News Digest 10-14-2021


Video appears to show moment crane collapses at Orlando worksite

Fed-OSHA officials will resume their investigation of a crane collapse at an Orlando, Florida construction site that reportedly injured several people on Tuesday as they worked on a parking garage. Fox 13 Tampa Bay


Employee vigilance urged to avoid workplace violence

On Tuesday, a postal employee killed two other employees and then himself at a sorting facility in Memphis, Tennessee. Workplace violence isn’t new, but it seems to be happening more and more. WREG investigated what employers and employees can do to keep everyone as safe as possible while on the job. WREG (Memphis)


Seven men have died following workplace accidents in north Alabama since August

Alabama makes the top 10 in most work-related injuries and deaths. Since August, WAFF has reported on seven work-related deaths. The most recent occurred on Friday when a man died at a rock quarry site when his equipment slipped into 80 feet of water. WAFF


Fed-OSHA submits vaccine rule text to OMB for review

President Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees came one step closer to reality on Tuesday after Fed-OSHA submitted the initial text of an emergency vaccine rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review. The rule will take effect once the OMB finishes its review and it’s published in the federal register. Fox News


Engineer blames New Orleans hotel project collapse on ‘overstressed’ steel beams

Supporting a conclusion of an unreleased report by an engineer with Fed-OSHA, a structural engineer who helped demolish the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel last year says video of the disaster shows the building’s steel failed at the 16th floor of the 18-story structure. The engineer claims video proves the smaller beams and columns under the 17th and 18th floors didn’t cause the collapse, because the beams under the 16th floor were always too small to support all three top floors. New Orleans Times-Picayune


Grain bin safety emphasized this month

Illinois has reported the most incidents involving agricultural confined spaces, including grain bins, in 2020. The state also had the most grain-entrapment cases in 2020, according to the University of Purdue’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program. Fed-OSHA has a number of tips to help prevent such incidents. WGLC