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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney on Tuesday reiterated that there is no lingering health threat due to Friday’s explosion and fire at a South Philadelphia refinery. The city’s fire commissioner also said the smoke from the blaze posed little long-term risk. A recent analysis by the University of Pennsylvania found the refinery is financially shaky and could have to seek bankruptcy protection again within a few years. Philadelphia Inquirer
Fed-OSHA has fined the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens more than $14,000 after a keeper was seriously injured by a rhinoceros in February. Cited violations include failure to notify Fed-OSHA within 24 hours of the keeper’s hospitalization as well as failing to protect employees from recognized hazards when they train and feed the rhinos. Miami Herald
The family of a 48-year-old man who was found dead inside a beer cooler one year ago at Atlanta’s SunTrust Park has filed a negligence lawsuit against the Atlanta Braves and other defendants. County officials say he died of asphyxia due to carbon dioxide exposure, as he was installing a new patented beer tap that he had invented. Fed-OSHA investigated and issued a serious violation against one of the defendants for failure to ensure the exit door remained unobstructed. WXIA (Atlanta)
Oregon OSHA has launched a free, two-hour online course to help employers and workers eliminate fall hazards, prevent falls, and provide effective first-aid after falls. One part of the course is a video about a man’s fall in 1995 from a scaffold: the accident left him a paraplegic and changed his family’s life. KTVZ (Bend, Ore.)
Workplace violence is the leading cause of job-related deaths in the United States. What is an employer’s responsibility to provide a safe workplace, when it comes to workplace bullying and violence? Allen L. Hutson, attorney with Crowe & Dunlevy, discusses the issue. Oklahoman
OSHNC is investigating after an employee with a Virginia-based company was electrocuted and killed at a Raleigh elementary school Wednesday. Two staff members in the school at the time of the incident were not injured. News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)