osha News

Foul Odor Reported From FEMA Trailers Holding Post-Maria Dead

Residents and visitors to one San Juan neighborhood recently noticed an alarming new smell coming from a parking lot near Puerto Rico’s forensic sciences department, raising concerns that it could be the bodies of those who perished in the tumultuous …

Poultry Processing Plant Injuries Often Underreported

Meat and poultry processing workers often perform the same motions for hours at a time: pulling tenders off of chicken carcasses, tearing out their internal organs or trimming cuts of meat. These repetitive and forceful jobs, performed on long shifts …

Report Finds Worker Deaths Increased in Nashville Housing Boom

An analysis by a Tennessee newspaper has found that a decline in safety inspections and ignored safety rules have led to an increase in worker deaths during Nashville’s housing boom. Citing state and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration data, …

OSHA Forms Alliance to Prevent Trench Deaths in North Dakota

Some business groups in North Dakota are working with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to increase awareness of trenching hazards and collaborate on training programs. The alliance members signed a two-year agreement Thursday at the North Dakota Safety …

Flames Shot Out of Corn Grinder Before Wisconsin Mill Blast

A corn grinder began belching flames shortly before a deadly explosion tore through a southern Wisconsin mill last year, federal safety inspectors said Monday. The May 31 blast at the Didion Milling Co. plant in Cambria killed five workers, injured …

Study Finds Tree Workers Face Considerable Hazards Post-Storm

As climate change increases the risk to trees from severe storms, insects, diseases, drought and fire, a Rutgers University study highlights the need for improved safety in tree-care operations. According to findings published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, …

New York Construction Worker Fatality Report Highlights Continued Dangers

A new report by a state workplace safety watchdog highlights the deadly risks construction workers face in New York. The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) released its latest construction fatality report, “Deadly Skyline: An Annual Report …

Oklahoma High Court: Oil Firm Can Be Sued When Worker is Injured, Killed

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that oil and natural gas companies can be sued when a worker is killed or injured on the job. The state’s highest court struck down a state workers’ compensation law that exempted oil and …

Fatal Injuries in the U.S. Workplace Increased 7% in 2016

According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries report, there were 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016, a 7-percent increase from 2015. The fatal injury rate also increased from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers …

Federal Agencies Tasked With Updating National Workplace Injury, Illness Data

A committee tasked with revamping a national workplace study released a 200-page report recently recommending major changes in workplace surveillance. The goal, according to the committee, is to reduce the health burden caused by injuries in the workplace. The report …