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Workers Released from Hospital After Baltimore Explosion

All but two construction workers injured in December in an explosion at a high-rise building in Baltimore have been released from hospitals as officials continue to investigate what caused the incident. Twenty-one workers were taken to area hospitals following an …

Construction Company Owner Pleads Guilty After Lying During OSHA Investigation

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the owner of a Somerset County, N.J., construction company has pleaded guilty to one count of felony perjury brought by the U.S. Attorney for the …

Is the Pendulum Swinging Toward Defendants on New York Labor Law Claims?

Generally speaking, Labor Law Section 240(1) (“240”) imposes strict liability on owners and general contractors for certain height/gravity-related accidents that occur at construction projects. Establishing a height/gravity-related risk should not be enough for a plaintiff to prevail. Under the statute, …

1 Worker Dead, Others Injured in Texas Oil Well Blowout

One person was killed and three others were injured on Jan. 29 in the blowout of a Central Texas oil well. All four were contractors working at a Chesapeake Energy well site on a county road near Deanville, Texas, 28 …

Report Says Virginia Should Cover Injuries Caused by Repetition

Virginia is the only state in the country whose workers’ compensation system doesn’t cover injuries sustained through repetitive work activities, like repeatedly lifting boxes over several weeks, a new state report says. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission recommended …

Explosion at Dippin’ Dots Production Facility in Kentucky Injures Four

Authorities say an explosion at the Dippin’ Dots production facility in Kentucky has injured four people. Dippin’ Dots CEO Scott Fischer says the explosion occurred in a production area around 10 p.m. Friday evening. Fischer said in a release that …

Collapse of Hotel in New Orleans Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Missing

A Hard Rock Hotel under construction at the edge of New Orleans’ historic French Quarter collapsed Saturday morning, leaving at least one person dead and three unaccounted for, authorities said. Nearby buildings were evacuated and officials said the building and …

2 Workers Injured in Gas Explosion at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Stadium

Authorities say two workers were injured in a gas explosion at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ home stadium. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the workers at Raymond James Stadium were taken to a local hospital Thursday afternoon. Tampa police spokesman …

Small Fire Still Burning at Site of Philadelphia Oil Refinery Explosions

Officials say a very small fire continues to burn at a Philadelphia refinery following explosions and a pre-dawn blaze that shook homes and caused some minor injuries. Philadelphia Energy Solutions said Saturday that workers are trying to isolate the remaining …

New Hampshire Governor Signs Workplace Safety Bill

New Hampshire Governor 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 sector employees. Tom Wooten, of Belmont, was working for the …