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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...


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...


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...


Biden, FEMA Push for Stronger Building Codes

In a series of press releases issued at the beginning of the month, officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Biden-Harris Administration announced a national initiative to ...


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.


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...


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...


Investigation, Replacement Ongoing for PA Bridge

Earlier this month, the National Transportation Safety Board released an update on its investigation into the collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh, as the first concrete pours fo...


PPG Fined Over Product Requirement Violations

The California Air Resources Board announced last week that it had reached a settlement with global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries, Inc. for selling products that violate the state’s a...


Design Revealed for New FIU Pedestrian Bridge

At the beginning of the month, the Florida Department of Transportation unveiled new design plans for the Florida International University pedestrian bridge, more than four years after the i...


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 ...


Highlights from the Current Issue of JPCL

The April issue of the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings is available in print and online at paintsquare.com. This issue contains feature articles on using plural-component spr...


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...


Paint Spills Across the US Damage Several Properties

In the latest incident in what seems to be a slew of paint spills across the Unites States, a truck owned by home improvement retail company Lowe’s accidentally dropped a container of white ...


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...


FL Judge OKs $83M Surfside Property Settlement

Last week, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman ruled that people who owned units at the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, that collapsed in June 2021, would divide $83 millio...


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...


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.


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...


WorldGBC Launches Post-Disaster Toolkit

The World Green Building Council has recently announced the launch of its Sustainable Reconstruction & Recovery Framework, which will serve communities as a “post-disaster toolkit” when buil...


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...


PA Bridge Replacement Plans, Design Announced

On Tuesday (March 8), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced design and construction plans to replace the Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh after it collapsed in January.


Dozens of Claims Filed After IL Paint Spill

Since a semi-tractor tanker spilled part of its paint load leaving a Valspar paint manufacturing plant in Kankakee, Illinois, last month, nearly three dozen claims have been filed.


Two Firms Agree to Surfside Settlement

Months after the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Michael Hanzman recently announced plans to review tentative settlements agreed u...


Rebuilding in CO Stalled by Green Codes

After the Marshall Fire destroyed more than 500 homes in Louisville, Colorado, homeowners looking to rebuild are now facing expensive obstacles in trying to meet aggressive new green buildin...


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...


IL Paint Spill Causes Road Closure

Upon leaving a Valspar paint manufacturing plant in Kankakee, Illinois, a semi-tractor tanker was reported to have spilled part of its paint load earlier this month, resulting in the closure...


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).


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.


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.


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.


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...


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...


Over $2B Funding Allotted for Disaster Recovery

Late last month, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued the Allocations for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery and Implementation of the CDBG-DR Consolidated...


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.


Researchers Develop Lava-Like Fire Retardant Coating

A reportedly non-toxic, fire extinguishing coating has recently been developed by researchers from the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia.


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...


LA Pipeline Corrosion Causes Oil Spill

A pipeline near New Orleans ruptured and spilled more than 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel last month after repairs needed to fix corrosion damage were delayed.


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...


First Tornado Safety Building Standard Released

At the beginning of the month, the American Society of Civil Engineers announced the release of its newly updated ASCE/SEI 7-22 with the goal of better protecting infrastructure from tornado...


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.


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...


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.


OSHA to Improve Workplace Fatality Procedures

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration released new instructional guidance on how the administration plans to communicate fatality in...


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...


Research: Forensic Tool for Fire-Damaged Concrete

Korean researchers report that they’ve recently developed the world’s first forensic tool for fire-damaged concrete structures.


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...


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...


Sherwin Fire Protection Applied at Milan Landmark

In an emailed press release, global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company announced that its fire protection intumescent coating system had been applied to a new landmark in Milan, Ital...


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...


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.


FL Contractors Create Safety Task Force

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


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.


OR Passes Fire-Resistant Material Mandate

Recently, state lawmakers in Oregon passed new legislation outlining fire-safe building codes, in addition to the development and maintenance of a comprehensive statewide map of wildfire ris...


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...


Notre Dame Cathedral Secured for Restoration

Officials from the French government agency overseeing the reconstruction of France’s Notre Dame Cathedral have recently reported that efforts to secure the structure have reached competitio...


'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...


Plans Proposed for Grenfell Tower Demo

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


New Report Blames Welds in MX Metro Collapse

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


NIST Names Champlain Tower Investigators

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


OSHA Fines Contractor $1.3M for Trench Deaths

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


Reports Look at Design, Corrosion in FL Collapse

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


OR 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...


Work Continues, Suits Begin Around Notre Dame

The global effort to reconstruct parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral is in full swing as a Washington, D.C., group recently announced it will be using 800-year-old building techniques to recon...


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...


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.


FL Condo Collapse Sparks Inspection Worries

A rise of inspections and questions have surfaced in the wake of Miami’s Champlain Towers South condominium collapse at the end of last month—including worries about structures all over the ...


CA Hospitals Aim to Push Seismic Requirements

The California Hospital Association, along with Gov. Gavin Newsom, are proposing another extension that would mandate hospitals upgrade their structures to ensure that they can stand up to a...


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.


New Product Announcement: Fireproofing Coating

The Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine has recently announced the launch of a new cellulosic fireproofing coating to provide critical fire protection on construction projects.


CA Water Tank Explosion Causes Fatality

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


DC Pedestrian Bridge Collapses

On Wednesday (June 23), several people were injured after a truck hit a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 295 in Washington D.C., collapsing as a result of the incident.


FL Condo Collapses Killing At Least 9

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


Prelim Findings Show Plagued MX Metro

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


ASCE Releases Manual for Infrastructure

Last week, the American Society of Civil Engineers released a new manual of practice, reporting that the document will give civil engineers the tools to design, plan, and build more resilien...


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...


AWC Releases New Fire Design Publication

The American Wood Council recently released a new publication for fire design of wood members, assemblies and connections to meet code requirements, 2021 Fire Design Specification for Woo...


Railway Safety Questioned in Pakistan Crash

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


Report: Decking Questioned at NOLA Hard Rock

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


Firm Tapped to Investigate MX Metro Collapse

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


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...


UK High-Rise Fire Turns Eyes to Cladding Work

A high-rise block with similar cladding to the Grenfell Tower caught fire in London late last week. No one was killed, but the incident highlights delays responsibility arguments regarding r...


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.


Notre Dame Officials Tap AutoDesk for Tech, BIM

Building software firm Autodesk recently confirmed in a press release that it will be helping Notre Dame Cathedral officials with by contributing design and construction solutions to the reb...


Mexico City Metro Overpass Collapse Kills 23

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


DOL, OSHA Honor Workers Memorial Day

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


NY Contractors Request Scaffold Law Waiver

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


CSB Gives Update on OH Paint Explosion

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


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.


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.


Cargo Ship Runs Aground, Blocks Suez Canal

On Tuesday morning (March 23), a massive container ship ran aground while traveling northbound through Egypt’s Suez Canal to the Mediterranean from the Red Sea, blocking a crucial waterway i...


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...


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...


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.


Plans for Replacement FIU Bridge Move Forward

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


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.


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.


$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...


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.


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.


Streets to Reopen Around NOLA Hard Rock Demo

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


COVID-19 Notification Law Enacted in CA

On Jan. 1, California’s AB 685 law officially went into effect, allowing state regulators to shut down jobsites that expose workers to an imminent hazard of COVID-19 infection.


Disaster Funds Signed into Law

Marking the beginning of 2021, President Donald J. Trump signed S. 3418, the Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation Act—also known as the STORM Act—into law.


Notre Dame Officials Look to Lasers for Cleaning

Progress is continuing at the Notre Dame Cathedral, where a fire ravaged the 850-year-old structure in April 2019.


Skanska Takes FL Liability to Court

Contractor and design-build team Skanska USA Civil Southeast turned to the U.S. District Court in Pensacola, Florida, last month in an attempt to significantly reduce or eliminate its liabil...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


Skanska Repairing FL Bridge ‘At a Loss’

Contractor and design-build team Skanska USA is continuing efforts to repair the Pensacola Bay Bridge in Florida, although reports indicate that the construction comes at a loss due to the d...


Drivers Cannot Stop Hitting a MO Bridge

According to reports, an onslaught of collisions with an overpass on Independence Avenue near Wilson Avenue in northeast Kansas City have become quite the oddity.


NACE International Opens Call for Abstracts

On behalf of NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, last week SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings (slated to officially combine with NACE on Jan. 1, 2021) announced tha...


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...


Grenfell Inquiry Expert Points to Fire Consultants

An expert witness brought in by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry has called the lead architect on the tower refurbishment “imprudent” for not employing a fire consultant specialist when designing ...


NTSB Attributes Corrosion in Fatal Crash

After completing the investigation of a fatal crash in the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Lehigh Tunnel in February 2018, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has recently issued two safet...


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.


Grenfell Inquiry Hears from Building Control

Moving on in the inquiry of London’s Grenfell Tower fire, officials heard last week that a restructuring at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council had created an unbalanced work...


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.


Grenfell: Clerk of Works Wasn't Monitoring Compliance

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


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.


SDOT Releases Updates on Bridge Stabilization

The Seattle Department of Transportation has begun releasing weekly updated on the stabilization efforts of the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge ahead of the anticipated October announcement on...


Grenfell Inquiry Hears from Cladding Subcontractor

The cladding subcontractor on London’s Grenfell Tower refurbishment wrapped up two days of inquiry testimony earlier this week after the process went on summer break for the past month.


USDOT Announces Pipeline, Hazard Safety Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced that it is awarding more than $97 million in grants through its pipeline and haza...


Judge Rejects Lifting FIGG Suspension

A federal judge has denied FIGG Bridge Engineers’ and engineer William “Denney” Pate’s request to lift the imposed suspension from the Federal Highway Administration.


Final Body Removed from NOLA Hard Rock

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


FIGG Files Against FHWA Suspension

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


Baltimore Gas Explosion Kills 2, Injures Several

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


1 Body Recovered from NOLA Hard Rock

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


Cleanup, Plans Begin after AZ Bridge Collapse

Officials are in the beginning stages of repair work on the Salt River Union Pacific Bridge, in Tempe, Arizona, which partially collapsed last week after a train derailed on the structure, s...


Grenfell Inquiry Looks at Contractor, Worries

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


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.


ICC Releases New Seismic Design Manuals

The International Code Council has partnered with the Structural Engineers Association of California to release a joint publication of the 2018 IBC SEAOC Structural/Seismic Design Manuals.


Grenfell Inquiry: Officials Disagreed on Materials

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


Notre Dame Work to Restore Latest Spire

French President Emmanuel Macron has officially dropped the unpopular idea of building a modern spire atop a restored Notre Dame Cathedral.


Grenfell Inquiry Restarts, Looks at Fire Consultant

London’s Grenfell Tower Inquiry resumed earlier this week after a months-long hiatus—caused by the COVID-19 pandemic—with new testimony revealing that the principal fire engineer for the tow...


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.


Morandi Bridge Named, Opening Announced

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


Report: UK Has No Counts on Dangerous Cladding

A recent investigation by the United Kingdom’s National Audit Office has revealed that the government doesn’t know how many of its estimated 85,000 buildings 11-18 meters tall are clad with ...


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, ...


Workers Start Dismantling Scaffold at Notre Dame

Work has officially begun on dismantling the melting scaffolding surrounding the Notre Dame Cathedral. The process reportedly began on Monday, with crews working to take down 200 tons of met...


Morandi Bridge Replacement Reaches Completion

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


Notre Dame Work Resumes Post Pandemic Pause

Restoration work has resumed and COVID-19 protocols have been put in place at the Notre Dame Cathedral site. Although officials are still standing by the initial time frame, a decision on th...


Firm Involved with Grenfell Refurb Liquidates

The architecture firm that was in charge of the Grenfell Tower’s refurbishment has reportedly entered voluntary liquidation, owing more than 140,000 pounds ($171,513) to creditors.


Causes of Taiwan Bridge Collapse Investigated

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


Demolition Begins at NOLA Hard Rock Site

The multi-phase demolition of the collapsed Hard Rock New Orleans hotel and its surrounding buildings is now underway as officials expedited approvals to get the project going ahead of hurri...


MI Dam Failure Threatens Dow Contamination

Just last week, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Midland County, Michigan, after floodwaters caused two dam failures, risking water contamination from a nearb...


NZ Bridge Used for Seismic Research

New Zealand officials have recently announced that its decommissioned Whirokino and Manawatu River Bridge in Foxton will be repurposed for University of Auckland-headed research on seismic a...


Replacement Announced for Collapsed FIU Bridge

Last week, officials from Florida’s Department of Transportation announced that they would launching a bid process for the design and construction of a new “signature” bridge over Southwest ...


Model Software Used in Earthquake Study

A researcher from Concordia University was recently reported to be exploring options for resilient and sustainable reinforced masonry structural systems in relation to earthquake safety.


Notre Dame Target Remains Despite Delays

One year after a fire ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral, officials are saying that, while it’s still possible to get the repairs done by 2024, it has been a struggle to keep construction on t...


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...


Fire Research Looks at High-Rise Materials

Engineers and technicians at the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently spent months of research recreating concrete floors supported by steel beams, only to set the structu...


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.


Grenfell Inquiry Suspended Amidst Pandemic

The Grenfell Inquiry panel has decided to suspend the hearings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, inquiry leader Judge Martin Moore-Bick, released the announcement in a letter, no...


Grenfell Inquiry Looks at 2014 Refurb Regulations

The finger pointing continued at the Grenfell Inquiry this week as Studio E Architects Associate Neil Crawford claimed that the government knew of faults in its building regulations and did ...


Grenfell Inquiry Updates Look at Architect Role

In the recent development of the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry, lead architect from firm Studio E admitted that he had not read the Building Regulations covering fire safety in high-rises.


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.


AG Grants Protections in Grenfell Inquiry

The United Kingdom Attorney General Suella Braverman announced late last week that she is granting the undertaking that allows individuals to give oral evidence in the Grenfell Tower inquiry...


DOL Construction Safety Committees to Meet

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that it is holding a teleconference meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health Workgroups next week.


2 Inspectors Suspended Amid NOLA Hard Rock Reports

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


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...


Grenfell Official Moves Immunity Request to AG

Late last week, the chair of the Grenfell Tower inquiry, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, announced that he agreed to an application by multiple witnesses for immunity from prosecution relating to any...


Design Tweaked for WA's Rainier Square Tower

Within a few months of topping out, Seattle’s Rainier Square tower project will undergo a small redesign.


Chemical Unit Reopens After Leak, Obstacles

United Kingdom-based specialty chemical company Croda has recently reopened its Atlas Point surfactants plant located at the base of the Delaware Memorial Bridge in New Castle, Delaware.


Portion of US-Mexico Border Wall Falls

Last week, United States border patrol officers reported that a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Calexico, California, had fallen over into the Mexico side after experiencing high w...


Grenfell Inquiry Begins with Blame, Immunity

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


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...


Grenfell Inquiry Panelist Resigns Over Conflict

An expert panelist on the Grenfell Inquiry panel, whose appointment caused outrage among the survivors and families of London’s Grenfell Tower Fire, resigned earlier this week citing a confl...


CA Hospitals File for Seismic Retrofit Extensions

Officials say that several hospitals in California have applied for extensions on mandated seismic retrofits that originally were supposed to be completed in 2008.


2 Injured in AL Stadium Accident

Two construction workers at the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium were hospitalized with serious injuries Saturday night after two structural precast concrete beams fell on a manl...


US Steel Fined for Air Pollution Violations

After reaching a consent agreement in June 2019 with The United States Steel Corporation, the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced earlier this month that the company was char...


FEMA Updates Public Assistance Policy

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which distributes billions of dollars in aid each year for communities to rebuild after disasters, recently released an update to its Recovery Interi...


UK Cladding Ban Extension Proposed

England’s combustible cladding ban could soon be applied to more than high-rises as Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick recently put forth new measures with the goal to move “faster and further...


Towers Proposed to Alleviate Air Pollution

Recently, Noida, India-based multi-disciplinary architectural practice Studio Symbiosis has announced its design for Aura air-purifying towers, envisioned to help Delhi, India reduce increas...


Crane Collapses at TX Harbor Bridge

In the middle of December, a 110-ton crawler crane collapsed while lifting a connector beam at the Harbor Bridge replacement project site near Interstate 37 and Brownlee Bouelvard.


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...


Grenfell Tower Inquiry Panel Change Prompts Outcry

Grenfell United—a group of survivors and relatives of victims of London’s 2017 Grenfell Tower fire—expressed outrage shortly before the holidays when a change was made to the panel that will...


Demolition Scheduled for NOLA Hard Rock

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


Future of Notre Dame Still Unknown

According to reports late last month, the rector of Notre Dame Cathedral has said that the landmark is so fragile, that there’s a 50% chance that it might not be saved.


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.


Businesses Sue Over OR Pipeline Explosion

Over three years after a pipeline explosion, in Portland, Oregon, caused over $17 million in property damage and a number of injuries, two business owners recently announced their own intent...


NOLA Hard Rock Won’t Get Implosion

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


Construction in Cincinnati Continues After Fatality

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


FL Interstate Project Safety Assessed

In late September, an accident on the I-4 Ultimate project, in Orlando, Florida, involving a cement girder, resulted in a worker fatality. More recently, a report was released, indicating th...


UK Housing Fire Raises Cladding Concerns

After a fire consumed a Bolton, United Kingdom, student housing block on Nov. 15, locals have accused the government of downplaying fire risks posed by unsafe cladding.


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...


2 Dead After Bridge Collapse In France

On Monday (Nov. 18), a 155-meter-long (510-foot-long) bridge collapsed in southwest France, resulting in two fatalities and five others being injured. Though a criminal investigation has bee...


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...


4 Workers Injured in NYC Scaffold Collapse

Four construction workers were injured in Manhattan earlier this week when a scaffold collapsed at the $25 billion Hudson Yards megaproject along 10th Avenue.


Full Demo for NOLA Hard Rock Planned

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


PA Sinkhole Indicates Infrastructure Problems

Last Monday (Oct. 28) morning, a sinkhole roughly 100 feet long and 20 feet deep opened up on 10th Street in Downtown Pittsburgh. However, when the sinkhole presented itself, a Pittsburgh Po...


Historic Japanese Castle Destroyed in Fire

Last Thursday (Oct. 31), a fire broke out around 2:40 a.m. at the Shuri Castle in Naha, Japan, resulting in the loss of several buildings on the World Heritage site.


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. ...


Victims of Hard Rock Collapse File Suits

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


First-Phase Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry Report Released

The long-awaited report from the first phase of London’s Grenfell Tower Fire inquiry was released last week, criticizing not only the response to the fire but the tower’s 2016 renovation.


Bartlett School Developing New Fire Safety Program

The Bartlett School of Architecture, at the University of London, is reportedly developing a new course on fire-safe design that will aim to deliver a shift in how architects create building...


NOLA Works on Hard Rock Demo, Cranes

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


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...


Free Webinar: Fire Protection Applications

PaintSquare will host a free webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 30, entitled: “The Dangers of Extrapolation—Properly Estimating Fire Protection Applications.”


Work to Begin on Melted Notre Dame Scaffolding

Officials have now said that the 50,000 metal tubes that make up the scaffolding around the Notre-Dame Cathedral will begin to be dismantled in the coming weeks.


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...


Grant Allows NAHB to Continue Fall Safety Courses

The National Association of Home Builders announced earlier this month that it received a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Multiple Casualties At NOLA Hard Rock Collapse

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


Mackintosh Fire Report Not Expected Until 2020

A report that’s slated to come from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service about the cause of the second fire at the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building will not be released until next...


New Genoa Bridge Deck Placement Begins

Earlier this month, over a year after the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, a section of bridge deck for the new structure was lifted into place, marking the first section to b...


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.


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 ...


Wright-Designed Home Suffers Fire Damage

Reported last month, a Cincinnati-based, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home caught fire, resulting in roughly $100,000 in damages—a sixth of the home's total value.


$1.9B Vegas Stadium Gets Quake Measures

A recent tour of Las Vegas’ $1.9 billion Allegiant Stadium construction site revealed the tactics being put in place to protect the structure from earthquakes.


India Project Tunnel Borer Damaged

Since the tail-end of August, Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation personnel have been working on the East-West Metro in Bowbazar, India, where a tunnel-boring machine reportedly struck an aquifer...


UK Residents Evacuated Over Material Concerns

Residents living in a Hoxton, London-based housing block have recently been instructed to evacuate their homes within 12 months due to an installation issue.


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.


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...


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...


Study: Poor Sleep Links to Construction Injuries

In a recent study completed by researchers at Colorado State University, employers could improve workplace safety by ensuring their employees get a good night’s sleep.


Floating Nuclear Plant Draws Concern

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


Study: Injuries Cause Rise in Overdoses, Suicides

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


Construction App Developed to ‘Save Lives’

A multimedia application has been developed by researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (Glasgow, Scotland) that will reportedly be able to save lives and reduce the number of injuries o...


Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes in KY

Last Thursday, Line 15 of the Texas Eastern pipeline—owned by Canadian multinational energy transportation company Enbridge—exploded around 1:20 a.m. in Lincoln County, Kentucky, killing one...


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...


Design for Temporary Notre Dame Structure Revealed

Architecture and design firm Gensler recently unveiled its rendition of a temporary place of worship to be constructed in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral.


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...


Historic ND Bridge Collapses; No Injuries

A historic bridge near Northwood, North Dakota, collapsed Monday (July 22) under the weight of a tractor-trailer that exceeded the weight limit. No injuries were reported, but it will cost b...


Italy's Morandi Bridge Towers Demolished

Late last month, the towers of Genoa, Italy’s Morandi Bridge were demolished, marking nearly a year since the bridge collapse occurred. Thousands were evacuated prior to demolition.


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...


Company Aims to Prevent Home Flooding

Global weather system supplier All Weather Industries in, partnership with Philippines-based Scottsdale Corp., have recently launched the Dam Easy Flood Barrier—a innovative tool for prevent...


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.


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...


Chicago's Ledge Reopens After Cracked Coating

Last Monday, The Ledge’s—a popular tourist attraction at the Willis Tower in Chicago—protective coating cracked, resulting in an immediate shut down.


Sunshine Bridge Struck by Vessel, Again

Late last week, yet another vessel struck St. James Parish, Louisiana’s Sunshine Bridge, which prompted a closure to evaluate the integrity of the structure. An investigation into the incide...


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...


CA Transit Center to Reopen Next Month

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


Report: UK's Hackitt Responds on Fire Safety

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


WA Pipeline Explosion Fines Help Rebuild

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


Debate Continues Around Mackintosh Fire

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


Bill Stops Notre Dame Reconstruction Innovation

The French Senate has passed a bill that would require the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral to be rebuilt to its “last known visual state,” a move that pushes back against proposed innovation for...


Report: $1B Needed To Retrofit Seattle Buildings

According to the City of Seattle’s National Development Council, in their most recent Funding Unreinforced Masonry Retrofits report, vital earthquake safety fixes have been estimated to cost...


Grenfell Tower Inquiry Release Delayed Again

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


UK to Replace Grenfell-Style Cladding

The Ministry of Housing recently announced that combustible Grenfell Tower-style cladding on private residential high-rise blocks will be replaced at the cost of roughly 200 million pounds (...


FL Bridge Closes for Emergency Repairs

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


Notre Dame Laser Scans to Help with Reconstruction

Digital scans of the Notre Dame Cathedral could prove integral to the historic landmark’s rebuilding, according to officials. Digital 3D scans taken by the late Andrew Tallon of New York’s V...


Notre Dame Spire Design Competition Launched

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


NYC Promises to Implement Safety Law

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


Fire Consumes Notre Dame Cathedral

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


MO Pipeline Explosion Caused by Corrosion

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


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...


VA Bridge Inspection Equipment Co. Suspended

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


Subcontractors Disputes CA Transit Center Finds

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


Storm Washes Away New Zealand Bridge

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


$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 ...


Funding for Oroville Dam Repairs Denied

The Trump administration recently announced that it will not reimburse the state of California for much of the repair costs associated with the Oroville Dam incident, citing that the project...


6 States Sue OSHA for Recordkeeping Rollback

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


OR Delays Unreinforced Building Warning Requirement

The Portland City Council (Portland, Oregon) recently voted a delay to mandate posted warning signs on unreinforced brick and stone buildings. This vote delays regulations until November 202...


Officials: No Charges for Grenfell Fire Until 2021

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


Russian Ship Hits South Korean Bridge

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


$1B MA Hospital Work To Include Disaster Bunker

According to new reports, the $1 billion plan for a new campus at Massachusetts General Hospital will not only bring an expansion to the facility, but it will make it a bunker for natural di...


Research: Recycled Tires Aid Concrete Fire Resistance

Researchers from the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at The University of Sheffield (South Yorkshire, England) have reportedly found a new way ot protecting concrete from fire...


Feds Sue NJ Contractor for $679K in Delinquent Fines

The U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey filed a lawsuit last week against a New Jersey contractor in an effort to collect $678,053 in past-due fines issued by the Occupational Safet...


Falling Concrete Temporarily Closes CA Bridge

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


CA Transit Center Fix Gets June Completion Date

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


TX Lawmaker Proposes Pipeline Safety Measures

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


NC Apartment Project Trench Collapse Kills 1

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


Historic Detroit Bridge Collapses, None Injured

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


OH Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes

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


Research Looks at Buildings' Tornado Resistance

A civil engineering professor from Ontario’s Western University, who has been studying the effects of high winds on buildings since 1997, is now saying that research could lead to the develo...


Debate Surrounds Mackintosh Building Reno

The Scottish Parliament’s Culture Committee met recently to continue investigating last June’s devastating fire at the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building turning its focus on the fa...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.


UK Officially Bans Combustible Material in High-Rises

The United Kingdom announced last week details of its new ban on combustible materials following last year’s fatal Grenfell Tower fire in London that killed more than 70 people.


Report: Construction Leads US in Suicide Rates

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


Study: Construction Leads US in Suicide Rates

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


Grenfell Inquiry Taps New Architect Expert

The Grenfell Inquiry—a public investigation into the fatal fire that occurred at London’s Grenfell Tower in June 2017 that killed more than 70 people—has appointed a new architectural expert...


Genoa's Morandi Bridge to be Demolished

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


OSHA Reports on Irma's Toppled FL Cranes

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found that the three cranes that collapsed last year after Hurricane Irma tore through Mia...


UK Hands out Funds to Replace Cladding

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government confirmed last week that it has released 248 million pounds (roughly $319 million), the first round of funding, for...


OSHA Reports on Irma's Toppled FL Cranes

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found that the three cranes that collapsed last year after Hurricane Irma tore through Mia...


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 ...


High-Rise Code Changes Posed for San Francisco

The city of San Francisco might soon be calling for tighter building codes when it comes to its high-rises, which a panel of experts says are inadequate to deal with the aftermath of a large...


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...


Pittsburgh's 3-Year Liberty Bridge Rehab Complete

The three-year, $82 million rehabilitation of Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge, which came to a halt for weeks in September 2016 after a worksite fire compromised the span’s integrity, has come t...


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...


RIBA Announces New Fire Safety Plan

The Royal Institute of British Architects has launched a consultation on its new Plan of Work for Fire Safety in response to the government review following London’s fatal Grenfell Tower fir...


Damage from Florence Estimated at $22B

Though Hurricane Florence has worked its way through the Carolinas, an estimated $22 billion in damage still remains. According to reports, flooding insurance will only cover a fraction of t...


Panel to Talk to Parliament About Mac Fate

Four experts have been invited to speak with the Scottish Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee to give their thoughts on how to move forward with the Glasgow School of Art...


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...


Brooklyn Construction Site Collapse Kills 1

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


Grenfell Commission to Decide Tower Site Fate

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


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...


Cuomo Bridge Opening Delayed by Demo Issue

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


$2.5B Bond to Help with TX Flood Prep

Residents of Harris County, Texas, hard-hit one year ago by the flooding rains of Hurricane Harvey, have approved a $2.5 billion bond measure to fund more than 200 flood-mitigation projects,...


Italian Architect Offers Morandi Replacement Help

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


TX Voters Pass $2.5B Flood-Mitigation Bond

A year after Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas, voters in Harris County have approved a $2.5 billion bond measure that will allow commissioners to move forward with the more than 20...


Temporary Wall Collapses at Oroville Dam Site

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


SF Tunnel Death Spurs Contractor Checks

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


Museum Goer Falls in Hole that Looks Like Painting

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


Report: Experts Knew of Corrosion on Morandi Cables

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


Concerns Raised Over Flammable Material in Mac

Details of the Glasgow School of Art’s 51 million-pound refurbishment are now under scrutiny amidst an investigation into a fire that ripped through the famous building in June—the second de...


Morandi Warned of Special Corrosion Risks on Genoa Bridge

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


Italy to Look at Infrastructure After Bridge Disaster

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


WI Firm Cited in Fatal Blast Shop Incident

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


Major Highway Bridge Collapses in Italy

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


Plea Deal Tossed in 2016 CA Fire

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


Firm 'Proposes' Black Concrete Grenfell Memorial

A London design studio has sparked some conversation with its recently released visualizations of the Grenfell Tower re-imagined as a memorial to the more than 70 people who died in a blaze ...


CDC Recommends Changes on Heat Hazards

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


CDC Releases Study on Workplace Heat Risks

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


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...


App Uses Virtual Reality for Fall Protection

To help workers in the construction industry identify fall hazards and learn how to create a fall protection system, the American Society of Safety Professionals released a virtual reality a...


Arkema, CEO Indicted for Harvey Incident

Nearly a year after Hurricane Harvey triggered a series of explosions at an Arkema chemical plan in Crosby, Texas, a Harris County grand jury has indicted the company and two executives for ...


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...


Coalition to Make Fire Safety Standards

More than 30 international professional associations and building organizations are banding together to form a new group focused on fire safety.


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...


Grenfell Inquiry Looks into Design Images

The inquiry into last year’s deadly Grenfell Tower fire continues as officials are now looking at photos of the London high-rises refurbishment.


4 Dead, Dozens Injured in Tokyo Construction Fire

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


SC Nuclear Plant Reports Leak

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


Investigations Deepen in FL Building Collapse

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


Corrosion Officially Blamed for Mumbai Bridge Collapse

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


Miami Beach Condo Collapses, Injures 1

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


Firm Pleads Guilty in Deadly NYC Fall

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


New Mall in Mexico City Partially Collapses

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


Concrete Falls from Syracuse Rail Bridge

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


Director Confirms Mackintosh to be Rebuilt

After weeks of uncertainty, the director of the Glasgow School of Art has confirmed that the iconic Mackintosh building, which was ravaged by a fire last month, will be rebuilt.


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.


Report: 39 San Francisco Buildings in Quake Danger

The U.S Geological Survey recently released a report outlining dozens of San Francisco high-rises that would be at risk if a major earthquake were to occur.


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...


Dangerous Cladding Affects 300 Tower Blocks

More than a year after the Grenfell Tower fire claimed more than 70 lives, the U.K. government has disclosed that roughly 300 private tower blocks in the country have Grenfell-style cladding...


Glasgow School of Art Building to be Dismantled

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


Collapsed Pittsburgh Highway Reopens

A 300-foot section of U.S. Route 30, which collapsed east of Pittsburgh during a landslide on April 7, has been restored, marking only three months needed to complete the repair work.


1 Killed in TX Construction Site Explosion

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


Experts: Fire System at Mac was Nearly Complete

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


Inspection Crew Trapped in Fatal DC Bridge Crash

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


Grenfell Inquiry Dismisses 'Expert Architect'

Just days after the officials leading London’s Grenfell Tower public inquiry appointed John Priestley an “expert architectural witness,” the decision was reversed after it came to light that...


Fire Ravages Glasgow's Mackintosh Building

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


Subcontractors Under Seige at Grenfell Inquiry

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


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...


Final Report Issued on TX 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...


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...


Interpreting OSHA's Fall Protection Rule

In my area of responsibility for the National Roofing Contractors Association, fall protection issues generally involve Subpart M of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s const...


Final UK Building Review Released

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


UK Will Pay for Recladding of Public High-Rises

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


India Bridge Collapse Kills 18

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


Researchers Develop 'Fire Alarm Wallpaper'

Researchers out of the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences have recently developed what they’re calling a “fire alarm wallpaper.”


3-Alarm Fire Guts Multiple CO Projects

On May 10, in Denver, Colorado, near the Broncos Stadium, two town-home buildings that were under construction caught fire. One residential building to the north suffered damage, but those i...


Report: Better Cladding Originally Slated for Grenfell

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


Home Owners Rebuilding after CA Wildfires

Home owners in California’s wine country, where fires ripped through acres of land and homes last fall, are now starting to rebuild.


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...


Safety Stand-Down Observed Next Week

Construction industry professionals are taking part in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction next week, to educate workers about the importance of fall protection o...


Architects Reveal Designs for Grenfell Overhaul

Six practices working in conjunction with residents of Lancaster West Estate—the location of the Grenfell Tower fire that claimed 70 lives this past June—have started putting together ideas ...


CA Residents Evacuated after Nearby Construction Fire

On Tuesday, a three-alarm fire on an under-construction apartment building resulted in the evacuation of 250 residents living in a nearby complex. While the cause of the fire has yet to be d...


RIBA Notes Concern Ahead of Grenfell Review

Members of the Royal Institute of British Architects are making clear RIBA's concerns about the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, one of the many response to London...


PennDOT Begins Collapsed Highway Rebuild

Plans for the rebuilding of a collapsed section of U.S. Route 30, just east of Pittsburgh, are starting to come together—the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded the contrac...


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 ...


Report: Grenfell Refurb Added Fuel to Fire

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


Modular Bridge Restores Vital Link in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s infrastructure is still extensively damaged six months after Hurricane Maria made landfall, but a new $4.7 million bridge spanning the Manati River will make for easier accessi...


US Court: Ignorance of Safety Standards Not a Defense

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


Report: Grenfell Cladding Had Been Downgraded

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


Cases Pile Up After Fatal MA Accident

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


Houston Agency Proposes New Floodplain Standards

In response to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, Houston's Department of Public Works has proposed that new structures in the 100-year and 500-year floodplains be built 2 feet above the...


Boston T Line Closed After Concrete Falls in Tunnel

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


NJ Company Fined in High-Profile Accident

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


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 ...


Firm Creating 3-D Model of Grenfell Tower Fire

An architecture research firm is calling for anyone and everyone to submit their video footage of London’s fatal Grenfell Tower Fire with the goal of building a 3-D model of how the fire spr...


Officials Investigate Cause of Fatal Fire in Russia

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


OSHA's Hearing-Loss Bulletin Targets Painters

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...


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...


More Grenfell Tower Building Materials Fail Tests

Officials investigating the fatal Grenfell Tower fire have released new details on the safety of the building’s materials.


Fatal Denver Fire Sparks Lengthy Investigation

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


KY Officials Issue Hazard Alert for Trench Fatalities

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


Grenfell Tower Site Could Become Memorial

The fate of London’s Grenfell Tower is one step closer as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government recently released a set of principles regarding governing decisions on the...


UK Officials Issued Fire Safety Memo

A United Kingdom official has released a memo to council chiefs that highlights their fire safety responsibilities in the wake of Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim report that was released in De...


FL Subcontractor Sues Over Irma-Snapped Cranes

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


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.


New Tool Helps ID Combustible Facades

On Monday, the National Fire Protection Association announced the creation of EFFECT—an Exterior Facade Fire Evaluation Comparison Tool, which can be used by building owners, facility manage...


CPWR Releases Report on Caught-In/Between Accidents

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


Overpass Collapses in Central Brasilia

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


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...


Earthquake Hits Taiwan, Crumbles Multiple Buildings

Rescue efforts continued in Taiwan Wednesday morning (Feb. 7) after a 6.4-magnitute earthquake shook the city of Hualien just before midnight local time on Tuesday.


FL Man Pinned Under Heavy Equipment

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


Worker Struck, Killed by Falling Beam at MT Site

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


Non-Fireproof Cladding Found on UK Apartment

In a mandated safety review of buildings conducted as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire, cladding panels labeled “non-fire retardant” were discovered in the Chips apartment block, located ...


New Study Looks at Mitigation Savings

According to a recent report from the National Institute of Building Sciences, every federal grant dollar spent on disaster resiliency and mitigation can save the United States $6. On top of...


Corrosion Causes Indonesia Stock Exchange Fall

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


New Bridge Collapses in Colombia

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


Painters, Construction Take Spots on Dangerous Jobs List

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


Painters Rank No. 24 on Dangerous Jobs List

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


WA Contractor Charged After Fatal Trench Collapse

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


Fire Destroys London Paint Manufacturer Building

A massive fire blazed through a warehouse of London-based coatings manufacturer Rustins last week. The company said the flames destroyed everything that was stored there.


Crane Topples at TX Site, Leaves Minor Injuries

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


CA Mudslides Destroy Homes, Neighborhoods

Rescue crews worked Wednesday to comb through destroyed homes and neighborhoods a day after mudslides cut through parts of Southern California.


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...


Grenfell Inquiry: Industry Rules Dangerously Lax

The interim report from the building regulations review that was order after London’s Grenfell Tower fire has found that the system is “not fit for purpose” and left the conductor of the rev...


Contractors Fined $140K in Formwork Collapse

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


TX County Approves Stricter Flood-Plain Regulations

Commissioners in Harris County, Texas, unanimously approved stricter flood-plain regulations this week just three months after Hurricane Harvey flooded the area with 50 inches of rainfall.


A Procrastinator's Guide to OSHA's Injury Rule

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


Sanders Submits $146B Plan for Puerto Rico

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) unveiled a plan last week to rebuild Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands more than two months after the territories were battered by Hurricane Maria.


MI Silverdome Implodes After Second Attempt

Michigan’s Pontiac Silverdome was a topic of discussion Monday morning (Dec. 4) after it failed to implode the day before—that is, a topic of discussion for everyone except the officials res...


White House Submits Third Disaster Aid Package

Last week, the White House sent its third disaster aid request to Congress asking for $44 billion—a move that many in Congress criticized, as it’s about one-third of what Texas and Puerto Ri...


Collapsed Nuclear Site Tunnel Stabilized

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


FEMA Rethinking Aid to Churches Amidst Lawsuit

Three Texas churches damaged by Hurricane Harvey have filed a federal lawsuit against the Federal Emergency Management Agency, putting more pressure on the organization’s stance on aiding da...


Texas Unveils Rebuilding Plan

Recently, the state of Texas submitted a $61 billion rebuilding plan to Congress that detailed how it will rebuild after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in late August.


70 Arrested in FL for Contractor Fraud

Officials of a Florida county say they’ve charged more than 70 people in an unlicensed contractor sting. Elevated by Hurricane Irma, the investigation also landed eight felony arrests.


Glass Falls From Calgary Building

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


Former ICC Leader to Head Wildfire Recovery

Former CEO of the International Code Council and former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency James Lee Witt is taking the lead in the rebuilding effort in California following...


Walnut Blasting Regulations Questioned After Death

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


Worker Falls at Site of $500M WI Arena

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


Worker Killed by Walnut Blasting Particles

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


Miami Condominium Worker Falls 10 Stories

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


Landslide at Malaysian Construction Site Kills 11

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


Oil Rig in Louisiana Lake Ignites, Injures 7

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


Worker Paralyzed in Accident Settles for $17M

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


CA Fires Death Toll, Damages Take Shape

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


Falling Material Kills Cleveland Worker

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


Researchers Develop Seismic-Resistant Concrete

Researchers at the University of British Columbia say that they have engineered a new seismic-resistant, fiber-reinforced concrete that is set to begin use in retrofitting projects.


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 Fines CA Companies for Fatal Wall Collapse

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


OSHA Releases Top Violations in 2017

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has released its list of the top 10 violations for 2017. A new category, Fall Protection—Training Requirements, has made its way onto the l...


South Africa Bridge Collapse Inquiry Delayed

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


Lawsuits, Investigation Follow TX Chemical Blasts

Specialty chemicals firm Arkema is facing a criminal investigation by the Harris County District Attorney, in addition to a number of lawsuits from neighbors and first responders in Crosby, ...


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...


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 ...


NYC Council Passes New Safety Bill

New York City Council approved a bill last Wednesday after more than eight months of deliberation that will require at least 40 hours of safety training for construction workers.


Crane Topples at FL Bridge Project Site

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


NH House Explosion Kills Painter

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


Former Boxer Dies in NJ Struck-By Accident

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


FL Relaxes Contractor Licensing Laws After Irma

In response to the damage left in the wake of Hurricane Irma, John Zachem, secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, has suspended certain regulations that...


2 Workers Killed in Separate NYC Fall Incidents

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


Earthquake Leaves Buildings Collapsed, Damaged

Dozens of buildings collapsed and scores more were damaged Tuesday as Mexico was hit with its second earthquake in as many weeks. As of Wednesday afternoon, the death toll was up to 225.


Grenfell Public Inquiry Details Released

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


Falling Equipment Kills Atlanta Worker

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


Safety of Broken Crane Causes Dispute

One of three Miami cranes that snapped during Hurricane Irma has sparked a dispute between local government and the contractor who owns the crane, detailing whether or not the crane is actu...


Hurricane Irma Causes Cranes to Snap

Three cranes have snapped in the wake of Hurricane Irma, adding to the damage already caused by the storm's Florida landfall.


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...


Residents Near FL Cranes Advised to Leave

Officials are telling residents in Miami living near high-rise construction sites to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma’s estimated arrival, according to local news reports, because of the dan...


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.


TX Evacuation Lifted After Chemical Plant Fires Burn

Officials have confirmed that there is no longer a threat of explosions at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, after several of its trailers were ignited in a controlled burn over th...


UK Regulations Review Guidelines Released

New guidelines for the review of U.K. building regulations have been released, following the Grenfell Tower fire and the subsequent fireproofing testing that revealed over 200 buildings were...


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...


Harvey Sparks TX Chemical Blasts, Property Damage

A series of explosions was triggered Thursday morning (Aug. 31) at an Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, after officials say Hurricane Harvey flooded the plant, cutting off all power so...


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...


Paint Chemicals Trigger Blasts in Flooded TX Plant

A series of explosions were triggered Thursday morning (Aug. 31) at an Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, after officials say Hurricane Harvey flooded the plant cutting off all power so...


Authorities Eye Heat in Bridge Worker's Death

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


Failed Barrier Survivor Suing for $1M

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


Painters Killed in South Korea Shipyard Blast

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


Shards Fall From Award-Winning UK Building

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


CO Bridge Section Collapses During Demolition

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


ACM System Passes UK Fire Safety Tests

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


FL Contractor Gets $1.5M in OSHA Fines

A Florida roofing contractor has been fined over $1.5 million by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after multiple investigations yielded several ci...


Struck-By Injuries, Prevention Report Released

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


Runway Painter Killed in Accident

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


Crumbling Granite Closes Downtown Streets

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


Corrosion Blamed for Deadly Ohio Fair Incident

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


Construction Workers Injured in Onion Storage Collapse

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


Dubai's Torch Tower Burns a Second Time

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


SCDOT Addresses Bridge ‘Tarpageddon’

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


Blackout Suit Takes Aim at Bridge Contractor

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


ICC Completes Mass Timber Fire Safety Tests

The International Code Council Ad-hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings has completed five full-scale mass timber fire tests as research that will inform code changes to tall wood buildings, ...


Portion of WV Garage Collapses During Construction

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


Owner, 'Contractor' Arrested in Building Collapse

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


Cladding Systems Fail New Tests, UK to Review

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


Tank Worker Rescued After Falling Ill

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


Tarp Mishap Shuts Down SC Interstate Bridge

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


Fire Destroys Boston Apartments Under Construction

An eight-alarm fire in Boston claimed a five-building luxury apartment complex that was under construction early Sunday morning.


Grenfell Tower Panels Found in US Structures

Brochures from Pittsburgh-based manufacturer Arconic reveal that the same panels used on London’s Grenfell Tower have been used on U.S. structures, such as a professional sports stadium and ...


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...


$39M Verdict Upheld in Parking Garage Incident

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


Reports Indicate Millennium Tower Fire Hazard

A sinking San Francisco tower may also contain yet another hazard, reports indicate.


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.


Worker Crushed to Death at MA Renovation Site

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


Officials to Change Safety Tests After Failures

A 100 percent fire fail rate of 200 cladding samples of high-rises in the United Kingdom is leading officials to recommend broadening the tests.


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 ...


Arson Suspected in Latest CA Construction Blaze

Arson investigators parsed through the charred remains Monday morning (July 10) of a fire that ripped through an Oakland, California, construction site early last Friday (July 7).


Anger Lingers in Industry Post Grenfell Fire

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


Charges Considered in Grenfell Tower Fire

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


NYC Accident Traps Construction Workers

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


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.


Cladding in Fatal London Tower Fire ID'd

A deeper look into the Glenfell Tower’s 2016 renovation has unveiled that officials decided to use Reynobond PE (polyethylene) panels instead of Reynobond (FR) fire-resistant ones in the hig...


Experts Look At Cladding After Fatal London Fire

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


Worker Dangles From Scaffold at FL Site

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


Construction Fire Shuts Down DE Bridge

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


2 Arrested for Deadly CA Fire

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


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.


Sojourn Through Concrete Costs Teen $10K

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


Workers Trapped in Wet Concrete After Collapse

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


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) .


Fire Again Ravages CA Construction Site

An early-morning fire on Saturday destroyed an under-construction, 105-unit housing project near the Oakland, California, border—the second time the site has burned to the ground in the past...


Charges Filed in NY Wall Collapse Death

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


CO Officials Call for Pipeline Inspections

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


Fire-Damaged GA Bridge Slated to Open Early

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


Carpenter Awarded $2M in Contractor Negligence Case

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


Tunnel Collapse Spurs Nuclear Site Alert

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


Safety Stand-Down Week Focuses on Falls

Construction industry professionals are taking part in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction this week, taking action to educate workers about the importance of fal...


OSHA Issues Maximum Citation to SD Company

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


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 ...


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...


Building Materials Blamed in Apartment Fire

Materials used in the ongoing construction of an apartment building in College Park, Maryland, have been suspected as a possible cause in a five-alarm fire on April 24 that caused $39 millio...


NYC Passes Slew of Construction Safety Bills

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


WI Shipyard Faces Fines After Burn Incident

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


OSHA Fines Companies for Collapse That Killed 1

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


Fire-resistant, Wood-veneered Frame Products Unveiled

A new line of wood frames has combined steel with a wood-veneered metal for an aesthetically pleasing barrier to radiant and conductive heat transfer, according to Technical Glass Products.


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...


Concrete Wall Collapses in CA, Kills 1

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


Dubai Sees Another High-Rise Fire

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


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.


Giant Bridge will Dive Under Sea

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


Congress to Cut OSHA Rule

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


Painter Rescued after Scaffold Collapse

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


Painter Electrocuted in Massachusetts

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


Massive Blaze Hits Construction Site

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


Paint Contractor Bookkeeper Faces Charges

A former bookkeeper of a Syracuse, New York-area painting contractor has been charged with stealing nearly $700,000 from his employer, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.


Fire Destroys Nearly Complete Complex

A new luxury apartment complex in New Albany, Indiana, that was set to start housing residents within the next month is now undergoing demolition after flames ripped through the building on ...


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...


Streets to Silos, Artists Magnify Impact

Although street artists have long held the goal of making a lasting impression with their designs, murals have recently gotten much bigger, more connected to the communities where they appea...


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.


Fire Rocks TiO2 Plant Amid Spin Off

Huntsman Corp., an American-based specialty chemical manufacturer, reported a recent fire at one of its titanium dioxide manufacturing facilities in Pori, Finland, amid plans to spin off its...


Engineer in Mall Cave-In Awaits Verdict

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


Officials Probe Deadly Collision at FL Jobsite

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


Painters Injured in Bridge Worksite Fall

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


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 ...


NYC Construction Bills Spark Debate

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


Safety Bills Divide Workers in New York

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


Steel Company Found Guilty in Falling Death

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


Blaze Ignites on Tampa Hotel Rooftop

A three-alarm fire erupted on the rooftop of a downtown Tampa hotel Thursday (Jan. 26) evening, causing the evacuation of hundreds of guests and an estimated $50,000 in damages.


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...


Worker Falls to Death at World Cup Venue

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


Coatings Manufacturer Aids Haiti Efforts

An American manufacturer of industrial and decorative paints and coatings has sent more than 3,500 gallons of paint to Haiti to help in rebuilding efforts after the destruction of a powerful...


Building Collapses, Kills Firefighters

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


Coatings Maker Settles Hazardous Waste Case

A Vermont-based coatings manufacturer has agreed to design and install a new system to capture and control solvent vapors at its manufacturing facility to resolve a case with the U.S. Enviro...


Paint Aid Delivered to Haiti

More than 3,500 gallons of paint will help reconstruct homes in Haitian villages wiped out by Hurricane Matthew, thanks to a donation from Axalta Coating Systems.


OSHA Probes Steel Fabricator after Death

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


Masonry Contractor Faces Repeat Fines

An Illinois masonry contractor with a history of health and safety citations now faces $77,606 in new fines for alleged violations of federal fall protection rules.


OSHA Calls Roofer ‘Severe Violator’

An Illinois roofing contractor with a history of exposing workers to unsafe working conditions has once again been cited by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


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 ...


OSHA Targets Four Firms after Fall

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


Drowning Attributed to Lack of Safety Measures

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


Contractor Fined $10K for Manslaughter

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


Dubai to Address Fire Safety in Lab

Officials in Dubai have announced plans for a new laboratory designed to test and certify the fire-resistance of materials and products used in buildings throughout the United Arab Emirates,...


Canada Moves to Ban Asbestos Outright

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


Canada Targets Asbestos, New Building Codes

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


Moveable Anchor System for Personnel Protection

Manufacturer MSA has announced the launch of the MSA Beam Trolley, a moveable anchorage designed to support personnel or material in building construction, oil and gas and other industries.


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...


Foreman Ignored Warnings, Gets Prison

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


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.


Fire Hits NYU Hospital Construction Site

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


Finishing Firm Fined Following Worker Death

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


Wildfire Damage Estimate Tops $500M

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


Coating Technician Death Spurs Fines

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


Contractor Sought in Nigeria Church Collapse

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


Contractor, Roofer Settle Stadium Death Case

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


Officials Probe Deadly Building Collapse

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


Unpermitted Work Eyed in Oakland Blaze

Authorities in Oakland, CA, are investigating possible building code violations related to the fire that claimed at least 36 lives Friday night (Dec. 2).


Wildfires Exact Human, Structural Toll

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


Case Hits Builder in Fatal Balcony Collapse

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


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.


Stucco Firm Stuck with $345K in OSHA Fines

A Pennsylvania stucco contractor is still facing nearly $345,000 in worker-safety fines after a judge upheld nine violations issued in 2014, but reduced the associated fines by more than $70...


Wildfires Claim ‘Hundreds of Structures’

Raging wildfires have damaged or destroyed hundreds of buildings in Tennessee and forced more than 14,000 people out of the resort city of Gatlinburg, which sits at the foothills of the Grea...


OSHA Firms Up Stance on Slips, Trips, Falls

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


Painter Dies in 50-Foot Fall

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


Suit Filed in 2014 College Bridge Collapse

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


New Rule Targets Slips, Trips and Falls

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


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.


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).


MSA Unveils Fall-Protection Equipment

MSA (Cranberry Township, PA) has rolled out three new fall-protection products for construction and related industries.


Heat Stress Death Leads to Fine

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


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.


Explosion, Burns Spark Fines

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


NY Asphalt Plant Blast Claims 2 Lives

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


2 Painters Rescued from MI Water Tower

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


Painter Drowns after 5 Fall from Bridge

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


Top OSHA Hazards Persist

Fall-protection lapses have dominated the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's annual list of the most frequently cited federal workplace safety violations in the U.S. for the fif...


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...


FL Painter Burned in Jobsite Accident

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


Bridge Falls, Kills 1, after Safety Warning

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


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.


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.


Officials Investigate Partial Tower Collapse

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


New Shaming Signs for Building Owners

San Francisco’s Department of Building Insepction is on a renewed mission to convince property owners to retrofit their buildings to make them safe during powerful earthquakes.


Mural Artist Dies in Scaffold Collapse

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


Hazards Cited at Nursing Home Project

A Wisconsin renovation company is facing over $240,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to carbon monoxide and asbestos hazards, authorities have announced.


OSHA Retaliation Rule Postponed Again

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


OSHA Further Delays Anti-Retaliation Measures

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


Condo Construction Accident Kills 1

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


Probe Launched After Deadly Blast

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


BASF Blast Kills 2, Injures More

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


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.


Worker Removes Harness, Falls to Death

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


Hurricane Matthew: Destruction and Costs

From the Caribbean to the U.S., Hurricane Matthew has been linked to more than 1,000 deaths as well as billions of dollars worth of damage to homes and businesses.


17 Killed in China Building Collapse

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


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...


Hurricane Exacts Death, Destruction

As Hurricane Matthew churns toward the southeastern coast of the U.S., the devastation from the powerful Category Four storm is being assessed in the Caribbean, according to reports.


3M Issues Fall Protection Recall

In light of reported incidents and potential for misuse, 3M and Capital Safety recently issued a voluntary recall of a product that has been used in the fall protection industry for more tha...


Building Under Construction Falls, Kills 2

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


First Day Injury Prompts Fine

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


Painter Hurt in MD Tower Fall

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


Agency Cites Coating Failure in 2015 Leak

A federal pipeline safety agency has identified external corrosion as the cause of a June 2015 gas line rupture in rural eastern Pennsylvania.


Feds to Cleanup Former Sack Factory

Asbestos from badly deteriorating structures in a small New York town have prompted federal action.


Utility Faces $3M Fine for Pipeline Blast

Washington state pipeline safety regulators have recommended a fine of more than $3 million for numerous violations, including failure to perform corrosion tests, related to a March 9 natura...


Painter Electrocuted at FL Jobsite

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


Repairs, Fines Pile up on Bridge

A team of experts from across the country have determined that additional safety measures are required before Pittsburgh’s fire-damaged Liberty Bridge can reopen.


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.


NJ Architect Killed in Fall

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


NYC Said to Undercount Job Fatalities

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


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...


OSHA Fine Hikes Hits Home for FL Roofer

A Florida roofing contractor is facing $128,000 in fines after federal officials allegedly found workers performing a roofing job without adequate fall protection, the fourth such citation i...


130-Ton Beams Drop onto Railroad Tracks

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


Officials Probe Deadly Garage Collapse

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


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.


Supplier Cited in Painter Death

Federal authorities have cited Cleveland-based paint maker Sherwin-Williams after a painter died at an apartment building project in Springfield, MO.


Tarp Fire Closes Pittsburgh Bridge

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


Architect May Face Suit in 2013 Collapse

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


NC Bridge Painter Suffers Fatal Fall

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


Five Balconies Collapse in New York

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


Snooper Truck Tip Leaves Workers Stranded

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


Engineers Study Bridge Failure

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


Italy Quake Takes Human, Cultural Toll

The earthquake that struck central Italy in the early morning hours Wednesday (Aug. 23) has left hundreds of casualties and widespread destruction to historic churches, frescoes and monument...


FEMA Floats Flood-Resilient Construction Rules

As central Louisiana continues to recover from last week's devastating floods, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has proposed new regulations aimed at rebuilding flood-prone communitie...


Tool Automates Jobsite Safety Monitoring

A new technology developed in the U.K. could change the way onsite worker safety is handled, automating some monitoring jobs and alerting workers and safety managers if something is amiss.


Rules Proposed for Building in Flood Areas

A week after recent historic flooding hit central Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has proposed new regulations aimed at rebuilding flood-prone communities “higher and stro...


Scaffold Collapse Kills 1

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


OSHA Adds $89K to Roofer's Unpaid Bill

An Illinois roofing contractor is facing $89,100 in federal worker-safety fines on top of more than $250,000 in past penalties that the government says he has failed to pay.


Tool Predicts Fatal Construction Mishaps

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


Miami Scaffold Fall Claims Worker’s Life

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


Painter Dies Following 50-Foot Fall

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


NZ Flooring Firm Faces Fireball Fine

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


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 Fines Roofer $124K for Fall Risks

The U.S. government has cited a Boston-area roofing contractor for numerous worker-safety violations, and issued the company proposed fines of nearly $125,000.


Crane Hits World Trade Window

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


Probe Launched in Coil Coater’s Death

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


Jury: PG&E Guilty of Pipeline Safety Breaches

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


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...


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...


2 Workers Killed in Collapse

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


Oil Spills Reach $177M Resolution

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


Worker, Tesla Settle Low Wage Suit

A Slovenian worker who was injured in a three-story fall at a Tesla Motors paint shop factory in California has settled a worker’s compensation and wage case against the electric automaker a...


OSHA Reporting Rule Provisions on Hold

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


Crane Collapse Shuts Down Tappan Zee

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


OSHA Delays Part of Injury Reporting Rule

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


Lift Falls 18 Stories, Kills 8

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


NY Firm Sentenced in Fatal Trench Case

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


Design Plans, Wind Eyed in M1 Collapse

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


$249K in Safety Fines Upheld for NY Firm

More than three years after the original inspection, a judge upheld nearly $250,000 in fines for a New York contractor accused of putting workers in danger of serious falls at a midtown Manh...


Extrusion Plant Blast Injures 5

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


Blasts, Fire Shutter MS Gas Plant

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


5 Injured in Floor Collapse

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


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.


Bridge, Scaffolding Fall on Autobahn

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


Stadium Worker Death Spurs Fines

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


5 Firms Cited at Student Housing Project

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


2 Injured in AZ Bridge Project

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


Contractor Convicted in NYC Pit Collapse

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


Contractor Eyed in Hong Kong Roof Collapse

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


Contractor Charged in Fatal Fall

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


Paint Firm Recovers from Disaster

Ten months after a fire halted production for a Texas industrial coatings manufacturer, the company reports it is back up to full production on site following a recovery process that enabled...


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...


Stucco Firm Faces Fines

A Pennsylvania stucco contractor has once again run afoul of workplace regulations concerning fall protection and unsafe scaffolding, according to authorities.


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 ...


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.


Pipeline Company Faces Criminal Charges

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


Bridge Deck Collapses in UK

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


7 Killed in Wall Collapse

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


Lawsuit Claims Castle is Short on Steel

Designed as a residence that could withstand a hit from an F5 tornado, earthquake, bomb blast and remain standing for 2,000 years, Chateau Pensmore’s fate in Highlandsville, MO, is left unce...


Focus Turns to Coatings in PA Blast

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


OSHA Issues Final Injury Reporting Rule

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


Mudslide Envelops Hydro Construction Site

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


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...


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.


Baby Saved, Dozens Die in Collapse

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


Crane Accident Claims Life on Bridge Site

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


Olympic Games Run-up Claims 11 Workers

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


Criminal Trial Pending for 2010 Blast

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


Police Probe Cause of Japan Beam Drop

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


Mexican Chemical Plant Blast Claims 24

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


Bill to Require Fire-Resistant Coatings

Fire-resistant coatings would be mandatory in all new commercial buildings in Philadelphia, under a newly introduced bill.


Family Receives $18M for Bridge Death

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


Wet Concrete Falls Off Building, Hits Car

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


Worker Suffers Burns in Paint Plant Fire

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


Hands-On Safety Training Center Opens

A new safety training center made to provide hands-on training to painting contractors and others has opened in near Pittsburgh, PA.


Winds Blamed in Deadly Crane Collapse

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


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.


Highway Paint Spill Makes Massive Mess

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


‘Serial Violator’ Hit with $385K OSHA Tab

A New Jersey contractor with a lengthy record of recent past safety violations, now faces more than $385,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to dangerous fall hazards.


New Painter Dies in 50-Foot Fall

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


45-Ton Beam Falls onto Crew of 4

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


Reality TV Painting Company Draws Fine

An Oregon painting contractor has once again been thrust into media spotlight, but this time, it’s not for projects featured on hit television shows.


Firm, Staff Charged in Kolkata Collapse

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


Shipbuilders, OSHA Sign Safety Pact

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


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, ...


Buildings at Risk Due to Induced Quakes

The threat of damaging earthquakes in the Central U.S. is similar to that in tremblor-heavy California, a new government report suggests.


MA Coatings Company Faces Pollution Fine

A Massachusetts-based manufacturer of polystyrene resins and specialty chemical products has been fined for violating air pollution standards.


Trial Begins in Bridge Worker's Death

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


Cladding Eyed as Culprit in High-Rise Fire

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


Fatal Collapse Spurs Fraud Charges

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


OSHA: 10K Severe Injuries Reported

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


Partial Building Collapse Hits School Bus

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


Severe Injury Reporting: Year in Review

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


Worker Dies in 53-Story Fall

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


Design Changes Eyed in Bypass Collapse

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


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.


Manager Gets 1-3 Years for Safety Fraud

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


OSHA: Wrong Floor Design Leads to Death

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


Repeat Fall Hazards Result in $92K Fine

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


Architect Gets Prison in Deadly Collapse

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


Seattle Tunnel Status: On Again

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


Safety Fines to Surge in NYC

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


NYC Facade Falls Amid Storm

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


OSHA: $102K Fine for Fatal Lift Tipover

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


PHMSA: Corrosion Root Cause of Spill

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


Los Angeles Sues Developer after Fire

The City of Los Angeles has filed a $20 million negligence lawsuit against the developer of a seven-story apartment under construction that was destroyed in a massive blaze on Dec. 8, 2014.


Safety Stand-Down Week Set for May

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


OSHA Announces Safety Stand-Down Dates

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


App Made to Detect Seismic Activity

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


5 Charged in Fatal Building Explosion

A New York City building owner, general contractor and subcontractor are facing multiple charges in connection with a deadly building explosion in Manhattan.


Arrests Follow Collapse of Taiwan Building

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


Architects Approve Resiliency Order

U.S. architects are applauding a recent move by President Barack Obama to improve the nation’s resilience to earthquakes.


NYC Crane Collapse Claims 1

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


Fall Leads to Willful, Serious Violations

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


New OSHA Training Cards Coming

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


OSHA to Launch New Training Cards

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


CSB: Refinery Blast Was Preventable

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


OSHA: Fall Hazards Paralyzed Worker

A New Jersey builder and Pennsylvania construction contractor received more than $100,000 in combined fines for a 30-year-old construction worker's paralyzing fall.


Judge Sentences Two for Fatal Collapse

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


Trench Death Leads to Willful Citations

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


Mecca Crane Collapse Probe Continues

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


Silica, Beryllium Top 2016 OSHA List

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


OSHA Puts Silica on 2016 Rule List

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


Flame Retardant Causes Warehouse Fire

A flame retardant stored in a California foam insulation, coatings and roofing company’s warehouse led to a hazardous materials scare for firefighters after it caught fire and then exploded.


OSHA: Plaster Workers Exposed to Falls

An Ohio plaster and masonry contractor faces more than $131,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to fall hazards at two inspection sites earlier this year.


Repeat Hazards Spark $80K in Fines

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


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 ...


Crumbling Facade Leads to Violation

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


Wailing Building Irks Brit Neighbors

It howls, it hums, it screams, and it’s been said to be “annoying the heck” out of the people who live near it.


How Water Infrastructure Shaped LA

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


Fall Hazards Result in $103K OSHA Bill

Federal workplace safety authorities say an Illinois roofing contractor exposed employees to fall hazards up to 19 feet.


New Shake-Absorbing Brick on the Block

A newly developed building material may help buildings stand strong in the face of an earthquake.


Pipeline Blasts Lead to Jail Time

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


Judge Suspends Sentence in Fall Case

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


Renovators Fined for Asbestos Hazards

Three Texas commercial real estate renovation companies are facing over $110,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to asbestos hazards, authorities have announced.


Steel Company Charged in Deadly Fall

A structural steel subcontractor faces a criminal charge in connection with a 22-year-old apprentice’s falling death.


Smooth Finish SPF Insulation Debuts

Rhino Linings Corp. has introduced a closed cell, spray-polyurethane foam insulation that is suitable for use in tank and pipeline applications.


SPF Insulation to Offer Smooth Finish

A San Diego-based manufacturer of protective coatings and linings has introduced a closed-cell, spray-polyurethane foam insulation for residential and commercial applications.


Plasterers Fined in ‘Senseless’ Death

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


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.


Dozens Die in Pakistan Factory Collapse

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


Light Bar Made for Hazardous Areas

Nemalux LED Lighting has introduced an industrial light bar series that the company says can be used in hazardous or wet locations.


Fines Bolster Compliance, Study Says

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


Study: Citations Reduce Work Injuries

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


Lights Made To Be Explosion-Proof

Rapid Prep is offering an explosion-proof light that the company says is suitable for hazardous and wet locations.


Building Demolition Turns Deadly

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


Probe Ongoing in TX Garage Cave-In

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


Four Cited Following Bridge Fatality

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


Contractor Guilty in Philly Collapse

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


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.


Goethals Girder Falls, Halts Work

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


Scaffold Collapse Injures 6 Workers

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


Construction Site Water Tank Ruptures

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


Construction Bridge Falls on Highway

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


Unwanted Paint Repair Up in Air

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


Helmet Features Communication System

A new respirator helmet designed to improve blasting safety is now available from Rapid Prep.


Contractor Fined in Manslaughter Case

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


Highway Construction Worker Hit, Killed

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


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 Finds Falling Death ‘Preventable’

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


Exxon Fined $2.6 for Pipeline Breach

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


Fall Protection Is Top OSHA Violation

Little has changed in the past year for the top 10 list of most frequent OSHA violations, according to a recent analysis.


Drop Light Made To Be Explosion Proof

Larson Electronics has introduced a new explosion-proof LED drop light that the company says is designed to provide cooler operation and higher performance than standard incandescent drop li...


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.


Damaged Refinery Finds New Owner

A California refinery that was the site of an explosion that injured four people earlier this year has been sold, while the agency in charge of investigating the explosion has said that the ...


Muralist Shot, Killed While Painting

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


MSA Debuts Manhole Guard System

MSA has introduced a manhole guard system in separate components that the company says allows entry into confined spaces while decreasing potential trip-and-fall hazards.


Safety Probe Spurs Manslaughter Charges

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


Cartridge Service Life Indicator Debuts

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


OSHA Probes Deadly Roof Collapse

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


Teen Worker Dies on Bridge Project

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


3M Buys Capital Safety for $2.5B

3M has completed its acquisition of a global provider of fall personal protection equipment.


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.


Murder Trial in Collapse Set to Begin

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


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.


MSA to Buy UK Fall Protection Business

Seeking to double its fall protection footprint globally, Pittsburgh-based safety products manufacturer MSA Safety Inc. plans to purchase a UK-based fall protection safety product group.


Corrosion Fuels Pipeline Opposition

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


Construction Deaths Hit 6Y High

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


Contractor Blamed in Crane Collapse

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


Company Cited for Floating Bridge Death

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


Ice Bridge Worker Dies in Fall

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


Rig Topples, Dumps Paint in Watershed

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


Cause Probed in Fatal Crane Collapse

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


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.


Court: Roofer in Contempt, Owes $405K

A roofing contractor has been found in contempt of court and must pay the federal government nearly $405,000 in fines for ignoring a 2011 court order or face additional penalties.


OSHA Awards $10.5M in Training Grants

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...


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...


Roofer Fined $137K for Repeat Dangers

One of the largest residential and commercial roofing companies in Florida faces $136,500 in fines for allegedly exposing workers to falls from heights up to 20 feet without fall protection.


Investor Lawsuit Calls Out Pipeline Co.

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


Unstable Snooper Truck Kills Inspector

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


Safety Precautions Fail on Irish Bridge

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


‘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.


Accident at Vikings Stadium Claims 1

One worker was killed and another was seriously injured while working on the roof of the new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.


Free Intumescent eBook Gets Fired Up

Coating the interior of a structure with intumescent finishes and analyzing fire-test methods are among the topics covered in a free new resource by Durability + Design.


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.


Fines Levied for Fall Hazards

Federal safety authorities have proposed $47,000 in fines against an Ohio roofing contractor with a history of safety violations.


Construction Workers at Risk for COPD

Respiratory health among construction workers is the focus of new research by Duke University and the Center for Construction Research.


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...


Zero-VOC Intumescent Finish Launches

A new zero-VOC intumescent product for wood structures is now available.


Fire Damages Industrial Coatings Plant

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


Asbestos Violations Spur $2M in Fines

Two closely related Illinois construction companies and a manager are facing dozens of willful and serious safety and health violations after allegedly exposing workers to asbestos during a ...


Intumescent Finish for Wood Launched

PyroTech has introduced a two-component, thin-film intumescent coating formulated for existing and new wood structures.


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.


Charges Filed in Fatal Pit Collapse

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


Bosses Get 2 Years in Cave-in Death

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


Shipper Racks Up Violations

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


Fatal Bee Swarm Sparks Cal/OSHA Probe

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


Designer Turns Smog into Jewelry

Instead of breathing smog-filled air, a Dutch artist is suggesting people slip smog particles on their fingers or pin them to their shirts.


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...


OSHA Fines Piling up for LA Contractor

A nationwide roofing contractor, with a history of safety violations, faces a new six-figure fine for allegedly exposing workers to falls and other hazards.


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.


OSHA: Fall Victim Denied Safety Gear

A Texas-based construction company faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal fines after a temporary worker fell 12 feet through a roof and was hospitalized with severe injuries.


Builder Fined $153K in Latest OSHA Case

A Florida-based contractor has been fined more than $153,000 for willful, serious and repeat violations after federal workplace safety officials found employees at risk.


I-10 Bridge Gets $2M Emergency Funds

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


Bridge Collapse Leads to $14K Fine

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


Ignoring OSHA Fines Lands Roofers in Jail

Officers of a Florida based roofing company were recently incarcerated for more than a week after failing to comply with federal workplace safety standards and pay associated fines.


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.


Design Charity Manager Charged in Theft

LONDON--A former office manager of a United Kingdom-based architecture charity has been charged with fraud and false accounting after £200,000 ($312,732 USD) went missing from the charity’s ...


Masonry Worker Killed in Scaffold Fall

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


‘See-Through’ Truck: Future of Safety?

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


Cracking the Origin of Metal Cracking

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


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.


After 13 Years, Worker Wins $3M

SEATTLE--A Washington State jury has awarded $2.59 million in damages to an immigrant worker who was severely injured after falling 30 feet from an improperly constructed scaffold in 2002.


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...


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.


Judge Denies Request in Balcony Collapse

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


$18.7B BP Settlement Sets U.S. Record

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


Shock, Resolve in Air Products Attack

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


Roof Collapse Smashes Luxury Cars

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


D.A. Taking on Fatal Balcony Failure

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


Water Tank Worker Killed in Fall

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


Alert, New App Flag Heat Dangers

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


'Rot and Decay' Seen in Doomed Balcony

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


Alert, App Help Workers Beat the Heat

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


Scaffolding Falls Claims 2 Lives

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


Water Eyed in Fatal Balcony Collapse

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


Bots Enlisted for Confined-Space Work

WASHINGTON--Navy robots and automated systems capable of blasting and painting in confined spaces aboard ships soon may offer relief to their human counterparts.


Worker Killed in Penn State Renovation

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


Bridge Inspector Drowns in High River

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


Bad Pour Halts Forth Bridge Work

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


Roofer Charged with Lying to OSHA

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


Subs Faulted in Maintenance Deaths

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


Man 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.


L.A. Man Held in $100M Blaze

LOS ANGELES--Authorities have charged a 56-year-old man with setting a massive blaze last December that destroyed an apartment complex under construction, damaged nearby buildings, and close...


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.


$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...


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...


Worker Jailed in Fire Set to Hide Error

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--A framing subcontractor's employee will spend 18 months behind bars for torching a residential project in order to conceal a construction error in 2010.


Overpass Worker Crushed by Lift

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


42 Face Charges in Factory Collapse

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


New Shotkrete Boosts Blast Protection

BOCHUM, GERMANY—A new form of shotcrete packed with more steel fibers than ever is showing promise as a way to protect tunnels, bridges and other critical infrastructure from fires and terro...


Contractors to Pay in Collapse Settlement

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


Bridge Fall Injures MA Excavator

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


Court Confirms Rescue Violation

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


Owner, Manager Guilty in Cave-in Death

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


OSHA: Safety ‘Disregarded’ in Death

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


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.


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...


9 Contractors Cited at Luxury Home Site

DORAL, FL—Million-dollar-plus homes in a new Florida development now have an additional price tag: more than $150,000 in safety fines from the top of the contracting chain to the bottom.


Tackling a Disturbing, Deadly Trend

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


2 Firms Cited in Tunnel Wall Collapse

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


Design Blamed in Fatal Bridge Collapses

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


Abatement Company, Owner Indicted

BOSTON, MA—An asbestos abatement company and its owner have been charged with paying employees off the books in order to defraud a union and dodge taxes, according to federal authorities.


Painter Recants Sub Arson Admission

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


NYC Tackles Deadly Construction Toll

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


Worker Poisoning Spurs $4M Suit

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


Coal-Ash Issues to Cost Duke $102M

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


40th Injury in 15 Years Nets $800k Fine

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


Paint Truck Explodes on Highway

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


EPA's Asbestos Plan: Leave It

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The federal government has proposed leaving behind toxic asbestos found in walls of houses and underground in Libby, MT, in a final plan issued for the Superfund site.


Study: Worker Safety 'Alarming' in NYC

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


Worker Killed in MI Collapse

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


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.


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.


2 Firms Liable in Fatal Fall at Base

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


Appeal Upholds Years of Chemical Fines

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


Worker Killed on Luxury Hotel Project

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


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.


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?


New Rule Guides Safety in Tight Spaces

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


New Rule Issued on Confined Space

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


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.


Asbestos Job Draws $490K OSHA Fine

HARRISBURG, PA—An environmental-services contractor is facing $490,000 in federal fines in a case alleging egregious asbestos hazards.


Vigils, Videos Mark Day of Memorial

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


Painter Killed in Fall from Water Tower

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


Crane Kills NYC Construction Boss

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


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.


Nepal Quake Exacts Human, Cultural Toll

KATHMANDU, NEPAL—The catastrophic earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday (April 25) has left thousands of casualties and widespread destruction to treasured monuments and buildings.


Polyurethane Protection Reduces VOCs

HOUSTON—A new polyurethane coating has been developed to meet expanding Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) standards in North America.


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.


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.


Volvo Paints a Safer Streetscape

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


A Bench that Benchmarks Air Quality

PHILADELPHIA—Weather watchers and air-quality aficionados have an unusual new source of real-time data—and can even relax in the park while gathering it.


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.


Wood Industry Builds a Fire-Safe Future

WASHINGTON, DC—Do newer mass timber products hold the key to safer, taller wood buildings in the United States? The American Wood Council thinks so, and is partnering with the nation's leadi...


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.


Underlayment Protects in 1 Layer

INDIANAPOLIS—Firestone Building Products Company has introduced what it calls "the only self-adhered, waterproof, UL Class A underlayment" on the market.


PG&E Fined $1.6B for 2010 Blast

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


Safety Strategy Paints Cyclists

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


2nd Worker Perishes at TX Project

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


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.


Worker Perishes in Frame Collapse

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


Boss Challenges Worker Noncompliance

A Florida contractor has just notched his sixth and seventh sets of federal safety violations since 2012, this time drawing $184,000 in fines for willful and repeat violations at two work si...


Groups Urge Ban on Flame Retardants

From firefighters to pediatricians to scientists, a diverse coalition of organizations is calling for a federal ban on consumer products that contain flame retardants with organohalogens.


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...


TX Painter Perishes in Fall

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


EPA Eyes Limits on Paint Strippers

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


EPA to Weigh Fate of Paint Strippers

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


Roofer Fined in Electrocution

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


Worker Awarded $64.5M in Collapse

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


Nuclear Accident Laid to Kitty Litter

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


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...


Urban Treehouse Designed for Grown-Ups

Ever yearn to put down your roots in a tree? Well, in Turin, Italy, you can.


Scaffolding Accident Claims 3 Lives

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


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.


Contractor Gets 11th OSHA Case

A nationwide roofing contractor with a history of safety violations now faces two new cases alleging continued lack of fall protection, federal authorities say.


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.


No OSHA Probe in Scaffold Collapse

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


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.


Fall Claims Young MO Painter

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


Feds Target 'Serial' Roofing Violator

A Maine roofing contractor with a lengthy OSHA record could face jail time for failing to obey a 2011 federal court order to correct safety hazards and pay more than $400,000 in fines, accor...


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.


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.


Alert Follows Roof-Clearing Deaths

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


Accidents Add Income Insult to Injury

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


New Caps Shield Steel Bolts from Fire

AkzoNobel has introduced a new product in North America for fire protection on the bolted connections of steel structures.


OSHA: Accidents Add Inequity to Injury

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


Roofer Hit with 7th OSHA Case

A Nebraska roofer with a 10-year history of federal safety violations and thousands of dollars in unpaid fines is facing yet another case with similar allegations.


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.


Painter Not Liable in Worker Death

An Ohio painting firm is not responsible for an employee's fatal fall, despite violating federal fall protection regulations, an appellate court has ruled.


OSHA Unloads New Case on U.S. Minerals

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued new citations against U.S. Minerals Inc., alleging machine, fall and respiratory hazards at one of its newer facilities, in ...


Bridge Contractor Cited in Teen's Death

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


WA Sues Trucker in Bridge Collapse

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


More Fire Danger Seen with New Homes

Modern building materials, designs and furnishings have their advantages, but they also stoke a faster, deadlier house fire than their older counterparts, new research finds.


Worker Killed on Arena Roof Project

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


'One Slip Away from Death'

A Florida subcontractor with multiple egregious fall violations already under its belt is facing a new case that carries nearly $80,000 in fines.


Tower Fire Rekindles Cladding Concern

A massive blaze in Dubai at one of the world’s tallest residential towers has reignited a debate over cladding used on high-rise structures in the region.


Ex-Coatings VP Guilty in 2 Deaths

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


Ex-VP 'Remorseful' in Homicide Plea

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


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.


Buildings Buckle Under Winter's Wrath

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


In NY, A Safety Showdown Grows

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


$3.7M Suit over Crosswalk Paint Revived

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


Scaffold Law Critics Gain Steam in NY

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


WY Work Safety Bills Die

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


Company Admits Error in Fatal Collapse

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


Tower Painter's Death Draws $115K Fine

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


$7,600 Fine for Fatal, Serious Falls

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


Worker Survives 30-Foot Fall

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


$840 Fine Set in 1 of 2 Worker Deaths

Oregon safety officials have fined a concrete contractor and the state's Department of Transportation for two unrelated worker deaths that happened a day apart.


Tech Tool Invites Texts of Job Hazards

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


Fed OSHA Rejects AZ Fall Guidelines

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


No Violations Cited in OR Bridge Death

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


Galvanizer Fined in 2nd Fatality

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


Reading Traits that Foretell Danger

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


Decoding Traits that Threaten Safety

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


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.


Builder Fined in Student’s Accident

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


PG&E Fined $530K for Safety Issues

Years of botched pipeline inspections and worker qualification problems have dropped a new $530,000 fine on embattled Pacific Gas and Electric Co., California regulators announced.


L.A. to Weigh Mandatory Quakeproofing

Apparently dissatisfied with voluntary efforts, Los Angeles officials are drafting an ordinance that would mandate seismic retrofits for thousands of vulnerable buildings, according to repor...


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...


Span Collapse Halts CA Project

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


Shipyard Fined for Waste, Collapse

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


Worker Killed in OH Overpass Collapse

A construction worker has perished in the "catastrophic pancake collapse" of a Cincinnati overpass that was being prepared for demolition.


Painter, Plasterer Fined in Electrocutions

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


New System Blamed in Ink Dust Blast

A squeal, sizzle, whoosh and loud thump—not an alarm from a brand-new dust collection system—heralded a blast and flash fire that burned seven employees, three severely, at a New Jersey ink ...


OSHA: No Fall Protection in Fatality

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


In PA, Search Effort Ends Sadly

They promised to "bring Tony out." And after 100 hours of digging through thousands of tons of cement powder in freezing temperatures, they did so.


Trench Fatality Preventable, OSHA Says

A North Carolina contractor faces a $123,200 fine for what authorities called the preventable death of a 22-year-old worker in a trench at Fort Bragg, NC.


Paint Maker to Pay $950K in Death

Vista Paint Corp. has been ordered to pay $950,000 in the 2011 asphyxiation of two untrained workers in a paint mixing tank full of methylene chloride paint stripper vapors.


Fines Levied in Dorm Project Death

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


Chemical Maker Fined for Deadly Release

Tipped by a news report of an accident, federal regulators have levied $87,780 in new penalties against a Georgia coatings chemical plant with a decade-long list of health and safety violati...


Cladding Breaks Off New Hadid Design

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


Coating Oversight Breeds $2.6M Verdict

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


Kiewit Fined $170K on Bridge Job

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


New Injury Reporting Rule Takes Effect

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


Ill-Coated Walk Yields $2.6M Verdict

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


Injury Reporting to Increase Jan. 1

It shouldn't take three employees hospitalized at once before an employer is required to report the accident that led to it, federal safety officials say.


Probation, Fine Set in Workplace Death

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


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.


OSHA Won't Act on Dust in 2015

Deflecting calls for action by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, the Obama Administration will indefinitely defer a rule to control combustible dust in general industry.


Worker Wins $62M in Fall Case

A New York jury has awarded $62 million—the largest such verdict for a single plaintiff in Queens—to an immigrant construction worker permanently disabled in a 20-foot fall.


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...


Floating Silos Fall, Halt Concrete Work

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


OSHA Fines 4 NY Housing Contractors

Fall hazards, electrical problems and other safety violations on an affordable-housing project in New York may cost a general contractor and three of its subs thousands of dollars in fines.


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.


3 Workers Killed in High-Rise Blaze

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


Major Fine, Denials in Railcar Death

A cleaner who died inside a railcar had been sent in, unmonitored and without a harness, after atmospheric testing "triggered multiple sensor alarms" on a four-gas meter, federal authorities...


Employers Report 3 Million Injuries

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


Arson Weighed in L.A. Apartment Blaze

A massive overnight blaze in downtown Los Angeles has destroyed an apartment complex under construction, damaging nearby buildings and closing parts of two major highways.


$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.


$7K Fine Set in 3 Electrocutions

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


Contractor Pleads in Worker's Death

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


30 Years on, Lessons from a Catastrophe

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


New MSA Unit Monitors 100 Gases

Global safety equipment provider MSA has introduced a monitor designed to provide precise, low-cost, high-performance monitoring for 100 different industrial gases.


Bricklayer Gets 3rd OSHA Strike

A Pennsylvania contractor with a history of safety infractions and unpaid fines is facing new penalties topping $100,000 for serious hazards at two different worksites.


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....


Engineers Design Quake-Resistant Home

A team of Stanford University engineers says it has designed, constructed and tested an earthquake-resistant house that may render residential earthquake insurance obsolete.


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.


Paint 'Geyser' Raises River Fear

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


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...


French Quarter Collapse Spurs Concerns

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


2nd Span Collapses at NC College

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


4 in 10 Work Sites Fail Safety Checks

Fall hazards and other bad practices endangered workers at hundreds of building sites in a recent inspection sweep in the UK, authorities say.


Bridge Collapse at College Kills Worker

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


CEO Surrenders In Manslaughter Case

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


IL Builder Fined $174k for 30 Hazards

An Illinois home builder with a history of federal safety violations is facing a new case alleging fall hazards at three different worksites.


Falling Tape Measure Kills Worker

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


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.