News Digest 5-28-19

Boston-area construction worker rescued after becoming trapped by debris

First responders freed a man who had become trapped by collapsed rebar at a large construction site Friday morning in Lynn, Massachusetts. The worker reportedly was med-flighted to Massachusetts General Hospital conscious and alert. WBZ (Boston) [with video]

OSHNC investigating death of worker at university

The N.C. Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating the death last week of a construction worker, who reportedly suffered a heart attack inside the unfinished sciences building at Winston-Salem State University. Winston-Salem Journal

Virginia: Richmond-area post offices fined for unsafe working conditions

Since 2015, United States Postal Service offices in Virginia have been fined more than $461,000 by Fed-OSHA, and more than $140,000 of that was paid out from Richmond-metro locations. One location was cited for a repeat violation for exposures to fire and electrical hazards from “daisy-chained extension cords and surge protectors.” WTVR (Richmond, Va.) [with video]

Fed-OSHA investigating oilfield fatality near Williston, North Dakota

Fed-OSHA is investigating a fatality that occurred May 18 at an oilfield worksite near Williston, North Dakota. Employees of an energy company reportedly were finishing up servicing a well when the top end of a heavy rod they were reconnecting fell and struck one of them, a 34-year-old man, in the head. Bismarck Tribune

Texas: Brazos Valley feed company fined

A Navasota, Texas feed business has been fined more than $60,000 by Fed-OSHA following an inspection last November. The seven citations allege fall hazards and electrical hazards. Additionally, an employee had the tip of his finger cut off last August. KBTX (Bryan, Texas) [with video]

Iowa tower tech falls to death

A tower technician who had been working as part of a two-man crew for an Oklahoma company fell to his death from a Des Moines television station tower last Wednesday near Des Moines, Iowa. He reportedly was working 1,000 feet in the air when he fell. WHO (Des Moines) [with video

Connecticut man faces possible prison in asbestos case

A 46-year-old Connecticut man faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to illegal asbestos removal at a New Haven building. Authorities say workers at the site failed to perform necessary wetting or dispose of asbestos-containing waste material at appropriate sites. New Haven Register

Trooper saves construction worker shocked by power line on New Jersey parkway

A New Jersey state trooper who performed CPR is credited with saving the life of a construction worker who was shocked while trying to feed an electric line along the Garden State Parkway last Monday. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Asbury Park Press