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Mass. Company Fined in Wake of Cape Cod Crane Deaths

A Massachusetts company that employed two utility workers who died when the crane they were in tipped over as they worked on high-tension power lines on Cape Cod is facing $168,000 in fines. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration …

Workplace Fatalities Declined 15% Last Year in Virginia

Labor officials say workplace deaths dropped in Virginia and nationwide last year. According to a preliminary report released by the U.S. Department of Labor, Virginia saw workplace fatalities decline 15 percent to 126 in 2013. The Virginian-Pilot reports that 43 …

Study: Conn. Occupational Illness Rates Higher Than U.S. Average

Occupational illness rates are higher for Connecticut workers than the national average, though the rate has declined, a study by a University of Connecticut health expert says. The overall illness rate in 2012 was 21.9 cases per 10,000 workers, a …

Obesity Linked to Increased Fatigue in the Workplace

U.S. workplaces may need to consider innovative methods to prevent fatigue from developing in employees who are obese. Based on results from a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH), workers who are obese may have …

Massachusetts Report Examines Workplace Risks for State Employees

About 3,000 Massachusetts state employees experienced job-related injuries from 2010 to 2012 serious enough to require time off, while four workers lost their lives. That’s one of the findings of a special advisory committee charged with gauging workplace risks and …

Oregon Workplaces Claim 29 People In 2013

State workplace safety officials say 29 people died on the job in Oregon during 2013. The statistics released last week by the Department of Consumer and Business Services show a slight decrease from 2012′s figure of 30 deaths. The largest …

ACE, ESIS Launch Programs for Construction Industry Addressing OSHA

ACE has launched specialized servicing capabilities designed for the construction industry through ESIS, Inc., a risk management services company owned by ACE Group. These services are available for general contractors, construction managers, trade contractors, and developers for both new construction …

Federal Report Details Problems at Indiana’s Workplace Safety Agency

Federal investigators say Indiana’s workplace safety agency mishandled complaints, put its inspectors under strict time constraints and didn’t help whistleblowers. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a report released made 22 recommendations for improvement at the Indiana Occupational …

Maine Gov. LePage Resists Workplace Safety Data Plan

A proposal from the federal government to make more specific workplace safety data available online could violate individuals’ privacy and embarrass employers and workers, Maine officials said. Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is pushing back against the U.S. Department of …

Report Lists Indiana’s Workplace Safety Problems

Federal investigators say Indiana’s workplace safety agency mishandled complaints, put its inspectors under strict time constraints and didn’t help whistleblowers. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a report released Wednesday made 22 recommendations for improvement at the Indiana …