Friday, 30 September 2016

Worker freezes to death in Atlanta hotel

Workers at a downtown Atlanta hotel are demanding changes after an employee died while being trapped for hours in a walk-in freezer with a malfunctioning exit button.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Worker dies of heat stroke in 110-degree weather

Federal investigators have cited an Indiana landscaping company in the death of a 23-year-old ground crewman who died after being hospitalized with a core body temperature above 108 degrees. OSHA investigators determined the employee collapsed after working more than nine hours in the direct sun when the heat index soared to 110 degrees near Poplar Bluff on July 22, 2016.

NJ commuter train crashes into station at high speed

The investigation into this morning's deadly crash of a New Jersey commuter train is focusing on why the train barreled into the busy station at a high rate of speed.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

National Employ Older Workers Week is a chance to reflect on the safety and health needs of older workers

This last full week of September is National Employ Older Workers Week. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the week “recognizes the vital role of older workers in the workforce … and aims to increase awareness of this labor segment and develop innovative strategies to tap it.”

OSHA: Mass cave-in "could have been prevented"

Two employees of ET&L Construction Corp. escaped serious injury when the 12-foot deep trench they were working in on June 15, 2016, caved in.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

10,000 Illinois workers to get safety training through partnership

OSHA, TekSolv and American Allied Safety Council, Southwestern Illinois Building Trades Council, and Council of Owners of Construction Associates Inc. have established an alliance that will provide safety training, safety resources, and information to roughly 10,000 skilled training workers in Southwestern Illinois.

If your mail catches fire…

A grease fire in a wheel hub of a vehicle at a St. Louis Area post office almost didn't get extinguished in a timely manner, because the first two fire extinguishers that postal workers attempted to use were not charged.

Monday, 26 September 2016

ASSE President to speak at international forum in China

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Thomas Cecich, CSP, CIH is in China to participate in an executive panel discussion on protecting workers at the 8th China International Forum on Work Safety in Beijing today through Thursday – an event that is attracting safety experts from across the globe.

Improved fire simulation aids training for mine emergencies

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is a leading cause of death in underground mine fires. To identify safe emergency escape routes, investigators at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), where mine worker safety and health is a research priority, study how to predict the spread of smoke and toxic gases throughout the mine's ventilation network.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Weekly news roundup

The enduring effects of smoking, a sawmill amputation and farm safety were among the stories featured this week on

NIOSH project retrofits 50 rollover protective structures

The best way to reduce the risk of death from tractor rollovers is by using a special device called a rollover protective structure with a seatbelt. The image above depicts a tractor retrofitted with the NIOSH CROPS.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

OSHA cites Koch Foods after severe worker injuries

Two different worker injuries at the Koch Foods poultry processing facility in Morton, Mississippi earned the company an OSHA investigation – and nine serious safety violations.

240-foot wind turbine collapses in Cape Breton -- a first for Canada

Two investigations have been launched into the collapse of an 240-foot-tall wind turbine in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, believed to be the first catastrophic failure of its kind in Canada.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Safety of automated vehicles gets government attention

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is issuing Federal policy for automated vehicles, laying a path for the safe testing and deployment of new auto technologies that have enormous potential for improving safety and mobility for Americans on the road.

iPhone 7 not glove-friendly

Beside the lack of a headphone jack, Apple's much-ballyhooed iPhone 7 appears to have a downside: it's home button does not work with most gloves -- even touchscreen-friendly gloves with conductive material on their fingertips.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Excess weight = higher workers' comp costs

Obese and overweight workers are more likely to incur high costs related to workers' compensation claims for major injuries, reports a study in the September Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

Sumo Jump Squats

It can be challenging to do cardio at home, especially if you don't own a treadmill or elliptical machine. Plyometrics, or jump-training can blast fat and boost your heart rate without a lot of space or equipment. Here fitness expert Kristin McGee demonstrates an exercise you can do anywhere to get in shape: Sumo Jump Squat.

Stand with your feet wider than hip distance apart, toes outward. Keeping your back straight, lower into a sumo squat. Make sure your knees don't extend beyond your toes. Then jump as high as you can, arms overhead, land in a squat position and repeat for 30-60 seconds.

Celebrating National Farm Safety and Health Week

September 18-24, 2016, is National Farm Safety and Health Week (NFSHW). This annual event, begun by the National Safety Council in 1944, promotes safe and healthy practices on farms and ranches around the U.S.

Monday, 19 September 2016

OSHA issues final rule protecting seamen from retaliation

OSHA has published a final rule at that establishes procedures and time frames for handling retaliation complaints under the Seaman's Protection Act (SPA). The Act protects seamen from retaliation for engaging in certain protected activity, such as providing information to the government about violations of maritime safety laws or regulations.

Standards being developed for…spaceflight?

ASTM International – the organization that sets voluntary standards for everything from copper alloys to environmental technology – has set its sights on the final frontier.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

OSHA appoints new director for its construction directorate

OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels appointed Dean McKenzie as the new director of the agency's Directorate of Construction. McKenzie has been with OSHA for seven years including serving as deputy director of DOC.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Cancer now main cause of death in western Europe

It's official. Cancer is now the main cause of death in western Europe, overtaking cardiovascular diseases. That is the main conclusion of a study published in August 2016 by the European Heart Journal.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Kicked and bitten on the job

In the last several months, workers at a Reading, Pa. facility for children and youth in crisis were the victims of at least ten violent assaults, federal workplace safety and health inspectors have found.

NTSB: Plane slid off icy runway because pilot used too much reverse thrust

The application of excessive reverse thrust during a landing at LaGuardia Airport, New York, March, 5, 2015, led to a loss of directional control and the passenger jet's departure from the snow covered runway, according to findings of the National Transportation Safety Board announced during a public meeting on Tuesday.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Poor blood-pressure control puts 5 million older Americans at risk

Some 5 million Medicare Part D enrollees age 65 and older are not taking their blood pressure medicine properly, increasing their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and death, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

ASSE AND TIA to raise awareness of new comm tower standards

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) are launching a joint effort to raise awareness of new standards that are important for all workers and companies that install, alter or maintain communication towers.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Ericson appoints John Ericson III as new president: 4th generation family owned business

Ericson, a pioneer in engineering and manufacturing of temporary power and lighting products is pleased to announce new President, John Ericson III.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Worker suffers “life-altering” injury at Ohio plant

For the fifth time since 2013, federal investigators have been called to an Ohio aluminum foundry to investigate the serious injury of a worker.

Exercise can help keep medical costs down

Getting recommended levels of exercise weekly may help keep down annual medical costs both for people with and without cardiovascular disease, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

From electrocution to crushing: NIOSH FACE reports gather the grim facts

A dozen workers die almost every day in the U.S. as a result of a traumatic injury on the job. In order to identify the factors that contribute to these fatal injuries, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducts investigations through its Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program.

Friday, 9 September 2016

What your HazCom program should include

An effective HAZCOM program depends on the credibility of management's involvement in the program; inclusion of employees in safety and health decisions; rigorous worksite analysis to identify hazards and potential hazards, including those which could result from a change in worksite conditions or practices; stringent prevention and control measures; and thorough training.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

NORA Enters Its Third Decade

On October 1, the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) enters its third decade. Unveiled in 1996, NORA is a partnership program to stimulate innovative research and improved workplace practices. Through NORA, diverse parties come together to create a research framework for the nation, including stakeholders from universities, large and small businesses, professional societies, government agencies, and worker organizations. NIOSH is proud to continue its role as steward of NORA.

ESFI provides tips for staying safe in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine

With Hurricane Hermine making its way steadily toward the United States, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is reminding residents that danger may linger in your home even after the storm has passed.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Teach your children well

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is making an effort to get out in front of the employment curve when it comes to enhancing an individual's awareness of workplace safety.

Non-drug approaches to pain management prove effective

Data from a review of U.S.-based clinical trials published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggest that some of the most popular complementary health approaches - such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture - appear to be effective tools for helping to manage common pain conditions.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

OSHA: Se habla español

Every page on OSHA's website can now be translated into Spanish with one click of your mouse or tap of your finger. Just go to the Spanish link at the top right corner of every webpage to have the text instantly translated.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Most US adults believe pharmacies shouldn't sell tobacco

Two-thirds of American adults believe pharmacies should not be allowed to sell tobacco, while 14 percent strongly oppose such a policy, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Friday, 2 September 2016

OSHA partners with Health Canada on hazcom plan

OSAH and Health Canada -- the Canadian government department responsible for the country's national public health -- have jointly developed a 2016-2017 Workplace Chemicals Work Plan.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

NTSB investigates tank-car breach, hazmat release

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) launched a team Wednesday to investigate the breach of a rail tank-car and subsequent release of 17,000 gallons of chlorine Saturday at a facility in New Martinsville, West Virginia.

New book answer breast cancer patients' questions

The American Cancer Society has published a book intended to help newly diagnosed breast cancer patients quickly digest the crucial information needed to navigate through their experience.