OSHA News

Worker Dies in Accident at Massachusetts Supermarket Distribution Center

Police and federal safety officials are investigating a fatal workplace accident in Freetown, Mass. It happened early Tuesday afternoon at a distribution center for Stop & Shop supermarkets. Police say a man later identified as 51-year-old Alphonse Ferent of Stoughton …

Report Finds New York Construction Fatalities, Regulatory Violations Rising

The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) found in its latest construction fatality report that construction worker deaths are rising in New York, and many construction employers across the state are consistently violating regulations and code requirements. …

Feds Seek $11K Fine for Fire that Closed Pennsylvania Bridge

The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration wants to fine a contractor $11,224 for a construction fire that wholly or partially shut down a major Pittsburgh bridge for 24 days. Contractor Joseph B. Fay Co. didn’t immediately comment Wednesday. The …

Oregon’s New Fall Protections Now 6′ And Up for Home Builders

A state regulation that took effect Jan. 1 requires Oregon construction contractors to make sure workers are protected from falls if work is done six or more feet above a surface. The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division said the …

Company Cited After Worker’s Arm Inflated in Massachusetts

A Massachusetts company where a worker’s arm was inflated in an industrial accident has been cited by federal workplace safety regulators. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday says it’s recommending penalties of nearly $300,000 against Shield Packaging in …

Another Worker Dies From October Pipeline Explosion in Alabama

Officials say a second worker injured in the Oct. 31 explosion of a major gasoline pipeline in Alabama has died. Al.com quotes the Occupational Health and Safety Administration as saying the employee died on Nov. 22 from injuries received during …

Fatal New York City Crane Collapse Blamed on Operator Error

New York City officials are blaming a crane collapse that killed a man in lower Manhattan in February on operator error. The city Department of Buildings said Friday the crane operator failed to secure the 565-foot crane the night before …

Circus Operator to Pay $24K Over Deadly Tent Collapse in New Hampshire

A Florida-based circus operator has agreed to pay $24,000 in fines issued by federal safety officials for a tent collapse that killed two people and injured dozens in New Hampshire last year. Robert Young, 41, and his 6-year-old daughter, Annabelle, …

Industry Needs to Address Gaps in Workers’ Compensation, AMCOMP Panelists Say

At the American Society of Workers’ Compensation Professionals (AMCOMP) Fall Meeting held recently in New York, Mark Walls, vice president of communications and strategic analysis at Safety National, and Kimberly George, senior vice president at Sedgwick, discussed a lack of …

Contractor Lacked Safety Permit Before Pennsylvania Bridge Fire

A contractor didn’t obtain a key safety permit before welding caused plastic pipe and a construction tarp to burn on the Liberty Bridge last month, resulting in a 24-day shutdown of a primary artery into downtown Pittsburgh, the city’s fire …