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Warning Disregarded Before FIU Bridge Collapse

In a new 115-page report related to the bridge collapse at Florida International University, which took place over a year ago, federal work-safety investigators determined that the street th...


CA Transit Center to Reopen Next Month

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority on Tuesday announced that after a review of the fixes made to San Francisco’s $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center, officials confirmed that the structu...


WA Pipeline Explosion Fines Help Rebuild

Fines connected with a pipeline explosion that occurred in Bellingham, Washington, 20 years ago have continued to pave the way toward restoring the area, though the original incident claimed...


Debate Continues Around Mackintosh Fire

As debate continues about how the 2018 fire at the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building was handled, the most recent rift has come from Scotland’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and Externa...


Grenfell Tower Inquiry Release Delayed Again

The release of the public inquiry surrounding the 2017 fatal Grenfell Tower fire in London has been delayed yet again—this time until October.


FL Bridge Closes for Emergency Repairs

In Brevard County, Florida, a bridge located on Interstate 95 will be closing for emergency repairs. The repair work requires a total closure of I-95’s northbound lanes and detours, in addit...


Notre Dame Spire Design Competition Launched

After tragedy struck Paris last week, France is planning to launch an architectural competition for the spire that was lost in the Notre Dame Cathedral fire.


NYC Promises to Implement Safety Law

New York City Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr., chair of the city’s Committee on Housing & Buildings, has recently promised to ensure Local Law 196, which requires all construction workers ...


Fire Consumes Notre Dame Cathedral

On Monday evening, flames engulfed the more than 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, destroying the spire and nearly two-thirds of the roof.


MO Pipeline Explosion Caused by Corrosion

Corrosion has been named the culprit behind a natural gas pipeline explosion that happened just north of Mexico, Missouri, in early March. The incident, with no reported fatalities or injuri...


VA Bridge Inspection Equipment Co. Suspended

Just last month, the Federal Highway Administration made the decision to suspend McClain and Co. Inc. (Culpeper, Virginia) from participating in any federal procurement and non-procurement t...


Subcontractors Disputes CA Transit Center Finds

On the heels of a report from San Francisco’s Transbay Joint Powers Authority that said multiple inspections failed to miss a construction error in the $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center...


Storm Washes Away New Zealand Bridge

Heavy storms were named as a significant contributor to the collapse of a motorway bailey bridge, located near the town of Franz Josef, New Zealand, on Tuesday (March 26). Flooding of the Wa...


6 States Sue OSHA for Recordkeeping Rollback

Six states filed a lawsuit in federal court last week against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration alleging that the entity’s reversal on the Obama-era electronic recordkeeping ...


Russian Ship Hits South Korean Bridge

Late last month, a Russian captain reportedly ran a ship into the £500 billion Gwangan Bridge, located in Busan, South Korea, the country’s second longest. No injuries were reported, though ...


Falling Concrete Temporarily Closes CA Bridge

Chunks of concrete—some as large as a football—fell from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, located in California, late last week, causing a several-hour closure and emergency repairs put in pl...


CA Transit Center Fix Gets June Completion Date

The fix for the $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco is now officially underway as shoring went up along one of the streets last weekend. Repair work, though, is estimated...


TX Lawmaker Proposes Pipeline Safety Measures

Earlier this month and related to last year’s gas leak that resulted in a child fatality, Texas Representative Rafael Anchia filed for legislation that would both up the oversight of natural...


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.


Historic Detroit Bridge Collapses, None Injured

Detroit’s iconic Packard Plant pedestrian bridge collapsed Wednesday (Jan. 23). No one was injured, though the street that runs through the ruin was covered with debris. The collapse has lar...


OH Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes

A 30-inch natural gas pipeline running through rural Noble County, Ohio, exploded Monday, reportedly injuring one, destroying three homes and causing damage to three other homes, along with ...


Mexico Pipeline Fire Kills 85 in Blast

The death toll from a pipeline explosion in Hidalgo, Mexico, that occurred on Friday (Jan. 18), has risen to 85 people, with several dozens more injured, according to reports. At the time of...


Historic GA Bridge Nearly Struck Again

A protective barrier placed near a historic covered bridge, located in Smyrna, Georgia, crossing Nickajack Creek, was struck on Dec. 4, for the 12th time this year, according to reports.


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.


LA Bridge Closed After Crane Barge Impact

The Sunshine Bridge, a crucial connection for St. James Parish, Louisiana, was struck by a barge-mounted crane Oct. 12, forcing officials to close the bridge until further notice.


Bridge Collapses During TX Flooding

Flooding of the Llano River, a tributary of the Colorado River located in central Texas, caused the collapse of the RM 2900 bridge on Tuesday (Oct. 16). The concrete and steel two-lane span ...


None Injured in BC Pipeline Explosion

A pipeline explosion on Tuesday (Oct. 9), near Shelley, British Columbia, caused the shutdown of one of two gas pipelines owned by energy giant Enbridge. No injuries or fatalities associated...


Canadian Bridge Collapses Hours After Opening

A new bridge built in the rural municipality of Clayton, Saskatchewan, collapsed only six hours after it was opened on Friday (Sept. 14), according to reports. Customary investigation method...


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.


Cuomo Bridge Opening Delayed by Demo Issue

The opening of the second span of the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, originally scheduled for this past weekend, has been delayed after a piece of the old Tappan Zee Bridge became unstable ...


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...


Temporary Wall Collapses at Oroville Dam Site

The California Department of Water Resources confirmed Monday that a 30-foot-wide section of temporary wall along the Oroville Dam’s upper chute collapsed last week, though it reportedly wil...


SF Tunnel Death Spurs Contractor Checks

A week after a worker was struck and fatally injured by a steel beam while working on a $40 million transit tunnel improvement project in San Francisco, the city’s transit authority is promi...


Museum Goer Falls in Hole that Looks Like Painting

On Aug. 13, a visitor to artist Anish Kapoor’s “Descent Into Limbo” exhibit took the name to a literal level when he fell into the installation, an eight-foot-deep hole painted black in such...


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 ...


WI Firm Cited in Fatal Blast Shop Incident

A Wisconsin-based manufacturer of construction equipment has settled with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over violations related to a fatal incident in November 2017 in wh...


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...


OSHA Cites Shipyard After January Explosion

Over half a year after a deadly explosion on the towboat William E. Strait, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a citation against ship repair contractor First ...


St. Louis Bridge Flagged for Deterioration Before Crash

Vehicular impact caused a 2,700-pound chunk of concrete to fall from the Lindell-Union Bridge in Saint Louis last week, killing one and injuring the driver who hit the bridge. According to r...


NJ Rail Bridge, Slated for Demo, Collapses

A 405-foot-long New York, Susquehanna and Western railroad bridge, located in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, partially collapsed as a train was crossing it late last week; though slated for re...


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.


SC Nuclear Plant Reports Leak

Radioactive uranium has been found leaking through the floor of a South Carolina Westinghouse factory, continuing a 35-year track record of plant issues.


Investigations Deepen in FL Building Collapse

Days after a condominium came crashing down unexpectedly during a planned demolition, a criminal investigation has been opened and the one person injured in the incident has been identified.


Corrosion Officially Blamed for Mumbai Bridge Collapse

An inquiry ordered after the collapse of a rail bridge at Mumbai’s Andheri station on July 3 has yielded initial results, with corrosion of steel brackets and the presence of additional weig...


Miami Beach Condo Collapses, Injures 1

A vacant Miami Beach condominium that was slated for demolition came crashing down Monday morning injuring one construction worker, officials say.


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.


New Mall in Mexico City Partially Collapses

A months-old luxury shopping mall and multi-use building in Mexico City partially collapsed last week just minutes after the building was evacuated, blocking lanes of traffic in one of the c...


Concrete Falls from Syracuse Rail Bridge

A portion of a railroad bridge collapsed in downtown Syracuse, New York, last Thursday, with engineers arriving to investigate the issue a few days after.


2 Injured, 1 Fatally, in TX Water Tank Collapse

One worker was killed and another injured Friday (July 6) when a section of sidewall collapsed into a water tank that was under construction in Porter, Texas.


Corrosion Questioned in Mumbai Bridge Collapse

A portion of a rail bridge collapsed at Mumbai’s Andheri station earlier this month, reportedly due to heavy rain, leaving five people injured and several thousand stranded. According to rep...


Glasgow School of Art Building to be Dismantled

The Glasgow City Council recently announced that parts of the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building are to be dismantled in light of the fire that damaged the structure in mid-June.


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.


Experts: Fire System at Mac was Nearly Complete

Less than two weeks after a massive fire at the Mackintosh building at Scotland's Glasgow School of Art, The British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association revealed that large pumps for the fi...


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...


Fire Ravages Glasgow's Mackintosh Building

For the second time in four years a fire ripped through part of the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building last weekend, leaving engineers, architects and historians in Scotland left to...


Newspaper, FDOT Spar Over FIU Bridge Records

The Miami Herald has sued for the release of records related to the deadly collapse in March of a pedestrian bridge on the campus of Florida International University, and the Florida Departm...


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...


India Bridge Collapse Kills 18

Officials are blaming weather for the collapse of an under-construction overpass bridge that killed at least 18 in Varanasi, India, Tuesday, but local police say they contacted the state-run...


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...


NTSB Eyes Corrosion in Fatal PA Turnpike Crash

A fatal accident in a Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnel in February was likely caused by the corrosion of steel straps that were holding up electrical conduit, according to a newly released preli...


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.


Boston T Line Closed After Concrete Falls in Tunnel

Loose pieces of concrete fell onto the inbound platform of Boston’s World Trade Center Station on Wednesday, resulting in a brief closure of the Silver Line tunnel so engineers could assess ...


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.


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...


FL Subcontractor Sues Over Irma-Snapped Cranes

A Florida subcontractor is suing a Pennsylvania crane company in the fallout of last fall’s Hurricane Irma damage.


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...


Overpass Collapses in Central Brasilia

A highway overpass in central Brasilia collapsed partially Wednesday, renewing concerns about the state of infrastructure in the Brazilian capital, planned and built in the 1950s and ’60s an...


FL Man Pinned Under Heavy Equipment

Rescue crews recently rushed to a commercial construction site in Miami-Dade, Florida, after reports said a man had been crushed by construction equipment.


Worker Struck, Killed by Falling Beam at MT Site

A construction worker died last week after a concrete column fell on him at the site of a housing project redevelopment in Billings, Montana.


Corrosion Causes Indonesia Stock Exchange Fall

Reports indicate that loose or corroded joints may be to blame for the recent collapse of the mezzanine floor of the Indonesia Stock Exchange, located in Jakarta. The incident left several p...


New Bridge Collapses in Colombia

Ten construction workers have died, with an additional three reported injured, in the collapse of a 1,500-foot-long suspension bridge under construction in Colombia, according to reports.


WA Contractor Charged After Fatal Trench Collapse

For the first time in the state’s history, a Washington contractor is facing felony charges in connection with an employee’s death.


Crane Topples at TX Site, Leaves Minor Injuries

Only minor injuries were reported on Wednesday (Jan. 10) after a lattice boom truck crane toppled over at a construction site in Austin, Texas.


Oil Tanker Ruptures, Catches Fire Off China

An oil tanker that was damaged in a collision Saturday in the East China Sea remained ablaze Tuesday amid rain and dangerous waves as speculation mounted as to the incident’s ultimate enviro...


Singapore Shipyard Fined for 2011 Blaster Fall

Years after two workers fell to their death on a jobsite, Singapore-based Jurong Shipyard was fined $173,000 (S$230,000). Reports indicate the cause lies in the equipment being used at the t...


Contractors Fined $140K in Formwork Collapse

The California Department of Occupational Safety and Health announced last week that it has fined three contractors for safety violations that it says led to a May formwork collapse that inj...


A Procrastinator's Guide to OSHA's Injury Rule

The submission deadline of injury reporting records to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new electronic recordkeeping regulation is just around the corner: Dec....


Collapsed Nuclear Site Tunnel Stabilized

The U.S. Department of Energy announced this week that the waste storage tunnel that collapsed at its Hanford Nuclear Site in May has been stabilized.


Glass Falls From Calgary Building

Glass falling twice in one week from a Calgary office building has forced city officials to close nearby sidewalks and lanes, while the company that owns the building investigates the issue ...


Walnut Blasting Regulations Questioned After Death

An Edmonton, Alberta, man has died after being exposed to walnut blasting materials used to remove paint from a fire station, leading to a call for regulating such products.


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.


Worker Killed by Walnut Blasting Particles

An Edmonton, Alberta, man has died due to exposure to walnut blasting materials used to remove old paint from a fire station, leading to a call for regulating such products.


Miami Condominium Worker Falls 10 Stories

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


Oil Rig in Louisiana Lake Ignites, Injures 7

An oil platform located on Lake Pontchartrain in southeastern Louisiana caught fire Sunday night, leaving seven injured and one missing, with the cause of the conflagration yet to be determi...


Worker Paralyzed in Accident Settles for $17M

A construction worker who suffered a broken neck from a work site accident settled his lawsuit last week for $17 million.


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...


South Africa Bridge Collapse Inquiry Delayed

The inquiry into the cause of the collapse of a temporary pedestrian bridge in Johannesburg, South Africa, has been postponed until July 2018, following the presentation of a new report by a...


SCDOT Blames Storm for 'Tarpageddon'

In the wake of the painting containment system failure on a Charleston bridge in late July, the South Carolina Department of Transportation has determined that rainwater accumulation caused ...


Crane Topples at FL Bridge Project Site

A piling went crashing into the Halifax River Tuesday (Sept. 26) afternoon after reports say a crane that was being operated on the Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge project toppled.


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.


Falling Equipment Kills Atlanta Worker

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


Charges Possible in State Fair Incident

While Ohio authorities haven’t yet released the final findings of their investigation, new reports indicate that it’s possible the operators of the Fire Ball ride, which broke apart last mon...


Authorities Eye Heat in Bridge Worker's Death

Authorities are looking into whether heat exhaustion was to blame for the death of a worker on a bridge painting and rehabilitation project on the Mississippi-Louisiana border Wednesday.


Failed Barrier Survivor Suing for $1M

A woman injured when her car fell from the seventh story of a Texas parking garage last month is suing the operators of the garage over what she says were insufficient barrier structures.


Painters Killed in South Korea Shipyard Blast

Four men were killed in an explosion while performing painting work at a shipyard in the South Gyeongsang Province of South Korea on Sunday (Aug. 20).


Shards Fall From Award-Winning UK Building

A report of falling debris from the United Kingdom’s largest glass curtain wall has surfaced, though a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice maintains that the cantilevered structure is s...


CO Bridge Section Collapses During Demolition

A section of a bridge that was being demolished as part of a replacement project unexpectedly collapsed Tuesday in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, reportedly damaging part of the new bridge that...


Struck-By Injuries, Prevention Report Released

Struck-by injuries are among the top four hazards in construction, and the latest quarterly Center for Construction Research and Training report breaks down the data on this particular type ...


Runway Painter Killed in Accident

In North Dakota, a runway painter was struck by a vehicle and killed, and the accident is still under investigation a week later.


Crumbling Granite Closes Downtown Streets

Streets are still closed in Pittsburgh after a large chunk of granite broke free from a historic building’s cornice and plummeted into the crosswalk below last week, and officials say they c...


Corrosion Blamed for Deadly Ohio Fair Incident

Corrosion is being blamed for an incident at the Ohio State Fair last month that left one person dead and seven others injured.


Construction Workers Injured in Onion Storage Collapse

An onion storage building collapsed last Wednesday (Aug. 2) in Parma, Idaho, injuring six workers.


Dubai's Torch Tower Burns a Second Time

Fire broke out at 1 a.m. local time in the 87-story, 1,100-foot tall residential skyscraper known as Torch Tower in Dubai early Friday (Aug. 4).


SCDOT Addresses Bridge ‘Tarpageddon’

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has issued its preliminary report on the mishap that sent containment netting falling onto cars on Charleston’s Don Holt Bridge last month, an...


Blackout Suit Takes Aim at Bridge Contractor

The contractor responsible for cutting power to thousands of homes and businesses on two islands in North Carolina is being sued by residents in a court action filed before the lights even c...


Portion of WV Garage Collapses During Construction

Three construction workers were injured last Wednesday (July 26) while pouring concrete in a West Virginia parking garage when the area they were working in collapsed.


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.


Tank Worker Rescued After Falling Ill

A worker on a water tank maintenance job in northeast Florida was rescued Wednesday afternoon after falling ill in what authorities have suggested was likely a heat-related incident.


Tarp Mishap Shuts Down SC Interstate Bridge

The collapse of jobsite tarps and netting onto a Charleston, South Carolina, bridge last week snarled traffic and sent one person to the hospital—and new reports indicate that multiple drive...


OSHA Issues $165K Fines in Refinery Blast

Federal worker-safety regulators have issued nearly $165,000 in fines to ExxonMobil in relation to an explosion late last year at a Louisiana refinery with a history of issues related to cor...


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.


NYC Accident Traps Construction Workers

Three workers were injured in a construction accident in Queens earlier this week when the roof of the building they were working on fell in.


Experts Look At Cladding After Fatal London Fire

A cloud of speculation surrounds the cause of the fatal fire that tore through a London high-rise early Wednesday morning.


Worker Dangles From Scaffold at FL Site

A construction worker is safe after dangling from a scaffold for nearly an hour on Sunday morning in Sarasota, Florida.


Construction Fire Shuts Down DE Bridge

A major bridge over the Delaware River between New Jersey and Delaware was shut down for a time Wednesday morning after a fire that was reportedly sparked by a welder’s torch.


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.


Sojourn Through Concrete Costs Teen $10K

A teenage motorist will be billed $10,000 to repair damages caused when he drove his car into freshly poured concerte on a Nebraska road.


Workers Trapped in Wet Concrete After Collapse

A dozen workers came away with only minor injuries last week when a building under construction in Oakland, California, partially collapsed.


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...


CO Officials Call for Pipeline Inspections

Weeks after a damaged natural gas flowline caused a fatal house explosion in Colorado, officials are responding with directives to inspect pipelines near residential areas and publicize the ...


Fire-Damaged GA Bridge Slated to Open Early

Proclaiming it a “day of celebration,” Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced at a press conference at the state Capitol on Wednesday that the Interstate 85 bridge over Piedmont Road in Atlanta—...


Carpenter Awarded $2M in Contractor Negligence Case

A construction worker who was partially blinded on a job site has been awarded $2 million after a New Jersey jury found the contractor negligent.


Tunnel Collapse Spurs Nuclear Site Alert

A tunnel used to store contaminated materials at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington state suffered a 20-foot-by-20-foot collapse, officials reported Tuesday. The i...


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...


WI Shipyard Faces Fines After Burn Incident

A Wisconsin shipyard that made headlines last year after exposing workers to lead and other hazards has settled with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over another case, in w...


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...


Concrete Wall Collapses in CA, Kills 1

A collapsed concrete wall at an El Cajon, California, work site has killed one construction worker and left another injured.


Dubai Sees Another High-Rise Fire

Authorities are investigating the cause of a massive fire Sunday (April 2) at a tower under construction in Downtown Dubai—the latest in a spate of high-rise fires in the area since 2012.


Giant Bridge will Dive Under Sea

A massive sea bridge that includes a 4-mile stretch of tunnel is still on target to meet its deadlines, officials say, despite numerous logistic and construction setbacks.


Painter Rescued after Scaffold Collapse

It took nearly an hour for rescue workers to lower a man more than nine stories after scaffolding collapsed, leaving the painter dangling off the side of the Grand Bay Resort in Key Biscayne...


Painter Electrocuted in Massachusetts

A Massachusetts man died Tuesday (March 21) afternoon while he was painting the exterior of Fire Department Engine House 5 in Salem.


Massive Blaze Hits Construction Site

A residential building under construction in Raleigh, North Carolina, was destroyed and nine nearby structures were damaged when a massive five-alarm fire ignited and tore through the city's...


TX Pipeline Explosion Under Investigation

Officials are investigating what led to an explosion on a natural gas pipeline in Refugio County, Texas, early on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 15.


Engineer in Mall Cave-In Awaits Verdict

Arguments in a criminal case against a former engineer who declared a rooftop parking garage at an Ontario mall structurally sound just weeks before it collapsed and killed two people in 201...


Officials Probe Deadly Collision at FL Jobsite

Federal workplace safety authorities are investigating after one construction worker was killed and another one injured when a rail car collided with an elevated bucket boom Wednesday (Feb. ...


Painters Injured in Bridge Worksite Fall

Two workers were injured Wednesday morning on a bridge-painting worksite in Portland, Oregon.


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).


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...


Contractor Fined $10K for Manslaughter

A New York general contractor convicted of manslaughter last June has been ordered to pay a $10,000 fine after refusing to obey the original sentence imposed, authorities relate.


Inspector Loses Life on MA Water Tank Dive

A water tank inspector was killed during a tank dive in Braintree, MA, Thursday (Dec. 15), when his equipment reportedly failed.


OSHA: Making Safety Data Public

As federal workplace safety regulators issue a final rule clarifying an employer's continuing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of injuries and illnesses, the United States De...


Tank Fall Claims Worker’s Life at IN Plant

A worker at a specialty coatings plant in Indiana was killed Wednesday (Dec. 14) after falling into a paint tank, according to reports.


Fire Hits NYU Hospital Construction Site

A rooftop area of a hospital building that is currently under construction was the site of a fire that sent black smoke billowing over Manhattan Wednesday (Dec. 14).


Contractor Sought in Nigeria Church Collapse

Dozens of worshippers were killed Saturday (Dec. 10) when a church in Nigeria collapsed during a large ceremony, and local officials quickly ordered the arrest of the contractor who had rece...


Pipeline Rupture Ignites Fire in MO

Investigations are underway into the cause of a gas pipeline explosion and resulting fire Tuesday night in Platte County, MO.


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...


Painter Injured in 40-Ft. Water Tower Fall

Federal safety officials are investigating an accident outside Pittsburgh in which a scaffolding failure caused a painter to fall inside a water tower Monday (Nov. 14).


Concrete Collapse Traps 3 in Tunnel

Canadian safety officials are investigating an accident in a light rail transit project tunnel that temporarily trapped three construction workers Thursday (Nov. 10).


Explosion, Burns Spark Fines

A California roofing contractor faces nearly $25,000 in fines after a tank explosion burned two workers and launched them 10 feet to the ground.


NY Asphalt Plant Blast Claims 2 Lives

A second worker has died, weeks after an explosion at an upstate New York asphalt plant. The Albany Times Union reported Friday (Nov. 4) that Al Crowter, 42, died of injuries sustained in th...


2 Painters Rescued from MI Water Tower

State investigators are looking into what happened to cause two painters to fall into a Michigan water tower Friday (Nov. 4).


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.


State Levies $3M in Damages for Bridge Fire

The contracting firm that took responsibility for the fire that closed Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge for more than three weeks in September is receiving a bill for millions of dollars in penal...


FL Painter Burned in Jobsite Accident

Federal workplace safety regulators are investigating after a Florida painting contractor was injured Friday (Oct. 28) in a fire said to have been sparked by a spraying machine.


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.


Gasoline Line Fire Leaves 1 Dead

A gasoline pipeline in Alabama that ruptured just weeks ago, causing a massive spill, was the site of an explosion Monday (Oct. 31) that killed one worker and injured at least five others.


Officials Investigate Partial Tower Collapse

Inspectors are working to determine what caused the top of a water tower in New Jersey to collapse late last week.


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.


OSHA Retaliation Rule Postponed Again

Implementation of a controversial new rule regarding workplace health and retaliation has again been postponed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


OSHA Further Delays Anti-Retaliation Measures

Employers will get yet another reprieve in anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s controversial “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnes...


Condo Construction Accident Kills 1

Federal workplace safety regulators have opened an investigation after one person was killed and several others were injured Wednesday (Oct. 19) evening when building materials rained from t...


OSHA Levies $150K Fine in IL Demo Death

A Chicago-area demolition company has been cited by the federal government over safety violations stemming from an April incident in which a worker was killed and three others were injured.


17 Killed in China Building Collapse

Four buildings in a city in eastern China collapsed early Monday (Oct. 10), killing at least 17, according to reports from the scene.


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...


First Day Injury Prompts Fine

Federal workplace safety regulators say a Florida roofing contractor’s safety failures resulted in the partial impalement of a worker in March. It had been the worker’s first day on the job.


Painter Hurt in MD Tower Fall

A painter on a Maryland water tower job fell inside the structure Monday, sustaining injuries. Reports identify the painter as Roque Jose Castro, 31. He was working on an interior and exteri...


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.


NYC Said to Undercount Job Fatalities

The official count of worksite deaths in New York City is greatly underinflated, some are saying, while the office of Mayor Bill DiBlasio is calling the matter an “accounting distinction” an...


130-Ton Beams Drop onto Railroad Tracks

Work came to a halt on an Oregon railroad overpass last week when two concrete beams, weighing 130 tons apiece, collapsed onto railroad tracks the new structure was intended to cross.


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).


Tarp Fire Closes Pittsburgh Bridge

A major bridge under renovation in Pittsburgh was shut down immediately following a fire that broke out Friday (Sept. 2), putting the structure at risk of collapse.


Architect May Face Suit in 2013 Collapse

Philadelphia architect Plato A. Marinakos Jr. obtained immunity in order to testify against two contractors in the criminal case surrounding a deadly 2013 building collapse in Philadelphia, ...


NC Bridge Painter Suffers Fatal Fall

A worker on a bridge painting project in North Carolina fell to his death early Tuesday, according to local media reports.


Five Balconies Collapse in New York

Authorities are investigating what caused multiple balconies to collapse Tuesday morning at an aging apartment complex in Long Island, NY.


Snooper Truck Tip Leaves Workers Stranded

Two workers reportedly escaped without serious injury after the crane from which they were performing a bridge inspection tipped over Monday (Aug. 29).


Engineers Study Bridge Failure

Members of the civil engineering faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have published a new evaluation of the events that led to a 2013 bridge collapse in Washington stat...


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.


Tool Predicts Fatal Construction Mishaps

The Construction Industry Institute is touting a new tool for predicting, and reducing the risk of, deadly accidents in the construction industry.


Miami Scaffold Fall Claims Worker’s Life

A construction worker in Florida died Wednesday (Aug. 17) of injuries sustained when the scaffolding he was working from collapsed, according to local media reports.


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.


NZ Flooring Firm Faces Fireball Fine

A flooring company in New Zealand has been fined over worker safety issues after an employee was burned by a fireball while applying adhesive.


Crane Hits World Trade Window

Three World Trade Center, currently under construction, suffered only minor damage Thursday night (Aug. 11) when a construction crane hit the building.


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.


PG&E Penalties Slashed to $6M

The utility company involved in the 2010 San Bruno, CA, pipeline explosion will be facing only a small fraction of the criminal penalties prosecutors had originally been seeking in the case.


Oil Spills Reach $177M Resolution

Nearly six years after what is described as the costliest inland oil spill to occur in the United States, the energy company responsible for the affected pipeline has agreed to pay $177 mill...


OSHA Reporting Rule Provisions on Hold

Employers anticipating enforcement to begin in August for provisions of the new federal injury and illness tracking rule are getting a brief reprieve.


Crane Collapse Shuts Down Tappan Zee

Injuries were reported and traffic came to a standstill mid-day Tuesday (July 19) when a construction crane collapsed onto the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York.


OSHA Delays Part of Injury Reporting Rule

Federal workplace safety regulators have delayed enforcement of anti-retaliation provisions in its new hot-button injury and illness reporting rule.


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.


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.


Extrusion Plant Blast Injures 5

An explosion injured five workers in the casting area of an aluminum extrusion plant in Georgia.


Blasts, Fire Shutter MS Gas Plant

Federal officials are investigating what led to two late-night explosions and the resulting fire at a natural gas processing facility in Pascagoula, MS.


5 Injured in Floor Collapse

Federal safety regulators are investigating a partial floor collapse at a Florida hotel construction project that injured five workers Tuesday (June 28) morning.


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.


2 Injured in AZ Bridge Project

State health and safety officials are investigating an incident at an Arizona bridge and interchange construction site that left two workers injured.


Contractor Convicted in NYC Pit Collapse

A New York construction company was convicted Friday on a manslaughter charge stemming from the death of a worker in a trench collapse in Manhattan last year.


Contractor Eyed in Hong Kong Roof Collapse

Contractors and university staff are on the hot seat weeks after a green roof collapsed, injuring three, at City University of Hong Kong.


Collapse Injures 7 on Hydro Site

Authorities are investigating a concrete collapse that injured seven workers early Monday (May 30), in Labrador, Canada, the latest in a series of issues facing the Muskrat Falls hydropower ...


Pipeline Company Faces Criminal Charges

Nearly one year to the day from the pipeline breach that spilled 140,000 gallons of crude oil on the California coast, the Houston-based pipeline operator has been indicted on 46 criminal co...


Bridge Deck Collapses in UK

Health and safety officials are looking into what caused the steel and concrete deck of a new bridge structure to collapse Monday (May 16) on a construction site along the M60 motorway in En...


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.


Focus Turns to Coatings in PA Blast

Residents of the Westmoreland County, PA, town that suffered a natural gas pipeline explosion late last month attended a community meeting Wednesday night (May 11) hoping to find reassurance...


OSHA Issues Final Injury Reporting Rule

Federal workplace safety authorities have finalized a rule requiring employers in construction and other industries to electronically report workplace injuries and illnesses on a public webs...


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.


New NY Bridge Builders Tout Safety Record

New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project, billed as the largest bridge and highway infrastructure project in North America, is also reported to be one of the safest construction vent...


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.


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.


Wet Concrete Falls Off Building, Hits Car

A woman’s car window was shattered Thursday (April 14) when a portion of wet concrete fell from a construction site in downtown Jersey City, NJ, according to various news reports.


Worker Suffers Burns in Paint Plant Fire

Authorities are investigating the cause of a recent blaze at a paint and coatings factory in Norfolk, MA.


Winds Blamed in Deadly Crane Collapse

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


Highway Paint Spill Makes Massive Mess

Drivers in Charlotte, NC, had some white stuff to deal with on the roads Friday morning (April 8), but it wasn’t snow.


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...


Cladding Eyed as Culprit in High-Rise Fire

A massive fire that engulfed at least three residential high-rise buildings Monday (March 28) in Ajman, near Dubai, has sparked new concern over a cladding material widely used in the region...


OSHA: 10K Severe Injuries Reported

Federal safety and health regulators said more than 10,000 severe work-related injuries were reported to OSHA during the first year of the agency’s new reporting requirement.


Partial Building Collapse Hits School Bus

Authorities in Philadelphia are investigating what caused a building under demolition to partially collapse Thursday (March 17) striking a tree, street lamp and school bus.


Severe Injury Reporting: Year in Review

More than 10,000 severe work-related injuries were reported to OSHA during the first year of the agency’s new reporting requirement.


Design Changes Eyed in Bypass Collapse

A failure to follow design standards likely led to the collapse of a 150-foot-long viaduct section during construction on a California freeway project last year, transportation officials hav...


Work Site Barges Involved in Fatal Crash

The construction zone of the new Tappan Zee Bridge was the site of a fatal tugboat accident earlier this week, but construction crews on the scene were unharmed.


Manager Gets 1-3 Years for Safety Fraud

The manager of a construction site safety inspection consultancy in New York City will spend one to three years in state prison for fraudulent inspections.


Repeat Fall Hazards Result in $92K Fine

Federal workplace safety regulators have imposed a $92,400 fine against an Alabama contractor with a history of safety citations for alleged fall hazards.


Seattle Tunnel Status: On Again

Six weeks after a sinkhole halted excavation of the new State Route 99 tunnel in Seattle, the design-build firm in charge of digging the underground portion of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replac...


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.


NYC Facade Falls Amid Storm

A portion of a Verizon building in New York City crashed down during a powerful storm that pummeled the area overnight Wednesday (Feb. 24), according to various news outlets.


PHMSA: Corrosion Root Cause of Spill

A federal pipeline safety agency has formally identified external corrosion as the cause of a May 19, 2015, oil spill along the Santa Barbara, CA, coast.


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.


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.


Fall Leads to Willful, Serious Violations

A Texas flooring company faces more than $66,000 in federal fines after a worker fell from a balcony at a commercial construction site, according to health and safety authorities.


New OSHA Training Cards Coming

More secure completion cards for Occupational Safety and Health Administration volunteer safety classes will be in place by the end of next month.


OSHA to Launch New Training Cards

In a move aimed at reducing fraud and improving efficiency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is rolling out more durable and secure completion cards for its 10-hour and 30-h...


CSB: Refinery Blast Was Preventable

Several “process safety management deficiencies” led to a California refinery explosion that left four workers hurt and a city covered in ash, according to a recent report.


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.


Crumbling Facade Leads to Violation

New York City Building officials have issued a violation after a section of a 35-story building façade crumbled, sending hundreds of bricks tumbling to the ground below Monday (Dec. 7) eveni...


How Water Infrastructure Shaped LA

California and its landscape were shaped by water in more ways than one. Water infrastructure projects in the early 20th century were an important part of helping Los Angeles grow and expand...


Steel Mills Fined After Worker Crushed

A steelmaker with a history of safety violations faces nearly $400,000 in fines for two inspections, including one after 1,000 pounds of equipment fell on a worker and injured him.


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.


Probe Ongoing in TX Garage Cave-In

What caused a seven-story parking garage to partially collapse last Friday in Dallas, burying hundreds of vehicles, remained under investigation Thursday (Oct. 29).


Goethals Girder Falls, Halts Work

Work on the new Goethals Bridge site was stopped late last week when one of its enormous support girders fell during installation.


Scaffold Collapse Injures 6 Workers

Federal workplace safety authorities are investigating what caused a massive scaffolding collapse Friday (Oct. 16) in downtown Houston that sent six workers to the hospital.


Construction Site Water Tank Ruptures

A mother and her two children were among drivers who escaped with only minor injuries after a water tank at a hospital construction site in Australia ruptured and sent a wall of water rushin...


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.


Unwanted Paint Repair Up in Air

This case is pretty much black and white. Well, the paint involved is, but determining just who holds responsibility appears to be in a gray zone.


Bridge Collapse Injures 9 Workers

Seven construction workers remained in the hospital Monday (Oct. 12) after a California bridge on which they were working partially collapsed late last week and injured nine crew members.


Exxon Fined $2.6 for Pipeline Breach

In what it calls a failure of the operator to assess a pipeline threat in a timely manner, the regulatory agency that oversees pipeline safety has fined ExxonMobil $2.6 million for a 2013 sp...


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.


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.


Corrosion Fuels Pipeline Opposition

Canadian groups opposed to a transcontinental pipeline proposal are saying that corrosion problems affecting another major pipeline could happen to the new one.


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.


Ice Bridge Worker Dies in Fall

A platform situated underneath a bridge in Montreal gave way Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 15), dropping one worker into the water below.


Rig Topples, Dumps Paint in Watershed

A big rig carrying thousands of gallons of paint led to some confusion and a lot of cleanup work after an accident Sept. 10 in California resulted in spilled paint in a watershed area.


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).


Investor Lawsuit Calls Out Pipeline Co.

In the aftermath of an oil spill caused by a corroded pipeline, a Houston pipeline transportation and storage firm finds itself the target of a lawsuit filed by one of its own shareholders.


Unstable Snooper Truck Kills Inspector

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


Safety Precautions Fail on Irish Bridge

Routine maintenance work on a bridge in Limerick, Ireland, turned tragic when three workers fell into the water, despite the safety precautions that were in place. Two of the three men peris...


Moscow River Set Ablaze

A break in an underwater fuel pipeline was blamed for a massive fire on the Moskva River in Moscow on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 12), but the pipeline company’s investigations point elsewhere...


Agencies Probe Fatal Trench Collapse

State and federal agencies are running separate investigations following the death of a government employee who was crushed by falling dirt while he was working in a wastewater culvert.


‘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.


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...


Shipper Racks Up Violations

A marine terminal operator’s safety hazards were so egregious that a state agency briefly shut down part of its operations and cited the company with what the agency said is one of its large...


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.


Trench Collapse Nets $424K Fine

A Texas construction company that specializes in infrastructure faces more than $420,000 in fines for 16 citations it received when a trench collapsed on one of its workers earlier this year...


I-10 Bridge Gets $2M Emergency Funds

As repair crews continue to work on a collapsed bridge that used to carry I-10 through the California desert, the agencies responsible for the repairs will have some money available to help ...


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.


Masonry Worker Killed in Scaffold Fall

DANVILLE, PA--Federal safety authorities are investigating the fatal fall of a masonry worker at a hospital jobsite in Pennsylvania.


Cracking the Origin of Metal Cracking

TEMPE, AZ--Small cracks hold the seeds of catastrophically large structural failures, prompting Arizona researchers to find a new way of keeping a nano-sized eye on them.


Roof Collapse Smashes Luxury Cars

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND--Authorities are trying to determine what caused the roof of a new Audi dealership to collapse, damaging 34 luxury vehicles.


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.


Bad Pour Halts Forth Bridge Work

FIRTH OF FORTH, SCOTLAND--A marine traffic jam that slowed barge delivery of concrete is being blamed for a botched pour that burst pipes and halted work on the £1.4 billion Forth Road Bridg...


Painter Injured in Water Tower Fall

BARABOO, WI--Authorities are searching for more information into a fall this week that severely injured a painter inside a water tower.


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...


Bridge Fall Injures MA Excavator

REVERE, MA—Federal authorities are investigating the cause of a crash that sent an excavator off a bridge during a rehabilitation project over the weekend.


Court Confirms Rescue Violation

CHICAGO—Federal judges have upheld health and safety violations levied against an Illinois concrete company that failed to immediately summon rescue and emergency services for a trapped work...


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.


Court Upholds Delayed Rescue Violation

CHICAGO—A concrete company that left a worker trapped in a sand silo for over an hour before calling 911 can't argue its way out of violations imposed by health and safety authorities, a fed...


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.


2 Firms Cited in Tunnel Wall Collapse

TUMWATER, WA—Two contractors are each facing $2,050 in fines after a rebar wall collapse that injured five ironworkers, one critically, in February.


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.


Painter Recants Sub Arson Admission

FORT DIX, NJ—A civilian painter serving 17 years in a federal prison for a $450 million blaze aboard a nuclear submarine now says he did not set that fire.


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.


Coal-Ash Issues to Cost Duke $102M

WASHINGTON—Three subsidiaries of the nation's largest power company will pay $102 million in fines and environmental projects after pleading guilty to federal crimes in connection with a mas...


40th Injury in 15 Years Nets $800k Fine

MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA—A "gruesome" accident that cost a worker three fingers follows a 15-year "pattern of defiance" and injuries that will now cost a Pennsylvania HVAC maker $822,000 in fines...


Paint Truck Explodes on Highway

STAVROPOL, RUSSIA—A dramatic video showing the massive explosion of a paint truck on a Russian highway is grabbing attention, but providing few answers, worldwide.


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.


Appeal Upholds Years of Chemical Fines

WASHINGTON, DC—Coating makers, chemical plants, refineries and other employers that use hazardous chemicals may be in for much larger, and longer-running, safety penalties than they realize,...


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.


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.


Volvo Paints a Safer Streetscape

LONDON—The Swedish car maker that has built its brand on safety is thinking outside the boxy vehicle for its next improvement.


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.


PG&E Fined $1.6B for 2010 Blast

SAN FRANCISCO—Pacific Gas and Electric Company will pay a record $1.6 billion fine for committing 2,425 violations related to the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, California regulat...


Safety Strategy Paints Cyclists

Car manufacturers often boast the safety statistics of their latest vehicles, but one auto maker has taken its safety initiative to the streets with a reflective paint aimed at making cyclis...


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).


Tank Corrosion, Collapse Spur Hearing

Corrosion that was eating "its way upward" in a water tank was allegedly ignored for years, leading to a catastrophic collapse that sent a flood of water through a nearby church, Kentucky in...


Gaming Bridge Integrity

A locomotive races toward a bridge of uncertain age, composition and condition. Despite the lack of that critical data, you have just seconds to assess whether the bridge can handle the tonn...


Worker Awarded $64.5M in Collapse

"Nearly cut in half" when a building fell on him, a former Florida construction worker has been awarded more than $64 million in damages by three different companies.


Nuclear Accident Laid to Kitty Litter

A major nuclear release in 2014 at the federal government's waste disposal site in New Mexico has been traced to the wrong kind of cat litter.


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...


No OSHA Probe in Scaffold Collapse

Federal safety authorities will not investigate the partial collapse of project scaffolding ripped apart by high winds in downtown Portland, OR, according to reports.


Worker Survives Impalement in Fall

A 62-year-old worker on a waste plant construction site has survived a horrific fall that left him impaled on a length of rebar.


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.


WA Sues Trucker in Bridge Collapse

Washington State officials are trying to recoup $17 million they spent to repair a bridge wrecked by a truck driver with an oversized load.


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...


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.


Buildings Buckle Under Winter's Wrath

Homes, businesses and dozens of other structures in the Northeastern U.S. are grappling with roof failures and other structural threats and damage amid a winter of record snowfalls.


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.


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...


Worker Survives 30-Foot Fall

Ropes, pulleys and an aerial ladder were used to pull a Colorado construction worker to safety after he fell 30 feet to the bottom of a building under construction in Hudson.


$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.


Tech Tool Invites Texts of Job Hazards

A new system is designed to ease, and offer anonymity for, employee reporting of workplace hazards and near-miss incidents.


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.


Reading Traits that Foretell Danger

LAS VEGAS—Close your eyes, and imagine the next accident at your job. Can you picture who is most likely to be involved?


Decoding Traits that Threaten Safety

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


Builder Fined in Student’s Accident

A Delaware homebuilder is being held liable for a severe head injury suffered by a high school student enrolled in a coop training program with the contractor.


Span Collapse Halts CA Project

A "full investigation" is underway into the massive collapse of a 150-foot-long viaduct under construction as part of an embattled freeway project in California.


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.


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...


Cladding Breaks Off New Hadid Design

An investigation is underway after a nearly 200-pound chunk of concrete cladding fell off the facade of a recently constructed Zaha Hadid-designed building in Vienna, Austria, according to r...


Coating Oversight Breeds $2.6M Verdict

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


Kiewit Fined $170K on Bridge Job

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


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.


Ill-Coated Walk Yields $2.6M Verdict

A jury in Florida has awarded nearly $2.6 million to a churchgoer who crushed her knee in a fall on a new sidewalk that lacked a nonslip coating.


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.


Blast, Fire Injure 1 at Sherwin Plant

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


Floating Silos Fall, Halt Concrete Work

Concrete work has been suspended on New York's Tappan Zee Bridge after the collapse of three silos on a floating concrete batch plant.


OSHA: 3M Americans Injured on the Job

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


Employers Report 3 Million Injuries

From back injuries to the loss of a limb, more than 3 million U.S. private sector workers experienced a serious injury or illness on the job in 2013, according to a new report.


$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.


Paint 'Geyser' Raises River Fear

A broken sewer line spewed yellow paint into West Virginia's Elk River, touching off fears of a chemical leak in the area.


French Quarter Collapse Spurs Concerns

The collapse of a 214-year-old building in New Orleans’ French Quarter has led to concerns over the safety of the aging building stock in the historic neighborhood.


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.


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 ...


Sub Fined after Painter is Shocked

A Florida contractor is being held liable for second- and third-degree burns suffered by a 30-year-old painter whose ladder came in contact with overhead power lines.


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.


Probe: Attitudes Doomed Mall

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


Fatal Mall Collapse Laid to Human Error

Engineers, owners and public officials all share the blame for a fatal mall collapse in Ontario in 2012, a judicial inquiry has determined.


Road to Risk Rule Likely to Lengthen

Facing a deadline, the American Coatings Association is asking federal regulators for more time to produce information on the industry’s risk-management plans for chemical releases.


Coating Makers Seek Delay on Risk RFI

Calling the data demands too much and too soon, U.S. paint and coating makers have requested three additional months to produce information on their risk-management plans for chemical releas...


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.


Worker, 86, Survives Building Collapse

One worker was hospitalized, but others escaped injury Monday (Sept. 29) when the roof and walls of a marine storage building under construction collapsed in Maine.


Concrete Slab Crushes Worker in NYC

A New Jersey construction worker was fatally crushed this week by a concrete slab while working on a New York City project being built by a budget hotel developer with a history of building ...


3 Hurt When Paint Truck Overturns

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


OSHA Tightens Injury Reporting Rules

Architects, engineers and designers will get a break, but other building industry employers will face additional injury reporting requirements under new rules announced by the Occupational S...


U.S. Toughens Injury Reporting Regs

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


Seoul Searches for Sinkhole Answers

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


Subway Work Blamed for Sinkholes

Sinkholes that are erupting in Seoul, South Korea, may be coming from construction below the ground, not above it, city officials now say.


Backlash Stalls OSHA Reporting Rule

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


OSHA Delays Injury Reporting Rule

Facing criticism from the business community, federal regulators have extended the comment period for a controversial proposal to put injury and illness data online.


Contractor Fined after Painter Burned

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


Sinkholes Threaten Record Skyscraper

The spreading eruption of sinkholes throughout Seoul, South Korea, is now threatening progress on what was to be the capital's tallest building.


NTSB Lays Blame in Bridge Collapse

Poor route planning, insufficient signage, and cell-phone calls all led to a rig crash that took down Washington's Skagit River Bridge last year, federal investigators have concluded.


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.


CSB: Corroded Tanks Were Not Inspected

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


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.


8 Companies Cited after Fatality

Eight Texas contractors face $53,480 in combined federal fines after a worker died from a 29-foot fall on a construction site in Canyon Lake, TX.


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.


Several Injured in Bridge Wall Collapse

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


Storage Tank Bill Tabbed at $114M

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


Builder Jailed for Fatally Flawed Roof

A UK developer will serve a year in prison for supplying used asbestos roofing materials that collapsed, dropping a worker to his death.


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.


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.


Accident Burns 7 at Site of OSHA Critic

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


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...


Frame Collapse at MN Mall Project

Trusses toppled on top of one another “like dominoes” in a mall addition under construction last week in Minneapolis, drawing attention to the project’s controversial developer.


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.


Collapse of Old Plant Investigated

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


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.


Manhole Accident Claims PA Installer

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


Officials Probe SC Bridge Failure

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


Concrete Maker Cited for Repeat Dangers

Federal authorities are accusing a Pennsylvania concrete manufacturer of multiple repeat and serious violations of safety standards at its plant—the company’s fourth case in five years.


Republic Steel Signs $2.4M OSHA Deal

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


Razing Wrong House Costs City $62K

The City of Fort Worth, TX, says it will pay a homeowner $62,500 for its role in a case of mistaken demolition.


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.


Crashes Hit 45% of Work Zones

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


Severe Injuries to Cost Company $185K

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


Contractor Liable for Trapped Worker

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


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...


Fast-Thinking Worker Rescued in Blaze

In a daring effort caught on video, a 56-year-old construction worker managed to escape a blazing apartment complex just seconds before it collapsed Tuesday (March 25) in Houston.


2 Workers Electrocuted at FL Jobsite

Federal safety authorities say they are investigating a scaffolding accident that severely injured two workers Tuesday (March 25) in Panama City, FL.


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.


Contractor Jailed in Paralyzing Fall

A supervisor for an Ontario contractor has been sentenced to 45 days in jail and her company fined $75,000 for a fall that left an employee paralyzed.


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.


Fire Destroys $227M Construction

Cleanup and the search for answers continue in San Francisco, where a nearly completed multimillion-dollar luxury apartment building went down in a massive blaze last week.


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.


Bridge Worker Lands Feet First in Fall

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


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...


Sinkhole Swallows Corvettes at Museum

Engineers are working to secure the building and recover eight pricey Corvettes from the depths of a massive sinkhole that has opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, K...


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.


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.


Manitoba Pipeline Blast Probed

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


Fines in Fatal Blast Contested

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


Coating Maker Cited in Chemical Lapses

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


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.


OSHA Fine Follows Chemical Spill

A longtime manufacturer of intumescent and specialty coatings is facing a raft of serious federal safety citations alleging mismanagement of highly hazardous chemicals at its Connecticut hea...


Worker Injured at Pipe Coating Company

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


WV Tank Leak Under Federal Scrutiny

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


Baja Road Sinks, Nearly Falls into Sea

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


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...


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...


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.


Contractors Cited in Texas A&M Collapse

Federal safety officials have levied $46,800 in proposed fines against two Texas-based contractors after a building under construction at Texas A&M University collapsed last June, injuring f...


Ex-Official’s House Hits the Skids

A former San Francisco building official’s house undergoing an unpopular major renovation tumbled down the city’s hilly terrain this week.


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.


Explosions at Chemical Plant Injure 2

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


Injury at Pipe Firm Spurs 8th OSHA Case

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


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.


Worker Burned in Spray Painting Fire

A commercial painter has been severely injured in a flash fire that apparently erupted when paint vapors ignited at a clubhouse project in Las Vegas, according to reports.


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....


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.


Ship Blasting Sparks Fire, Toxic Fumes

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


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.


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.


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...


OSHA: Cable Ignored Before Collapse

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


Infrastructure Cripples Typhoon Relief

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


Rig Knocks Bridge onto TX Interstate

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


OSHA Proposes Public Injury Reporting

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


Teen Worker Falls from MN I-90 Bridge

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


Lightning Eyed in Pipeline Failure

Lightning may be to blame for a pipeline hole that leaked 20,000 barrels of crude oil in North Dakota, new reports say.


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.


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.


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...


‘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?


Paint Chemicals Smoke Out Carboline

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


Navy Charges 4 in 2 Diving Deaths

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


KY Signs Safety Plan with Bridge GC

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


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.


Director Sacked after 2nd Shipyard Fire

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


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...


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.


$71M Spent Before Navy Scrapped Sub

The U.S. Navy spent $71 million trying to repair a nuclear sub torched by a painter before deciding to scrap the vessel, a new report states.


Builder Gets 10th OSHA Case in 4 Years

A "recidivist" Massachusetts framing contractor cited eight times since 2009 for federal health and safety violations is facing two new cases that carry more than $300,000 in fines.


Painter Injured on DE Bridge Project

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


3-Ton Concrete Topples onto Worker

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


2 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.


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

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


Paint Maker Fined $262K in Blasts, Fire

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


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.


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.


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.


Contractor Error Cited in Deadly Blast

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


BP Sues U.S. to Drop Contract Ban

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


OSHA Fines Steel Producer $1.1M+

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


Building Sinks, Collapses at FL Resort

A massive sinkhole opened beneath a Florida resort near Walt Disney World, causing a three-story building to partially collapse early Monday.


OSHA Backs Off New Inspection Plan

Employers who participate in federal safety programs will continue to enjoy exemptions from certain inspections after regulators dropped a plan to adjust the program.


SHARP Employers to Keep OSHA Breaks

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


Navy to Scrap Painter-Torched Sub

Unable to foot a $700 million repair bill, the U.S. Navy has decided to scrap a nuclear submarine severely damaged last year in a blaze set by a painter.


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...


House Collapses in Philly, 8 Injured

At least eight people were injured, one critically, after a row house collapsed in Philadelphia Monday (July 29) morning, according to news reports.


TX Contractor Demolishes Wrong Home

A demolition contractor in Fort Worth, TX, mistakenly razed a three-bedroom home earlier this month.


Gas Leak Ignites, Collapses Rig

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


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.


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.


Worker Survives Fall from Crane

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


Building Collapse in TX Injures 5

Federal safety authorities are investigating the cause of a building collapse that injured five construction workers, three critically, at a Texas A&M University campus.


Amputations Bring 7th OSHA Case

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


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.


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.


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).


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.


3 Firms Fined $465K for Shock Hazards

Three New York State contractors are facing major federal citations and six-figure fines for allegedly ignoring warnings from the local power company and allowing employees to work construct...


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.


New DVDs Detail Chemical Accidents

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


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...


Bridge Worker Hit by Falling Bucket

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


Bridge Mishap Leaves Painters Hanging

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


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.


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...


Train Wreck Brings Down MO Bridge

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


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.


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.


Contractors Fined in Fire that Injured 3

Federal regulators have slapped 22 citations and $60,200 in fines on two government contractors in a flash fire that erupted inside some insulation ductwork and severely burned three workers...


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.


2 Burned in Blast Operation Explosion

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


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...


Painting Contractor Cited in 2nd Death

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


Offshore Fires Spur New Demands on BP

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


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...


7 Blasts on AL Barges Injure 3

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


$1M Chemical Blaze Guts Coating Plant

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


Disney Closes Rides after Citations

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


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.


Roofer Fined $115K in Paralyzing Fall

A commercial roofing contractor whose employee was paralyzed in a 20-foot fall is facing a $115,500 fine and three willful federal safety violations in the case.


Mall Principals Tied to ‘95 Collapse

Both the engineer and owner of the doomed Elliot Lake mall had similar connections to a Michigan mall that partially collapsed in 1995, the Elliot Lake Commission Inquiry learned last week.


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...


New Airport Sign Kills Boy, Crushes Mom

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


Trapped 75 Feet Down, Worker Saved

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


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.


Blasting Fire Hits Twice-Torched Sub

Just days after a shipyard painter was sentenced for setting two fires aboard a drydocked nuclear sub, fire crews responded this week to a new fire caused by abrasive blasting on the ship.


Roofer Cited in Worker’s Broken Neck

A New Jersey roofing contractor with a history of federal safety violations is now facing $57,300 in new fines stemming from a 20-foot fall that left a worker with a broken neck.


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...


IL EPA Seeks Order at Paint Blast Site

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


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.


Barge Strikes Pipeline, Ignites Blaze

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


Architect Answers in Collapse Probe

The hunt for responsibility in the deadly roof collapse at an Ontario mall continued this week with testimony from the architect who designed the structure more than three decades ago.


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...


2 Paint Plant Explosions Injure 3

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


EPA Reveals Corrosion, Failures
Plaguing ExxonMobil Refinery

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


Fired, Injured RR Workers to Get $1.1M

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


Fire Devastates Pipe Coating Facility

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


Coating Firm, GC Cited in Manhole Death

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


BASF Blast Laid to WWII Bomb

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


1 Injured in Explosion at BASF Site

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


Firms Fined in Deadly Paint Dust Blast

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


Pipeline Mishap Kills 1, Levels Restaurant

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


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...


New Coating Helps Blastproof Trains

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


Survivors May Get Steel from MN Bridge

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


Plastic Sheeting Stops 30-Foot Fall

A Boston construction worker likely owes his life to containment sheeting that broke his 30-foot plunge from scaffolding on a building project Monday (Feb. 4), officials say.


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.


Paint Truck Smashed by NJ Train

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


Chevron Fined $1M in Refinery Fire

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


Philadelphia Roof Collapse Injures 4

Federal officials are investigating the partial collapse of a police facility under construction that injured several workers on Tuesday (Jan. 29) afternoon in Philadelphia.


Bogus OSHA Trainer Pleads Guilty

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


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.


WV Pipe Thinned By Heavy Corrosion

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


Expert Rejected, Contractor Upheld

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


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.


Feds Order Pipeline Review After Blast

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


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...


Officials Seek $7M in Bridge Collapse

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


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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