workers from dying and thousands from falling ill as summer's heat clamps down, federal officials say.


'Rot and Decay' Seen in Doomed Balcony

BERKELEY, CA--Confirming earlier suspicions, city building inspectors have reported severe dry rot in the balcony that tore loose from an apartment building in California, killing six studen...


Alert, App Help Workers Beat the Heat

WASHINGTON--With summer in full swing, the health risks to painters, inspectors, construction workers and others working outside are rising with the temperatures.


Scaffolding Falls Claims 2 Lives

AMES, IA--Authorities are investigating a scaffolding accident that killed two workers Friday (June 22) at a new student housing project near Iowa State University.


Water Eyed in Fatal Balcony Collapse

BERKELEY, CA--Moisture and wood rot are the early suspects in the devastating collapse of an apartment balcony that killed six and injured seven in Berkeley, CA.


Worker Killed in Penn State Renovation

STATE COLLEGE, PA--Federal authorities are investigating the death of a construction worker who was struck by a crane on a Pennsylvania State University renovation project.


Bridge Inspector Drowns in High River

RUTHERFORD, NJ--Crews have recovered the body of a bridge inspector who was swept into the Passaic River this week while examining a footbridge across a nearby canal.


Roofer Charged with Lying to OSHA

PHILADELPHIA--In a rare case, the owner of a small Pennsylvania roofing company is facing 25 years in prison for allegedly lying to federal safety authorities regarding the June 2013 falling...


Subs Faulted in Maintenance Deaths

HONOLULU--"Common-sense steps" could have prevented the deaths of two maintenance workers who were struck by a seven-ton buoy at Pearl Harbor in December, federal investigators say.


Man Dies Collecting Copper at Job Site

EL PASO, TX--Investigators are trying to determine if a subcontractor employee who may have been stealing copper wire from a job site was on the clock at the time he was electrocuted and die...


Overpass Worker Crushed by Lift

WILKINSBURG, PA—A federal investigation continues into the death of a construction worker who was fatally crushed on a busway overpass rehabilitation project near Pittsburgh.


42 Face Charges in Factory Collapse

DHAKA, BANGLADESH—Murder charges have been brought against the owner of a Bangladesh garment factory and more than a dozen government officials in connection with a building collapse that ki...


Contractors to Pay in Collapse Settlement

DORAL, FL—A college in Florida has reached a $33.5 million settlement with the contractors and subcontractors involved in the construction of a parking garage that collapsed more than two ye...


Owner, Manager Guilty in Cave-in Death

MILPITAS, CA—A California jury has convicted a construction company owner and project manager for causing the 2012 cave-in death of an employee in Milpitas.


OSHA: Safety ‘Disregarded’ in Death

AVENEL, NJ—Delfino Jesus Velazquez Mendizabal's death "should never have happened," federal authorities say.


Tackling a Disturbing, Deadly Trend

NEW YORK CITY—U.S. Air Force veteran Christian Ginesi survived a tour in Afghanistan before dying a month into a construction job.


Design Blamed in Fatal Bridge Collapses

RALEIGH, NC—Flaws in the design of several bridge girders led to the collapse of two pedestrian bridges under construction at Wake Technical Community College, investigators have concluded.


NYC Tackles Deadly Construction Toll

NEW YORK CITY—Fatal construction accidents in New York City are on the rise, drawing calls for action to stem the tide.


Worker Poisoning Spurs $4M Suit

PORTLAND, OR—A home-improvement contractor and four other companies are facing a $4 million lawsuit in the death of a worker who was told to use a bucket as a toilet in the back of a work va...


Study: Worker Safety 'Alarming' in NYC

NEW YORK CITY—Poorly regulated, unsafe construction sites in New York have become a "disturbing" trend that merits greater federal inspections and fines, a new report contends.


Worker Killed in MI Collapse

YPSILANTI, MI—Authorities are investigating a structural collapse that claimed the life of a construction worker on a historic-renovation project this week.


2 Firms Liable in Fatal Fall at Base

KNOB NOSTER, MO—Federal authorities are holding a roofing company and general contractor both liable in the death of a 30-year-old father of two at Whiteman Air Force Base.


Worker Killed on Luxury Hotel Project

NEW YORK CITY—Authorities are investigating the death of a construction worker who suffered a 24-story fall in an unfinished elevator shaft on a luxury hotel project in Manhattan.


Crane Operator Killed in Fall

NEW HAVEN, CT—A crane operator on a Connecticut road and bridge project has died after falling from his equipment.


New Rule Guides Safety in Tight Spaces

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. construction workers who labor in attics, crawl spaces, pits, boilers and other confined spaces will have new protections as of Aug. 3, under a new federal rule.


New Rule Issued on Confined Space

WASHINGTON, DC—Coordination of contractors, continuous monitoring and more rigorous inspection are among the requirements of the first new federal rule for confined-space work in constructio...


Vigils, Videos Mark Day of Memorial

WASHINGTON, DC—Every day, about 12 U.S. workers are killed on the job, while millions more each year suffer work-related injuries and illnesses—a toll that government and worker groups recom...


Painter Killed in Fall from Water Tower

DAMIANSVILLE, IL—A 31-year-old painter has died after falling 100 feet from the top of a water tower about 30 miles southeast of St. Louis, MO.


Crane Kills NYC Construction Boss

NEW YORK CITY—A crane's malfunctioning hydraulic system is being blamed in the death of a construction company owner, who was pinned under the equipment on a work site in Manhattan, official...


Painting Contractor Liable in 2 Deaths

OXFORD, OH—A Michigan painting contractor is facing 30 federal citations and $199,000 in fines after a scaffolding collapse that claimed the lives of two painters.


Cleaners Killed in Railcar Explosion

OMAHA, NE—Federal investigators are still combing an Omaha railyard for clues to a catastrophic railcar explosion that claimed the lives of two cleaners.


Falling Concrete Kills Young Family

BONNEY LAKE, WA—A concrete barrier that fell from an overpass under construction has claimed the lives of a couple and their infant son.


2nd Worker Perishes at TX Project

For the second time in less than a week, a worker at a Texas high school sports facility under construction has died.


Worker Perishes in Frame Collapse

Authorities are investigating a construction accident at a Texas high school sports facility that killed one worker and injured three others Thursday (April 2).


TX Painter Perishes in Fall

Federal safety authorities are investigating a 36-foot fall that claimed the life of a painter this week at an apartment complex in New Braunfels, TX.


EPA Eyes Limits on Paint Strippers

U.S. officials are expanding their search for data as they weigh new restrictions on two toxic chemicals used in paint removers.


EPA to Weigh Fate of Paint Strippers

After deaths, warnings and restrictions elsewhere, the United States is taking another step on the road toward limiting the use of two toxic chemicals used in paint removers.


Roofer Fined in Electrocution

Three days after an employee was fatally electrocuted on a roofing job, his boss sent another employee to finish the work under the same conditions, federal authorities report.


Production Pressure Blamed in 2 Deaths

Unwilling to slow production, U.S. Steel managers directed employees to work on a high-pressure valve while a furnace was still running—causing an explosion that killed two workers and criti...


Scaffolding Accident Claims 3 Lives

Three construction workers were killed and another was injured Monday (March 23) when scaffolding collapsed at a high-rise construction project in downtown Raleigh, NC, according to authorit...


Suit: Work Went on Amid Drowning

"Nobody went in to the water to assist" two bridge construction workers who were tethered to a lift that ended up in the Brazos River, a new motion in a suit over the accident alleges.


Arkansas Worker Killed in 11-Foot Fall

A 29-year-old steel erector has died after falling just 11 feet from a beam he was bolting into place on a job site in Little Rock, AR.


Fall Claims Young MO Painter

Colton Frisbee and his dad had branched out from their family painting business into a successful cigar venture nearly five years ago. Still, the 23-year-old new father and co-owner of Frisb...


Worker Killed in Fall from WA Bridge

A construction worker on Washington State's SR 520 floating bridge project has succumbed to injuries suffered in a 60-foot fall that ended on concrete.


Alert Follows Roof-Clearing Deaths

Multiple reports of severe and fatal falls during rooftop snow removal have prompted a federal advisory on tackling such work safely.


Accidents Add Income Insult to Injury

If you shatter your leg (or worse) in a fall from a scaffold, who is going to shoulder the six-figure medical bills? And fill the income gap while you recover?


OSHA: Accidents Add Inequity to Injury

The financial hit caused by workplace injuries may be as devastating as the physical one, with rising expenses and declining income that persist for years, a new federal report finds.


Bridge Contractor Cited in Teen's Death

A 16-year-old worker who was directed to stand in a crane hazard area without a hardhat was too young to be on the job that took his life, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration h...


Worker Killed on Arena Roof Project

Authorities are investigating the death of a New York construction worker who was crushed by steel beams Tuesday (Feb. 24) while installing a green roof at the Barclays Center Arena in Brook...


Ex-Coatings VP Guilty in 2 Deaths

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


Ex-VP 'Remorseful' in Homicide Plea

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


Plant Worker Perishes in Sand Silo

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


In NY, A Safety Showdown Grows

A unique state law that holds employers and property owners 100 percent responsible for certain employee injuries is facing a dramatic shift after 135 years.


$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.


Scaffold Law Critics Gain Steam in NY

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


WY Work Safety Bills Die

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


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...


Tower Painter's Death Draws $115K Fine

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


$7,600 Fine for Fatal, Serious Falls

The death of a Nebraska worker in a 16-foot fall—and the injuries to the buddy who fell trying to save him—will cost their employer a maximum of $7,600, the Occupational Safety and Health Ad...


$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.


Fed OSHA Rejects AZ Fall Guidelines

As expected, federal safety authorities have rejected Arizona’s tailor-made regulation for residential fall protection, saying the 2012 revised statute falls short of federal standards.


No Violations Cited in OR Bridge Death

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


Galvanizer Fined in 2nd Fatality

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


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...


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.


Painter, Plasterer Fined in Electrocutions

Two California contracting companies are facing nearly $200,000 in fines after two young workers were electrocuted, and a third severely injured, in separate incidents just days apart.


OSHA: No Fall Protection in Fatality

A father of three who "worked long hours" for the same roofer since the age of 19 wore no protective gear when he fell 27 feet to his death on a school project, federal authorities have conc...


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.


Fines Levied in Dorm Project Death

Federal safety authorities have fined four contractors involved in a Florida State University dorm construction project where a worker was killed last July.


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...


New Injury Reporting Rule Takes Effect

In an effort to reduce the three million annual injuries in U.S. workplaces, employers are starting 2015 with new federal reporting mandates.


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.


Probation, Fine Set in Workplace Death

The owner of a Montana residential and commercial asphalt company has avoided a jail sentence, but must pay $20,00 in fines and restitution after an employee was killed on the job.


Concrete Maker's Plea Averts Prison

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


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.


3 Workers Killed in High-Rise Blaze

Three subcontractors trapped underground in a storage tank were confirmed dead after a Dallas skyscraper fire that forced the evacuation of nearly 2,800 people.


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...


$7K Fine Set in 3 Electrocutions

Federal safety authorities have issued one citation and a $7,000 fine in the deaths of three workers who were electrocuted by power lines while moving scaffolding last summer.


Contractor Pleads in Worker's Death

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


2nd Span Collapses at NC College

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


Bridge Collapse at College Kills Worker

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


CEO Surrenders In Manslaughter Case

The CEO of a California construction company has returned to the United States to face manslaughter charges stemming from a trench collapse that buried an employee alive.


Falling Tape Measure Kills Worker

A New Jersey construction worker was struck and killed by a one-pound tape measure that fell some 400 feet at a nearly completed apartment project in Jersey City.


CSB Urges Overhaul of Steel Standards

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


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<...


Unreported Injuries Marked WTC Build

Construction-related "spinal fractures, broken limbs and busted hips" that were never reported to authorities—and two deaths that were—marked the run-up to Monday's opening of 1 World Trade ...


Water Tower Painters Killed in Fall

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


Fatality, Wind Close OR Bridge

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


Minimum Fine Urged for Job-Site Deaths

A grieving Wyoming family is demanding the establishment of a mandatory $50,000 fine for hazards that lead to a death in the workplace.


Victim’s Kin Fights for Minimum Fine

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


Study Urges Action on Residential Falls

The leading cause of death in the construction industry exacts its greatest toll in the residential sector, with clear trends that merit additional oversight and training, a new study says.


Boss Gets Prison in Worker’s Death

A UK scaffolding contractor recently convicted of murdering his brother has now received a second prison sentence in the fatal fall of an employee.


Construction Deaths Back on the Rise

After six years of steady decline, U.S. construction fatalities rose by 8.7 percent in 2012, according to a new analysis of Department of Labor data.


2 Killed in U.S. Steel Explosion

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


‘Angels’ Aid Construction Victims

When lives and livelihoods are shattered by serious construction accidents, a group of angels is there to help.


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. Sees Decline in Worker Deaths

With the notable exception of Latino workers, fatal work injuries in the United States dipped slightly in 2013, according to new preliminary data released by the Department of Labor.


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.


Utility Fined $1.4B in CA Disaster

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


Court Rejects TX Contractor’s Appeal

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


Fatal Crash Destroys 2 TN Bridges

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


3 Dead, More Missing in Dorm Collapse

Rescue operations continued Tuesday as the investigation began in the deadly collapse of a six-story student housing complex that gave way during a concrete pour.


Welder Killed in Storage Tank Explosion

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


PG&E Faces $1.1B Criminal Indictment

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


Worker Dies in MO Bridge Fall

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


Repeat Violation Seen in Worker Death

A Montana roofing contractor faces $14,000 in federal fines for repeatedly failing to provide fall protection for a worker—this time, with fatal consequences.


Deadly Collapse Laid to Roof Overload

The "decision" to overload nine rooftop storage bins led to a plant collapse that killed two workers and injured nine others in January, federal authorities have determined.


Company Cited After Two Fatalities

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


Architect’s Killer Gets 15 Years

A property manager who beat his well-known architect boss to death will spend 15 years to life in California state prison for the crime.


Brazil Bridge Collapses, Kills 2

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


New Collapse Claims 11 in India

One day after recovery work ended at a building collapse that killed 61 construction workers, another collapse in the same Indian city killed 11 more workers and family members.


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.


1 Killed, 2 Hurt in Tanker Cleaning

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


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.


Stand-Down Harnesses 1M Against Falls

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


2 Firms Fined $130K in Stadium Death

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


1 Dead in NJ Restaurant Renovation

One construction worker has died and another remained seriously injured after the floor of a New Jersey restaurant partially collapsed during renovations.


1M Workers Pledge to Stand Down

From Palo Alto, CA, to Daytona Beach, FL, more than one million U.S. workers are expected to take a break from working at heights this week to talk about falls—the leading cause of death in ...


Two Killed on CA Bridge Project

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


Contractors Cited in Texas A&M Fatality

Federal safety officials have imposed $130,700 in fines against two Texas-based subcontractors after a 25-year-old worker died from a fall during renovations at the Texas A&M stadium in Coll...


World Cup Run-up Claims 8th Worker

As the world awaits the first kick of the 2014 World Cup in 15 days, Brazil’s preparations for the event have now claimed an eighth life.


Worker Killed in Overpass Collapse

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


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.


OSHA: Fatal Fall ‘Entirely Preventable’

Federal authorities are holding a New York general contractor liable for the death of a young worker who was blown off the roof of a car dealership while working.


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.


OSHA Slams Contractor in Near-Collapse

A contractor’s failure to brace an empty shell of a building left it a death trap on the brink of collapse on untrained workers, federal authorities have determined.


Contractor Charged in Foreman’s Death

A Michigan builder cited over and over for safety violations has been indicted on a felony criminal charge in the death of an employee in 2012.


Manhole Accident Claims PA Installer

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


Worker Guilty in Architect’s Killing

An employee has been convicted of second-degree murder in the April 2013 beating death of internationally known architect Graham Downes.


25-Foot Fall Claims Pressure Washer

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


Building Owner to Face Murder Charges

The owner of the Bangladeshi factory building that collapsed one year ago, killing 1,135 workers and injuring 2,500, will face murder charges as the victims try to move on from the tragedy, ...


On Construction Day, a Safety Snapshot

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


$23K Fine Set in ‘Preventable Tragedy’

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


Tower Painter Falls to Death

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


Fines in Worker Death at 49ers Stadium

California labor officials have fined a global steel company $36,750 in the death of a worker at the San Francisco 49ers' stadium project in Santa Clara.


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...


OSHA Cites Contractor in Ballpark Death

A Minnesota-based heavy civil contractor faces more than $50,000 in fines in the wake of a demolition accident that killed a worker last September.


Building Glass Maker Gets Record Fine

A leading architectural glass manufacturer will pay a record $495,500 fine to settle state claims involving uncorrected violations after the death of a worker at one of its plants.


PG&E Faces 12 Felony Counts for Blast

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


7th Worker Dies at World Cup Project

A 23-year-old construction worker has died after a 26-foot fall at a World Cup 2014 stadium in Brazil—the seventh worker fatality at a tournament site thus far.


Building Design Cited in Deadly Fire

An old building design paired with 45 mph winds are thought to have fanned the spread of a nine-alarm brownstone fire that killed two firefighters and injured at least a dozen others in Bost...


ACA Seeks Reporting Rule Exemption

U.S. coating makers want to be counted out when it comes to online reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses.


Feds Set to Reject AZ Fall Guidelines

Federal safety authorities are poised to reject Arizona’s tailor-made regulation for residential fall protection, saying the 2012 revised statute falls short of federal standards.


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.


Stucco Contractor Liable in Fatal Fall

Federal safety authorities are holding a Georgia masonry contractor responsible for a 19-foot fall that claimed the life of an employee last September.


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.


Probe Underway in NYC Building Explosion

Investigators continued Thursday to examine the cause of an explosion that destroyed two buildings in New York City, as rescuers searched the rubble for survivors.


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.


Deterioration Blamed in Fatal Collapse

Significant deterioration, weathering and corrosion caused a walkway collapse that killed a firefighter last month at the University of Missouri, engineers have found.


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.


Worker Dies after 12-Story Fall

Authorities are investigating the death of a 36-year-old construction worker who reportedly fell down an elevator shaft while working at a condo construction site in Quebec.


GC to Pay $126K in 2 Fatal Accidents

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


Construction Cited in Fatal Gym Cave-in

Flawed design, shoddy construction and inadequate building management are being blamed for the collapse of an auditorium roof that killed 10 people and injured 103 in South Korea.


11 Killed in Hospital Cave-In

A public hospital under construction in Thailand partially collapsed Tuesday (Feb. 25), killing at least 11 construction workers and injuring 16 on their lunch break, according to various re...


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...


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, ...


3rd Worker Killed at World Cup Site

A worker dismantling a crane at a World Cup stadium project in Brazil was killed Friday (Feb. 7)—the third worker fatality at the site in less than a year.


Builder Fined in Subcontractor’s Death

An Ontario court has fined a general contractor $100,000 in a concrete wall collapse that killed one subcontractor’s employee and seriously injured another nearly three years ago.


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...


2 Killed at Benjamin Moore Facility

A driver for Benjamin Moore & Co. apparently shot and killed his manager and then himself this week at a Vancouver, WA, distribution center, in an episode of workplace violence that stunned ...


Bridge Worker Killed on Stadium Project

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


Whiting-Turner Cited in Fatal Collapse

A Maryland general contractor whose employee was killed and another seriously injured in the collapse of nearly 50,000 pounds of concrete is facing $11,125 in fines for serious safety violat...


‘Willful’ Citation in PPG Worker’s Death

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


USAF Investigates Foam System Death

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


Fines in Fatal Blast Contested

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


WI Contractor Killed in Fall

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a construction worker who fell at least 20 feet from a hotel job site in Madison, WI.


Probe of 2 Bridge Deaths Underway

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


PA Roofer Cited in Fatal Fall

A Pennsylvania roofing contractor that employed a worker who was killed in a 45-foot fall last June faces $71,600 in federal fines for exposing workers to fall hazards without protection and...


Online Reporting Plan Gains Reprieve

Employers are getting more time to weigh in on a plan to mandate electronic reporting of injuries and illnesses, eventually making the data publicly available online.


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...


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.


Roofer Fined $154K in Electrocution

A Florida commercial and residential roofing contractor is facing four federal safety violations and $154,000 in penalties in the electrocution of a worker last year, according to authoritie...


Architect Jailed in Fireman’s Death

A German architect who designed and oversaw construction of a luxury residence where a veteran Los Angeles firefighter died in a 2011 blaze has been sentenced to one year in jail after plead...


Woman Crushed in Steel Bridge Mishap

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


Paint-Crazed Elephant Kills Keeper

Paint fumes are believed to have spurred an elephant to fatally attack its longtime trainer in a cage he was painting at a popular tourist center in Vietnam.


Major Violators Win Federal Contracts

Billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded contracts are being “routinely paid to companies that are putting the livelihoods and the lives of workers at risk,” concludes a new study released by ...


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.


World Cup Work Halts after Fatal Fall

Labor officials have partially stopped work at a Brazilian World Cup stadium construction site where a 22-year-old worker plummeted 115 feet to his death—the third worker fatality at a tourn...


Work Halted after Fatal Tank Collapse

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


Death at 49ers’ Stadium Spurs Fine

California labor officials have fined an elevator contractor $54,000 in the death of a worker at the 49ers stadium project in Santa Clara.


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...


Worker Fatally Crushed by Steel Beam

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


Brazil: World Cup Stadiums to be Late

One week after two construction workers perished in the run-up to a major deadline, Brazil has conceded that none of the six World Cup 2014 stadiums under construction will meet the schedule...


Concrete Training Goes Fatally Awry

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


Company Blamed in Trainee’s Death

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


1 Killed at Texas A&M Stadium Project

Authorities are investigating the death of a 25-year-old construction worker who fell Tuesday (Dec. 3) during renovations at the Texas A&M stadium in College Station, TX.


Roofer to be Jailed in Death of Worker

A Canadian judge has sentenced the owner of a roofing company to 15 days in jail and imposed a $50,000 ($46,938 USD) fine for failing to protect an employee who died in a fall, then lying ab...


2 Workers Killed in World Cup Project

Construction crews returned to work Monday (Dec. 2) at the site of a nearly completed World Cup stadium in Brazil where a crane collapse killed two workers last week.


Contractor Faces 6 Murder Charges

The contractor in charge of a building demolition project that ended up killing six people in Philadelphia has been charged with murder, according to prosecutors.


Study Reveals High Lead Levels in Paint

Decorative household paints being sold in some developing countries have more than 10 times the lead concentrations allowed in North American paints and pose a serious risk to young children...


Scores Perish in Supermarket Collapse

At least 50 people were confirmed dead and hundreds were trapped when the roof of a crowded supermarket collapsed during the afternoon rush hour in the Latvian capital of Riga.


Masonry Firm Cited in 70-Foot Fall

Federal safety authorities are accusing a Florida masonry contractor of recklessly allowing an employee to use defective fall protection before he lost his life in a 70-foot fall.


Hazmat Exec Gets Prison after 2 Deaths

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


Bridge’s 9-Year Paint Job Complete

After nine years and $56 million, the Lewis and Clark Bridge connecting Washington and Oregon finally has a new paint job.


Corrosion Blamed in Fatal Plant Blast

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


2 Contractors Cited in Philly Collapse

Federal authorities have proposed nearly $400,000 in fines against two contractors responsible for demolishing a downtown Philadelphia building that collapsed onto a thrift store in June, ki...


Building Community Aids Typhoon Relief

Humanitarian building and architecture organizations are assisting in the global effort to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which has ravaged the central Philippines and claimed thousands of l...


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. ...


Owners Held in Coating Plant Blast

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


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.


2 Cited in Ship Repair Heat Death

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


Repeat Violations Seen in Fatal Fall

A Nebraska contractor says he will fight a $70,000 federal fine imposed in the death of one of his employees, even though he has been cited for the same violations before.


‘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...


$20M Inquiry into Fatal Collapse Ends

Tales of owner neglect, failed waterproofing, poor design, missing specifications and numerous other problems highlighted the 117-day, $20 million public inquiry into the deadly collapse of ...


Employers Asked to Cut Chemical Risks

Conceding that its own rules no longer adequately protect workers, federal regulators are giving employers new resources to do the job themselves.


Immigrants Lead Construction Deaths

Latino and immigrant construction workers are more likely than their co-workers to be killed on the job but remain fearful about voicing safety concerns, a new report shows.


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...


Hotel Project Death Spurs Fines

The July death of a worker on a hotel project has resulted in $21,560 in proposed federal fines for a Boston-area contractor with a history of safety, health and wage violations.


‘Questions’ Revive Probe of Worker’s Death

Why did experienced elevator mechanic Donald White not move out of the way when he knew that an elevator was coming at him?


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.


$33K in Fines for 2nd Project Death

Federal safety authorities have levied $33,600 in fines against a siding subcontractor and general contractor in the second fatal accident at a problem-plagued apartment project in Fayettevi...


Collapse of New High-Rise Kills 2

Authorities are investigating the collapse of a new high-rise apartment building that has killed at least two people in Colombia's second-largest city.


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...


2nd Worker Dies at 49ers’ New Stadium

For the second time in four months, a worker at the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium project has died.


Navy Charges 4 in 2 Diving Deaths

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


Contractor Blames Worker Buried Alive

An employee who was buried alive at an apartment project in May failed to exercise ordinary care for his own safety, leading to the accident that claimed his life, according to court documen...


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 ...


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.


Worker Abuse Alleged at World Cup Site

As Qatar races to construct projects needed to host the world’s most popular sports tournament in 2022, the small Gulf state faces disturbing allegations regarding its treatment of millions ...


Still Led by Falls, OSHA Citations Soar

Federal health and safety officials are dishing out thousands more citations to employers this year for worksite hazards, but the causes remain stubbornly the same as last year.


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.


4 Firms Cited in Death at Nuke Plant

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


Electrocuted Painter’s Widow Gets $3.2M

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


Father, Son Builders Held in Collapse

Authorities in Mumbra, India, have arrested two builders of a doomed residential complex that collapsed Saturday (Sept. 21), killing three—the region's sixth fatal building collapse in six m...


Architect, Partner Killed in Terror Attack

A respected British-Australian architect and his pregnant partner were among dozens of victims killed in the weekend terrorist attack in Kenya, media outlets reported Monday (Sept. 23).


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.


Contractor Liable in Fatal 9-Foot Fall

A Wisconsin homebuilder is facing more than $15,000 in federal fines and multiple citations after a worker was killed in a fall of less than 10 feet.


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...


Paint Worker Found on Tank Dies

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


Henkel Fined $200K in Worker's Death

The death of a 26-year-old temporary worker who became entangled in an industrial adhesives mixer has drawn multiple serious and willful violations from health and safety authorities.


2 Demolitions, 2 Workers Killed

Federal and state safety authorities are investigating a pair of fatal construction accidents this week at demolition sites in St. Paul, MN, and Swoyersville, PA.


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...


Fines Tripled in Scaffold Disaster

Ontario's top court has more than tripled the fines against a construction firm that lost four migrant workers in a notorious scaffolding collapse on Christmas Eve 2009.


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...


Employers Unite Against Silica Rule

Construction employers have rushed to mobilize against a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, ensuring a showdown with unions over the controversial measure.


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 ...


Roofer, Construction Deaths on the Rise

Deaths of roofers have reached a five-year high in the United States, despite significant overall improvement in the nation's workplace death toll, new federal figures show.


Bridge Inspector Electrocuted in NY

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


OSHA Offers New Training Guide on Falls

Federal safety authorities have expanded worker training materials to include a new fall prevention guide with “Toolbox Talks.”


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.


Apartment Building Collapses, Kills 2

At least two people are dead after a seven-story residential building collapsed Sunday afternoon (Aug. 25) in Alexandria, Egypt.


Construction Hard Hat Detects CO

A hard hat may be the next weapon against carbon monoxide poisoning.


Inspector Falls to Death in Las Vegas

Authorities are investigating the falling death of a welding inspector at a large outdoor shopping center jobsite in Las Vegas.


Engineers Call for Inspection Changes

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


Rule Changes Urged after Mall Collapse

Regulators in Ontario are calling for rule changes for professional engineers after hearing hundreds of hours of testimony during a probe into a fatal mall collapse there.


CO Detector Hard Hat Takes Award

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


Contractor Error Cited in Deadly Blast

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


Job Culture Quells Injury Reports

If you work in construction, is getting hurt just “part of the job?”


BP Sues U.S. to Drop Contract Ban

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


OSHA Probes Tower Painter’s Death

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


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...


U.S. Plans New Look at Chemical Safety

U.S. paint and coating makers plan to closely monitor—and, preferably, help shape—any changes planned as part of a new federal-level review of chemical facility safety.


Chemical Disasters Spark New U.S. Order

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


2 Inspectors Fall to their Deaths

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


Army Cited after 3 Diving Deaths

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


Painter’s Death Halts Bridge Work

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


Death at Oft-Cited Contractor Probed

A Boston-area construction contractor with a lengthy history of health, safety and payroll violations has now lost a young employee in a job-site accident.


Mayor Arrested in Factory Disaster

Three months after more than 1,100 people perished in a factory collapse in Savar, Bangladesh, the city’s former mayor has been arrested for his oversight of the building’s construction and ...


With Mall ‘Doomed,’ Owner Shunned Fixes

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


Halliburton Admits Destroying Evidence

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


Owner: ‘Doomed’ Mall Not Worth Repair

Despite having the funds to repair the perpetually leaky roof on the Algo Centre Mall in Canada, the owner said he had chosen not to, because he considered the property a “black hole.”


Feds: Heat Caused Fatal Bridge Collapse

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


New Records Released in Philly Collapse

Past violations and asbestos problems plagued the site of last month's deadly building collapse in Philadelphia, according to newly released city records.


2 Companies Held Liable in Tank Death

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


Deaths Rebound with Construction

New York City’s surging construction activity has been good news for the city and employment, but it has exacted a little-known toll in workers’ lives, federal safety officials report.


$7,600 Fine for Worker Buried Alive

Federal investigators have fined a contractor $7,600 in the first of two worker deaths at a problem-plagued apartment construction project in Fayetteville, AR.


17 Perish in Indian Hotel Collapse

At least 17 people have been killed after a three-story hotel collapsed early Monday (July 8) in southern India—the latest in a string of deadly collapses in the region.


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.


Bridge Projects in MO, AZ, PA Kill 3

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


Fatal OH Plant Blast Draws $325K Fine

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


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...


New Site Details Construction Probes

Investigations into deadly building collapses, structural failures, and other construction disasters are the focus on a new web page by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Engineer Altered Mall Inspection Report

An engineer who inspected a doomed mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario, two months before it collapsed has admitted to removing photographs and descriptions from a structural assessment report at t...


Second LA Plant Blast Claims One

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


Plant Explosion Kills 2, Cause Unknown

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


Corrosion, Overloaded Cargo Sank Ship

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


Inspector Kills Self after Collapse

One week after the deadly building collapse in downtown Philadelphia, a city building inspector who examined the site has committed suicide, according to city officials.


Mumbai Building Cave-in Kills 10

A four-story residential building in central Mumbai, India, partially collapsed on Monday (June 10), killing ten and injuring six, according to various reports.


Worker Killed at 49ers’ New Stadium

A construction worker was killed Tuesday (June 11) while working on the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium in Santa Clara, CA.


Worker Charged in Deadly Collapse

A heavy equipment operator working at the site of last Wednesday’s deadly building collapse in downtown Philadelphia has been arrested on involuntary manslaughter and other charges.


Worker Dies From Fall-Related Injuries

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


Collapse Toll Rises; Contractor Probed

The death toll in a Philadelphia building collapse reached six on Thursday (June 6) as the search for survivors continued and questions arose about the contractor who had been demolishing th...


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 ...


Building Collapses in Philly; 1 Dead

A building undergoing demolition work collapsed onto a thrift store in downtown Philadelphia Wednesday morning, killing at least one person, reports said.


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.


Witness: 9 Mall Areas at Breaking Point

Severe corrosion compromised nine areas of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario, according to engineers who investigated the roof collapse that killed two people last June.


No Answers in Parking Deck Cave-in

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


Settlements Seen in Painters’ Deaths

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


MD Parking Deck Collapse Kills Worker

Authorities are searching for the cause of a collapse of a 50,000-pound concrete section of a parking garage under construction in Maryland that killed one worker and injured another.


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.


A Coat of Armor for Homes, Schools

In a clear sign of the times, a Nevada building materials maker has developed a plaster product that can reportedly protect homes and buildings from gunfire.


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.


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.


Woman Saved, But Building Deaths Climb

A trapped woman has been found miraculously alive and safe amid the ruins of a Bangladesh garment factory building, but the number of victims topped 1,000 and kept rising.


$2.25B Fine Urged in Pipeline Blast

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


OSHA Drops Citations in 2 Deaths

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


Building Owners May Face Murder Charges

Allegations are piling up against the building owners and factory managers of the eight-story Bangladeshi building that collapsed last month, killing at least 660 people and injuring hundred...


$200K+ Fine Caps Years of Fall Cases

Florida's largest residential roofing contractor is facing egregious federal safety violations and $213,300 in fines for allegedly allowing employees to work without fall protection over man...


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.


Engineer Charged in Fatal Mall Cave-In

An engineer who inspected a rooftop garage at a mall in Ontario weeks before it caved in and crushed two people has been charged with health and safety violations as the public inquiry into ...


NYC Safety Sweep Nets $1M in Fines

New York City building officials drove home their annual construction safety push this week with news of almost $1 million in fines issued against nearly 900 low-rise construction sites acro...


Painting Contractor Cited in 2nd Death

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


Worker Deemed Employee in Fatal Case

A Florida contractor must answer federal citations involving the electrocution of a Hispanic drywall worker, although the worker was paid in cash and the contractor denied knowing him.


Offshore Fires Spur New Demands on BP

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


Arrests Made in Fatal Building Collapse

Building and factory owners have been arrested and rescue efforts have ceased five days after an eight-story, illegally constructed building in Bangladesh crashed down, killing, injuring and...


Building Owners Face Arrest in Disaster

Six Bangladeshi factory and building owners have been ordered to appear in court this week to explain why they forced thousands of people to work in a doomed building that police had evacuat...


Architect Dies after Fight with Worker

International architect Graham Downes has died from injuries suffered in an assault outside his California home, according to an announcement by his company.


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...


Vapors Claim Painter in Renovation

A commercial painter perished Sunday (April 21) while working on a City Hall renovation project in Tyler, TX, apparently after being overcome by vapors from the stain he was using.


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.


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...


5 Firms Fined Over Deadly Collapse

Serious federal safety violations with penalties totaling more than $38,000 have been levied against five companies involved in the construction of a Florida college parking garage that coll...


7 Workers Perish during Tank Cleaning

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


Building Collapses in Africa, Kills 34

Officials continued to search for answers Monday (April 1) as workers recovered dozens of bodies crushed in the collapse of a building under construction in Tanzania, Africa, according to nu...


City Official Did Not Push Mall Repairs

Owners of the doomed Elliot Lake mall withheld two engineering reports from local officials detailing the structure's problems, but the city did not demand the reports or order repairs, the ...


Producer Blamed in Death of Tank Diver

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


New Airport Sign Kills Boy, Crushes Mom

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


Mall Study: Extreme Corrosion Unnoticed

The only surprise in last summer's fatal cave-in at an Ontario shopping mall is that it didn't happen a lot sooner.


Design Cited in Fatal Mall Cave-in

Engineers investigating the deadly collapse at Algo Centre Mall in Ontario say it’s surprising that the 32-year-old structure did not fail sooner.


Scissor Lift Topples, Kills 2 at Port

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


Doomed Mall: 1 Second, 1 Car

With a weld ravaged by water and corrosion, it took just one car—in one second—to cave in an Ontario shopping mall last summer, trapping and killing people inside, engineers studying the acc...


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...


Contractors Fined in 2 Electrocutions

Two Florida contractors are appealing a total of $17,500 in fines imposed in the deaths of two maintenance workers who were electrocuted while removing molding at a luxury condo project.


Ruling: Communications Doomed Worker

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


Judge Affirms Fines in Scaffold Deaths

Nearly five years after three EIFS applicators fell to their deaths from a high-rise construction site in Austin, TX, a judge has ordered the scaffolding company in charge to pay $17,150 in ...


Design Flaws, Leaks Open Mall Probe

Reports of shoddy construction, poor structural design, and failed waterproofing at a doomed Canadian shopping mall dominated the first week of a judicial inquiry into the structure's collap...


Study: Homes Raise the Roof Risk

Harrowing plunges from skyscrapers and towers draw more attention, but the odds of a fatal fall are actually greatest much closer to home—on a residential roof, in fact, a new study shows.


Coating Firm, GC Cited in Manhole Death

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


Safety Firm Fined $448K in Fatal Shock

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


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.


Pipeline Mishap Kills 1, Levels Restaurant

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


2 Sentenced in Killing Over Wet Paint

Two kebab house customers enraged by wet paint on their clothing have been sentenced to more than five years in prison for beating a delivery man to death and seriously injuring the shop's o...


Driller Pleads Guilty in Gulf Disaster

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


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.


Roof, Walls Collapse at Chernobyl Plant

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


BP Confirms 4 Deaths in Terror Attack

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


New Coating Helps Blastproof Trains

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


Paint Stripper Deaths Draw OSHA Alert

Stripping paint with a methylene chloride product in a tight bathroom space is a fast way to die, federal officials are warning contractors in a new Hazard Alert.


Contractor Cited in Traffic Cop’s Death

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


NY Worker Killed in 15-Foot Fall

Authorities are investigating the death of a construction worker who fell 15 feet through a floor and hit his head on a steel girder at a building under construction in Queens, NY.


OH Roofer Cited in Fatal Heat Stroke

Federal regulators are holding an Ohio roofing company liable for the death of a temporary worker who suffered heat stroke on a commercial project last August.


Tank Worker Killed, 2 Hurt at SC Plant

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


Bridge Inspector’s Fatal Fall Probed

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


Building Collapses in Egypt; 24 Dead

At least 24 people have been killed and 11 injured after an eight-story apartment building collapsed early Wednesday (Jan. 16) in Alexandria, Egypt, reports said.


Roofer Fined $160K for Repeat Dangers

A New York roofing contractor with a history of federal fall protection violations is facing new willful, repeat and serious citations and nearly $160,000 in fines for the same issue.


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.


Transocean Fined $1.4B in Gulf Blast

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


WI Contractor Fined in 2nd Crane Death

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


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.


OSHA Fines Firm in Blaster's Death

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


 
 
   

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