News Digest 4-25-2019


The role of AI in workplace safety

Artificial intelligence can monitor everything from the state of factory equipment to the location and wellbeing of workers. The technology is increasingly becoming an essential tool for monitoring potentially hazardous situations when it’s too difficult to do so manually with any consistency. Baltimore Post


MNOSHA investigation fatal fall from hotel roof

Minnesota OSHA is investigating the death of a 58-year-old Rochester man who fell from a hotel roof last week while changing filters on air conditioning units. The incident reportedly was caught on surveillance footage. Another workplace death occurred in Rochester on February 16, according MNOSHA, when an employee of a framing contractor fell off a ladder. Post Bulletin


Fed-OSHA fines New Hampshire contractor $40K for safety violations

A Concord, New Hampshire contractor is contesting more than $40,000 in Fed-OSHA fines for five citations issued in connection with the death of a 51-year-old man at a Concord worksite last year. Authorities say he fell roughly 30 feet from a roof and landed on a concrete-like surface below, and later died while hospitalized. Concord Monitor


Fed-OSHA’s top 5 violations

Fed-OSHA reportedly cited more than 31,600 workplace violations between September 2017 and October 2018. Here are the top five standards the agency says employers violated. Miami Herald [with video]


Bills seek to better protect healthcare workers

Fed-OSHA reported that in 2015, healthcare workers suffered more than 15,000 injuries a year from workplace assaults. A Michigan legislator has proposed two bills intended to strengthen penalties against those committing acts of workplace violence against these employees. WHMI (Howell, Mich.)


Fed-OSHA cites highway contractor after asphalt burns three

Fed-OSHA has cited a Kalispell, Montana-based highway work contractor for allegedly exposing workers to burns and falls at a mobile asphalt-mixing plant in Laurel, Montana. The company faces more than $261,000 in penalties for 23 violations classified as serious. KULR (Billings, Mont.)


Survivors of Colorado man killed in trench accident plan legal action

The family of a 26-year-old man who died along with a coworker when a trench collapsed in Windsor, Colorado last week has hired an attorney to take legal action. The two men were in the 15-foot-deep excavation tying an under-construction home’s sewer and water lines to the town’s lines when the collapse happened. Coloradan