News Digest 5-8-2019


Two more victims of Illinois explosion identified

Two more victims of Friday night’s silicone factory explosion in Waukegan, Illinois have been identified by the local coroner. The explosion and fire sent four people to area hospitals, one of whom died after being transferred. Fed-OSHA, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board and local agencies are investigating. Chicago Tribune


Latest fire adds to growing list of incidents at Tennessee chemical plant

A fire at a chemical facility northeast of Chattanooga, Tennessee early Saturday morning is the latest safety incident at the chemical plant, which manufactures the raw material used in the production of solar power panels, since it opened in 2016. No chemicals were involved or released in the latest incident, according to a local law enforcement official. Times Free Press


Power line incidents kill two Minnesota workers in separate incidents

Two Minnesotans were killed in separate accidents involving power lines earlier this week. One involved a 27-year-old man who was operating a tractor/trailer when the vehicle’s mechanical arm made contact with a power line. Bring Me the News


Man fatally pinned by slab at Cape Cod business

A 49-year-old Centerville, Massachusetts man was fatally pinned by a large slab of marble at a Hyannis quarry business on Tuesday. Fed-OSHA is investigating the incident, which occurred as a crew was moving the section of marble. He reportedly had been an employee of the business for two months.


Connecticut worker crushed by forklift

A 58-year-old man was killed Monday when a forklift fell on top of him at a tire business in Branford, Connecticut. He reportedly was transporting the machine on a flatbed truck when he stopped to put air in the truck’s tire, and the forklift fell onto him. Fox61


MIOSHA event targets fall deaths

The National Safety Stand-Down, which runs from Monday to Friday this week, is intended to raise fall hazard awareness in the construction industry across the country. Michigan OSHA has partnered with several organizations and programs in connection with the voluntary event. WZZM (Grand Rapids, Mich.)


Michigan State program raises awareness of work-related asthma

The MSU College of Human Medicine is initiating a campaign to raise awareness of work-related asthma. Kenneth Rosenman, a MSU College of Human Medicine professor and chief of its Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, estimates that as many as 50 percent of Michigan adults who have asthma have work-related asthma. Those whose asthma is work-related are hospitalized at a higher rate than other asthma sufferers. MSU Today


Human resources: Five frequent issues businesses encounter with internal investigations

Conducting timely and effective internal investigations is vital in order for a company to make better decisions when facing contentious allegations. Here are five problem areas that often arise with internal investigations, writes Jeffrey S. Heller, of counsel in the Vorys Houston office. Houston Business Journal