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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 months after Hurricane Maria. "It smelled like dead rat," said Wilfredo Ortega, who occasionally comes to an area restaurant on breaks from his job as a clinical assistant at a nearby hospital.

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 05:15:07 GMT

The Osc Corruption & The Case Of Osha WPP Whistleblower Darrell Whitman

KPFA WorkWeek Radio interviews former US OSHA Whistle Blower Protection Program investigator and lawyer Darrell Whitman. He was bullied and fired along with all the other lawyers in OSHA Region 9 WPP office in San Francisco.

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 02:51:56 GMT

OC Fair 2018: How do you know that OC Fair carnival ride is safe? Ask this guy

Allan Scanlan checks on a kiddie car ride while a Ray Cammack Shows worker prepares the ride for the day at the OC Fair. When a young man died and seven other people were injured after they were thrown from a ride at the Ohio State Fair last year, similar rides around the country - including one at the OC Fair - were shut down for inspection to ensure they were safe to operate.

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:34:34 GMT

The Latest: 1 released from hospital after Army depot blast

A worker has been treated and released from a hospital after receiving minor injuries in an explosion at a Pennsylvania Army depot. The worker had been taken by ambulance early Thursday to a hospital near the Letterkenny Army Depot, about 160 miles west of Philadelphia, shortly after the explosion and fire at a paint operation of a vehicle shop.

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 19:49:36 GMT

What Happens To Safety Agencies Under Plan To Merge With Department Of Education?

How would the Trump administration's government reorganization plan affect highly technical workplace safety programs, such as OSHA and MSHA? Part of the plan, announced June 21, 2018, proposes merging the Department of Labor and the Department Education into a new agency named the "Department of Education and the Workforce." Under the plan, OSHA and MSHA would be placed within an "enforcement" sub-agency along with the Wage and Hour Division from DOL and Education's Office for Civil Rights, among other entities.

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:59:58 GMT

Adam Lee's Widow: Workers' Comp Payouts Halved Over Positive Pot Test

The document essentially characterizes Adam as an innocent victim. But his widow, Erika Lee, says Pinnacol, the company that administers workers' compensation payments in Colorado, is trying to withhold half of the money she should be receiving to support her three kids because Adam's autopsy revealed high levels of THC in his blood.

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:31:40 GMT

OSHA Fines State Over Hazmat Exposure

California's Department of General Services facilities management division failed to adequately protect its workers from biohazards, resulting in nine Cal/ OSHA citations, according to The Sacramento Bee. Groundskeepers maintaining California State Capitol Park were asked to remove used needles and human feces, and they were supplied with tools such as pressure washers.

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:42:30 GMT

One dead in tank battery fire near Loving

One dead in tank battery fire near Loving Eddy County Emergency Manager Jennifer Armendariz said the call came in at about 1 p.m. Check out this story on An oilfield worker was killed, and another was injured after a tank battery caught fire Wednesday off U.S. Refinery Road near Loving. Kelly Swan with WPX, the owner of the facility, said the fire was believed to have started at about 12:45 p.m. The facility contains a saltwater disposal well for oil byproducts from extraction operations, along with injection pumps and storage tanks.

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:07:42 GMT

OSHA Rule Clarifies Railroad Construction Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a rule affecting construction equipment working on or along railroad tracks. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a rule affecting construction equipment working on or along railroad tracks.

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:44:05 GMT

Where There's Smoke, There's Danger: CAL/OSHA Urges...

California is currently experiencing record-breaking heat waves and an increased number of active wildfire incidents. California OSHA has determined that this poses a serious threat to the safety of outdoor workers because smoke from wildfires often contains chemicals, gases, and fine particles that are dangerous to human health.

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:44:04 GMT

Man dies in industrial accident at Emerson Hospital in Concord

A 46-year-old man from Hudson was killed late Wednesday morning in what's being called an industrial accident at Emerson Hospital. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Concord Chief of Police Joseph O'Connor and Concord Fire Chief Thomas Judge said in a joint press release that at about 11:30 a.m. Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney's Office were notified by Concord Police and Fire of a fatal industrial incident that occurred at Emerson Hospital.

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:44:03 GMT

Amid climate change and recent deaths, group demands worker protections from extreme heat

Raudel Felix GarcA a of Fontana thought someone was playing a cruel joke on him when he was told a decade ago that his brother had died after working in the grape fields of Kern County. Audon Felix GarcA a had arrived from Zacatecas, Mexico just days before to work in the fields as he had done every other summer, his brother said.

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 22:23:56 GMT

For the third time, cargo-handling company accused of violating rules in worker's death at port

For the third time in six years, a branch of one of the world's largest cargo-handling companies has been accused by workplace safety authorities of a willful violation linked to a worker's death The most recent case, stemming from a death at the Port of San Diego, also marked at least the seventh time in a decade that a worker for SSA Marine Inc. has been killed on the job, according to government records.

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:20:00 GMT

U.S. Department of Labor Cites New York Flooring Manufacturer for Exposing Employees to Mechanical, Chemical, and Other Hazards

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Timberline Hardwood Floors LLC for willful and serious violations of workplace safety and health standards. The Fulton, New York, custom hardwood-flooring manufacturer faces proposed penalties totaling $182,917.

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:49:35 GMT

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Heat stress can affect everyone exposed to hot temperatures - from workers laboring outside in the hot sun to workers who lack ventilation indoors. Join us in urging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to implement a national heat stress standard requiring employers to protect workers from extreme heat.

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:16:12 GMT

Study: Flying often could be bad for your health

From a fatality standpoint, flying is safer than ever: Airplane crashes have decreased in the last few decades. Still, from a public health standpoint, flying may not be that great for your long-term health.

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:16:11 GMT

Fulton hardwood floor maker faces $183,000 fine for alleged safety violations

Fulton, N.Y. -- The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing $182,917 in fines against a maker of hardwood flooring in Fulton for what it said were "willful and serious violations of workplace safety and health standards." Jeffrey Prebish, assistant director of OSHA's Syracuse office, said the agency found serious hazards that posed threats to workers during an inspection at Timberline Hardwood Floors at 99 Harris St..

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:45:13 GMT

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