News Digest 6-22-2022


Employee dead in Virginia lime plant accident

An accident at a lime plant in Virginia left one person dead and another person injured when an excavator fell over onto its side, trapping an employee. The responding officers found a second employee at the scene with minor lime chemical burns, which he got as he attempted to help the trapped employee and was injured in the process. Fox News


Fed-OSHA investigating after teen dies in work-related crash at Georgia quarry

A 16-year-old driving a piece of heavy equipment at a rock quarry near Jefferson, Georgia, as part of his summer job for an excavating company at the location, was killed Friday when the machinery rolled over and crushed him. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Athens Banner-Herald OnlineAthens


Business groups challenge Oregon’s new heat, wildfire smoke rules

A coalition of Oregon business groups have filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s jobsite rules mandating that employers take steps to protect employees from extreme heat and wildfire smoke. The heat rules went into effect June 15, while the wildfire smoke rules are set to go into effect July 1. The groups allege several provisions in the new regulations are too vague to be fairly enforced and OR-OSHA overstepped its statutory authority by adopting them in the first place. Oregonian/OregonLive


Are you ready to make your workplace injuries data public?

US Bureau of Labor statistics shows private sector employers reported 2.7 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2020, down from 2.8 million in 2019, a decrease of 5.7 percent. In the last few weeks, Fed-OSHA has put forward proposals to make employers’ injury and illness data public. Drew Brought, a partner at Spencer Fane LLP, discusses employers’ new responsibilities. TLNT


How one manufacturer cut safety incidents in half

In honor of National Safety Month, industrial belting manufacturer WCCO Belting has compiled a list of the top four it embraces safety to keep incident rates low.