News Digest 7-21-2021


Roofer falls to death while building Philadelphia-area warehouse

A 24-year-old New Jersey man who was building an Amazon warehouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania died last week after falling from the roof of the structure on July 7, according to federal and local authorities. His sibling said he and his brother were replacing roof material about 25 feet above the ground and removed safety ties while getting water. Amazon was not involved in the construction and is not under investigation, and says Fed-OSHA is investigating. Philadelphia Inquirer


MIOSHA investigating diver death at dam

Michigan OSHA has launched an investigation to determine the circumstance behind the death of a diver who failed to surface during an underwater inspection of a dam operated by Allegan County county energy facility in May. The victim’s body was recovered after a four-hour search. WWMT (Kalamazoo, Mich.)


Employee rescued after falling with heavy machinery into Pennsylvania river

A lineman employee operating heavy machinery on a bridge at a Monroe County golf resort earlier this month was submerged when the center of the bridge collapsed. Witnesses pulled the man from the river, after which he was hospitalized. Fed-OSHA is investigating. WFMZ


Oregon OSHA investigating death of Walmart warehouse employee

OR-OSHA is investigating after a 51-year-old man died June 24 after working at a Walmart distribution center in Hermiston. The man either was leaving work or taking a lunch break when he collapsed outside the distribution center on his way to his car. The state medical examiner recently confirmed 83 people died of hyperthermia during the heat wave, and is investigating whether 32 more deaths were heat-related. KGW (Portland)


South Carolina man falls to death from roof of vacant building

A 46-year-old man died from his injuries at the scene after falling approximately 30 feet through the roof a vacant commercial building in Greenville County, South Carolina last Thursday. South Carolina OSHA is investigating. WSPA


Georgia concrete employee killed by dump truck after air pocket blasts him into road

A 49-year-old Georgia employee who had just finished pumping concrete for a home under construction was killed last Saturday in Forsyth County, Georgia, when an air pocket in a concrete pump truck’s piping blasted him into the road, where he was struck by a truck. Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, Ga.)


How to keep wildfire smoke out of your house

With wildfires spreading across the Pacific Northwest, residents need to prepare themselves and their homes for smoke. Here is some advice on how to prepare for wildfire smoke, and what products to consider buying. My Journal Courier