New Webpage Provides Updates on Protecting Workers from Legionnaire’s Disease

Legionella pneumophila bacteriaOSHA recently revised the Legionellosis Safety and Health Topics page to provide the latest information on preventing, identifying, and controlling Legionella bacteria hazards in workplaces. The new page updates Chapter 7 of the OSHA Technical Manual, as well as OSHA’s Legionella eTool. Employers, healthcare providers, and health and safety professionals can use the new resource to protect workers and collaborate during worksite investigations of Legionellosis (Legionnaire’s Disease and the milder Pontiac Fever). Approximately 6,000 cases are reported each year in the United States.

Flashlight Recalled for Potential Explosion Hazard

Koehler-Bright Star WorkSafe Model 2224 LED 3-D cell flashlightOn Aug. 14, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall for Koehler-Bright Star flashlights because there is a risk that it can ignite hazardous atmospheres when used in confined spaces. The Koehler-Bright Star WorkSafe Model 2224 LED 3-D cell flashlight, marketed as safe for hazardous environments, was sold by Koehler-Bright distributors, Grainger retail stores, and on Amazon. For more information, see the recall notice.

New Public Service Announcement on Trench Safety Available

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OSHA released a new public service announcement on trench safety that features U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. The 45-second video, “5 Things You Should Know to Stay Safe,” highlights well-known and proven safety measures that can eliminate hazards and prevent worker injuries. For more information on protecting workers in trenches, see OSHA’s Trenching and Excavation webpage.

OSHA NEWSLETTER

OSHA Seeks Members to Serve on Committee for Improving Construction Workers’ Safety and Health

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OSHA is accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health. The group advises the Secretary of Labor on developing standards and policies affecting the construction industry. OSHA is seeking employee, employer, state safety and health agency, and public representatives with experience and expertise in construction-related safety and health issues to fill 14 vacancies. Nominations must be submitted to www.regulations.gov or by mail or facsimile before November 16. For more information, read the Federal Register notice.

OSHA NEWSLETTER

Florida Roofing Company Faces Penalties for Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards

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Coastal Roofing, Inc., faces $105,283 in proposed penalties for exposing workers to fall and other hazards. After being inspected as part of OSHA’s Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction, the company was cited for failing to properly extend a portable ladder above a roof landing. OSHA also issued citations for failing to ensure workers used fall and eye protection.

For more information, read the news release.

Two Companies Cited after Fatal Fall at Communication Tower Worksite in Mississippi

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Midway Tower Service, Inc., and Bracken Equipment Holdings, LLC, for exposing employees to fall and struck-by hazards after an employee suffered fatal injuries. Midway Tower was cited for exposing employees to fall and struck-by hazards, failing to remove or replace damaged equipment, and not capping the ends of rebar. Bracken Equipment, a crane rental company, was cited for not removing damaged equipment from service. The companies face $20,990 in proposed penalties.

For more information, read the news release.

California Cites Cargo Company after Forklift Operator Suffers Fatal Injury

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California OSHA issued six citations and $205,235 in penalties to SSA Pacific, Inc., after a worker sustained fatal injuries when he was thrown from a forklift that collided with a concrete piling. Inspectors determined that the company disabled the seat belt warning and other safety features, and failed to ensure the safe operation and condition of forklifts.

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