News Digest 6-23-2022


MNOSHA investigating electrocution of manufacturing plant employee

Minnesota OSHA is investigating the electrocution earlier this month of a 33-year-old employee at a Faribault, Minnesota manufacturer of electric cable and other electrical equipment. Surveillance video reportedly shows the employee was electrocuted while working on equipment.


OR-OSHA offers employers free resources on new wildfire smoke rule

Oregon OSHA’s rule rule addressing employee protection against potential wildfire smoke exposure is set to take effect July 1. The agency is encouraging employers and employees to use new resources to help them comply with the rule, including a wildfire smoke online course and a fact sheet about key requirements of the rule. KTVZ


Steel company cited following machine-related fatality at Ohio mill

Fed-OSHA has cited TimkenSteel, following the investigation of a 65-year-old employee’s death, for failure to install guards or provide proper hand tools to prevent workers from getting entangled while operating a bar straightener machine. The employee was operating the machine on December 27 at the steel mill’s finishing facility in Canton, Ohio when he became caught on a piece of rotating steel bar stock. Inspectors also found the company provided employees with hooks to manipulate the spinning steel bar stock that were not long enough and required the operators’ hands to be present in the machine’s danger zone while guiding the steel bar stock into the straightener.


Officials believe weed control employee died after vehicle rollover

Officials say two separate rollover crashes in off-road vehicles were what caused the death of one weed control employee and the hospitalization of another in Box Elder County, Utah on Tuesday. The second accident occurred immediately after the first, according to county officials. Fox 13


Why many employees have limited legal recourse after a workplace shooting

According to the FBI, there were 61 active shooter incidents in 2021, about one every six days. Many of these active and/or mass shooting events occur at a location where people are working, resulting in employees being injured or killed. When these tragedies occur, what rights do employees have? Forbes