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OSHA Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard – Construction Enforcement Date Extended


Concrete Water Tanks Built to Withstand Earthquakes

A utility company in Eugene, Oregon, is currently constructing two of six new water tanks to improve resiliency against earthquakes.


EMSL Performs EPA Antimicrobial Coating Tests

Recently, an unnamed manufacturer turned to EMSL Analytical Inc. to determine if its antimicrobial coating has activity over an extended period.


Artemis I Features Collection of Coatings Tech

Last week, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s historic uncrewed test flight Artemis 1 lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.


WJA Launching New Pressure Washing Code

The Water Jetting Association recently announced it is planning to release a new code of practice for pressure washing to keep operators safe during use.


Property Firm Penalized for Lead Paint

In the latest slew of penalizations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for lead-based paint violations, a property management and development firm in Waterbury, Connecticut, was rec...


MI Lead Pipe Replacement Nearing Completion

This month, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that the accelerated campaign to replace aging lead water service lines in the City of Benton Harbor is nearing completion, almost fi...


Smartphones Could Help Evaluate Bridge Conditions

A study conducted by a team involving researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has suggested that mobile phones could potentially collect useful integrity data while crossi...


Report: Construction Death Rate Stagnant

Despite efforts made by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to better protect the construction industry’s workforce, recent reports have indicated th...


TX Bridge Work Resumes, Completion Delayed

After suspending work earlier this year due to design concerns, work has partially resumed on the construction of the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas.


EPA Seeks Input on Inflation Reduction Act

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would be seeking public input on a subset of new and existing programs funded by President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Ac...


MN Bridge Collapse Steel Installed at University

Last month, pieces of steel from the Interstate 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis were taken out of storage and placed in what will be the University of St. Thomas’ new engineering building...


EPA Issues Drinking Water Contaminant List

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its Final Fifth Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List, including an expansion of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances...


Renovators, Contractors Fined for Paint Violations

As a result of being found in violation of lead-based paint safety regulations, 22 residential home renovators and contractors from Idaho and Washington recently settled with the U.S. Enviro...


Antimicrobial Paint Used in Case Study

In an emailed press release, global coatings manufacturer PPG recently shared that its antimicrobial paint containing Corning Guardiant technology was used to protect the largest school syst...


NY Landlord Arraigned for Lead Violations

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office recently announced the arraignment of Carrie A. Preischel of Boston, New York, for exposing a tenant to unsafe levels of lead paint.


Bridge Collapses in India, Death Toll Rising

A century-old pedestrian bridge collapsed in India on Sunday, sending hundreds of people into the water below as the search continues for survivors.


EPA Awards $1M for Wastewater Research

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded a $1 million research grant to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to improve wastewater monitoring for the spread of infect...


New Safety Law Impacting FL Condo Owners

Since the signing of Senate Bill 4-D by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, condominium owners and associations are sharing concerns over the likelihood of meeting the new regulation requirements...


EPA Reducing Lead Exposure with RRP Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working to reduce childhood lead exposure through improved compliance with the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.


Enbridge Fined $11M for Line 3 Pipeline

Minnesota state agencies, in partnership with Fond du Lac Band, recently announced enforcement penalties resulting in $11 million against Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 pipeline construction proje...


Lawsuit Filed After Mandated SC Tower Evacuation

Just weeks after the evacuation of the Renaissance Tower in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, residents of the structure have filed a lawsuit against the building’s management team, including th...


Bacteria-Killing Material Developed for Surfaces

Researchers from the University of British Columbia have recently developed a copper-coated technology capable of killing bacteria.


2019 Refinery Explosion Final Report Issued

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board released its final report earlier this month for the 2019 Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery explosion in Philadelphia.


EPA Announces Lead Exposure Initiative

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the official launch of a nationwide training and outreach initiative focused on reducing childhood lead exposure.


OSHA Issues Metal Coatings Company Citations

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a metal coatings company for 21 violations at its New Jersey manufacturing site.


Federal Court Upends $6M Lead Case

In a recent ruling, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to clear The Sherwin-Williams Company from a case where, in 2019, a jury awarded $6 million to three men whose brain dam...


Company Fined $1.6M for Pipeline Violations

National Grid, a multinational electricity and gas utility company, has recently been fined $1.6 million by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ Pipeline Safety Division related...


OH Contractor Develops Workforce Initiative

After successfully launching the Urban Workforce Development Initiative (UWDI) in Cincinnati, contractor Messer is now planning to use the program to add more jobs in the construction indust...


Researchers Awarded Patent for Metal Coating

A research team from Eastern Michigan University was recently awarded a U.S. patent for their invention of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid (OIH) coating methods to potentially replace hazardous hea...


MI Proposes VOC Rule Amendments

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy issued a proposed rule package at the end of September regarding volatile organic compound emissions.


Scotland Inspecting Sewers with Drone, Laser Tech

Utility company Scottish Water is adopting the use of “state-of-the-art” drones and lasers to improve Scotland’s sewers and reduce its carbon emissions.


OSHA Awards Over $11.7M in Safety Grants

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the award of more than $11.7 million in grants to educate workers and employers on workplace ...


Construction Tech Report Highlights Innovations

Late last month, the Associated Builders and Contractors released its second annual construction technology report, highlighting case studies on specific technologies and innovative practice...


EPA Finalizes NJ Superfund Site Cleanup Plan

At the end of last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized an amendment to its original cleanup plan for the Cosden Chemical Coatings Corporation Superfund site in Beverly,...


Arkema Joins Circular Plastic Recycling Project

Specialty chemicals company Arkema announced last week that it will be joining a consortium of Spanish companies to enhance the recyclability of post-consumer plastics and tires to reuse for...


DOL Expands Enforcement Program Criteria

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that it was expanding the criteria for placement in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Severe Violator Enforcement Program (S...


OH Panel Asked to Review Lead Coverage

Following the reverse and remand of an Ohio Supreme Court decision on Sept. 7, the Eighth Appellate District in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has been asked by a group of insurers to reconsider its...


Robotic System Remotely Inspects Offshore Structures

A cleaning and inspection tool development led by Australian energy company Woodside reportedly offers safe and cost-effective remote inspection of equipment on offshore platforms.


AU Company Testing ‘Glow-in-the-Dark’ Road Lines

Australian company Tarmac Linemarking completed a trial run of its photoluminescent line markings earlier this year, with the “glow-in-the-dark” highway lines recently going viral online.


EPA, RI Company Reach Lead Settlement

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had reached a settlement with a corporation out of Rhode Island for alleged violations of the Lead Renovation,...


Chemicals Combust at TN AkzoNobel Warehouse

On Friday (Sept. 16), the Nashville Fire Department responded to a report of chemical combustion at an AkzoNobel powder coatings manufacturing site.


China High-Rise Engulfed in Flames

The outer wall of a skyscraper owned by state-owned telecommunications company China Telecom was destroyed by a fire last Friday (Sept. 16).


University Engineer Develops Bio-Bricks

A civil engineering student from the University of Waterloo has recently developed carbon-neutral masonry units with bacteria.


Changes Proposed to Chemical Risk Program

After review, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed amendments to its Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations.


NTSB Releases KY Pipeline Rupture Report

Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board announced that a manufacturing defect and ineffective cathodic protection led to the 2019 natural gas pipeline explosion in Danvil...


Experts Concerned by MVP Coating Integrity

With pipes intended for the long-delayed Mountain Valley Pipeline stored above ground for years, concerns have been raised by residents and experts regarding the coatings, corrosion and the ...


DOL Awards $1.9M for Workplace Safety

On Thursday (Sept. 8), the U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of $1.9 million in grants to 14 nonprofits to fund workplace safety and health training programs to help workers and e...


Harbor Bridge Contractor Submits Design Fix

Weeks after being issued a notice of default by the Texas Department of Transportation, the contractor working on the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas, has outlined potential solutions...


EPA Finds PV29 Poses Unreasonable Risks

On Tuesday (Sept. 6), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had finalized a revision to the risk determination for C.I. Pigment Violet 29 (PV29).


Chicago Lead Painted Viaducts Water Blasted

Viaducts along Central Park in Chicago have reportedly been water blasted by city crews just months after reports of testing found that the paint contains lead levels hundreds of times highe...


DOL Launches 'Weekend Work' Inspections

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently launched a new initiative to conduct safety investigations on weekends in select counties in Colorad...


MS City Launches Lead Paint Safety Initiative

The City of Hattiesburg in Mississippi has recently introduced a new program for lead-based paint hazard inspection and assessment safety training, as well as lead abatement.


Inflation Reduction Act Addresses Equity Need

The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act includes $3 billion in grants to support equity, safety and affordable transportation access to rework roads and infrastructure.


Timber Bridges Closed in Norway After Collapse

Last week, a Norwegian laminated timber bridge built to last a century collapsed into the river below just 10 years after it was completed.


Los Angeles Project Deploying Cool Coating Tech

A cool coating initiative in a Los Angeles community recently reached a project milestone, with the completion of 1 million square feet of roads and other pavement painted with the solar-ref...


TxDOT Cites Safety Concerns for Harbor Bridge

The Texas Department of Transportation recently announced it was working with the developer of the new Harbor Bridge to address design safety concerns after suspending the project last month...


Paint Failure Further Delays WI Treatment Plant

After facing delays due to a lack of materials and coatings, the completion of a new drinking water treatment plant in Wausau, Wisconsin, has been pushed back again after facing a coating fa...


NY Seeks $5M in Lead Paint Case

In what is reported to be the largest amount ever sought from a landlord in a lead paint violation case in Western New York, the Attorney General’s Office recently requested over $5 million ...


New Drone Infrastructure Inspection Bill Introduced

Earlier this month, several U.S. Senators introduced companion legislation to the bipartisan Drone Infrastructure Inspection Act that was passed by the House Transportation and Infrastructur...


Lead Abatement Scholarships Offered in MI

To support lead-based paint removal in the City of Benton Harbor and across the state, last week the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced that it was providing ...


Mistrial Declared for Flint Water Crisis Case

Last week, a judge declared a mistrial after a jury couldn’t reach a verdict as to whether two engineering firms should be held responsible for lead contamination in the water in Flint, Mich...


Harris Announces $1B for Disaster Spending

At the beginning of the month, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris announced more than $1 billion in federal spending for disasters to be made available through a series of grants.


MA Governor Signs $11.4B Infrastructure Bill

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed an almost $11.4 billion bill to approve bond authorizations for infrastructure projects in the state.


Guardian Unveils 360-Degree Height Safety Website

Independent fall protection and prevention company Guardian recently introduced a comprehensive height safety resource.


PHMSA Issues Final Gas Pipeline Safety Rule

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced a final rule to strengthen the safety and environmental protection of more...


EPA Updates NJ Superfund Site Cleanup Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed an update to its original cleanup plan for the Cosden Chemical Coatings Corporation Superfund site in Beverly, New Jersey.


Cars Damaged by IN-KY Bridge Dripping Paint

According to reports, several vehicles were splattered by paint dripping from the top of the Sherman Minton Bridge, due to a paint system failure.


FHWA Unveils $7.3B PROTECT Formula Program

At the end of last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced a first-of-its-kind infrastructure program to help states prepare for and respond t...


TX Introduces Construction Injury Prevention Act

To help address heat-related illness and death among construction workers, Texas Representative Sylvia Garcia recently filed the Construction Injury Prevention Act.


Canada Publishes New VOC Agenda

Last month, the Canadian government published a renewed version of its Federal Agenda regarding volatile organic compound controls on industry products, signaling the country’s intent to tak...


DOL, AGC Renew Industry Partnership

To reduce the dangers faced by construction workers, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Missouri’s Associated General Contractors recently renew...


Crop Spraying Drone Used to Paint Roof

A farmer from Norfolk, England, recently used a crop spraying drone to whitewash the glass roofs of greenhouses, paving the way for a potentially safer method of paint application.


‘Strain Paint’ Can Detect Damage in Structures

Researchers from Rice University recently announced that their strain-sensing smart skin system, capable of monitoring and detecting damage in large structures, is moving towards the impleme...


PA Invests $269M in Water Infrastructure Projects

Last week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the investment of $269 million for 11 drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and non-point source projects through the Pennsylvania Infras...


Researchers Develop COVID Shield Coating

A team of Australian researchers has recently developed a sprayable coating capable of preventing the surface spread of infection from bacteria and viruses, including COVID-19.


EPA Adds 5 PFAS to Toxic Release Inventory

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule to update the Toxics Release Inventory chemical list last week, identifying five additional per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances s...


TxDOT Suspends Work on Harbor Bridge Span

The Texas Department of Transportation recently halted construction on the new Harbor Bridge span in Corpus Christi, Texas, due to safety concerns.


Pittsburgh Approves Contract to Assess Bridges

On Tuesday (July 19), the Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved a $1.5 million, two-year contract to inspect and evaluate all 150 city-owned bridges.


Coatings, Materials Delay WI Treatment Plant

The completion of a new drinking water treatment plant in Wausau, Wisconsin, has recently been delayed due to a lack of materials and coatings.


NY Landlord Pays for Lead Paint Hazards

New York Attorney General Letitia James recently announced an agreement involving a Syracuse, New York-based landlord and their company for failing to protect children from lead paint hazard...


EPA Releases Draft Revision for TCE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released a draft revision regarding the unreasonable risk determination for trichloroethylene pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act s...


Trial Begins 4 Years After Genoa Bridge Collapse

The trial for 59 people accused of manslaughter and other charges in the 2018 collapse of Italy’s Genoa Morandi Bridge began last week before adjourning for the summer.


Construction Safety Bill Progresses in NY

New York state legislature recently passed a new construction bill that seeks to heavily increase fines for criminal charges associated with jobsite deaths.


Anti-Viral Coating Developed by University Researchers

A team of researchers made up of Kuman University’s chemistry department faculty and others from the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior (...


Los Angeles Applies New Cool Pavement Coating

Last week, street crews and city officials applied the first-ever cool pavement coating in Los Angeles as part of a $1 million project to combat heat and address heat related illness and dea...


Leaked Report: Eiffel Tower Plagued by Rust

In a leaked confidential report, it’s been suggested that Paris’ Eiffel Tower is in poor condition given the amount of rust plaguing the structure.


EPA Finalizes Scope for Asbestos Risks

At the end of June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final scope document for the Toxic Substances Control Act Risk Evaluation for Asbestos Part 2: Supplemental Evaluati...


New Product Announcement: Hydrocarbon PFP Coating

Global coatings company Hempel recently announced the launch of its first product for the hydrocarbon passive fire protection segment.


WA Taking 'No Action' for PCBs in Paint

The Washington State Department of Ecology recently published its final report to the state legislature for regulatory determinations under the Safer Products for Washington Program, conclud...


Giant Floating Restaurant 'Capsizes' in China Sea

Recently, a historic three-story floating restaurant in Hong Kong reportedly sank into the South China Sea after meeting “adverse conditions” while it was being towed to an undisclosed locat...


DOL to Revise Lead Exposure Standards

On Tuesday (June 28), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise its standards for occupational...


PG&E Fined $1.27M for Corrosion Remediation

The California Public Utilities Commission recently issued a citation against Pacific Gas and Electric Company for failing to correct problems with systems used to prevent corrosion in natur...


Flint Seeking Water Infrastructure Loan

The City of Flint in Michigan is planning to request nearly $12 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to complete the next round of upgrades on its water supply infrastructure.


Qatar, Airbus in Talks to Resolve Paint Dispute

According to recent reports, Airbus is engaged in talks with Qatar Airways to resolve a dispute of paint degradation, just days after the European Union Aviation Safety Agency defended its s...


Report Tests Seismic Performance of Materials

The United States Resiliency Council (USRC) recently prepared a report evaluating the comparative seismic performance of four commonly used construction types in typical multifamily developm...


Lead Paint Flakes Found in MD Neighborhoods

Last week, residents in Woodberry, Maryland, voiced concerns after finding red paint flakes that seemed to have come from work being performed on the nearby television tower which gives the ...


White House Scraps Air Force One Paint Plan

A White House administration official told reporters that a proposed paint job for Air Force One from former President Donald Trump has been nixed after a new study showed it could drive up ...


HUD Announces $520M for Lead Paint Protections

On Friday (June 17), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced that the Department had made $520 million in funding available to better prote...


Street Collapses Near Gordie Howe Bridge

Earlier this month, a section of a street in Detroit near the construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge collapsed while crews were conducting piling in the area as part of the bri...


Revisions Proposed for Millennium Tower Fix

A reduced scope for the stabilization of the Millennium Tower in San Francisco was recently approved by the project’s engineering review team on behalf of the city’s Department of Building I...


Paint Issue Could Cost IA Pool Summer Revenue

The Splash Landing Family Aquatic Center in Bettendorf, Iowa, is reportedly operating under a limited capacity because of chalking paint in its swimming pool.


NIST Surfside Collapse Investigation Continues

Since the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology launched an investigation into last year’s partial collapse of the 40-year-old Champlain Towers South i...


Air Force One Paint Plan Could Overheat Plane

A proposed paint job for Air Force One from former President Donald Trump could contribute to excessive temperatures on the plane, leading to other issues, the Air Force says.


LA Appoints First Chief Heat Officer

Just days after Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to create a chief heat officer position, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that Marta Segura, Director of the Office of Climate Emergen...


EPA Issues First PFAS Test Order

On Monday (June 6), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its first Toxic Substances Control Act test order under the National Testing Strategy for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substan...


CA Bill Sets New Heat Protections for Workers

New legislation that could set new heat protections for employees working in “ultrahigh” heat and wildfire smoke outdoors is making its way to the California Senate for consideration.


Mural Artist Rescued from FL Water Tower

Last week, first responders in Dunedin, Florida, rescued a mural artist from the water tower he was working on after the motor on his lift equipment failed.


EPA Proposes Asbestos Reporting Rule

In May, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed rule to require more comprehensive reporting on asbestos as the Agency continues to protect the public from exposure.


ESA Testing Antimicrobial Coating on ISS

The European Space Agency recently announced that it is studying materials for self-cleaning antimicrobial coatings to protect both astronauts and materials on the International Space Statio...


Utilizing Laser Ablation for Nuclear Surface Prep

While there are many methods of surface preparation, high power laser ablation systems have proven to be effective at nuclear sites for industrial contamination.


Report: Collapsed PA Bridge ‘Severely' Decayed

According to reports, a newly released inspection document revealed that the Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh had “major decay” prior to its collapse in January, including exposed rebar, cor...


Scientists Create Coating for Mercury Sorption

Scientists from Flinders University in Australia recently modelled a polysulfide coating made from waste products that has shown to absorb mercury and other metal contaminants in water.


Cleveland Expands Exterior Paint Program

Last week, members of the Cleveland City Council approved legislation authorizing an expanded exterior paint program for eligible homeowners.


City Unable to Auction Off Queen Mary Lifeboats

While the City of Long Beach, California, originally planned to auction off the 20 lifeboats from the RMS Queen Mary, lead paint and a lack of bids is leading to the disposal of the boats.


Army Corps Awards $3M Concrete Research Grant

The University of Arkansas announced earlier this month that it has been awarded a $3 million research grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to investigate solutions to military infras...


University Develops Antibacterial Coating

Researchers from the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute have recently developed a nontoxic silver-based coating for medical implants that resi...


Nearly $1B Settlement Reached for Surfside

In a recent hearing before Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Michael Hanzman, attorney Harley S. Tropin announced a $997 million settlement involving the class-action lawsuit brought by the fam...


ICC, BTF Announce New Collaboration

The International Code Council and the Building Talent Foundation (BTF) recently announced a new collaboration to support and strengthen the residential construction and building safety work...


Corrosion Under Coating Shuts Down OH Bridge

A bridge in Brooklyn, Ohio, was shut down earlier this week when inspectors found corrosion under the beams coated with fire protection.


$101M Lead Settlement Gets Conflicting Ruling

Just weeks after a New York ruling, the California First Division Court of Appeal ruled on April 19 that Lloyd’s of London and other carriers that insured W.P. Fuller & Co. would not be liab...


1,000 Gallons of Paint Spilled in OH

Late last month, several agencies in Austintown, Ohio, worked to clean up nearly 1,000 gallons of spilled paint on a section of North Meridian Road.


IA Bridges Reopen After Contractor Error

Earlier this week, Des Moines, Iowa, officials announced that they would be reopening two bridges after they were shut down last month due to a contractor error, which resulted in the accide...


China Building Collapses Killing At Least 2

Crews are continuing to sift through debris after the collapse of a commercial building in Changsha, the capital of central China’s Hunan Province, just south of Beijing.


Battelle Showcases Pilot to Destroy PFAS

Independent nonprofit organization Battelle Memorial Institute, which focuses on advancing sciences and technology, recently launched a weeklong pilot demonstration for its total solution fo...


ASCC Publishes Two New Safety Bulletins

Late last month, the Safety and Risk Management Council (SRMC) of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) published two new Safety Bulletins: Emergency Rescue Baskets and ...


DOL, OSHA Pay Tribute on Workers Memorial Day

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


Researchers Create Pollutant-Absorbing Sponge

A research team from Northwestern University recently announced that they have developed a sponge capable of cleaning up oil, microplastics and phosphate from polluted waterways.


Study: Painting Asphalt Art Makes Roads Safer

According to a recent study conducted by Bloomberg Philanthropies, city streets are reportedly safer for pedestrians when the asphalt roadways are painted with art, reducing the rate of car ...


University Develops Paint to Fight Infections

Russian researchers from Tomsk State University have recently developed a new paint designed to neutralize common pathogens and reduce nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections.


Structural Issues Outlined in Warehouse Report

According to a report by engineer Dan Bruno, “significant structural issues” may have contributed to last year’s Amazon warehouse collapse in Edwardsville, Illinois.


DOL Announces Program for Heat Hazards

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the launch of a National Emphasis Program to protect millions of workers from heat illness ...


NYC Safety Report Shows Decrease in Incidents

For the third year in a row, the New York City Department of Buildings reported that its building construction-related incidents have declined, even as construction activity has rebounded fr...


EPA Proposes to Ban Ongoing Uses of Asbestos

On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed rule to prohibit ongoing uses of the only known form of asbestos currently imported into the United States.


Addiction Recovery Promoted in PA Paint Program

Residential and commercial painting service Pennsylvania Painting Masters has recently been reported on its ongoing efforts to help individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction.


Insurers Liable for Over $100M Lead Settlement

At the end of March, the First Judicial Department of the New York Appellate Division ruled that Lloyd’s of London and other insurers were liable to pay over $100 million into a California a...


OSHA Proposes Workplace Injury, Illness Rule

Just weeks after the 2021 injury and illness reports by specific employers were due, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a new proposed rul...


Petronas Partners to Commercialize Pipeline Tech

Malaysian oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhad has recently partnered with two different entities with the same goal: commercializing new pipeline technology.


165,000 Gallons of Oil Leaked from IL Pipeline

A broken pipeline in Edwardsville, Illinois, has leaked an estimated 165,000 gallons of crude oil in March, with some oil flowing into a nearby creek.


ASCE Releases Post-Earthquake Fire Framework

The American Society of Civil Engineers has recently released a new evaluation framework regarding earthquake damage and potential fire ignitions.


PA Proposing PFAS Drinking Water Regulations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently proposed a new regulation to set maximum containment levels in drinking water for two forms of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl subs...


OECD Report Probes PFAS in Coatings

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently released a report on the commercial availability and current uses of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances found in va...


Team Presents Eco-Friendly, Fire-Retardant Coating

This week, a team of researchers presented a new type of coating that could limit the flammability of wood used in construction at the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society.


US Launches Clean Air in Buildings Challenge

In following the release of the Biden-Harris Administration’s National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, last week the Administration announced the launch of a new program to improve indoor air qu...


FL Lawmakers Fail to Pass Condo Safety Bills

Despite increased discussions and negotiations between Florida government officials since the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, the Senate and House of Representatives have...


Cleveland Landlords Pushed to be Lead Safe

While several years have passed since Cleveland City Council passed a law mandating the obtainment of lead-safe certificates for rental properties, landlords and property owners now only hav...


EPA Issues Civil Penalty for Antimicrobial Coating

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that a settlement had been reached with Allied BioScience, Inc. over alleged violations of federal pesticide regulations with th...


Sherwin, DuPont Share Win in Paint Suits

Wisconsin U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman released an order at the beginning of the month announcing that claims associated with several different suits regarding lead paint exposure would ...


Korean Researchers Develop Antibacterial Additive

A team of researchers from the Department of Nano-Bio Convergence of the Korea Institute of Materials Science recently reported that they’ve developed a material that provides antibacterial ...


Investigation Probes into Minneapolis Condo Cracks

For several weeks, investigations led by Socotec Engineering Inc. have been taking place at the Cedar Isles Condominiums in south Minneapolis over cracks in the hallways and common areas bet...


OSHA Announces $3.2M in Harwood Safety Grants

On Friday (March 4), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the availability of more than $3.2 million in funds to train and educate workers a...


EPA Effort Announced for Chemical Reviews

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently announced a new research program under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) with the goal of modernizing the process and bringing inn...


Paint Accounts for Majority of Ocean Microplastics

A new study published by the Swiss-based Environmental Action has found that paint accounts for 58% of microplastics in the world’s oceans and waterways.


Repairs Begin on ‘Serious’ Pittsburgh Bridge

The City of Pittsburgh recently closed the Centre Avenue Bridge, which is rated in “serious” condition, to complete minor repairs.


UK Proposes Revisions to Building Safety Bill

The Secretary of State for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations in the United Kingdom recently proposed amendments to the country’s Building Safe...


EPA Asked to Reconsider Pigment Risk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently been requested to reconsider its final risk evaluation regarding C.I. Pigment Violet 29 (PV29).


Congress Urged to Release Infrastructure Funds

Several organizations have recently urged President Joe Biden and Congress to release federal funding, including appropriations from the bipartisan infrastructure law, in order to prevent pr...


OSHA Releases Marine Coatings Hazards Guide

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a new fact sheet regarding the hazards related to the use of preservative coatings in hot work ...


IL Lawmakers Look at Warehouse Standards

In the weeks following the tornado that killed six people at an Amazon facility in Edwardsville, Illinois, state lawmakers have announced that they will be considering statewide standards fo...


Roof Materials Believed to Fuel Fire in OK

Last week, an unfinished apartment complex valued at more than $65 million in Oklahoma City was destroyed after its roof caught fire.


New Chrome Provides Safe Coating Alternative

With a goal of replacing harmful hexavalent chrome coatings, Trion Coatings LLC (South Bend, Indiana) has developed a new safe and environmentally friendly chrome coating.


Jarsh Safety Unveils World's First AC Helmet

Late last year, Telangana, India-based technology and safety start-up Jarsh Safety introduced what is being dubbed the world’s first AC safety helmet.


Court Dismisses Denver Contractors' Vaccine Lawsuit

At the beginning of the month, U.S. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello ruled to dismiss claims in a lawsuit filed by several contractor groups over the city of Denver’s COVID-19 vacc...


PA Bridge Collapse Preliminary Report Released

Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary investigation findings for the collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh.


FL Bill Calls for Mandatory Structural Inspections

Just as Hurricane Andrew in 1992 pushed Florida legislators to address dated building codes and inspection regulations, last year’s collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside has shed li...


Kenzen Climate Tech Receives Award

At the beginning of the month, manufacturer of smart personal protective equipment, Kenzen, was awarded the Best New Mobile App Award for its mobile application, designed to alert workers wh...


Texas Power Grid Weathers Winter Freeze

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas reported that it did not need to cut power to any part of the state during the 48-hour freeze last week, after weatherizing the power grid in respon...


Contractor Facing Incarceration Over Violations

After failing to pay the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration more than $2 million in fines, a Florida-based roofing contractor is now facing pot...


Bangladesh Factory Collapse Trial Resumes

After more than five years of being halted while several defendants attempted to have their charges vacated, recent reports have indicated that the murder trial over the Bangladesh factory c...


Recognizing Health Effects of Lead Paint

While the use of lead-based paints was banned over 40 years ago, the remnants of lead paint continue to be a major environmental and public health problem.


EPA Seeking Input on PFAS Reports, Records

On Wednesday (Feb. 2), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it was inviting small businesses, governments and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity R...


NTSB Launches Investigation into PA Bridge

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Saturday (Jan. 29) that it has launched an investigation into the collapse of a bridge in Pittsburgh. The NTSB is planning to look at the f...


Bridge Collapses in Pittsburgh, Injures 10

Early Friday morning (Jan. 28), a bridge in Pittsburgh collapsed, injuring 10 people just hours before President Joe Biden was scheduled to visit the city to discuss infrastructure.


EPA Affirms Lead Paint Enforcement Plans

On Friday (Jan. 21), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to proceed with the withdrawal of previously published answers to two Frequently Asked Questions concerning prop...


$1M Grant Awarded for Road-Painting Robot

A robotic pavement-marking system developed in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, has been awarded nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation to advance ongoing research.


OSHA Issues Injury, Illness Reporting Reminder

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its annual reminder to specific employers to submit the required injury and illness date for 2021 by M...


University Studies Copper Coatings Effect on COVID-19

Researchers from the University of Waterloo have recently discovered that by applying a thin-film coating of copper or copper compounds on surfaces, SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19...


Renovation Firms Sued Over Lead Paint Violations

Last Thursday (Jan. 13), the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced that a civil lawsuit had been filed against CISNE NY Construction, Inc., CISNE JE...


Supreme Court Blocks Vaccine Mandate

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to block the Biden administration from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine-or-testing mandate for large employers, undermining President Joe Biden’s attempts...


UK Developers Forced to Fix Cladding

The Secretary of State for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations in the United Kingdom recently issued a letter to residential property developers...


MX Metro Collapse Inspection Finds More Cracks

Officials have announced that inspectors found 21 more cracks on an elevated subway line in Mexico City while investigating the metro collapse from May last year.


PFAS Testing Petition Granted by EPA

At the end of December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had granted a petition from six North Carolina public health and environmental justice organizations to ord...


EPA to Strengthen Lead and Copper Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it has begun developing new guidance and rules to regulatory framework on lead in drinking water.


Research: Electromagnetic Wave Absorbing Materials

Researchers from the Beijing Institute of Technology and the Heilongjiang Institute of Construction Technology in China recently published a review on the electromagnetic absorption function...


EPA Releases Draft Scope for Asbestos Risks

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency requested public input in an emailed press release on its draft scope document for the Toxic Substances Control Act Risk Evaluation for Asbesto...


Nature-Inspired Coatings Could Benefit Medical Testing

Prior to the end of the year, researchers from the University of Toronto reportedly developed a new coating that allows for certain liquids to move across surfaces without experiencing fluid...


CSB Provides Update on OH Paint Plant Explosion

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has issued an update on the Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corporation plant explosion in April that killed a press operator and hospitalized eight employees.


White House Announces Lead Action Plan

The White House recently released its Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan as part of the bipartisan infrastructure law, to deliver clean drinking water, replace lead pipes and remediate lead pai...


Settlement Reached Over VT Bridge Allegations

The U.S Attorney General’s Office recently announced that it has reached a civil settlement with contractor J.A. McDonald, Inc. over allegations that it defectively built four bridges in Ver...


Eco-Friendly Blast Media Reduces Harmful Risks

When considering the health and safety of abrasive blasting operators and the environment, one aspect of abrasive media that comes to mind are the eco-friendly properties of media itself.


Utilizing Safety Practices in Abrasive Blasting

Safety guidelines are crucial to a worker’s health when abrasive blasting to prevent injury and long-term illness.


AGC Sues Over Vaccine Mandate

Despite the Associated General Contractors of America’s efforts to promote COVID-19 vaccination for construction workers, the association reportedly filed suit to block the Biden Administrat...


Looking at Coatings for Food and Beverage Plants

The Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency all have regulations in place for food and beverage plants, including which...


WA Issues Draft Report on Paint iPCBS

In taking the next step to finding alternatives to potential inadvertent Polychlorinated biphenyls, particularly those found in paint, the Washington State Department of Ecology recently pub...


Russia Cracking Down on Counterfeit Coatings

The Russian Building Ministry has developed a series of amendments to hold individuals who are producing or selling counterfeit coatings criminally accountable in the hopes of benefitting th...


Seattle to Address Seismic Retrofit Needs

Seattle City Councilmembers are planning to address its over 1,100 unreinforced masonry buildings in need of seismic retrofitting, most of which were built before 1945.


US SEC Investigating Tesla Solar Panels

Following a whistleblower complaint, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have launched an investigation into Tesla regarding the company’s...


OSHA Working to Develop Heat Standards

At the beginning of the month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it had extended the comment period on the Advance Notice of Propose...


MI Develops Corrosion Control Advisory Panel

Last month, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy announced the development of its Corrosion Control Advisory Panel to reduce lead in Michigan drinking water.


NYC Considering Drones for Facade Inspections

In a new comprehensive report released by the New York City Department of Buildings, the city contemplated the use of unmanned aircraft systems for facade and safety inspections throughout t...


Concerns Arise Over TX Power Grid Weatherizing

As winter approaches, Texas energy companies are gearing up weatherize their plants to prevent a repeat of this year’s blackouts.


Lawsuit Filed Over FL Condo Collapse

In a recent lawsuit filed on behalf of Champlain Towers South victims and family members, new allegations claim that the construction of a neighboring luxury building is what triggered the d...


EPA Announces New Lead Paint Enforcement

At the beginning of the month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to hold property management companies responsible for lead-based paint safety requirements.


EPA Reviewing PFOA, PFOS Regulations

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asked its Science Advisory Board to review draft documents regarding health effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.


Remote Control Robots Developed to Prevent Falls

Researchers from the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology announced last month that they have developed remote controlled robots to prevent falls at construction site...


ACA Urges Execution of TSCA Changes

In a recent letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Coatings Association wrote to express support of the continued implementation of the Lautenberg amendments to the...


Citations Issued for OH Paint Plant Explosion

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corporation for an explosion at its plant in April that killed a press operator a...


Grants Awarded for Wastewater Virus Research

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced it has awarded Tulane University (New Orleans) a grant to research human viruses found in wastewater intended for water reuse.


OSHA Issues ETS Vaccination Rule

On Monday (Nov. 5), the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration published an emergency temporary standard requiring employers with 100 or more employees to i...


Plans Revealed for MX Metro Rebuild

Carlos Slim, Mexico business magnate and owner of Grupo Carso, recently reached an agreement with Mexico City officials to pay for the costs of rebuilding the subway line that collapsed in M...


EPA Announces PFAS Strategic Roadmap

Last month, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the creation of the Agency’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap to address contamination regarding per- and poly...


New PPE Helmet Available in US

Personal protective equipment manufacturer Ergodyne (St. Paul, Minnesota) has recently begun marketing its Multidirectional Impact Protection System-equipped construction helmet in the Unite...


EPA Finalizes Next Steps for Sherwin-Williams Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this month that it has finalized its plan for the next phase of cleanup of the Sherwin-Williams Superfund Site in New Jersey.


Last Trial for FIU Bridge Collapse Scheduled

The trial for the last remaining lawsuit for the Florida International University bridge collapse in 2018 has reportedly been scheduled for Jan. 10, 2022.


Senate Confirms OSHA Leader

On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Prior Pipeline Damage Caused CA Oil Spill

Coast Guard officials announced at a press conference Friday that the underwater pipeline responsible for the California oil spill was likely damaged by a ship’s anchor months prior to the i...


Study: Thermoplastic Markings Decrease Crashes

The North Carolina Department of Transportation found in a study that lane-departure crashes were reduced by 13% after rural roads were striped with long-life lane markings.


EPA Launches Lead-Safe Training Program

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched a new training initiative, Enhancing Lead-Safe Work Practices through Education and Outreach, in Southern California communities.


Paint Company Cited After Employee Death

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Valmont Coatings following the investigation of an employee’s death in Oklahoma.


Archroma Introduces Online Platform

Global specialty chemical company Archroma announced in September the launch of "The Safe Edge," an online platform for product-related regulatory and compliance certificates and information...


Construction Groups Sue Over Vaccine Mandate

Amidst the string of local and federal U.S. government officials instating COVID-19 vaccination mandates for workers, another lawsuit was recently filed alleging that the requirement is unco...


Coalition Announced to Quantify, Locate Lead Pipes

At the end of September, Google announced that it was awarding $3 million in grants to the BlueConduit Charitable Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the We Act for Environmental...


Investigation Launched into CA Oil Spill

In a joint statement issued over the weekend, the U.S. Coast Guard and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that an investigation had been launched into the cause, volume...


Amtrak Derailment Investigations Underway

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


OSHA Issues Enhanced Heat Protection Measures

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced plans to better combat hazards associated with extreme heat exposure—both indoors and outdoors...


'Static Liquefaction' to Blame for MI Dam Failure

According to an interim report released by the federally commissioned independent forensic team tasked with the investigation the failure of the Edenville Dam near Midland, Michigan last spr...


EPA Plans New Wastewater, PFAS Regulations

On Wednesday (Sept. 8), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to develop three new rulemakings in regard to identifying opportunities to better protect public health and t...


OSHA to Mandate Vaccines for Large Employers

In a statement issued by the White House, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is drafting a new temporary emergency standard that would require emplo...


EPA Plans New Rulemaking on PBT Chemicals

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its intentions to establish a new rulemaking and anticipates proposing new rules for five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemi...


PHMSA Fines Dakota Pipeline Operator

Upon completing inspections at Energy Transfer’s Dakota Access Pipeline, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a $93,000 f...


OSHA Fines Contractor $1.3M for Trench Deaths

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


NJ Bill Passed to Replace Lead Pipes

Recently, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a new bill into law, requiring that hundreds of public water systems in the state have their inventories taken for lead pipes so that the inf...


EPA Reaches $1M Clean Water Settlement

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Noble Energy, Inc., Noble Midstream Partners LP, and Noble Midstream Services, LLC (coll...


OR Concrete Workers Test Exosuits

Employees of an Oregon-based concrete contractor are reportedly testing out new exosuits as part of a pilot project to look at workplace safety between the Associated General Contractors Ore...


OSHA Sends Reminder for Safety Meeting

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released an emailed reminder that the next meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Healt...


IGM Confirms Photoinitiator PCB Levels

In a recent press release, global market leader in photoinitiators, IGM Resins confirmed that its Omnirad 1173 does not contain any detectable levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).


OR Heat-Related Deaths Highlight Safety Need

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


Wastewater Continues to Help Track COVID-19

Thanks to wastewater surveillance, residents living in parts of Davis, California, were able to identify areas where cases of COVID-19 were increasing.


PG&E to Spend $15B Burying Power Lines

According to a press release issued by California-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the utility plans to expand the undergrounding of electric distribution power lines in High Fire Thr...


Workers Rescued from Sewer Construction Site

Last week, three construction workers became trapped 200 feet underground while working on the Deer Creek tunnel project in Shrewsbury, Missouri.


Whistleblowers Speak Out About Shell Falcon Pipeline

According to two former pipeline inspectors, “bad seeds” are undermining the safety at Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s Falcon pipeline project, part of the company’s massive new petrochemical plant ...


EPA Unveils PFAS Stewardship Program, Webinar

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a stewardship program that it says aims to encourage the voluntary withdrawal of previously granted low volume exemptions (LVEs) f...


DOL Honors Worker Death with Heat Reminders

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


EPA Revokes Exemption for Antimicrobial Coating

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order to Allied BioScience for its product SurfaceWise2, a residual antimicrobial surface coating.


AZ Company Develops Drinking Water Tech

Based out of Scottsdale, Arizona, new commercial company Source Global, PBC, has developed a new way to deliver renewable, mineralized clean drinking water made from the power of its specifi...


PG&E Agrees to $5.9M Water Discharge Settlement

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company recently reached a settlement agreement, involving the payment of $5.9 million to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, which are slate...


Inspection Sweep Shuts Down 300 Sites in NYC

New York City’s Department of Buildings has reportedly shut down 322 construction sites due to hazardous conditions.


OSHA to Increase CO Site Inspections

Construction sites in Colorado will now be subject to random, weekend safety inspections from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to a new...


FL Condo Collapses Killing At Least 9

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


$19M Settlement Reached for CITGO Oil Spill

Last week, the United States Department of Justice announced that Houston-based CITGO Petroleum Corporation had agreed to a $19.69 million settlement to resolve federal and state claims for ...


DOL Announces $21M in Safety Training Funding

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced funding opportunities for more than $21 million in Occupational Safety and Health Administration training grants for non-profits.


Prelim Findings Show Plagued MX Metro

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


FL Authorizes Virtual Inspection Practices

Earlier this year, the Florida Building Codes Act was amended to authorize any government entity with the authority to enforce the building code to perform virtual inspections.


MI Sandblasting Business Cited for Violations

On several occasions this year, Kalamazoo Sandblast (Kalamazoo, Michigan) was investigated by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Air Quality Division (AQD) upon r...


2021 European Coatings Show Officially Canceled

Vincentz Network, organizer of the European Coatings Show, and NürnbergMesse, jointly announced on Monday that the European Coatings Show has been canceled.


Railway Safety Questioned in Pakistan Crash

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


NSF Awards University for Drinking Water Research

At the beginning of the month, the National Science Foundation awarded the University of Pittsburgh a $500,000 CAREER award to address the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal.


Kenzen Announces PPE Summer Rental

Manufacturer of smart personal protective equipment, Kenzen, has recently announced via emailed press release that it will be offering a new rental program for its wearable devices.


DOB to Sweep Large NYC Construction Sites

New York’s Department of Buildings Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca announced last week that the DOB will be mobilizing teams of inspectors across the city’s five boroughs to perform safety ...


JPCL May Issue is Now Online

The May issue of the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings is now online, available through options including an interactive digital edition, a full complement of web content and d...


OSHA to Change Words in Beryllium Rulings

A years-long challenge between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and several companies that produce or use blasting materials containing trace amounts of beryllium has reache...


Oil Chem Owner Sentenced for Flint Dumping

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that President and owner of Oil Chem Inc., Robert J. Massey, had been sentenced 12 months in prison for violating the Clean Water...


Architecture Firm Develops Sustainable Products Database

The London office of architecture firm Perkins&Will announced that it is developing a searchable directory of sustainable products to help minimize the carbon footprint of interior projects.


Officials Release Plans for Memphis Bridge Fix

Following the discovery of a structural crack on the Hernando de Soto 'M' bridge, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Arkansas Department of Transportation have announced a co...


Tourist Left Dangling after Glass Bridge Shatters

In a horrific incident at the Piyan Mountain resort in Longjing City, China, a tourist became temporarily stranded on the resort’s glass-bottomed suspension bridge after extreme winds shatte...


WA to Hold Webinar on PCB, Paint Inquiry

The Washington State Department of Ecology is moving forward with its inquiry into inadvertent Polychlorinated biphenyls (iPCBs), this time with a webinar that’s slated for June 1.


Skanska Worker Killed on Pensacola Bridge

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


FHWA Inspection Program Celebrates 50 Years

Observed during the last week of April, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration celebrated the 50th anniversary of its National Bridge Inspection Standards.


Mexico City Metro Overpass Collapse Kills 23

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


JPCL Presents 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards

In debuting the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings’ independent, inaugural issue of sorts last month, one aspect that continued to stay consistent over the last four years is th...


McCabe Confirmed as EPA Deputy Admin

The U.S. Senate voted 52-42 last week to confirm Janet McCabe as deputy chief of the Environmental Protection Agency.


DOL, OSHA Honor Workers Memorial Day

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


EPA Admin Proposes PFAS Special Council

Earlier this week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan issued a memorandum to senior leadership calling for the creation of a new EPA Council on PFAS. The counci...


NY Contractors Request Scaffold Law Waiver

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


Miami Outlines $4B Plan to Fight Rising Sea

The City of Miami has recently completed its updates on its Stormwater Master Plan, a comprehensive assessment of the city’s roads, drainage infrastructure, and water management features to ...


NIOSH Releases Well-Being Survey for Employers

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released a survey earlier this month that it says is meant to be a resource design to measure worker well-being.


CSB Gives Update on OH Paint Explosion

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


Historic MO Bridge Collapses

Last week, the Haskins Bridge, an historic bridge located at Jolly Mill Park near Pierce City, Missouri, collapsed into Capps Creek after a tree had fallen onto the structure.


USGBC Looks Ahead to Program Development

The U.S. Green Building Council, along with Green Business Certification Inc., recently released the results of its 2021 Community Survey. The survey aims to gather feedback that can be used...


Canadian Carrier Fined for Clean Water Violation

Upon pleading guilty to dumping wastewater into Lake Ontario, dry and liquid bulk carrier company Algoma Central Corporation was fined $500,000.


Study: More Deaths Linked to Methylene Chloride

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine earlier this week associates paint-stripping chemical methylene chloride to more deaths than what has previously been acknowledged by the Environm...


EU Research Looks at Ice, Vessel Safety

In research results recently published by CORDIS, European Union-funded project SEDNA discusses the severe challenges faced by ship navigators due to increased maritime traffic in the Arctic...


Biden Taps Assistant Secretary for OSHA

Last week, President Joe Biden announced a slew of nominations for key members of various departments including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Energy, Department of Transp...


$21M Settlement Reached with National Grid

Last month, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that a $21 million settlement had been reached regarding two New York City gas distribution companies owned by National Grid, a multinatio...


Shell Falcon Pipeline Under Investigation

Following probes initiated last year by Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, state and federal agencies are now investigating the safety of Shel...


Paint Plant Explosion Kills 1, Injures 8

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


Walsh Puts Pause on COVID-19 ETS

After missing the March 15 deadline to develop an emergency temporary standard for COVID-19, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that Labor Secretary Marty Walsh has put t...


Sessions, Roundtables Planned for LCRR

In a recent announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a schedule of upcoming public listening sessions and roundtables regarding its Lead and Copper Rule Revisions.


FERC Conducts First-Ever Climate Change Review

For the first time in the agency’s history, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has recently completed a climate change review.


NYC Piloting Virtual Inspection Program

The New York City Department of Buildings has begun piloting a new Remote Video Inspections program that will replace in-person visits for some construction inspections.


NOLA Inspectors Face Charges in Wider City Problem

The owner of a New Orleans private building inspection company, along with the former top building inspector for the city government, faced arrest at the end of last week on charges that the...


University to Gauge Infrastructure Resilience

A civil engineering assistant professor from the University of Texas at Arlington recently received two grants funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the North Central Texas Cou...


Researchers Working on AI for Exoskeletons

Robotics researchers at the University of Waterloo are reportedly developing exoskeleton legs capable of “thinking and making control decisions” using artificial intelligence technology.


Details Released After Water Plant Death

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


Pedestrian Fatality Report Calls for Safer Streets

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


EPA Seeks Comments on Lead, Copper Rule

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would be extending the effective date of the Revised Lead and Copper Rule so that the agency could further seek public i...


OSHA Launches Emphasis Program for COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a national emphasis program focusing on enforcement efforts on companies that put the largest number...


Optical Illusion Plays Tricks on Bridge Stability

At the beginning of the month, officials from the North Carolina Department of Transportation were reportedly assuring local residents on the stability of a bridge in Raleigh.


OSHA Releases Top Violations for FY 2020

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently revealed its annual top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2020. The list wa...


Bridge Collapse Remains Mystery 3 Years Later

Although nearly three years have passed since the collapse of a bridge in Port Bruce, Ontario, the reasoning behind the structure’s failure remains a mystery.


Nashville Introduces New Construction Safety Bill

Nashville councilmembers introduced a bill last week that aims to raise the standards and oversight for metro construction projects.


DOL Report: OSHA Left Workers at Increased Risk

With President Joe Biden’s deadline for an emergency temporary standard implementation (should it be deemed necessary) a week away, a report has surfaced from the Department of Labor’s Inspe...


OSHA Announces Dates for Safety Stand-Down

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced the dates for this year’s National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.


CDC Updates Construction's Mental Health Checklists

At the end of January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its checklists for construction employers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, with special consideration...


NY Created Death Registry for Construction

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


USGBC Releases Top 10 LEED States for 2020

Earlier this month, the U.S. Green Building Council announced its annual Top 10 States for LEED green building. Last year, Massachusetts lead the country with the most certified square feet ...


Expert Revisits Cecil Hotel Water Tank Case

Whether you’re a subscriber to the video streaming service Netflix or not, you’ve likely heard of the production company’s latest true crime documentary, Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the...


$2.75B Diversion Project Makes Headway

Earlier this month, officials announced that they had received a key permit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, allowing for the construction of the $2.75 billion Red River d...


EPA Further Clarifies Review of TSCA Process

The U.S. Environmental Protection agency has received a report evaluating its Toxic Substances Control Act chemical risk evaluations system prompting the agency to announce that it will be r...


Rescuers Digging for Trapped Hydroelectric Workers

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


Tech, Construction Company Study Heat Sensor Devices

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


OSHA Proposes Hazard Communication Update

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a proposed rule earlier this month to update the agency’s Hazard Communication Standard to align with the ...


Inquiry: Flammable Panels Sold as 'Default'

The first—and probably only—person from Arconic testified in front of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry earlier this week and revealed that the company sold panels that it knew were flammable becau...


MI to Develop Dam Safety Regulations

Reported at the beginning of the month, the Michigan Dam Safety Task Force announced that it would be delayed in submitting new safety measures to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.


EPA Settles Pittsburgh Stormwater Violations

On Friday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had reached a consent agreement with the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA)...


OSHA Updates COVID-19 Guidance Per Order

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued stronger worker safety guidance to aid employers in implementing a COVID-19 prevention program and to ...


Axalta Names New SVP of Global Industrial Coatings

Global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. recently named its new Senior Vice President of Global Industrial Coatings, Shelley Bausch.


NYC Inks Deal with Tech to Track Safety Training

The New York City Department of Buildings has recently partnered with tech company myComply to build and administer software behind a new training credential database.


UK Unveils Regulatory Body for Construction

The United Kingdom’s Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick recently unveiled a new regulatory body that’s been established to oversee the safety of construction materials. The decision was influe...


OSHA Tasked with Updating COVID-19 Guidance

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been ordered to issue new COVID-19 guidance and again consider a national emergency temporary standard, under an e...


OSHA Adjusts, Increases Civil Penalty Amounts

The U.S. Department of Labor has made adjustments to the Occupational Safety and Health administration’s civil penalty amounts based on cost-of-living adjustments for 2021.


MIOSHA Launches Silica Program

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as part of the state’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, announced last year that it would be launching a state-wide e...


EPA Announces Final Lead Abatement Rule

At the end of last month, the EPA announced the final rule to lower the clearance levels for the amount of lead that can remain in dust on floors and windowsills after lead abatement.


OSHA Issues Injury, Illness Reporting Reminder

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its annual reminder to specific employers to submit the required injury and illness date for 2020 by M...


AECOM Tests Wastewater for COVID-19

Last month, infrastructure consulting firm AECOM announced that it would be partnering with Northern New Jersey-based Bergen County Utilities Authority and Columbia University (New York City...


OSHA Releases FY 2020 Safety Review

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released its review of safety throughout fiscal year 2020, in which it says it used both traditional practice...


Man Rescued from Water Tank

In entering the winter season, officials from Lincoln Fire and Rescue in Nebraska weren’t expecting to receive a call regarding a water tank rescue near 84th and South streets.


BLS Releases 2019 Workplace Fatality Report

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


Lawsuit Filed Alleging Toxic Sandblasting Impacts

A Santa Clarita, California-based law firm has recently filed a complaint in the Los Angeles Superior Court against developer Five Points Development, alleging the company of failing to take...


AU Street Closed After Asbestos Mishap

Earlier this month, a variety of homes and vehicles were placed on lockdown in a suburban Sydney community after two private cleaning contractors sent asbestos particles flying from a home’s...


PSC Archive: Safety in Abrasive Blasting

Although Technology Publishing Co. has wrapped up PaintSquare Connect, its signature virtual event for the protective and commercial coatings industries, an archived library of its featured ...


Antimicrobial Coatings to be Tested on Transit

Diversified natural resources company, Teck Resources Limited (Vancouver, Canada) recently announced that it would be testing its antimicrobial copper coatings on high-touch transit surfaces...


USDOT Prepares for COVID-19 Vaccine Transport

At the beginning of the month, the United States Department of Transportation announced that it was ensuring that all its regulatory measures would be taken for the safe, rapid transportatio...


Data: Construction Tops Jobs in Asymptomatic COVID-19

A new study that tracked the results of more than 730,000 COVID-19 tests out of Los Angeles between August and October has found that construction workers had the highest positivity rates fo...


Water Recycling Plant Explosion Kills 4

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


TX Researchers Address Chemical Pollution

A team of researchers from Texas A&M University have recently been awarded a three-year Healthy Ecosystems grant by The Gulf Research Program of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering...


VT National Guard Rebuilds Field Hospital

The Vermont National Guard was recently tasked with rebuilding a 250-bed field hospital in Essex Junction, Vermont. The structure, which was initially built last April, was taken down in mid...


Observatory Collapses in Puerto Rico

Following weeks of concern over the possibility of cable failure, the Arecibo Observatory collapsed at the beginning of December, ending nearly 60 years of research at what was once the worl...


EPA Issues Final Rule on Cleanup Insurance

In a news release issued last month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had finalized its rulemaking on financial assurance requirements for the Electric Pow...


CA to Review Titanium Dioxide Classification

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s Proposition 65 Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee is slated to hold a virtual, public meeting th...


FEMA Releases Study on Following Building Codes

Late last month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which distributes billions of dollars in aid each year for communities to rebuild after disasters, released a study that took an in-...


EPA Extends Comment Period on PV29 Risks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period on the revised draft risk evaluation for C.I. Pigment Violet 29 (PV29). The EPA said that the extension s to g...


OSHA Releases COVID-19 Citation FAQ

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued guidance and an accompanying frequently-asked-questions sheet to help employers understand which ...


Clariant Commits to Global Lead Paint Elimination

Specialty chemicals company Clariant has announced that it is helping to accelerating the global phase-out of lead-based paint. The move was prompted by the eighth International Lead Poisoni...


Grenfell: Docs Hint Companies Knew of Dangers

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


AGC Reports Job Increase in October

Construction employment increased by 84,000 jobs in October, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.


Maroon Group Announces Lift Training Initiative

Specialty chemicals company Maroon Group, recently announced that it is initiating a new Tow Motor training program that the company says is a “commitment to continuous improvement and ongoi...


EPA Updates Risk Evaluation on PV29

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced late last week that it has released a revised draft risk evaluation for C.I. Pigment Violet 29 (PV29) for public comment and peer review un...


OSHA Issues FAQ on N95 Masks

Last week, U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a set of Frequently Asked Questions on how N95 respirators effectively protect wearers from coro...


Projects Using LEED to Respond to Pandemic

The U.S. Green Building Council reported late last week that more than 130 LEED projects have engaged its Safety First pilot credits in support of “healthy reopening plans in response to the...


Legislators Introduce Flood Protection Bill

Announced at the end of September, Representatives David E. Price (D-North Carolina) and Lee Zeldin (R-New York) introduced legislation aimed at reducing the impacts of serve weather, such a...


Construction Industry on Most Dangerous Jobs List

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


Flood Barrier Successfully Protects Venice

For the first time in decades, the city of Venice put its flood barriers into practice, successfully keeping the city dry during its first day of acqua alta or “high waters”—seasonal floodin...


AGC Releases Job Numbers for September

The Associated General Contractors of America released its monthly employment survey results late last week, reporting that construction employment increased by 26,000 jobs in September, but...


OSHA Releases Updated COVID-19 FAQs

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration updated its Frequently Asked Questions forum regarding the need to report employees’ in-patient hospitalizations ...


CA Dam Starts Draining for Seismic Retrofit

At the beginning of the month, officials from the Santa Clara Valley Water District started taking the first steps in its $576 million Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project to remove and rep...


Small Fire Breaks Out at NOLA Hard Rock Site

A fire broke out Monday morning (Sept. 28) at the site of the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans where workers are currently carrying out an $8.4 million demolition plan.


MDOT Bridge Inspectors Save Stranded Dog

On Sunday, two bridge inspectors from Stantec’s Bridge Inspection and Assessment team rescued a dog that had been stranded on the U.S. 84 bridge over the Mississippi River between Natchez, M...


OSHA Awards $11.2M in Harwood Safety Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that it has awarded approximately $11.2 million in Susan Harwood federal safety and health tra...


Reports Indicate N95 Material Still Short

The raw material needed to make N95 masks is still in short supply, according to the Associated Press. The AP reported late last week that meltblown textile—a crucial component for the masks...


Safety Stand-Down Takes Place This Week

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 7th-Annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls is this week, Sept. 14-18.


Researcher Gets $1.8M Grant for Slip Study

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has awarded a $1.8 million grant to a University of Pittsburgh researcher to develop a safer ladder.


NIOSH Issues Guidance on Counterfeit Masks

Late last month, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health—part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—released guidance on counterfeit respirators.


SSPC Postpones Coatings+ 2021 to December

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced the postponement of its Coatings+ 2021 conference, slated to be held at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.


OSHA Issues Final Construction Beryllium Standard

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued its Final Beryllium Standard for Construction and Shipyards. While no major changes are reported in the rule, the DOL did include changes that it says...


Interim Company List for TSCA Fees Released

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released an interim final list of businesses that are subject to pay fees for the 20 chemicals designated as high priority for the next ri...


SDOT Hires Designer for Bridge Replacement

The Seattle Department of Transportation has selected HNTB Corporation to design the West Seattle Bridge replacement, though the timing of that replacement remains unclear as the department ...


Flint Reaches $600M Settlement with State

The state of Michigan has reached a $600 million settlement with Flint residents for the state’s role in the city’s water crisis. A summary of the deal shows that nearly 80% of the funds wil...


EPA Finalizes Plans for Sherwin-Williams Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday (Aug. 10) that it has finalized its plan to address contamination at the former manufacturing plant and adjoining areas of the Sherw...


Baltimore Gas Explosion Kills 2, Injures Several

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


OSHA Sets Safety Stand-Down Dates

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced late last week that the 7th Annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction has been resche...


Company Unveils New Exoskeleton Device

Tool manufacturer Hilti has unveiled its first wearable exoskeleton, the EXO-O1. The company says that the “human augmentation device” aims to help contractors, tradesman and management to t...


None Injured in AZ Partial Rail Bridge Collapse

The Salt River Union Pacific Bridge, in Tempe, Arizona, partially collapsed last week after a train derailed on the structure, setting it ablaze and sending debris into the lake below.


USGBC Releases 2 New Safety Pilot Credits

The U.S. Green Building Council released two new Safety First pilot credits as part of its LEED for Cities and Communities rating system.


$100M CA Millennium Tower Fix Approved

The permitting process is reportedly now complete for the fixes needed for San Francisco’s Millennium Tower. The $100 million shoring project is now estimated to begin in November.


NYC Begins COVID-19 Safety Enforcement

During the first days of enforcing COVID-19 safety regulations on construction sites, New York City’s Department of Buildings issued 88 citations, which included 41 stop work orders, accordi...


Researcher Gets Grant to Study Wastewater

A civil engineering professor from the University of Arkansas has been awarded federal funding to study wastewater in regard to the spread of COVID-19.


MIT Researchers Design New Face Mask

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with Brigham and Women’s Hospital have reportedly design a new face mask that they believe could stop viral particles as effec...


DOL Issues Final General Industry Beryllium Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued its Final Beryllium Standard for General Industry. While no major changes are reported in the rule, the DOL did include changes that it says are desig...


Survey: Heavy Civil Construction Optimistic

A new industry survey has shown that contractors in heavy civil construction are less impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic than commercial contractors, according to Dodge Data & ...


OSHA Releases Annual Heat Hazard Reminder

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its annual reminder to employers “of their duty to protect employees from the risks and dangers of hea...


OSHA Issues Uniform Silica Guidance

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a compliance directive designed to ensure uniformity in inspection and enforcement procedures w...


MI Team Completes Dam Inspection

Earlier this month, a group of Michigan engineers from consulting firm TRC Engineers Michigan Inc. presented its 46-page visual inspection report on the failure of the Edenville Dam.


Daubert Cromwell Receives REACH Cert

Last week, corrosion and rust inhibitor packaging manufacturer Daubert Cromwell announced via press release that it had successfully completed all necessary requirements for the European Uni...


Last Restrictions Lifted from Boston Construction

Boston construction is now in full swing after completing the last phase of its reopening of the industry, which began late last month.


EPA Posts Risk Evaluation for Methylene Chloride

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released late last week the first risk evaluation to be completed under the Lautenberg Act amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act: the evalua...


Data: Construction Activity Back to Pre-Pandemic Level

The Associated General Contractor of America released new data last week that indicate that construction activity has returned to pre-COVID-19 levels in 34 states.


Hurricane Season Threatens NCDOT, Others

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, reports claim that the North Carolina Department of Transportation is now facing financial concerns regarding the approaching hurricane season.


ICC Releases Guides on Reoccupancy

Earlier this month, the International Code Council released a set of guidelines to advice building owners and managers on the reoccupancy of buildings that had been closed due to the COVID-1...


Trans Mountain Pipeline Spills, Restarts

Earlier this month, Trans Mountain issued a statement announcing that it had experienced a spill at its Sumas Pump Station in Abbotsford, British Columbia, near Native American reservation, ...


Cracks Threaten Collapse of FL Bridge

During a routine biannual inspection on Tuesday (June 16), large cracks and falling concrete were discovered on the southernmost span of the southbound Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart, Florida.


MI Sues Dam Owners After Failures

Since the failure of the Edenville and Sanford dams last month, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that a new state lawsuit has been filed against dam owners Boyce Hydro LLC and...


OSHA Schedules Construction Advisory Meetings

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that its Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health will meet via teleconference on ...


USGBC Unveils Safety-Related Pilot Credits

Earlier this week, the U.S. Green Building Council released, as promised, four new Safety First Pilot Credits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


EPA Evaluates SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater

Last month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that its researchers would be engaging in research practices to help states, tribes, local, territorial governments, a...


Sika Now Producing Respiratory Masks, Sanitizer

Swiss chemicals company Sika has reportedly commenced production of respiratory masks in France.


OSHA Releases Distancing Guides, Testimony

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an alert last week detailing steps for social distancing in the workplace.


Research Monitors COVID-19 via Wastewater

Recently, researchers from the Center for Environmental Health Engineering at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have developed a new approach to monitoring regional levels of SA...


OSHA Announces $11.5M in Harwood Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced the availability of $11.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants.


OSHA Releases Revised Enforcement Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently adopted “revised policies” for enforcing its requirements with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic as diffe...


Study Looks at Healthcare Construction Training

Researchers out of Washington State University and Clemson University have found that insufficient training for construction workers in hospital settings could be contributing to disease out...


Green Building Council Reveals Economic Plan

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced a new strategy to support industry recovery efforts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Boston Talks Timeline for Essential Construction

Last week, the city of Boston released a timeline of an incremental reopening of the construction industry, noting that all sites that are currently open are in compliance with the COVID-19 ...


OSHA Translates Risk Exposure Tips

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published its “10 Steps All Workplace Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus” poster in 11 additi...


Axalta Reports COVID-19 PPE Donations

Last month, global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta issued a press release regarding its personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer donations during the COVID-19 pandemic.


OSHA Releases Further Guidance on N95s

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued further interim enforcement guidance on the reusing of disposable N95 filtering face piece respir...


DC Awards Contract for Temp Patient Space

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser announced last week that the administration has issued a design-build contract to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. to convert the Walter E. Washington Con...


USDOT to Meet CARES Act Responsibilities

In a memorandum issued last Monday (April 20), Acting Inspector General Mitchell L. Behm wrote to the Secretary on supporting efforts made by the United States Department of Transportation t...


OSHA to Hold Whistleblower Meeting

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced earlier this week that it will hold a teleconference meeting to “solicit public comments and suggestion...


OSHA Releases COVID-19 Recordkeeping Guide

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued guidance for enforcing its recordkeeping requirements in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.


SSPC Launches ‘SSPC Cares’

Recently, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced the launch of “SSPC Cares,” an initiative and recognition of kindness to inspire others to give back to communities during the C...


DOL Announces OSHA Interim Enforcement

On Monday (April 13), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced an interim enforcement response plan for the coronavirus pandemic.


BASF Donates Masks, Sanitizer

Chemical company BASF has announced that, as part of its “Helping Hands” campaign, it is donating more than 100 million protective masks to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.


Another Bridge Collapses in Italy

Last week, Italian officials reported that a bridge serving the A10 motorway on a portion that connects parts of Liguria and Tuscany in Aulla, Italy, collapsed while two drivers were crossin...


DOL Releases Whistleblower Reminder

The U.S. Department of Labor released a bulletin late last week reminding employers that they cannot retaliate against workers reporting unsafe conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.


FL Coatings Company Begins Manufacturing Sanitizer

In Tampa, Florida, paint and coatings company Sun Coatings has announced via emailed press release that it has repurposed part of its 90,000-square-foot plant in order to manufacture hand sa...


Covestro Provides COVID-19 Aid

Global high-performance polymers company Covestro (Pittsburgh) recently announced that is has been providing aid during the COVID-19 pandemic through in-kind and money donations.


OSHA Releases Guidance on N95 Shortages

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released interim enforcement guidance to help combat the shortage of N95 filtering face piece respirator...


OSHA Fines 11 Firms for NOLA Hard Rock

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited and fined 11 firms in connection with the partial collapse of New Orleans’ Hard Rock Hotel last fall that killed three workers.


Trump Issues Order Under Production Act

Last Thursday (April 2), President Donald J. Trump announced a memorandum on the Order Under the Defense Production Act Regarding 3M Company and its production of N95 masks.


EPA Approves Products to Fight COVID-19

Recently, the United States Environmental Protection Agency released a list of approved disinfectant products that meet the criteria in fighting against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COV...


AIA Forms Taskforce, Releases COVID-19 Webinar

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Institute of Architects has launched a task force to help inform public officials, healthcare facility workers and architects on adapting b...


OSHA Extends Silica Exposure Program

According to a news release issued by the United Sates Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended its National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Respirable C...


Government Amends ‘Essential’ Workers List

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency recently released a memorandum identifying essential critical infrastructure workers during the CO...


PaintExpo 2020 Postponed

Earlier this month, FairFair GmbH (Oberboihingen, Germany)—organizer of international industrial coatings technology trade fair PaintExpo—announced that this year’s trade show would be postp...


OSHA Issues COVID-19 Workplace Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” with the aim to help companies respond to the ...


WA Halts Construction; Boston Extends Pause

Last week, another state added to the list of places in the United States to halt construction in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


OH DOT Construction Presses Forward

Although various projects across the United States have seemingly halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) reports that it will continue to stay on s...


Army Corps Begins Work on Temporary Hospitals

Within the past week, multiple state governors have been in talks with the Army Corps of Engineers for plans on site for temporary hospitals to combat capacity issues resulting from the COVI...


NACE Announces Coating Inspector Program

Last week, NACE International, The Corrosion Society, announced the rollout of its flagship Coating Inspector Program (CIP) where aspiring inspectors can learn through a series of online and...


CSHA Postpones Tradeshow, Demo Day

In an emailed press release, the Coating Society of the Houston Area announced Tuesday (March 17), that the annual CSHA Tradeshow and Demo Day have been postponed.


British Coatings CEO Talks Titanium Dioxide

CEO of the British Coatings Federation Tom Bowtell recently released a statement telling those who deal with titanium dioxide to “not be alarmed” by the European Union’s latest delegation cl...


Trump Calls Companies to Donate Masks

In taking steps to fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration has requested that U.S. construction companies donate their safety mask inventory to hospitals and health ...


Boston Halts Projects; AGC Releases Statement

Earlier this week, Boston became the first U.S. city to halt construction activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


CORROSION 2020, ACS Conference Postponed

Late last Friday (March 6), NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced that its annual CORROSION 2020 conference and expo would be postponed until June 14-18.


WY Passes Wind Turbine Disposal Bill

At the end of February, Wyoming House of Representatives passed House Bill 217—which aims to ban the disposal of wind turbines in Wyoming-based landfills—in a 38-21 vote.


Research Looks at Elevating Concrete Slabs

A researcher at the University of Texas at Arlington is working on a web-based tool that will help design home slab elevations, a tool they say will protect homes against floods and storms.


USDA, EPA Announce Rural Water Support

Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that aims to help water systems face the challenges o...


EPA Finalizes List of 20 Low-Priority Chemicals

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized its list of 20 chemical substances that it has identified as low priority under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


Repairs Made at High-Hazard NV Dam

At the end of January, state officials reported that initial repairs on the Cave Creek Dam at Nevada’s Cave Lake State Park in Ely, had been finished, marking the completion of the first pha...


USDOT Announces $12.5M in Pipeline Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has recently announced the availability of $12.5 million in grant opportunities regarding safet...


OSHA Revises Silica Exposure Program

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the revision of the National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate work...


Europe Gears Up for NMP Restriction

With the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) restriction of N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) is set to take effect this spring, the agency recently released a new guideline available for industrial ...


NOLA Council to Investigate Hard Rock Collapse

Last week, the New Orleans City Council unanimously voted to form a special committee that will hold hearings on the October 2019 collapse of the under-construction Hard Rock Hotel as well a...


University Fiber Captures Wastewater Hormones

Research scientists from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University (Espoo, Findland) have developed a wood-based cellulose fiber yarn, intended for pharmaceutical substan...


2020 OSHA Oil & Gas Issues Call for Abstracts

A call for abstracts has recently been issued by the 2020 OSHA Oil & Gas Safety and Health Conference Advisory Board to industry professionals for presentation proposals for its 2020 Confere...


Philippine Association: Lead Phase-Out Complete

The EcoWaste Coalition, along with the Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers announced earlier this month that the phase-out of all lead-containing paints in the Philippines used for...


Report: Workplace Fatality Rate Stagnant in 2018

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


OSHA Corrects Protective Equipment Rule

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule in the Federal Register, issuing various corrections to its Walking-Working Su...


EPA Finalizes List of 20 High-Priority Chemicals

Late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in an emailed press release that it had finalized the list of the next 20 chemicals to undergo risk evaluation under the T...


UK Court Cuts Part of Combustible Cladding Ban

Part of the United Kingdom’s combustible cladding ban was thrown out by the courts earlier this month following a lawsuit filed by the British Blind & Shutter Association.


EPA's Toxic Substance Evaluation to Get Review

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it has contracted the National Academies of Science to conduct a peer review of the “Application of Systematic Review in Toxic Sub...


OSHA Sets Date for Silica Standard Proposal

In approaching the end of 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released its long-term regulatory agenda, setting forth the Agency’s schedule for the next 12 months.


Industry Reacts to Proposed Beryllium Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a proposal in early October to “more appropriately tailor the requirements” of beryllium exposure standa...


Report: OSHA Inspections Up in 2019

On Tuesday (Dec. 3), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that workplace safety and health inspections were up a significant amount in fisca...


Bridge Collapses in Italy, No Fatalities

Over a year after the Morandi Bridge collapsed in Genoa, Italy, claiming 43 lives, another bridge, located near Savona, also collapsed, with no reported casualties. Torrential downpour had a...


Report: Keystone Spill Worse Than Thought

A state regulator has recently reassessed the amount of land believed to have been affected by a crude oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in eastern North Dakota, which occurred on Oct. 29...


DOL Plans Safety Meeting, Requests Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor announced late last week that is has scheduled a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health for Dec. 12 in Washington, D.C.


AGC Backs Grant for Women's Harnesses

Construction technology provider Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America announced last week that they are teaming up to fund a grant program to supply select, in-need mem...


DOT Announces BUILD Grant Recipients

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the award of $900 million in Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants to 55 projects across 35 states.


ABC Speaks on Safety at OSHA Meeting

The Associated Builders and Contractors announced late last week that its Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Developer, Greg Sizemore, spoke at a Nov. 7 Occupational...


AIA Releases Statement on Paris Climate Accord

The American Institute of Architects has spoken out on President Donald J. Trump’s official decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.


Keystone Pipeline Leak Reported in ND

Last week, over 380,000 gallons of oil leaked from the Keystone Pipeline, a total amounting to 9,120 barrels of crude oil, according to reports. The incident was detected last Tuesday (Oct. ...


EPA Taking Comments on Methylene Chloride

The Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public input on a draft risk evaluation of more than 70 uses for methylene chloride, including commercial paint and coating removal, consume...


Berkeley Using New Tech for Quake Studies

Researchers at the Berkeley Lab and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are currently using high-performance computing systems to better predict how structures will respond to an earthqua...


DOL Rolls Out New Respirator Fit Protocols

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in late September a final rule that includes two new fit testing protocols for ensuring correct respira...


Report: PA Refinery Fire Caused by Corroded Pipe

A degraded piece of metal pipe has been named the culprit behind the fire at a Philadelphia crude oil refinery that occurred back in June, an incident that was the result of several explosio...


EPA Proposes Lead and Copper Rule Amendment

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule amendment that would be the first significant overhaul of the Lead and Copper Rule since 1991, a proposal that bo...


FIU Bridge Collapse Documents Released

As part of the ongoing investigation into the bridge collapse at Florida International University that occurred over a year ago, the National Transportation Safety Board recently released 6,...


Bridge Collapses in Taiwan Killing 6

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


OSHA Announces Beryllium Rule Amendment

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in an emailed press release late last week the finalizing of its June 2017 proposal to revise the beryl...


EPA Threatens CA Highway Funding

In response to the state of California’s reported negligence in submitting pollution-control plans, the Environmental Protection Agency recently threatened to cut transportation funding for ...


Officials Connected to Fukushima Acquitted

Over eight years since the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, three former operating firm executives have been found not guilty of negligence in light of the incident. Japan is also slated to dump ...


Multiple VT Bridges Reported as ‘Non-Compliant’

After a whistleblower alleged that four Vermont bridges were built with “non-conforming construction” practices, the Vermont Agency of Transportation announced a full investigation into the ...


Exposed CA Gas Pipeline Raises Concerns

Concerns have been raised over an exposed length of natural gas pipeline located in Briones Regional Park, in Contra Costa County, California. Asset owner PG&E, also known as Pacific Gas and...


OSHA: Nuclear Whistleblower to be Rehired

On Monday (Aug. 26), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration ordered the Tennessee Valley Authority to reinstate employment for a former worker who had been put on paid admini...


Explosion Reported at AL Coatings Plant

Earlier this month, a fire broke out at paint and coatings manufacturer Professional Coatings, Inc. (Cullman, Alabama), resulting in multiple chemical storage container explosions.


Report: Russia Nuclear Reactor Explosion Likely

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


OSHA Requests Feedback On Silica Standard

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently seeking industry feedback on its respirable crystalline silica standard as it applies to construction. The comment period ...


England Dam at Risk of Collapse

Heavy rain recently damaged the auxiliary spillways of a Derbyshire, England, dam, prompting an evacuation of the nearby town. Now, a helicopter has flown in bags of aggregate to keep the re...


Fires Occur at WI Substations; None Injured

Last Friday (July 19), around 7:30 a.m., fires broke out at the American Transmission Company/Madison Gas & Electric Blount Street Substation and the East Campus Substation, in Madison, Wisc...


Explosions, Fire Erupt at Philly Refinery

A fire broke out early in the morning last Friday at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex—a crude oil refinery in South Philadelphia—resulting in several explosions.


PA Cladding Company Named in Grenfell Lawsuit

Survivors of London’s fatal Grenfell Tower fire, along with the families of the more than 70 who died in the blaze, are suing material and product suppliers in a Philadelphia Court of Appeal...


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...


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...


ABC Study Looks at Reducing Safety Risks

The Associated Builders and Contractors organization recently released its ABC 2019 Safety Performance Report, which has found that companies that take proactive measures to prevent jobsite ...


Offshore Platforms Corroded Prior to Oil Spill

Almost four years after a spill dumped roughly 140,000 gallons of crude oil onto Refugio State Beach, in Santa Barbara County, California, federal records indicate that offshore drilling pla...


EPA to Hold Committee Meeting on Chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that it will be holding the first meeting of its Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


OSHA Announces $10.5M in Training Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that $10.5 million in funding will be available this year through its Susan Harwood Training ...


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...


Acosta Talks OSHA Inspections, Budget Increases

The U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently told a House Appropriations subcommittee to expect a budget increase for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 2020 and a...


Professors Win Grant for Study of Anti-Corrosion Additive

Following the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority planning to use orthophosphate as a corrosion control measure for lead pipes, two professors from the University of Pittsburgh have receive...


OSHA Cites GA Contractor for Trenching Hazards

A Dallas, Georgia-based utility contractor was recently cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing employees to excavation hazards while completing work on water...


WY Senator Introduces Worker Safety Legislation

A group of senators introduced legislation last week that would make the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program a permanent f...


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...


London Gets 3D ‘Zebra Crossing’

A 3D "zebra crossing" has made its appearance on a road in North-West London in efforts to improve road safety.


Pittsburgh Water to Use Pipe Additive

In order to address corrosion in lead pipes, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority recently began opening street hydrants and flushing water mains in the anticipation of adding orthophosp...


FL Bill Targets Heat-Related Injury Prevention

A Florida lawmaker brought forth a bill last week that would set a statewide standard for those working outdoors in relation to heat illness prevention.


PA Contractor Fined $200K for Excavation Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that it has cited a Pennsylvania company for exposing employees to excavation hazards. The co...


EPA Settles with CA Firms Over Lead Paint

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced earlier this week that it has settled with two California construction firms for lead paint violations, reaching nearly $50,000 in penaltie...


University Uses Smartphones to Evaluate Infrastructure

Scientists at the University of Missouri (Columbia, Missouri) have recently developed smartphone-based technologies to help monitor the condition of infrastructure, including roads and bridg...


Free Webinar: The Truths & Myths of Beryllium

A panel discussion on the status of beryllium rules in the industry is the topic of PaintSquare's upcoming free webinar: “Beryllium: Truths & Myths.”


EU Titanium Dioxide Decision Takes Another Step

Europe's discussion on whether or not titanium dioxide should e classified as a cause of cancer is slowly coming to a head as the European Commission now waits for a March 7 meeting of the R...


Pittsburgh Water Authority Charged Over Lead

On Friday (Feb. 1), Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed 161 criminal charges against the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority, alleging that the authority had failed to notify res...


Additive Could Help SC Town's Drinking Water

The city of Belton, South Carolina, recently revealed that elevated levels of lead had been found in some homes’ drinking water during a few-month monitoring period. To combat the issue, the...


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...


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 ...


OSHA Authorizes Use of Drones for Inspections

Inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration are now authorized to use drones for workplace inspections.


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...


Fatberg Haunts English Sewer

A ghoul made of grease and used baby wipes haunts the Sidmouth, England’s sewers: The fatberg, a 210-foot-long mass, is the largest discovered in Devon or Cornwall.


Report: Construction NYC's Most Fatal Industry

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


EPA Sued Over Lagging Paint-Stripper Ban

Public health advocates have officially filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its failure to finalize a rule prohibiting the use of methylene chloride.


WV Schools Offer Oil and Gas Safety Training

West Virginia University Safety and Health Extension, working in collaboration with Pierpont Technical and Community College, recently offered Occupational Safety and Health Administration E...


DOL Provides Assistance for Fall Prevention

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that it has developed a new collection of resources to help employers prevent falls on the job...


PG&E Allegedly Falsified Gas Pipeline Records

Regulators recently revealed that in the years following the deadly 2010 San Bruno, California, pipeline explosion, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company continued to commit pipeline safety v...


Often Overlooked: Safety in Abrasive Blasting

Following the proper safety guidelines when working with abrasive blasting can both prevent injury and long-term illness.


Silica and Safety in Focus at SSPC 2019

The 2019 iteration of the SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings conference will feature sessions on updated regulations regarding silica and beryllium, developing workplace safety cultur...


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.


Amazon Latest to Restrict Paint Strippers

Online retailer Amazon recently posted a policy update that effectively prohibits the sale of paint strippers that contain methylene chloride and n-methylpyrrolidone, joining the growing lis...


Cal/OSHA Cites, Fines Firm $141K in Trench Death

The California Division of Operational Safety and Health announced earlier this month that it has cited a general contractor—as well as imposed a $141,075 fine—in connection with a fatal tre...


Report: Construction Leads US in Suicide Rates

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


Delhi's New Bridge Attracts Dangerous Behavior

New Delhi’s newest piece of infrastructure, the 675-meter-long (2,214-foot-long) Signature Bridge, opened earlier this month, is already attracting dangerous behavior from tourists: In just ...


OSHA Reveals Top Violations for 2018

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, announced the agency’s top 10 violations for 2018, with fall prote...


Safety Certification Internationally Accredited

In mid-October, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association announced that the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals, one of the only certifications desig...


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...


OSHA Announces Harwood Grant Awards

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday the awardees of this year’s Susan Harwood Training Grants, monetary awards to unions, nonprofits and ...


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...


OSHA Cites FIU Pedestrian Bridge Firms

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued the first citations related to the bridge collapse at Florida International University, marking unsafe practices that w...


Florence Wreaks Infrastructure Havoc in US South

As Hurricane Florence, downgraded over the weekend to a tropical depression, works its way through the Mid-Atlantic and out to sea as a weakened force, the picture of the devastation the sto...


Hole in Pipe, Coating Eyed in Fatal TX Blast

The natural gas pipeline that caused a fatal explosion new Midland, Texas, in August had damage to its coal tar coating and steel wall, a newly released report indicates, causing a leak prio...


MD County's Proposed Sealant Ban Sparks Debate

A Maryland county’s plan to phase out the use of pavement sealers made with coal tar has raised objections from local manufacturers, who argue that health risks from the products are exagger...


TiO2 Plant Blamed for Chemical Exposure

A titanium dioxide plant is being blamed for a sulfur dioxide release that has led to the evacuation of children from a town in northern Crimea last week.


Judge Dismisses Sherwin-Williams Site Cleanup Suit

Almost exactly a year after it was filed, a class-action suit that sought damages and medical testing for neighbors of the so-called “Sherwin-Williams sites,” EPA-designated Superfund cleanu...


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...


OSHA Issues Silica Rule Guidance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced on Wednesday that new frequently asked questions and training videos on the use of respirable crystalline silica in construction w...


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).


CDC Recommends Changes on Heat Hazards

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


Chemical Firm, CEO Indicted Over Harvey Fires

Chemical firm Arkema and two high-level company officials were indicted late last week by a Harris County, Texas, grand jury over a series of exposions and fires at its Crosby plant during H...


Citation for Tank Contractor Withdrawn

More than two years after a citation was issued against Caldwell Tanks Inc. for not providing adequate ventilation for workers welding inside a water tank, Administrative Law Judge Peggy S. ...


OSHA Announces Harwood Grant Availability

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that $10.5 million in funding will be available this year through its Susan Harwood Training ...


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...


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.


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...


Golden Gate 'Trolleys' Could Spur Cable Painting

Painters working to maintain San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge may soon have a new tool at their disposal: A proposed $10 million “trolley” system along the bridge’s cables, to help ...


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...


OSHA Reiterates July 1 Reporting Deadline

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reminding employers that electronic injury and illness reports for some are due Sunday.


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...


Paint Firm, Box Stores Phase Out Paint Stripper

Over the course of a week, coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company and one of the United States’ largest home-improvement stores announced they will be phasing out the sale of pai...


Enforcement to Begin for Shipyard Silica Rule

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration will begin enforcement of its new silica rule in the maritime and general-industry sectors Saturday, following enforcement in the const...


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...


Workers: Tesla Paint Shop Plagued with Fires

Five Tesla employees recently reported that the company has had at least four fires at its Fremont, California, painting facility since 2014, including one in April that was enough to stop M...


NYC Introduces Safety Training Rule

Under a new law recently finalized in New York City, workers on many construction sites will be required to go through increased safety training.


Sunoco Pipeline Build Stalled Again

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission judge Elizabeth Barnes recently ordered the suspension of gas transportation through Sunoco’s Mariner East 1 pipeline, while also stopping any further ...


CSB Issues Final Report on Arkema Blasts

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an investigative body that examines incidents involving chemical dangers in the country, has released its final report on last August’s fire at an Arkema chem...


OSHA Announces Change to Crane Regs

U.S. workplace-safety regulators announced last week that they plan to change regulations regarding crane operation again after rulemaking nearly a decade ago that spawned confusion and cont...


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...


WI Shipyard Settles First Lead Exposure Suit

A Wisconsin shipyard has settled one of a number of lawsuits filed in the past two years by workers alleging they were exposed to lead hazards in violation of workplace-safety regulations.


OSHA, States Spar Over Electronic Reporting

Weeks after the U.S. Department of Labor announced it had corrected an “error” in the implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new electronic injury and illness ...


Safety Stand Down Begins Monday

Starting Monday, professionals in the construction industry will be participating in National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, which serves to educate workers about the im...


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...


'Singing Road' Goes Quiet After Complaints

Residents of a Dutch village are singing a different tune after the installation of rumble strips that play the regional anthem on a nearby highway: The strips were installed to keep drivers...


NTSB Issues Report on I-84 Bridge Collapse

A newly released report from the National Transportation Safety Board indicates the Georgia Department of Transportation is partly responsible for the fire that destroyed part of Interstate ...


Study Questions Abrasives' Beryllium Content

New data released by a blasting-abrasive industry trade group appears to show higher levels of beryllium than previously recorded in a number of abrasive media, though manufacturers of the p...


NIOSH Links Noise, Heart Disease

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health researchers recently released a study that analyzed data regarding occupational noise exposure, hearing difficulty and heart conditions ...


Falsework Collapses at CA Bridge Site

A falsework collapse at a bridge construction site in California late last week led to wood beams—and, some say, more—falling into the river below.


EPA Convenes Summit on PFAS

The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will convene a national leadership summit to address the topic of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, use...


Webinar to Address Beryllium Rule

A webinar broadcast by PaintSquare at 11 a.m. ET next Wednesday wlll take on the topic of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new beryllium rule, set to be enforced starting ...


Painters Targeted in OSHA Hearing-Loss Bulletin

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a new bulletin related to hearing loss, with special attention paid to ototoxicity, hearing loss brought on by chemical ex...


Cause Unknown in Fatal FL Bridge Collapse

A pedestrian bridge located near Florida International University collapsed Thursday afternoon (March 15), killing at least six people and injuring at least a dozen more. The cause of the in...


OSHA Budget Proposal Cuts Training Grants

A grant program that for four decades has funded safety training via nonprofits, schools and unions is on the chopping block in the Department of Labor's proposed 2019 budget, as the Occupat...


OSHA to Enforce Parts of Beryllium Rule in May

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced late last week that it will begin enforcement of much of its new beryllium standard on May 11 in all industries, including constru...


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Gas Leak Blamed for India Shipyard Blast

Officials are blaming a leak of acetylene for an explosion that killed five workers in the ballast tank of a ship last week at the Cochin Shipyard in Kerala, India.


London Fatberg Stars in Horror Movies

To mark a part of the Whitechapel fatberg being on display at the Museum of London, creative agency KK Outlet created a number of low-budget horror movies to tell the story of how the sewer ...


UHP Water Gun Blasts the Fire Away

Ultra-high pressure waterjetting and wet abrasive blasting with a slurry are fairly common methods of surface preparation, but one Ocala, Florida-based company is betting on a similar techno...


Aerospace Firm Fined $194K for Chromium-6 Exposure

Aircraft manufacturer Spirit Aerosystems Inc. was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in January for allegedly exposing employees performing sanding operations to a kn...


Two More GenX Spills Reported at NC Site

A specialty chemicals manufacturer that’s come under fire in recent months over releases of potentially carcinogenic substances into the water around its North Carolina plant reportedly admi...


China Wins Contract for Croatia Bridge Build

A Chinese consortium has won the bid for the construction of the $340 million Peljesac bridge in Croatia, which will connect the city of Dubrovnik with the rest of the country.


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.


Painters Rank No. 24 on Dangerous Jobs List

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


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...


PA Halts Pipeline Construction Over Leaks

Pennsylvania officials stopped construction of Sunoco Pipeline’s Mariner East 2 pipeline Wednesday after a series of incidents in which drilling fluids were released into the environment ove...


Trump Administration Looks to Roll Back Offshore Regs

The federal government is moving to repeal some regulations placed on offshore drilling by the administration of former President Barack Obama in the years following the Deepwater Horizon di...


Investigation Into Chemours Contamination Expands

North Carolina environmental officials may further expand their investigation into the contamination of groundwater near a specialty chemicals plant after GenX, a chemical used in the formul...


OSHA Issues New Silica Rule Guides

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released more than a dozen fact sheets related to the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction, with a focus on...


NY State Orders MTA Lead-Paint Study

Months after a painters union expressed concerns about lead paint chips falling from New York City’s elevated train stations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week signed a piece of legislation requir...


European Boards Approve Diisocyanate Rules

Two European regulatory bodies have agreed on new restrictions on diisocyanates, the building blocks of polyurethanes that have been under increased scrutiny in recent years due to their pot...


OSHA Accepting 2016 Injury Reporting Through Dec. 31

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a reminder to businesses that it will continue to accept the 2016 OSHA Form 300A data via the Injury T...


OSHA Renews Alliance with Women's Trade Group

Federal workplace-safety regulators will continue to work with the National Association of Women in Construction to safeguard women workers in the building trades, as the Occupational Safety...


Tractors Threaten Bridges in IN County

The bridges of Boone County, it seems, are under siege from an unlikely source: farm equipment.


Answers Scant in Blasting Allergy Death

When 33-year-old Justin Mathews died suddenly after a visit to a jobsite where workers had been blasting using walnut-shell abrasive media, it raised questions about food allergies and some ...


Blasting Safety in Focus at SSPC 2018

The 2018 iteration of the SSPC: Society for Protective Coatings conference will feature sessions on inhalation hazards associated with abrasive blasting, as well as cost reduction and code c...


Workers Allege Lead Exposure at VA Shipyard

Alleged lead contamination in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard has resulted in an investigation after complaints the shipyard failed to inform onsite workers of airborne lead risks.


Lawmakers Propose New SF Bridge, Tunnel

To address worsening traffic congestion, California lawmakers are urging the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to build a new bridge across the San Francisco Bay, along with an east-wes...


OSHA Announces New Injury-Reporting Date

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that the deadline for the electronic reporting of workplace injuries that occurred in 2016 will be Dec. 15, two wee...


OSHA Releases Fact Sheets for Shipyards

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has issued four new fact sheets on protecting workers from common hazards in the shipyard and maritime sectors, which cover topics such as p...


PA Students Proffer Plow Art

With winter weather rolling in across the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has invited students to participate in a contest to paint local district snow plows with messag...


Report: Shipyard Workers Exposed to Toxins

A new investigative report from a Seattle-area television news program alleges that civilian workers at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility were exposed to toxin...


Trump Announces New OSHA Head

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is set to get a new leader, as President Donald J. Trump has announced his nominee for Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety ...


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.


Gator in the Pipes Delays Work at FL Site

Delays can arise on construction projects for any number of reasons: weather, permits, cash flow. Then there’s the problem that caused a setback on an eastern Florida site on Monday—an allig...


Grace Period Ends for Silica Rule Enforcement

The 30-day enforcement grace period for the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard is over, and acting Deputy Assistant S...


NYC Mayor Authorizes Controversial Safety Bill

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed a controversial bill into law that deals with worker safety, which would effectively require that 180,000 city construction workers complet...


OSHA Begins Silica Rule Enforcement

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 30-day grace period for the respirable silica standard is over, and the agency is now fully enforcing the rule.


OSHA Injury Tracking App Back Online

After suspending operations due to a potential security breach, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Injury Tracking Application is back online, with no breaches found.


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...


Harwood Training Grant Recipients Announced

The Occupational Health and Safety administration recently announced that it has awarded $10.5 million in grants from the Susan Harwood Training Grants program.


Harvey Damages Water-Related Infrastructure

A total image of the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey is starting to come into focus, and the damage extends to sewage spills, superfund sites, drinking water systems and sewer systems, whi...


OSHA Announces Harwood Training Grant Recipients

The Occupational Health and Safety administration has awarded $10.5 million in grants for federal health and safety training to 80 nonprofits across the country for the 2017 fiscal year.


OSHA Reveals Top Violations for 2017

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has released the list of top 10 violations for 2017, which, though it has remained largely unchanged from 2016, sees the addition of a new c...


OSHA Silica Rule Enforcement Delayed

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s deadline for compliance with its new respirable silica rule has passed, but the agency has extended the date of enforcement by 30 days.


TX Chemical Blasts Spawn Suits, Investigation

Specialty chemicals firm Arkema, owner of the Crosby, Texas, facility where a number of explosions were triggered in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in late August, is now facing a criminal inv...


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 ...


OSHA, ACC Team Up on Isocyanate Safety

To promote awareness of worker exposure to diisocyantes, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the American Chemistry Council announced last week that they have established a...


Ohio Police Release State Fair Ride Photo

Weeks after prosecutors announced that there would be no criminal charges in the deadly ride failure at the Ohio State Fair in July, the Ohio State Highway Patrol released a photo that was c...


'Fatberg' Lurks in London Sewers

A terror lurks in London’s sewers—a concrete-hard mass that looks like something straight out of a horror novel.


Irma Leaves Infrastructure Damage in Wake

While the total damage Hurricane Irma inflicted on Florida has yet to be accounted for completely, reports of infrastructure damage are beginning to emerge, as the islands impacted by the st...


Last Arkema Plant Fires Burn

The last of the Arkema chemical fires in Crosby, Texas, has burned out, according to reports, allowing residents to return to their homes after an overnight evacuation last week.


Chemical Blasts, Storm Damage Plague TX

As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey at last begin to move on from the Gulf Coast region, the storm has left in its wake massive damage, including at an Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas...


NJ Residents Sue Over Former Paint Plant

A group of New Jersey residents filed suit last week in a federal court, accusing paint manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company of contaminating the soil and water around a former manufact...


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...


Paint Chemicals Trigger Blasts in Storm-Ravaged TX

As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey at last begin to move on from the Gulf Coast region, the storm has left in its wake massive damage, including at an Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas...


Infrastructure Takes a Hit from Deadly Harvey

Refineries and offshore platforms in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico shut down, some sustaining damage, as Hurricane Harvey made landfall over the weekend, weakening to a tropical storm but con...


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.


OSHA Injury Reporting Site Suspended

After a possible security breach, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s online injury reporting system has temporarily suspended operations


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).


Employers Help Beat the Heat

OSHA recently listed employers who had gone above and beyond to keep workers safe from heat-related illnesses during the warm summer season.


WI Shipyard Faces More Lead-Exposure Suits

The fallout from the 2016 lead exposure incident at a Wisconsin shipyard continues, as new lawsuits were filed Wednesday on behalf of 43 workers.


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...


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.


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...


University Study Confirms Flint Corrosion Story

A study headed up by University of Michigan researchers appears to have confirmed what was long suspected about the source of heightened lead levels in the city of Flint’s drinking water: Th...


Bridge Project Error Leads to Massive Blackout

Two islands in North Carolina’s Outer Banks were left without power Thursday, and many residents may not see their electricity restored for weeks—all due to a mistake on a bridge constructio...


OSHA Issues Silica Guide for Shipyards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a Small Entity Compliance Guide to help smaller businesses in the maritime and general industry sectors understand how to comply ...


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.


States Divided on Beryllium Rule Action

As the Occupational Safety and Health Administration explores the possibility of changing its new rule on beryllium exposure before enforcement even begins, some states are taking up the new...


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 Offers $10.5M in Worker Safety Grants

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that $10.5 million is available in this year’s round of Susan Harwood Training Grants, which fund worker...


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...


OSHA Reporting Site Near Despite Rule Status

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday afternoon that it plans to launch an online injury-reporting application Aug. 1, even as the agency says it’s working ...


Inquest Eyes Spray Booth in 2015 Explosion

An inquest is underway into a 2015 industrial accident in which an electrostatic spray booth exploded, claiming the lives of two workers at a factory in England.


PennDOT Deal Reduces Bridge Fire Fines

The contractor responsible for a fire that shut down Pittsburgh's Liberty Bridge for more than three weeks last fall won't be on the hook for all the fines originally assessed, according to ...


OSHA Proposes Electronic Reporting Delay

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has officially proposed a delay to the compliance date of parts of its new electronic recordkeeping rule, days before some provisions were o...


OSHA Proposes Beryllium Rule Changes

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday that it is proposing to revoke certain provisions of its new beryllium rule in the construction and maritime industries, wh...


CA Highway Buckles Under Intense Heat

Roads and sidewalks in California are starting to buckle due to the intense heat.


Bridge Firm Fined $189K Over Painter Fall

A Minnesota bridge-painting firm faces $189,000 in fines after two workers were injured in a fall at a jobsite in Portland, Oregon, earlier this year.


OSHA Issues Spray Painting Hazards Pamphlet

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a new fact sheet on the hazards associated with spray painting in shipyards, with information on engineering controls and ...


Europe Considers Carcinogen Label for TiO2

European regulators have taken another step toward classifying titanium dioxide as a substance “suspected of causing cancer,” drawing criticism from some in the coatings industry who say the...


CT Man Sentenced for Faked Bridge Inspection

A Connecticut man has been sentenced for falsifying an inspection report for a New York bridge.


MI Pipeline Integrity Questioned Again

Enbridge Energy’s Line 5, a 64-year-old liquid pipeline that runs under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac, is under scrutiny again after documents revealed that underwater stretches up to 286 f...


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.


Judge Allows Flint Suit to Move Forward

A lawsuit alleging that officials with the City of Flint and the state of Michigan knowingly exposed residents to lead hazards in the city’s drinking water will go forward, according to a fe...


OSHA Fines Pier Contractor for Silica Exposure

A South Carolina contractor is facing an $81,000 bill from federal regulators after a safety inspection at a marine terminal allegedly turned up violations related to silica exposure.


OSHA Fines Firm $64K in Bridge Painter’s Death

Federal workplace-safety regulators have proposed $64,000 in fines to a New York state bridge-painting firm in the wake of a November incident that claimed the life of one worker.


Beryllium Rule Changes Considered

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is considering a further delay and possible changes to its Final Rule on Occupational Exposure to Beryllium, though technically the rule wen...


Protective Clothing Gets Durability Upgrade

Protective equipment provider TST Sweden recently introduced a line of protective clothing called HD—Heavy Demolition, which the company says was designed for use by contractors involved wit...


Fresno Residents Sue Over Pipe Corrosion

A second group of citizens has filed suit against the City of Fresno, California, alleging that the local government did not protect them from corrosion and the leaching of lead and other co...


OSHA to Push Back Recordkeeping Deadline

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to postpone the filing deadline for its new electronic recordkeeping rule, which had been set at July 1 for many employers.


Report: Corroded Tank Blamed in Deckhand's Death

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


OSHA Reporting Website Has Yet to Materialize

The deadline for many U.S. employers to report workplace injury records under a new electronic recordkeeping rule is about seven weeks away, but one thing is stopping them: The website that ...


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—...


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...


Safety Stand-Down Focuses on Falls

Professionals across the construction industry will take part in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction this week (May 8-12), taking action to educate workers about ...


Work Halts After PA Bridge Site Rescue

Work is halted on a bridge construction project in central Pennsylvania after workers became trapped on a pier and had to be rescued.


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...


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 OH Bridge Painter $25K

Federal regulators have settled with an Ohio-based bridge-painting contractor over alleged violations uncovered during blasting operations last fall, cutting an original proposed fine of nea...


Judge Delays Electronic Recordkeeping Ruling

A federal judge has announced that he won’t rule on a case challenging the federal government’s new electronic recordkeeping rule until after July 1, the deadline for many employers to submi...


OSHA Announces Silica Rule Delay

The U.S. Department of Labor is delaying its enforcement of a new rule on respirable crystalline silica in the construction industry, originally set to be enforced in June.


EPA, California Team Up on USTs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it, along with the California State Water Resources Control Board, has successfully cleaned up 381 underground storage tanks ...


Atlanta Interstate Collapses in Flames

Three people are facing charges in relation to a fire that led to the collapse Thursday evening of a section of a busy interstate in Atlanta.


Flint Settlement: $100M for Service Lines

The state of Michigan and the city of Flint have agreed to a settlement that will guarantee the replacement of lead or galvanized service lines to 18,000 homes in the city in less than three...


Senate Votes Down OSHA's Injury Rule

The U.S. Senate has joined the House in passing a resolution that blocks a workplace injury reporting rule, one that legislation author Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) called, “an unlawful ...


UK Warns Offshore Operator Over Corrosion

Bluewater Energy Services has promised to comply with two warnings issued by safety regulators after nearly 500 outstanding mechanical corrosion and defects reports were found on one of its ...


Asbestos Complicates Oroville Dam Cleanup

Naturally occurring asbestos has been found in the air and in rock formations near the damaged Oroville Dam main spillway.


OSHA Launches New 'Safe and Sound Campaign'

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently launched its “Safe and Sound Campaign,” which calls on employers to review and revamp their safety proto...


PG&E Embarks on Lead Paint-Removal Project

Pacific Gas & Electric, the country’s largest utility, is addressing the problem of lead paint on transmission towers, with a project that will see thousands of towers repainted.


Cracked PA-NJ Bridge Reopens to Traffic

The Delaware River Turnpike Bridge, which connects the Pennsylvania and New Jersey turnpikes and which closed suddenly in January when a complete fracture was found in a steel truss, has reo...


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Flint Faces Water Treatment, Money Struggles

In a letter penned to the Environmental Protection Agency on Feb. 28, Flint, Michigan, mayor Karen Weaver said that it will take a few more years for the city to be up and running with its o...


OSHA Proposes Beryllium Rule Delay

Federal workplace-safety officials have proposed pushing back the effective date for a new rule on exposure to beryllium, citing a presidential memorandum calling for a temporary freeze on n...


Crane on Massive Bridge Job Floats Away

A floating construction crane broke away from its moorings during a burst of wind early Wednesday at a Seattle bridge construction site, running aground in shallow water without causing any ...


Report: Fires Went Unreported on PA Bridge

Documents from last fall’s federal investigation indicate that workers on Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge sparked two minor fires that went unreported in the days before September’s blaze that s...


Hold It: Urine Allegedly Damaging 747s

It's common knowledge that leaks can lead to corrosion, but one airline is giving that idea whole new meaning. A warning was recently issued to British Airways baggage handlers instructing t...


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.


Silica Rule Challenge Delay Denied

A panel of federal judges has denied a request from industry groups to delay proceedings in a court case that challenges the new federal respirable silica rule, a request that the petitioner...


Water Tower's Final Moments Caught on Tape

The water tower in Rowlett, Texas, stood for nearly 30 years, but it’s in its demise that the 155-foot-tall structure has found fame outside of the town.


Painters Injured in Bridge Worksite Fall

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


Legislators Seek to Stop 'Blacklist' Rule

Some members of Congress are working on a strategy to roll back a pending rule that would subject federal contractors to increased scrutiny regarding past labor and safety violations.


Coatings Firm Partners on Inspection Drones

Coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has announced it is partnering with an oil and gas tanker operator and a drone developer to create a drone that will allow the remote inspection of enclosed s...


Utility Sentenced in Pipeline Blast

California’s largest utility faces $3 million in fines, five years’ probation and a number of other sanctions as part of its sentencing on charges related to a fatal pipeline explosion that ...


OSHA Issues Tappan Zee Crane Collapse Fine

Federal workplace safety regulators say a corroded clamp on a vibratory hammer played a role in July's crane collapse on the massive Tappan Zee Bridge project in New York, and project contra...


SSPC Session Addresses Worker Health and Safety

Health and safety were the focus of a series of presentations Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 1) at SSPC 2017, where new standards and practical safety measures were addressed by experts in the fi...


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Understanding the New OSHA Rule for Respirable Crystalline Silica

In June 2015, OSHA issued a new silica rule to take effect one year later. This new rule created standards specifically addressing silica exposure as it relates to the disease silicosis.


Charges in Fatal CA Pipeline Mishap

A California construction company and a foreman it employed are facing trial on misdemeanor charges related to a 2015 incident in which a worker was crushed to death by a 4-ton length of pip...


OSHA Silica Rule Guide Available

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will begin enforcing its new respirable crystalline silica standard for construction this June, and the federal agency has released a compli...


Lead Elevated in Most of Shipyard’s Workers

Nearly three-quarters of the workers on a ship refurbishing job in Wisconsin last year had elevated blood lead levels, according to findings released by Wisconsin and Minnesota health offici...


Coatings Group Promotes Safe DIY Antifouling

The British Coatings Federation has joined with British Marine and the Royal Yacht Association to promote safety with antifouling coatings to do-it-yourselfers in the U.K.


EPA Takes Aim at Chemicals in Paint Remover

The U.S. government is considering stricter guidelines for two toxic chemicals often found in paint removal products.


OSHA Issues Final Beryllium Rule

Federal regulators have finalized a new rule limiting workplace exposure to beryllium, a metal that is present in some blasting abrasives and has been linked to lung disease.


Shipyard Settles with OSHA for $700K

After facing a proposed $1.4 million in federal worker-safety fines related to lead exposure, Wisconsin-based Fraser Shipyards has settled with authorities for $700,000 in penalties, along w...


OSHA Fines Contractor for Bridge Fire

Federal officials have concluded their investigation into September’s fire on Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge, issuing a citation with proposed fines of more than $11,000 to the contractor that ...


Operator Faces Charges in CA Crane Fall

The crane operator on a California bridge construction site where two workers were killed in 2014 now faces charges of manslaughter and occupational safety violations in relation to the inci...


Drowning Attributed to Lack of Safety Measures

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


Canada Moves to Ban Asbestos Outright

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


Flint Crisis Sparks More Felony Charges

Four more officials are facing charges over the state and city response to the drinking-water crisis in Flint, MI, after the state’s attorney general announced a new round of legal actions T...


Pipeline Safety Group Promotes Info Sharing

A new pipeline safety advisory committee has been formed with the objective of encouraging collaboration among stakeholders in order to improve gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipeline...


Weather Tracker Detects Lightning Hazards

A new “all-in-one weather device” was developed by a weather technology startup with the goal of keeping construction and mining crews safer when working outdoors.


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...


Moveable Unit Aids in Fall Protection

Safety products manufacturer MSA (Cranberry Township, PA) has announced availability of its new MSA Beam Trolley, a moveable anchorage designed to support personnel or material.


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.


Finishing Firm Fined Following Worker Death

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


Wacker Joins Process Safety Initiative

The U.S. subsidiary of global chemical manufacturer Wacker Chemie AG has joined forces with professional chemical engineering groups to support and promote the importance of process safety k...


Court: Firms Liable for Take-Home Asbestos

A decision handed down by the California Supreme Court has established that companies are liable if members of an employee’s household are sickened by secondhand asbestos exposure.


Asbestos Goes Under EPA Microscope

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking aim at 10 chemicals, including asbestos, using new powers granted to the agency by the recently enacted Toxic Substance Control Act reforms.


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.


OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule Takes Effect

After multiple delays, the anti-retaliation provisions of a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule will go into effect today (Dec. 1), after a federal judge rejected an indus...


OSHA Firms Up Stance on Slips, Trips, Falls

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


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...


2 Railcar Cleaners Face EPA Action

Two railcar cleaning facilities in different parts of the U.S. are facing orders from the Environmental Protection Agency over their handling of hazardous waste.


Repeat Fall Hazards Net $137K Fine

An Ohio highway construction company is facing $137,000 in federal fines for alleged repeat safety violations related to fall protection on highway bridges.


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).


Sydney Bridge Asbestos Stokes Concerns

Workers on a well-known bridge in Sydney unexpectedly found asbestos under concrete slabs earlier this year, and some government officials are questioning why they didn’t find out for nearly...


Safway Group Announces Acquisition

Safway Group Holding LLC, a leading North American scaffolding and equipment firm, is set to acquire SafeWorks LLC, a Seattle-based supplier of motorized suspended access equipment, in a dea...


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).


New Fall Protection Devices Available

Safety products manufacturer MSA has announced the release of three new fall-protection products.


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...


Strong Quake Raises Crude Concerns in OK

Another strong earthquake in central Oklahoma has renewed concerns about wastewater injection wells there, and raised questions about the safety of the country’s largest crude oil storage fa...


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.


Top 10 Hazard Trends Continue

For the fifth year in a row, fall protection has topped the list of most frequently cited federal workplace safety violations in the United States, according to an annual analysis.


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...


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.


BASF Blast, Fire Impacts Supply Chain

Two weeks after a fire and explosion in a pipeline at BASF’s chemical plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, the company is still dealing with the aftereffects in its supply line and investigating ...


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.


Enter EPA’s Green Chemistry Challenge

New chemical technologies, including those that make paints and coatings safer, are the focus of an annual federal awards program, now accepting recommendations.


Pair of Pipeline Breaches Vex OK, PA

Two pipeline breaches in different areas of the United States within three days’ time have left environmental concerns and fueled debate over the safety and reliability of the pipeline syste...


Industry Voices: Oil and Gas Growing Safer

As Americans head to the theater to see a new film about one of the biggest energy-extraction disasters in recent history, voices from the industry are pointing out that safety is on the ris...


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.


Report: EPA Failed to Act Swiftly on Flint

An internal investigation has concluded that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should have acted months earlier to warn residents of Flint, MI, of lead contamination in their drinking...


BASF Blast Kills 2, Injures More

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


OSHA Cites PPG Silica Plant

Paint and coatings manufacturer PPG is facing more than $92,000 in penalties related to worker-safety issues at its facility in Westlake, LA, after an employee complaint prompted a federal a...


Maker Recalls Fall Protection Product

A fall-production product that's been on the market for more than 30 years is now subject to a voluntary recall by 3M and Capital Safety after reports of possible injury and the potential fo...


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.


Firm Cited Over Permit in PA Bridge Fire

Fire officials in Pittsburgh have cited the contractor working on a major bridge when it caught fire last month for failing to have the proper permits to do “hot work” in the city at the tim...


Haiti: Infrastructure Damage Impedes Aid

Still recovering from the devastating earthquake that struck six years ago, the Republic of Haiti was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew last week, in terms of infrastructure and housing destruct...


Ohio Bridge Closed After Beams Buckle

A bridge in one northeastern Ohio town is closed indefinitely after officials found structural damage so severe they say the span will have to be replaced entirely.


State Rep Alleges Lead Dust at Bridge Site

A Maine legislator is calling for the cancellation of contracts with a bridge-painting contractor after an independent soil study allegedly showed evidence that lead paint dust was not being...


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...


Australia Settles in Reef Disaster Case

The Australian government has come to a settlement with representatives of Shenzhen Energy, whose Shen Neng 1 ship ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef in 2010, causing considerable environ...


OSHA: $10.5M in Safety Training Grants

The federal agency charged with safeguarding workers in the U.S. is awarding $10.5 million to 77 organizations nationwide to help increase workers' and supervisors' worksite safety.


OSHA Fines OH Steelmaker $113K

An Ohio steel manufacturer is facing more than $113,000 in penalties related to worker-safety issues after two inspections last spring, one in response to a worker fatality.


OSHA Focuses on Shipyard Falls

As the first step in revising safety standards regarding falls in shipyards, federal safety regulators have issued a call for input on the requirements.


Repairs, Fines, OSHA Follow Bridge Fire

Steep fines and a federal safety investigation await the contractor held responsible for the fire that closed down the Liberty Bridge in Pittsburgh last week. Meanwhile, crews remain hard at...


DOE, Contractor Fight Nuclear Waste Suit

The U.S. Department of Energy and a contractor are seeking the dismissal of a suit brought by the state of Washington as the state and the federal government continue to spar over hazards su...


Monitor Alerts Crews to Jobsite Risks

From noise levels to airborne particulates and UV rays, a new workplace monitoring tool aims to help reduce health risks from worksite exposures.


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.


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.


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).


EPA, Texas at Odds Over Wells and Quakes

Federal and state officials seem to be at odds over the effect oil and gas drilling are having on seismic activity in northern Texas, as a new review from the Environmental Protection Agency...


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.


Fire Destroys UK Spray Finish Shop

Fire officials were forced to demolish an industrial paint application facility after it was heavily damaged by fire over the weekend.


Air System Meant to Detect Fine Dust

A new air monitoring system from Kemper Gmbh was designed to help clearly identify the presence of dust in production areas, warehouses and logistics halls.


OSHA Cites NJ Chemical Facility

Solvay Specialty Polymers USA LLC is facing up to $115,000 in penalties after the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited it for 11 alleged violations, including exposing em...


DOL Cites US Steel for Asbestos Violations

U.S. Steel Corporation is facing up to $170,000 in fines under U.S. Department of Labor’s workplace health and safety agency allegations it has repeatedly exposed workers to asbestos.


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.


Asbestos Remains in Shipbuilders' Lungs

A new study of shipyard workers in Italy indicates that years and even decades later, those who have worked around asbestos can suffer health consequences, including mesothelioma and lung ca...


Fraser Shipyard Faces $1.4M in OSHA Fines

The Wisconsin shipyard accused of exposing workers to toxic levels of lead while refurbishing a freighter on site has been cited for 39 violations and is facing nearly $1.4 million in fines ...


App Puts Chemical Info in Hand

In an effort to educate workers, employers and occupational health professionals about workplace chemicals and hazards, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has ...


U.S. Steel Settles DOL Retaliation Suit

To settle a Department of Labor lawsuit filed on behalf of injured workers, a U.S. steel-production giant has agreed to return unpaid wages and retract the injury reporting policy that was a...


Foreign Worker Settles Tesla Suit

Tesla Motors and the Slovenian worker injured during construction of its high-volume paint shop have settled a case that brought to light questionable wage and hiring practices involving the...


Hazard Alert Explains MeCl Dangers

Methylene chloride, a toxic chemical present in some paint strippers, is the topic of a new hazard alert bulletin available from the nonprofit CPWR: The Center for Construction Research and ...


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 Fines to Increase Soon

After 25 years without a change, fines for U.S. companies that violate worker-safety regulations are about to make a significant jump.


Shipyard Responds to Lead Paint Warnings

Workers at a Canadian shipyard were allegedly exposed to lead paint hazards, according to the government health and safety officers who performed a site visit earlier this year.


Waste Fines Cost Coatings Firm $80K

An industrial coatings company in Seattle is facing $80,000 in fines after state inspections turned up repeated violations related to the handling of dangerous waste at its facilities.


Chemical Law Update Gets President's OK

The U.S. president has signed a bipartisan bill that would update the Toxic Substances Control Act, the federal law governing how chemicals are managed, for the first time in 40 years.


President Signs Off on Pipeline Safety

Bipartisan legislation intended to reform the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) was signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday (June 22).


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.


Boatmaker Facing $66K in Safety Fines

A Mississippi boat manufacturer faces more than $66,000 in fines after federal inspectors allegedly found numerous safety violations at its factory, including some in and around the spray bo...


Railcar Factory Faces $105K OSHA Bill

A major manufacturer of railcars and equipment in the U.S. faces $105,000 in fines after allegedly exposing painters and other workers to unsafe levels of dangerous chemicals, including lead...


Fines Doubled in Tower Death Case

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


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 ...


Worker Sues Shipyard for Lead Exposure

Alleging exposure to toxic levels of lead while refurbishing a freighter, a shipyard worker has filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin facility where work was performed earlier this year.


Toxic Chemical Bill Passes House

Following months of negotiations in an effort to modernize the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S. House of Representatives passed a final version of a bill that sets guidelin...


Cracks at Nuclear Site Spur Violation

A New Hampshire nuclear power plant was cited by regulators last week for failing to respond properly to problems with cracking concrete.


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...


PPG Pays $59K Over Waste Allegations

The federal government announced a settlement this week with PPG in relation to alleged hazardous waste violations at the coatings manufacturer’s Springdale, PA facilities.


Dutch Workers at Risk from Paint Toxin

Nearly 600 job seekers may have been exposed to a carcinogen found in old paint in one city’s back-to-work program, according to media sources in the Netherlands.


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.


Corrosion Found in Failed PA Pipeline

The U.S. Department of Transportation agency devoted to pipeline safety has reportedly identified evidence of corrosion and a possible flaw in the weld coating of a natural gas pipeline that...


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...


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.


Pipeline Safety Bills Eye Corrosion

Pipeline safety is at the heart of a three new bills in the House and Senate. Most recently, the federal committee responsible for writing legislation about interstate and foreign commerce, ...


OSHA Fines KS Chemical Firm $80K

A complaint last October led the federal government to issue 14 workplace-safety violations that could cost a chemical manufacturer with ties to the coatings industry $80,000 in fines.


Flint Residents Take EPA to Task

Just days after the first criminal charges were filed against three city and government officials associated with the Flint water crisis, a Royal Oak, MI, law firm has filed a complaint agai...


Refinery Faces $720K in EPA Fines

Six years after a deadly explosion at a Washington state refinery, the federal agency responsible for protecting human health and the environment has filed a complaint against the Tesoro Ref...


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...


Deepwater Disaster Spurs Offshore Rules

Federal officials have announced the release of new well control regulations intended to reduce the risk of death, serious injury or substantial harm to the environment as the result of an o...


OSHA: Workers ‘Willfully Exposed’ to Lead

A Michigan painting company with a history of safety violations faces $121,880 in penalties for allegedly exposing workers to lead on a Pennsylvania worksite while removing paint from water ...


Safety Center Offers Real-Life Scenarios

A Pennsylvania-based global manufacturer of safety products has announced the opening of its new high-tech safety training center.


Associations File Suit Over Silica Rule

A coalition of construction industry associations taking issue with the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration silica rule are taking their concerns to a federal appeals court.


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...


Shipbuilders, OSHA Sign Safety Pact

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has formed an alliance focusing on the protection of shipyard workers.


Lead Paint Complaint Halts Shipyard Job

The confirmed presence of lead paint in a Wisconsin shipyard has halted all work on one vessel while removal of the source is underway.


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...


OSHA OKs Long-Delayed Silica Dust Rule

The much-anticipated final rule intended to better protect workers from respirable silica dust exposure has finally been issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.


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.


OSHA: $105K for Fatal Bridge Accident

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


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.


Senate Commits to Pipeline Safety

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a bipartisan bill supporting the pipeline safety agency of the Department of Transportation and establishing safety standards for natural gas storage...


Dust Filter Addresses Flame, Static

Air filtration product manufacturer Camfil APC has announced the release of a new dust collector filter.


DOL Cites Steelmaker for Retaliation

Federal authorities have filed suit against a major Pittsburgh-based steel producer, claiming the manufacturer retaliated against workers who reported workplace injuries.


Tool Estimates Respirator Cartridge Life

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the U.S. federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related i...


58K U.S. Bridges Deemed Deficient

Out of over 600,000 U.S. bridges, almost 10 percent are designated as structurally deficient


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.


Asbestos Pipe Work Leads to Guilty Plea

The improper removal and disposal of asbestos during pipeline work led a 60-year-old Kennard, TX, man to admit guilt for federal environmental violations, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announc...


Health and Safety Advisors Needed at OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking nominations for new members to fill open seats on its advisory committee.


EPA Takes Over Lead Testing in Flint

In what has become a national crisis over localized contaminated drinking water, the federal Environmental Protection Agency said it would be taking over water testing and ordering an indepe...


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.


Beryllium Rulemaking Gets New Hearing

A proposed rule on beryllium lowering beryllium exposure time for workers is getting another hearing to gather more information.


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.


Demolition Crew Fights OSHA Citations

A Pennsylvania contractor who was charged with two serious violations for workplace safety violations during a partial bridge collapse is contesting its citations.


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.


'Turtle Tunnel' Saves Wildlife, Drivers

Our network of roadways and interstates help us get from Point A to Point B quickly and efficiently, but they often interfere with migratory routes favored by local wildlife to move between ...


Tank Company Settles OSHA Case

Following a propane explosion that injured six employees and seriously burned four of them as they were prepping a propane tanks for repainting, a company has settled with the federal agency...


Paint Booth Noise, Dust Leads to Fine

A Watseka, IL, metal fabricating plant was investigated on claims that it exposed employees to unsafe levels of metallic dusts, vapors and noise when manually powder coating metal products i...


Water Tower Fall Nets $180K in Fines

After a painter fell 70 feet in June inside the Wisconsin water tower he was cleaning, the federal agency that is charged with ensuring worker health and safety said they knew something was ...


Utility Addresses Lead Paint Concerns

Residents of a California town are sounding an alarm about the dangers of flaking lead-based paint in their neighborhood. However, unlike so many others regarding lead-based paint, those con...


New Rule: Hazardous Waste Generator

In an effort to make hazardous waste regulations more user-friendly, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed an update to its Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).


Railcar Firm Cited for Blasting Issues

A railcar service and repair company faces $23,000 in fines for health and safety violations after inspectors discovered several issues related to the company’s sandblasting procedures.


Flint Families Sue over Toxic Water

Four families have filed a lawsuit against 14 Michigan officials claiming they replaced safe water with water that was “dangerous, unsafe and…inadequately treated.”


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.


Webinar Explores New Regulations

New regulations and safety trends relevant to industrial coatings professionals are the focus of the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


OSHA Fines Slated to Jump in 2016

In a move that caught many workplace safety experts by surprise, OSHA has been authorized to raise the price of its penalties for the first time since 1990—a change likely to reflect an 80 p...


Fines Bolster Compliance, Study Says

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


Third Lawsuit Filed in Ship’s Sinking

A federal lawsuit has been filed by the family of one of the crewmembers of the El Faro, which sank earlier this month during a hurricane.


Four Cited Following Bridge Fatality

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


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.


Company Goes Pink to Support Cause

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, one respiratory protective equipment manufacturer is making a limited-time product available in support of the cause.


Golden Gate to Get a ‘Safety Net’

It's a classic American landmark and tourist attraction—but there is a dark side to the Golden Gate Bridge.


Highway Construction Worker Hit, Killed

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


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.


OSHA Reveals Most Frequent Violations

Fall protection once again tops the list of safety violations in 2015, OSHA revealed at a National Safety Council conference last week. Hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory prot...


Respiratory Helmet Helps Communication

Rapid Prep is offering a respirator helmet equipped with a wireless communication system that the company says helps improve safety while blasting.


OSHA Cites Date for New Silica Rule

A final ruling from OSHA limiting workplace exposure to silica should be on the books in just a little over year, reports say.


Cartridge Service Life Indicator Debuts

3M has created a respirator cartridge that allows its user to see when the cartridge needs to be replaced.


Teen Worker Dies on Bridge Project

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


OSHA Issues Army Corps Citations

A federal agency is facing charges of serious and repeat safety violations that would cost a private sector employer $124,020 in penalties.


Latchways Joins MSA Safety

A Pittsburgh-based safety products manufacturer has announced its plan to acquire a UK-based fall protection safety group in an effort to expand its global reach.


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.


Company Cited for Floating Bridge Death

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


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.


Corrosion Affects City Water Supply

The city of Flint, MI, has a problem with severe iron and lead corrosion in its water distribution system. Marc Edwards, an expert on municipal water quality, is seeking ways to address the ...


Cartridge Aids in Respiratory Protection

A Pittsburgh-based global safety products manufacturer has announced the re-release of a previously discontinued respirator cartridge style.


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.


Monitoring System Traces up to 4 Gases

With the ability to detect up to four gases and with a traceability feature, the RPB GX4 Gas Monitor is a solution to dangerous gas environments, RPB company says.


$54M Supports Pipeline Safety Programs

State programs that involve inspection, incident investigation and enforcement for pipeline safety are receiving funding totaling more than $54 million dollars from the Pipeline and Hazardou...


Trench Collapse Video Goes ‘Viral’

A video released last week from a state-run occupational health and safety program demonstrates why trench shoring is vital to worker safety.


OSHA Underwrites Safety Programs

Eighty nonprofit organizations have been named recipients of $10.5 million in workplace safety and health training grants through a U.S. Department of Labor program targeting high-risk worke...


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...


Interactive Map Shows Safety Violators

The federal agency that oversees worker safety has created an online interactive map that allows users to see some of the nation’s worst health and safety violators more easily.


‘Origami’ Bridge Could Aid in Disasters

An engineering professor in Japan has developed a temporary bridge that he says can be put in place quickly to advance rescue efforts in the cases of natural disasters.


Stay Steady on Wind Energy Work

Safety in the fast-growing wind energy industry was at the forefront of a recent event in Illinois.


Bio-diesel Plant Faces Fines After Fire

A bio-diesel plant where massive explosions and a fire erupted in April had several safety violations at the time of the blaze, federal officials have said.


After 40 Years, OSHA Tackles Beryllium

A new federal proposal to reduce worker exposure to beryllium will not cover the abrasive blast industry, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


CMU, Volvo Seek Road Site Safety

Safety on road construction sites is a major concern, so two industry leaders partnered to come up with a solution that uses situational awareness of equipment operators and the surface work...


Refinery Explosion Nets $566K in Fines

The group that oversees workplace safety in California has issued 19 citations to ExxonMobil and fined it more than $500,000 for a refinery explosion earlier this year.


Pipelines Trump Rail for Safety

When it comes to transporting oil and gas, pipelines are safer than rail in Canada, according to a study released this month from the Fraser Institute.


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...


Fire Damages Industrial Coatings Plant

No one was hurt when a company that makes industrial coatings caught fire early Wednesday (Aug. 12) morning.


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.


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...


Respiratory Health Needs Attention

Ads on TV may lead you to equate breathing disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to smoking alone.


OSHA Rule ‘Clarifies’ Injury Reporting

In what it says is a rule that clarifies an existing practice, a federal agency has notified U.S. employers that it will cite them for up to five years for failing to document work-related i...


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...


Close Call over Rushing Waters

The country of Colombia conjures images of lush coffee farms, the heights of the Andes mountains, and crystal celar beaches, but severe weather can be a constant threat, too.


Fines for Fire That Killed 7 on Appeal

A refinery is attempting to reverse the largest safety violations fine ever assessed by the State of Washington following a 2010 explosion that killed seven workers.


Bridge Collapse Leads to $14K Fine

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


Companies at Odds over Bridge Death

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


‘See-Through’ Truck: Future of Safety?

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


OSHA Delays Confined-Space Enforcement

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


Worker Perishes at Dow Site in TX

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


Drum Maker Fined $215k in Accident

TUMWATER, WA--A major steel-container supplier with a history of safety violations is facing a new federal case and six-figure fine after an employee became entangled in a piece of machinery...


Water Tank Worker Killed in Fall

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


Alert, New App Flag Heat Dangers

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


Free eBook Helps Keep Surface Prep Safe

PITTSBURGH—The hard work of surface preparation can be as dangerous as it is important—risks addressed by a variety of experts in a new resource from JPCL.


Bridge Inspector Drowns in High River

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


OSHA Card Fraudster May Get 5 Years

CAMDEN, NJ--A thriving enterprise peddling fake federal safety certifications on New Jersey job sites has shut down with a second guilty plea and the prospect of prison for one of the princi...


Subs Faulted in Maintenance Deaths

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


Man Held in $100M L.A. Arson

LOS ANGELES--A 56-year-old city resident has pleaded not guilty to torching a high-rise under construction last December, igniting an explosion that left more than $100 million in damage.


Paint Shop Blast Draws $47k Fine

CUMMINGS, KS--Federal regulators have issued 11 citations in an explosion that sent nine railcar paint preparation workers to the hospital.


New Bill Targets U.S. Lead Rules

WASHINGTON--Five years into the rigorous new world of federal lead-safe contracting rules, there are signs of softening.


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...


New U.S. Guide Aids Transgender Workers

WASHINGTON--Caitlyn Jenner may be the world's most famous transgender face, but she's not the only one—and all transgender workers have federal protections, regulators are reminding employer...


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.


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.


Sherwin-Williams Superfund Cleanup Set

NEW YORK, NY—Neighbors of a Superfund site that long housed Sherwin-Williams paint manufacturing activities are in line for a $14 million cleanup, under a plan just announced by federal auth...


Paris Bridges Divorce Love Locks

PARIS—Attention, Benjamin + Suzanne and thousands of fellow lovebirds: Bridges in the City of Love are no longer that into you.


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...


Distributors Seek 11th-Hour Label Delay

ARLINGTON, VA—Days before a three-year-old federal chemical-labeling rule is set to take effect, the chemical industry is seeking a partial delay in enforcement.


Tank Maker Faces $161K for Hazards

ROTHSCHILD, WI—Combustible painting conditions and hazardous levels of hexavalent chromium have landed a Wisconsin storage-tank manufacturer in trouble with federal authorities.


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.


Coating Companies Top Safety Awards

CHICAGO—In an era where shortcuts have become standard, five industrial coating contractors have been honored for staying a safer course.


5 Finishers Settle EPA Claims

LOS ANGELES—A multiyear federal investigation into metal finishing in Southern California has ended with nearly $224,000 in environmental fines against five companies.


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.


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...


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.


Covers Meet Confined Space Standards

MILWAUKEE—New confined space covers are designed to protect employees from the various dangers of confined spaces, says manufacturer Master Lock Safety Solutions.


U.S. Fall Safety Campaign Underway

WASHINGTON, DC—Millions of American workers are participating in a nationwide effort this week and next to raise awareness about falls in construction.


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.


Researcher: Build Safety on Openness

BOSTON—Construction sites are filled with dangers that change constantly, so why isn't that high-stakes ebb and flow passed to the crews at risk?


USGS: Sealcoat Runoff Fatal to Fish

RESTON, VA—Runoff from pavement sealcoated with coal tar is toxic to aquatic life and has detrimental effects on DNA, according to two new studies by the U.S. Geological Survey.


Pipeline Worker Avoids Prison for Spill

MILWAUKEE, WI—A former Shell Pipeline Company corrosion coordinator won't spend any time in prison for lying about his negligence, which led to a pipeline leak that released over 9,000 gallo...


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...


Subsidized Railcar Maker Racks Up Fines

ROCHELLE, IL—A railcar manufacturing facility recently enticed to its location by more than $11 million in government incentives is facing its second federal health and safety case in a year...


Asbestos Relocates 1,000 at Shipyard

NEWPORT NEWS, VA—The discovery of asbestos in the ventilation system of an engineering and design building has prompted Newport News Shipbuilding to move out about 1,000 workers, a company s...


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.


Road Workers Free Dangling Toddler

SINGAPORE—Two migrant construction workers are being hailed as heroes after rescuing a toddler dangling by her head from the balcony of a second-floor apartment in Singapore.


Painting Contractor Liable in 2 Deaths

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


Coating Makers Roll Out Hazard Labels

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Coatings Association has introduced a variety of materials to help employers comply with new federal hazmat communications requirements.


Bridge Painting, Blasting Cited Again

FALL RIVER, MA—Bridge painters and abrasive blasters on a Massachusetts project were exposed to 100-foot falls and high lead levels where they ate, changed and worked, federal investigators ...


OSHA Turns to Cell Tower Safety

WASHINGTON, DC—The rising death toll from maintenance and construction of communications towers is drawing new attention from federal health and safety regulators.


Cleaners Killed in Railcar Explosion

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


Falling Concrete Kills Young Family

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


U.S. Urges Smoke-Free Workplaces

ATLANTA—Whether it's smoldering tobacco or gurgling vape, the federal government wants it out of the workplace, even in smoking-intensive industries like construction.


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...


Hard Hat Rules Pit Religion v. Safety

A Pennsylvania lawmaker is challenging federal regulators on dueling rules that require Amish workers to wear hard hats in some industries but not others.


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...


2 Fined for 38 Confined-Space Hazards

A temp staffing agency and contractor near Puget Sound, WA, are facing stiff fines for allegedly sending temporary workers into fuel tanks with no controls in place.


Fabricator Paint Shop Draws OSHA Case

Combustible liquids left in spray booths, electrical hazards in the Dip Tank Paint Building, respirator lapses, and an ersatz sprinkler system for the finishing operations head a list of 20 ...


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...


Employers Challenge Silica Rule Cost

The U.S. government's plan to reduce worker exposure to deadly silica will cost about 10 times more than advertised, the proposal's critics contend.


Production Pressure Blamed in 2 Deaths

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


$2.5M EPA Reporting Fine Vacated

The world's top producer of chromium chemicals for coatings, preservatives and plating had no obligation to provide federal environmental officials with a 2002 industry report on the cancer ...


Policy Challenged after Worker Trapped

Trapped for more than an hour inside a dark submarine tank at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, abrasive blaster DeShaun Fuller thought he was going to die.


Suit: Work Went on Amid Drowning

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


Arkansas Worker Killed in 11-Foot Fall

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


Feds Urge New Controls in Paving Work

After a decade of research, federal health and safety officials have announced recommendations to curb exposure to respirable crystalline silica for workers involved in asphalt pavement mill...


New Fan Approved for Outdoor Use

A new axial fan is certified for electrical outdoor use in all weather and can accommodate numerous applications, according to manufacturer Air System International.


OSHA Eyes Update to PPE Rules

Construction workers, shipyard workers and others on hazardous jobsites will be better protected from eye and face injuries under new revisions to personal protective equipment requirements,...


Worker Killed in Fall from WA Bridge

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


Picturing Future of HD Drone Inspection

What if major bridges, highways, dams, power plants and other critical structures could be safely, minutely inspected in the minutes following a natural disaster?


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.


Plant Blast Draws $110K Fine

A resin plant that has been the site of hazardous-waste sanctions and accidents that left three workers burned is facing its third federal case in four years.


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?


Judge Clears Painter in Fatal Fall

Despite federal fall-protection lapses that proved fatal, an Ohio painting contractor will not be held civilly liable for the accident, an appeals judge has ruled.


Ex-Coatings VP Guilty in 2 Deaths

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


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

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


Plant Worker Perishes in Sand Silo

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


Pee-Induced Corrosion Fells Pole

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


Scaffold Law Critics Gain Steam in NY

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


WY Work Safety Bills Die

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


Inspections Ordered After Concrete Falls

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


Power Plant Asbestos Draws 3 Felonies

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


Tower Painter's Death Draws $115K Fine

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


$840 Fine Set in 1 of 2 Worker Deaths

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


No Violations Cited in OR Bridge Death

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


Galvanizer Fined in 2nd Fatality

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


Painter Tops Lead Cases with $287k Fine

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


OSHA Cites Northrop Grumman Painting

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


Decoding Traits that Threaten Safety

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


Tank Maker Held Liable in Fatal Fall

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


Painting Contractor Gets 2nd Case

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


Bridge Coating Firm Fined for Lead

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


Deadly Fall Racks up $511K in Fines

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


Respirator Serves Harsh Environments

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


Worker Killed in OH Overpass Collapse

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


In PA, Search Effort Ends Sadly

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


Trench Fatality Preventable, OSHA Says

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


Paint Maker to Pay $950K in Death

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


Chemical Maker Fined for Deadly Release

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


Troubled Pipe Maker Fined Again

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


Kiewit Fined $170K on Bridge Job

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


Injury Reporting to Increase Jan. 1

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


EPA Deems Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

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


Blast, Fire Injure 1 at Sherwin Plant

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


Concrete Maker's Plea Averts Prison

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


Beloved Bridge Lost and Found

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


Dust Rule Shelved in OSHA's 2015 Plan

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


OSHA: 3M Americans Injured on the Job

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


Permit Lack Seen in Fatal Tank Blaze

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


Major Fine, Denials in Railcar Death

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


$120k Fine Set in Cellphone Tank Blast

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


Contractor Pleads in Worker's Death

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


New MSA Unit Monitors 100 Gases

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


Pipeline Inspector Guilty of Lapses

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


All Shook Up: Quake Safety Slides Ahead

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


Repeat Hazards May Cost Yards $142K

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


Bad Practices Endanger UK Workers

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


Steel Company's 3 Plants Facing Fines

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


2nd Span Collapses at NC College

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


3M Announces Pipe Locating System

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


Bridge Collapse at College Kills Worker

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


New Fixture Made for Offshore Use

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


NIOSH Trumpets Ways to 'Buy Quiet'

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


CSB Urges Overhaul of Steel Standards

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


U.S. Arrests Recalcitrant Contractor

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


The Hidden, Human Cost of 1 WTC

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


Safespan Awarded $5.25M in Patent Case

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


Repeat Hazards Hit Company for $62K

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


Water Tower Painters Killed in Fall

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


Lighting Tackles Marine Environments

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


Fatality, Wind Close OR Bridge

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


Athletes Pull Off Bridge Pull-Up Record

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


Victim’s Kin Fights for Minimum Fine

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


Probe: Attitudes Doomed Mall

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


Auto Coater Cited for Dust Hazards

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


Paint Firm's Temp Hazards Fined $84K

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


Worker Reinstated after Secret Filming

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


Workbook Knows the Score on Safety

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


OSHA Launches Sweeping PEL Review

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


New Hoist Boasts 1-Ton Capacity

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


OSHA Adds 3 Years for Crane Rule

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


Feds: Onshore Oil Boom Raises Concerns

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


Truckers Ignore Emergency Bridge Limits

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


Paris Battles Love for Bridge Control

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


From China, A Bridge Jump Too Far

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


Explosion-Proof Light for Tight Space

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


Contractor Gets 2nd Confined-Space Case

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


2 Killed in U.S. Steel Explosion

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


3 Hurt When Paint Truck Overturns

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


New Award Honors Firms that Give Back

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


OSHA Top 10 Sounds Grim Refrain

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


Construction Angels are Here to Help

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


Latino, Contractor Work Deaths Rise

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


U.S. Toughens Injury Reporting Regs

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


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

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


U.S. Focuses on Temp Worker Safety

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


U.S. Beryllium Proposal Advances

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


Coating Operation Fined $341K

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


Utility Fined $1.4B in CA Disaster

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


Court Rejects TX Contractor’s Appeal

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


Fatal Crash Destroys 2 TN Bridges

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


REACH Targets Corrosion Chemicals

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


Construction Tabs Silica Plan at $3.9B

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


Contractor Must Rehire Whistleblower

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


Skeletons Give Workers a Lift

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


Contractor to Pay Whistleblowers $1M