News Digest 5-9-2019


Texas leads nation in deadly crane accidents

Texas leads the nation in fatal crane accidents with nearly four times as many deaths as any other state from 2011-2015, according to federal labor statistics. As a result, Fed-OSHA is stepping up safety inspections in the state and targeting crane operators. CBS DFW (Dallas) [with video]


Louisiana nurse’s death renews focus on workplace violence

The death of a nurse at a Baton Rouge hospital at the hands of a violent patient is renewing the focus on workplace violence that nurses experience nearly every day. According to Fed-OSHA, even though violence against healthcare workers is four times more likely than for other jobs, the number of attacks is likely drastically underreported. WAFB (New Orleans)


Court orders Ohio roofer to pay nearly $342K

A federal appeals court has ordered a Holland, Ohio roofing contractor to immediately comply with final orders resulting from uncontested citations. According to Fed-OSHA, since 2014, the agency has inspected and cited the roofer seven times for exposing workers to falls, failing to train workers on fall hazards, provide eye protection, and implement an accident prevention program, but the contractor has never contested a citation, paid a penalty, or provided proof of abatement of any cited violation. Norwalk Reflector


China: Six executed for killing workers in mining compensation scam

Six men reportedly were executed in northern China last month for killing mineworkers and then claiming about $460,000 compensation from the pit owners. According to the court, the farmers, who were aged between 22 and 47, killed 11 workers in mines in two provinces between 2007 and 2014. South China Morning Post


Minnesota: Bayer pre-commercial plant certified as MNSTAR site

The team at the Bayer pre-commercial site in Redwood Falls, Minnesota recently was recognized for safety with the MNSTAR certification from Minnesota OSHA. St. James Plaindealer