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EPA Settles with CA Firms Over Lead Paint

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that it has settled with five Southern California-based construction firms for violations of the Renovation, Repair and Painting...


PA Contractor Faces Fines for Bridge Collapse

After being cited in January 2016 for serious violations which resulted in the partial collapse of the Pennsy Bridge in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, contractor Francis J. Palo Inc. is now facing $...


MIT Sustainability Hub Models Structures

A researcher from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Concrete Sustainability Hub is examining how to predict building damage by modeling structures into groups of atoms.


AIHA Notes Four Construction Health Hazards

Just last month the American Industrial Hygiene Association released a guidance booklet, “Focus Four for Health: An Initiative to Address Four Major Construction Health Hazards,” in order to...


EPA Sets New Lead Standard

Last Friday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced new standards for lead, spec...


OSHA Fines FL Roofer $133K

Florida Roofing Experts Inc. (Jacksonville, Florida) has recently been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing employees to fall ha...


$50M EPA Program to Look at Lead Exposure

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently proposed a new $50-million grant program to expand the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget efforts to protect children in an ...


Workplace Fatality Data Released for 2017

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


KY Officials Issue Hazard Alert for Trench Fatalities

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


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.


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...


Painter Fined in Fall Case

A Florida painting and waterproofing contractor faces nearly $90,000 in fines after an employee was injured in an 18-foot fall in May at a condominium development in Lauderdale By The Sea.


Lead Reports Prompt Calls for Action

A group of state lawmakers from the Philadelphia area are calling for increased investments to help combat lead paint that remains in older houses in that city and beyond.


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.


NZ Flooring Firm Faces Fireball Fine

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


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...


Galvanizer Faces $50K Bill

A Texas galvanizing facility is facing more than $50,000 in fines after federal inspectors found numerous alleged safety violations at its steel coating plant.


Firm Fined for Shock Hazards

A West Virginia contractor accepted 10 federal citations and fines for allegedly ignoring fall and electrocution hazards, putting its workers at risk.


OSHA: Builder Fails 21 Inspections

A New Jersey contractor with a “callous disregard for its employees” is now facing nearly $900,000 in proposed federal fines, authorities have announced.


Shipbuilders, OSHA Sign Safety Pact

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


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 ...


Fall Hazards Rack Up $92K in Fines

Two Pennsylvania contractors face almost $92,000 in proposed fines for allegedly exposing workers to falls at a hospital construction site in Lebanon, PA.


Cartridge Service Life Indicator Debuts

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


Contractor Cited in Painter Death

KANSAS CITY--Federal authorities have cited a Missouri-based painting contractor after a worker died at a commercial building project in Kansas City.


Scaffolding Falls Claims 2 Lives

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


$500k OSHA Case is Bricklayer’s Latest

HAVERTOWN, PA--A Pennsylvania masonry contractor with a history of safety infractions and unpaid fines is facing new penalties of nearly $500,000 for willful and repeat hazards at two worksi...


Roofer Cited in Skylight Death

JACKSONVILLE, FL—A Florida roofing contractor with a history of federal safety violations is now facing $154,000 in new fines stemming from a 24-foot fall that killed a worker.


Probe Underway after Watergate Collapse

Washington, DC—Authorities are still working to determine what caused an underground parking garage to collapse at the well-known Watergate complex.


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.


Workers Stand Down for Fall Safety

WASHINGTON, DC—Thousands of employers nationwide are temporarily halting construction work this week and next to speak directly with their workers about falls—the industry's leading cause of...


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?


U.S. Earthquake Risks on the Rise

SAN FRANCISCO—Nearly half the population of the United States is living in earthquake-prone zones and long-term building losses from tremors average $4.5 billion per year.


MS Contractor Fined in Fatal Fall

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS—Federal safety authorities are proposing $58,700 in fines against the employer of a Mississippi construction worker who perished in a 20-foot fall.


Roofer Gets 4th OSHA Case in 4 Years

A Massachusetts roofing contractor faces $43,560 in federal fines for allegedly exposing employees to potentially fatal falls—its fourth such case in four years.


Builder Cited 5th Time in 5 Years

An Illinois builder’s failure to address the same violations over and over and over has now earned him willful citations and fines totaling $55,000, the Occupational Safety and Health Admini...


OSHA Releases Video Game Safety Tool

Identifying workplace hazards may be as easy as playing a video game.


Patrol Hazards in OSHA Video Game

A new video game can help workers identify safety issues and raise awareness about resources to address hazards in the workplace.


OSHA Fines TX Cement Company $286K

A Texas cement mixer manufacturer faces $286,200 in proposed fines for nearly three dozen alleged safety and health violations, federal regulators said.


OSHA Seeks $119K in Roofer Death

Federal regulators have proposed a $119,350 fine against a Massachusetts general contractor following an investigation into the fatal fall of a roofer.


OSHA Alleges Repeat Painter Hazards

A Texas trailer manufacturer has repeatedly exposed painters and abrasive blasters to airborne particles over eight times the permissible limit, as well as several other hazards, federal saf...


Roofer Fined $59K in OSHA Fall Push

Federal safety authorities have proposed $59,290 in fines against a Florida roofing company amid a regional crackdown on falls in construction.


Plant Fined after Painter Half-Blinded

A Columbus, OH, metal staircase manufacturing facility faces $90,090 in proposed penalties after a head injury left a painter blind in one eye and half-sightless in the other.


Bridge Paint Hazards Draw $110k Fine

An Illinois railroad faces $110,500 in proposed penalties after allegedly exposing workers to lead-paint hazards during bridge demolition work in Chicago.


Pipe Maker Cited for Amputation Hazards

For the fifth time in five years, a pipe manufacturer in Arkansas has been cited for health and safety violations—this time alleging amputation hazards, federal officials announced.


New Report Aimed at Nanomaterial Safety

Federal health and safety officials have released a new guidance document aimed at controlling worker exposure in the development of nanomaterials, which are being used in a range of new pro...


Feds Recommend Nanomaterial Controls

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


Concrete Maker Hit with 18 Citations

Silica exposure, confined-space infractions, respiratory hazards, and other health and safety dangers have drawn $153,900 in fines and a lengthy list of federal violations for a New Jersey c...


OSHA Fines 4 NYC Hotel Contractors

Four New York contractors are facing more than $270,000 in federal fines for fall-protection violations and other hazards during construction of a midtown Manhattan hotel, according to autho...


Tank Cleaner Hit with 33 Violations

Federal authorities have slapped a slew of citations and $83,300 in fines on a tank cleaning company in Texas for chemical, explosive and confined-space hazards.


Wal-Mart to Pay for Safety Hazards

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay a $190,000 fine to resolve dozens of health and safety violations, including fall and confined space hazards, uncovered at a store in Rochester, NY, as part of ...


Collapse of 2 Apartments Spurs Fines

A British construction company and its owner will pay thousands of dollars in fines for breaches of safety regulations that led to the 2011 collapse of two apartment buildings in central Lon...


Painter’s Death Halts Bridge Work

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


OSHA Hits Wood Framer with $290K Bill

Fall hazards and other safety problems at a New Hampshire construction site may cost a Massachusetts wood framing contractor with a history of violations nearly $300,000 in new federal fines...


Spray Booth Hazards Draw $119K Fine

Unsafe spray finishing operations, including flammable liquids and paint booth hazards, are among the violations that have landed a screen printing company in hot water with federal regulato...


Amputation Dangers Draw $589K Fine

An Ohio paint-can manufacturer that allegedly operates with unguarded machinery in order to speed up production is facing egregious federal safety violations and nearly $600,000 in fines.


Disney Closes Rides after Citations

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


Cal/OSHA Slaps Disney with $230K Fine

Disneyland has temporarily shut down several rides after state regulators cited the 58-year-old California theme park for injuries to its maintenance contractors.


Safety Firm Fined $448K in Fatal Shock

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


 
 
   

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