News Digest 6-29-2020


Virginia is first state to enact workplace safety rules for COVID

Virginia last week the first state in the country to take steps toward creating COVID-19 safety rules. The draft reportedly requires employers to develop policies for employees dealing with symptoms and prohibits those suspected of having symptoms from showing up to work. Many businesses argued it would add a greater burden to their budgets during an already challenging time. The Hill (Washington, D.C.)


Man using blowtorch fatally injured at Nevada RV site

A 54-year-old man was burned to death while using a blowtorch last Monday at a recreational vehicle facility in Boulder City, Nevada. Las Vegas Review-Journal


Governor tasks Nevada OSHA with enforcing mandatory mask order

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has designated Nevada OSHA to help enforce the state’s mask mandate during the pandemic. The governor says businesses that fail to satisfy the directive will face violations from local licensing agencies, regulatory authorities, and Nevada OSHA. Critics say the agency may not be up to the task. KTNV


Minneapolis-area man dies in construction site accident

A 26-year-old employee was killed at a construction site last Monday morning in Lakeville, Minnesota, when he reportedly fell from a balcony and suffered a serious head injury. According to police, numerous safety items including hard hats, safety harness and railings were all in place at the time. WCCO


Construction accident injures three in upstate New York

Three construction workers who were setting roof trusses on a structure in Watertown, New York, when high winds caused several roof trusses to topple, were injured when the roof collapsed causing one to fall approximately 40 feet to the ground. Fed-OSHA is investigating.


COVID-19 suspected in death of New Hampshire nursing home employee

Fed-OSHA is investigating the suspected COVID-19-related death of an employee of a Manchester, New Hampshire nursing home. Six healthcare employees in New Hampshire have died from COVID-19, according to state data. New Hampshire Union Leader