MIAMI (AP) — Engineers had knowledge of extensive cracking and failed to order a street closed and shore up a pedestrian bridge before it collapsed and killed six people at a Miami university last...
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BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Workplace safety officials are investigating the death of an Arkansas man who fell from a radio tower in southwest Mississippi.
Governor signs workplace safety bill
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. Chris Sununu was surrounded by the family of a deceased highway department worker as he signed a bill aimed at improving workplace safety for New Hampshire's public...
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Amazon has resolved the workplace violations cited against the online retail giant's temporary distribution center in Idaho.
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — A Newton company that builds wind turbine blades has settled with state regulators following an investigation into workplace safety violations.
Reports: Massachusetts workplace deaths down slightly
BOSTON (AP) — Labor organizations and a workplace safety advocacy group say 69 people died of work-related causes in Massachusetts last year, down slightly from 74 in 2017.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A series of infrastructure failures in a crumbling state dormitory caused a toxic gas leak at an Iowa police academy that sickened dozens of recruits and could have killed...
Senate passes bill to boost workplace safety
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The 2016 death of a Northfield Highway Department worker has led to the passage of bill aimed at improving workplace safety for New Hampshire's public sector...
PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) — A federal workplace safety agency is fining a south Mississippi plastics manufacturer after an employee lost four fingers.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's workplace safety office has fined an outdoor guide company for failing to make a timely report of a death.
Grand Canyon looking into possible radiation exposure
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon National Park officials say they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to radiation at unsafe levels while samples of uranium ore sat in plastic buckets...
Iowa safety inspectors say their firings were retaliation
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa workplace safety inspectors were fired in what they are calling retaliation for blowing the whistle on a hostile environment inside their agency.
Man killed by bulldozer at construction site
SCITUATE, Mass. (AP) — Workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a 61-year-old man who was struck by a bulldozer at a construction site in Scituate.
Authorities say the man was dead when police and paramedics arrived at the scene Friday afternoon. His name has not been released.
Local and state police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.
Complaint about banana toy started turmoil at Iowa agency
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A complaint alleging that employees at Iowa's workplace safety agency used a toy banana to make sexual jokes triggered an investigation that led to the removal of two top officials, according to a copy obtained by The Associated Press.
Deal slashes fine for safety violations at Iowa penitentiary
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's workplace safety agency has reduced a fine by nearly 90 percent for violations at Iowa's maximum-security prison that put staff at risk during emergencies.
The Iowa Department of Corrections will pay a $5,000 fine for violations at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison under a settlement agreement with Labor Commissioner Michael Mauro's office.
Matching grants offered to improve workplace safety, health
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Matching grants of up to $5,000 to improve workplace safety and health are being made available for Michigan companies that have up to 250 employees.
- Star-HeraldHeritage Estates reaches milestone — an injury-free workplaceMay 17, 2019
- The Journal GazetteOSHA report filed in chief's deathMay 9, 2019
- The Journal GazetteEmployers urged to be conscious of employee safety during holidaysNovember 22, 2018
- Daily Times-CallInvestigations Reveal Workplace Safety Issues in Firestone Public Works DepartmentNovember 2, 2018
- Star TribuneMinnesota Safety Council's Paul Aasen has good, bad newsSeptember 8, 2018
Big Soo Terminal in Sioux City cited for March worker death
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A workplace safety agency has cited transportation hub Big Soo Terminal in northwestern Iowa for a March incident that killed an employee.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A construction company has dropped its appeal of federal workplace safety officials' determination that it was negligent in a 2016 trench collapse in Boise that killed two workers and injured a third.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A company is paying less than half the fine workplace safety officials assessed for a North Carolina construction accident that killed three workers and badly injured a fourth.
News organizations reported the deadly 2015 scaffolding accident at a downtown Raleigh building led to Associated Scaffolding paying $70,000 and promising new safety precautions. Investigators initially assessed almost $152,000 for serious violations.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A contractor has agreed to pay $10,000 in fines for workplace safety violations found after a worker died at an Indiana University construction site.
Rock Solid Masonry LLC was cited four serious violations after the April death of 35-year-old William M. Brown Jr. The Bloomington man died when a 1,600-pound limestone slab fell and killed him as it was being lifted above an interior doorway at IU's Swain Hall.
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Workplace safety officials are investigating the fatal injury of a man at a manufacturing plant in north-central Iowa's Fort Dodge.
The Messenger reports that the man died after being hit by and pinned under a steel beam Thursday evening.
CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a fatal industrial accident at a Massachusetts hospital.
Authorities say a 46-year-old worker died Wednesday at Emerson Hospital in Concord while working in the crawl space of a boiler system.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana regulators have cited a contractor for serious workplace safety violations found following a worker's death at an Indiana University construction site.
Thirty-five-year-old William M. Brown Jr. of Bloomington died in April when a 10-foot-long limestone slab fell and killed him as it was being lifted above an interior doorway at IU's Swain Hall.
MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly wildfire near Yosemite National Park (all times local):
California workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a firefighter who was killed while battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park.
California Division of Occupational Safety and Health spokesman Frank Polizzi said Monday an inspector went to the scene on the day Braden Varney died.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Almost two dozen investigators at California's workplace safety agency have been told they might be dismissed because of an error in how their civil service exam was administered.
- Business WireFluke Offers Extensive Electrical Safety Resources Online to Keep People Safe in the WorkplaceMay 23, 2019
- Globe NewswireNominations Open for J.J. Keller Safety Professional of the Year (SPOTY) AwardMay 8, 2019
- Business WireGlobal Protective Workwear Market Outlook to 2023: Projecting a CAGR of Approx 6% - ResearchAndMarkets.comMay 7, 2019
- BusinessWireRockline Industries Reaches Major Safety Milestone With 10 Million Safe Work Hours at Arkansas PlantDecember 13, 2018
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa maker of wind turbine blades has been fined nearly $155,000 for multiple workplace safety violations.
The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa's Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied the fines against TPI Composites for violations at its Newton plant. The violations included fire hazards, airborne contaminants, faulty record keeping, fall hazards and a lack of employee training.
BOSTON (AP) — Federal workplace safety investigators are looking into the death of a construction worker who fell at a job site in Boston last week.
WFXT-TV reports that a carpenters union identified the deceased as 48-year-old Jose Rodriguez, of Worcester. The union says he fell about four stories while working at a construction site in East Boston on May 7.
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois workplace safety officials reprimanded state veterans' officials for how the agency told staffers about a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a Quincy veterans' home, according to documents.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities in San Francisco have charged the owner and a manager at a construction materials company with involuntary manslaughter and workplace safety violations in the death of an employee.
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A roofing company in West Virginia has been assessed $57,600 in proposed fines for workplace safety violations.
A bell tolled 174 times Friday morning outside the State Capitol to honor each of the people who lost their lives on the job in North Carolina in 2016.
In addition to remembering those who died, the interfaith service commemorating Workers' Memorial Day offered advocates and family members a chance to call on state leaders to do more to keep people safe in the workplace.
FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — Workplace safety regulators say they are investigating two incidents at automaker Tesla's factory in Northern California.
The New York Times reported Friday that the investigations come after the Center for Investigative Reporting catalogued a series of workplace injuries at Tesla.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal workplace safety agency is citing an excavation contractor for allegedly exposing employees on a North Dakota municipal project to trench cave-ins and other hazards.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Kamphuis Pipeline Co. for failing to protect workers installing water metering pits and lines. The company faces proposed penalties totaling more than $454,000.
The state Department of Labor has proposed fines of $7,000 each against Pasquotank Correctional Institution and Corrections Enterprises for workplace safety violations found in the wake of an October escape attempt that left four prison workers dead and several others injured.
The $7,000 penalty is the maximum allowed under state law.
HAMMOND and WESTVILLE — Purdue University Northwest (PNW) and PNW’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) are excited to announce a $100,000 grant from NiSource Inc., the parent company of NIPSCO and Columbia Gas companies. The grant furthers innovative, student-engaged research and education in the area of first responder and workplace safety.
BOSTON (AP) — Federal workplace safety regulators say a Massachusetts auto auction where five people died when a vehicle careened into a crowd last May has agreed to pay $200,000 in penalties.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday that Billerica-based LynnWay Auto Auction Inc. has also agreed to add several safety measures, including the installation of barriers in the auto auction area.
OSHA investigating fatal fall at Hastings construction site
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Federal workplace safety investigators are looking into what led to the fatal fall of a Hastings construction worker last week.
Television station KSNB reports that Jeff Funke of the Omaha office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says an OSHA investigator has been reviewing the case since Monday.
Report says NY construction fatalities going up
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Construction deaths in New York state hit a 14-year high in 2016, according to a new report issued Wednesday that recommends greater state and local enforcement of workplace safety rules.
A federal agency charged with ensuring workplace safety said Tuesday it was not aware of a Dec. 17 incident in which a Sauk County caregiver allegedly was battered by a violent mental patient.
“OSHA was not informed of the incident,” said Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokesperson Scott Allen. “A business is required to report if a worker was hospitalized due to an injury at work, but we have not been informed of any hospitalization due to that incident.”
Workplace safety data says nonfatal accidents declined
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Labor Cabinet says workplaces in Kentucky have recorded the lowest rate of nonfatal incidents in state history.
The most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is for 2016. It says Kentucky's rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses dropped to 3.4 per 100 full-time employees in 2016, down from a rate of 3.7 in 2015.
It's the lowest rate since the federal government began collecting this data in 1996. That year it was 8.4.
Report: Employees attacked by chimps at Oregon sanctuary
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Employees of a chimpanzee sanctuary in central Oregon were harmed by the animals by way of "amputations, choking, grabbing and biting," a report by a state workplace safety agency said.
Didion Milling appeals $1.8M fine for plant explosion that killed 5 workers
Didion Milling Inc. has appealed a $1.8 million fine imposed on the company by the U.S. Department of Labor after an explosion at its Cambria facility killed five workers and injured 12 others, according to a labor department spokesman.
Workplace safety inspectors from the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the fine in November in response to what they called a preventable explosion at the mill about 40 miles north of Madison.
Cambria company hit with $1.8 million fine for ‘egregious’ blast that killed five
Federal workplace safety inspectors on Friday announced fines of more than $1.8 million in the May 31 Didion Milling Inc. explosion that killed five workers and injured 12 others, including a 21-year-old employee who suffered a double leg amputation after being crushed by a rail car.
OSHA cites Nebraska bakery for suspected safety violations
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — An eastern Nebraska commercial bakery has been cited by a federal workplace safety agency, accused of exposing workers to multiple hazards.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a news release Wednesday that Bimbo Bakeries USA, of Bellevue, faces $122,625 in proposed penalties.
Nonprofits to get $872,000 in safety, health training grants
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Grants totaling $872,000 are being awarded to 20 employer groups, labor organizations and other nonprofits in Michigan to support worker safety and health.
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the grants will fund projects that include crane rigging and signaling, ergonomics, tree trimming and chain saw safety, emergency actions plans, machine emergencies and workplace violence prevention.
Town looks at fixes for aging public safety building
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont town is examining its options for repairing or replacing the aging building that houses its police, firefighters and dispatchers after a report harshly criticized its condition.
OSHA investigating death of worker crushed by stone slabs
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Workplace safety investigators are looking into the death of a man who was crushed by granite slabs at a stone distribution company in Ohio.
Police said Wednesday that 55-year-old Robert Schofield was killed when multiple slabs toppled on top of him Tuesday at Unique Stone Concepts in Columbus.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation, which is expected to take up to six months.