News Digest 5-15-2019


Worker killed by falling steel at Virginia high-rise construction site

A steel subcontractor at a Newport News, Virginia construction site was killed when steel fell on him and another worker at a high-rise construction site Tuesday morning. Williamsburg Yorktown Daily


Texas railcar fire claims second victim

A second worker has died following a railcar fire at the Alamo Junction Rail Park in Texas on Friday. The incident occurred while a worker was cleaning crude oil inside the rail car, and something apparently caused the residue to spark and ignite a fire. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Spectrum News


Fed-OSHA proposes nearly $185K in penalties against Iowa post office

Following a complaint by a letter carriers’ union, a Des Moines, Iowa-area post office has been fined nearly $185,000 by Fed-OSHA, which charged that exit routes were blocked by hampers, tubs and packages, and that employees were not trained for emergencies. KCCI (Des Moines)


Wisconsin worker hospitalized after being pinned between cart and truck

Fed-OSHA has been notified after a worker was found unconscious, trapped between a large cart and the side of a truck outside of a Madison, Wisconsin business. Wisconsin State Journal


House seeks workplace violence standard for healthcare

Members of the House of Representatives recently introduced legislation that would require the Labor Department to issue a standard addressing workplace violence in the healthcare and social service industries. Despite having 110 co-sponsors, however, the bill has not yet been scheduled for a vote. National Law Review


Tyson releases sustainability report, improved safety numbers

Tyson Foods Inc. released a 121-page sustainability report this week that outlines its goals and work to curb carbon emissions, reduce water use and improve workplace safety and animal welfare practices. The company says it achieved a 22 percent decline in recorded OSHA incidents from fiscal 2017 to 2018, surpassing its 10 percent reduction goal. Arkansas Online