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Officials at SeaWorld Orlando said they are confident they have discovered what led to the death of a killer whale trainer Wednesday: a brush with the trainer’s ponytail.

The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently launched an enforcement initiative focused on identifying employers who underreport workplace injuries and illnesses.

Flight attendant leaders from the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) met this week with the offices of several influential Senators to promote moving forward with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill, which includes many key provisions for flight attendants.

Montana has the highest on-the-job injury and death rate per capita in the United States. This year businesses in Montana will lose an estimated $145 million because of workplace injuries.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s lead investigator at the Kleen Energy disaster in Middletown, Conn., said this morning that the “gas blow” practice being used at the plant at the time of the Feb. 7 explosion was “inherently unsafe.”

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office released the cause of death of a 28-year-old man who was killed Tuesday while operating a forklift at a welding company.

Federal workplace regulators have penalized two companies for a combined $71,000 for allowing unsafe working conditions in trenches at job sites in Montana.

An inspection that found that a 10-foot deep trench containing employees had no ladder, stairs, or ramp to ensure a safe exit, and no adequate protection was in place to protect employees from cave-ins.

The five-year environmental mystery at Oak Ridge Elementary School came to what Guilford County Schools hopes is a close on Monday, Feb. 22, when the school system returned 700 students to the school after seven months in temporary quarters.

A Maryland Senate panel will ask the Department of Juvenile Services secretary to brief them on the death of a teacher last week at a state juvenile facility in prince George’s County, as other agencies and the union that represents employees said they have been blocked from making inquiries.

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A veteran animal trainer whose dream was to work at SeaWorld’s Shamu Stadium was killed Wednesday when one of the show’s killer whales dragged her underwater and she drowned.

The danger of secondhand smoke is no longer an issue in most workplaces thanks to state and local smoking bans. But Nevada has protected its casinos from smoking bans — the reason why chronic obstructive pulmonary disease kills at a higher rate in this state than others, according to the American Lung Association.

A survey by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) of 24 leading companies that operate fleets shows that 74 percent either have policies in place or are planning to implement policies that ban the use of all mobile devices while driving company vehicles.

“While we cannot discuss MOSH’s ongoing investigation of the homicide that occurred on the grounds of the Cheltenham youth detention center, we are fully aware of the significant risk of job-related violence faced by health care and social service workers,” wrote the commissioner of labor and industry in the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Exxon Mobil Corp., the largest U.S. energy company, showed “reckless and reprehensible” behavior by failing to protect workers from dangerous radioactive material in used oil-drilling pipes, a lawyer for 16 men told a Louisiana jury.

Investigators with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration determined, according to an internal memo summarizing the accident, that the unidentified electrician was “over tasked” that night, though it is unclear whether the agency thought Disney had assigned him too many responsibilities or whether the electrician himself tried to do too much at once.

After nvestigating the death of a crane operator last month, Theresa Naim, OSHA’s area director, said the Erie, Penn., company’s equipment, workplace safety, training and emergency response were all fine.

Unsafe hoisting operations and inappropriate procedures for lifting boats at Pages Creek Marine likely contributed to the death of an employee there last October, according to a citation report issued last month.

An excavation crew scrambled Tuesday morning to save the life of one of their co-workers who became buried in a 10-foot deep hole when a trench in Loyalsock Township, Penn., suddenly collapsed.

A worker was injured Tuesday morning, February 23, 2010 when a drilling rig fell on top of a worker who was operating the heavy piece of machinery.

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A bill to increase penalties for workplace safety violations in Wyoming for the first time in more than 25 years is moving through the Wyoming Legislature.

After being stalled for nearly three months amid worker-safety violations, the dismantling of the downtown Thomas C. Green Water Treatment Plant could resume as soon as next week.

A flood of mine owner appeals of health and safety violations are delaying tougher penalties for the country’s most dangerous mines and undermining efforts to protect miners, witnesses told the House Education and Labor Committee today.

While the majority of all lawmaker offices on Capitol Hill have at least one health or safety hazard violation, this year’s inspection data from the Office of Compliance inspections is an improvement over last year’s.

Metrorail representatives said at a public hearing Tuesday that despite budget constraints they are making changes to prevent future collisions like the June Red Line accident that killed nine people.

Safety violations by the state Department of Water Resources caused an accident last year at Oroville Dam that injured five workers, according to an investigation by workplace safety officials.

A Perry company was one of two cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for safety violations in an August incident where a worker fell to his death in New Hampshire.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a fine of $92,000 against Agri Systems Inc. of Billings, Mont., for eight alleged safety violations last year.

A work-related accident left a 48-year-old La Grange, Ill., man dead after being pinned by a truck Monday.

Travis Bryan Kidd, 24, of Mooresboro, N.C., died Monday afternoon on the way to the hospital after a 40-ton rolling compactor crushed his legs and pelvis.

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OSHA is proposing to revise its Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting regulation by restoring a column on the OSHA Form 300 to identify work-related musculoskeletal disorders, or MSDs.

New Hanover County, N.C., Sheriff’s Deputies are on the scene of a workplace fatality at Watson Portable Welding.

Two construction workers were killed on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 after a trench that they were working in collapsed on top of them.

OSHA decided to fine the company for repeated health and safety inspections prompted by employee complaints and concerns.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited two contractors for alleged violations of safety standards involving the death last August of a worker who fell from a New Hampshire water tower.

An investigation of a July 2009 accident at the Oroville, Calif., Dam power plant found that the Department of Water Resources knowingly put its employees in harm’s way by instructing them to perform a task amid dangerous conditions.

Compared to those in other occupations, social services workers, including teachers of troubled youth and with those who work in professions such as mental health and health care, are disproportionately hurt by violence and assault from their students or patients. Furthermore, being a public sector employee dramatically increases that risk.

A 58-year-old Van Wert, Ohio, resident died in an industrial accident at Celina Aluminum Precision Technology on Sunday, Feb. 21.

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Representatives from a variety of industries told federal safety officials today that regulating the danger of combustible dust can be complicated and expensive for businesses.

Anyone who’s ever been to a similar concert, or worked at a construction site or blared the car radio with the windows up, has probably experienced a whirring, swishing, buzzing, ringing sound that originates in the ear or head.

It may sound like an extreme way to learn. But most companies that operate in the Gulf of Mexico require offshore workers to go through HUET, or Helicopter Underwater Egress Training.

A new study released today by VitalSmarts found that five threats to workers’ safety are commonly left undiscussed and lead to avoidable injury or fatalities.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that you protect your employees from the risk of bloodborne pathogens (BBP). Workers in many different occupations may be exposed to a variety of BBPs, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.

Through the OSHA and Scaffold Industry Association Alliance, SIA has developed “Transport Platform Safety Tips,” which are designed to educate users on the correct way to perform their work on transport platform equipment.

A federal judge has picked 12 ground zero responders whose cases will be the first to go to trial over illnesses caused by ash and dust from the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack.

An investigation into possible environmental contamination at a day care center and another building at the Bannister Federal Complex was delayed almost two years because of quibbling over a few thousand dollars.

Two air ambulances were rushed to the scene where two construction workers fell from scaffolding that collapsed outside a shopping center on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

A 54-year-old West Virginia worker was killed by a falling icicle Saturday as he walked by a coal conveyor system at the Mountain State Carbon coke plant in Follansbee.

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Recent news headlines underscore the serious concern of workplace violence today. Establishing a positive workplace environment and knowing what warning clues to look for goes a long way in workplace violence prevention.

Disneyland hotel workers began a water-only fast Tuesday to protest what they describe as life-threatening safety issues on the job.

Investigators still have not found the source of a radioactive leak that has contaminated groundwater around the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, nor have they been able to determine the extent of the contamination.

Connecticut’s governor is calling for a review of state safety codes following a deadly explosion at a power plant in Middletown.

A worker put out a frantic last-minute radio call to evacuate the Kleen Energy Systems plant just before a massive explosion tore through the facility on February 7, killing 5 workers and injuring 27 others.

A day after one of his workers died, a contractor said he has no idea what caused a roof under construction at a Sampson County, N.C., church to collapse.

A probe by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) prompted Nuclear Fuel Services to shut down nuclear processing work indefinitely until the NRC finishes its investigation.

A worker at a Wilson, N.C., packaging plant died Thursday afternoon after falling into a machine, authorities said.

The devastating effect a work-related accident can have on a person’s life was hit home last week in a special conference.

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A bill boosting fines and civil penalties for workplace safety violations will be considered by the full House.

How many business owners and employees keep accident prevention as top-of-the-mind awareness? Not the vast majority.

Ashland restaurant owners and employees are building their fire-prevention skills and knowledge with help from trainers from Ashland Fire & Rescue.

Low-wage, low skilled, and immigrant workers face disproportionately high risks for job-related injuries and illnesses compared with other U.S. workers.

The number of non-farm employees injured while on duty declined by a fifth in 2007, latest data from the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) showed.

The ski industry has fought off a new round of regulations governing its use of explosives to control avalanches.

Lawyers defending New York City against thousands of lawsuits filed by Sept. 11 emergency responders say many of the claims are baseless and have asked a judge to dismiss some of the first cases headed toward trial.

An armored truck guard was shot during a robbery outside a Southeast Houston Kroger Wednesday morning.

A scaffolding collapse resulted in a potential traumatic brain injury and broken bones.

A worker was hurt Wednesday morning after falling several stories from a building in downtown Madison.

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