occupational health and safety News

University of Kentucky to Study Workplace Safety in Appalachia

A center at the University of Kentucky is receiving a five-year, $5 million grant to improve occupational health and safety in central Appalachia and Kentucky. UK said the region reports higher rates of occupational injuries and fatalities than the rest …

Military Contractor KBR Seeks Immunity from Soldiers’ Toxic Exposure Claims

KBR Inc. is invoking federal laws shielding contractors during wartime in an effort to avoid a Texas trial over injuries claimed by troops who were exposed to toxic chemicals while guarding a work site in Iraq. KBR argued this week …

Texas Cabinet Manufacturer Fined $267K for Severe Work Hazards

Federal officials have cited a San Antonio, Texas-based cabinet manufacturer with 29 safety and health violations and a proposed penalty of $267,434. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Cardell Cabinetry LLC for failing to …

West Virginia Employers Seek Solutions for Drugs in Workplace

They might have red eyes and constricted pupils. They might be nodding off at their desk, if they show up at all. They might not be as certain as they should with a heavy piece of machinery, or maybe have …

OSHA Hit for Taking Too Long to Adopt Workplace Safety Rules

The nation’s premier worker safety agency takes nearly eight years on average to adopt new safety regulations, government auditors said in a report. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration takes far too long compared to other agencies, safety experts said …

Air Force Building in Georgia Clears the Air for Workplace Safety

A year ago, Building 169 at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia was the epicenter of the base’s troubles with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. An inspection of the building by OSHA investigators found dust in the building with …

More Safety Violations Cited at Mississippi Electrical Plant

Federal workplace safety officials said this week that they are again citing a Mississippi electrical and lighting maker for for unsafe practices. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration accused Laurel-based Howard Industries of eight rules violations, which could carry …

Montana’s Occupational Injuries Down

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry’s annual survey of occupational injuries and illnesses shows injuries and illnesses in private industry are dropping, though still far above the national average. Private industry workplaces in Montana reported 5 injuries and illnesses …

Workplace Deaths Double in West Virginia

Fatal on-the-job incidents in West Virginia more than doubled in 2010 compared to the previous year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said 95 workers were killed in workplace incidents, up from 41 in 2009. It’s the highest total since …

Safety Group Says Conn. Blast Shows Need for ‘Gas Blow’ Rule

A national safety group is urging states and regulators to adopt new standards that would ban a pipe-cleaning practice blamed for a 2010 Connecticut power plant explosion that killed six workers. The National Fire Protection Association’s new standard, published a …