The absence of safety pins in two hydraulic leg stands and the failure to use stationary jacks allowed a mobile medical trailer to fall and fatally crush a 58-year-old electrician on his first day working on the job for an Illinois manufacturer of custom trailers and specialty vehicles.
An explosion and fire this morning at a massive chemical plant in Lampertheim, Germany has killed one person and injured seven others, six seriously. News sources are reported that six people are missing, although they are warn that the incident is still unfolding and new information could become available.
The occupational keynote Tuesday, October 19 will focus on workplace violence and what workplaces can do to prepare themselves. The speakers are Carol Cambridge, CEO of Violence Free; Carri Casteel, MPH, PhD, President-Elect Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research Associate Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health University of Iowa; Kevin L. Foust, Chief of Police & Director of Security, Virginia Tech Police Department; Juliann Sum, JD, ScM, Chief of Cal/OSHA.
The chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission threatened Wednesday to hit furniture makers with mandatory federal rules if the industry doesn’t strengthen its voluntary standards to prevent its products from tipping over and killing children.