The driver of a pickup truck was texting before crashing into a bus in Texas and killing all 13 people in it, according to the preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board NTSB about the March 29 accident near Concan, Texas.
Feds find numerous safety violations after deadly crash
May 2, 2017
A truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel turned out to be the tip of the iceberg for investigators at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), who found that both the trucker and his employer had multiple safety violations – some of which led to a fatal crash.
An administrative law judge with the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has ruled that two Massachusetts contractors - A.C. Castle Construction Co. Inc. and Daryl Provencher, doing business as Provencher Home Improvements - were operating as a single employer at a Wenham worksite when three employees were injured in October 2014.
Working-age people who have fainting spells (a condition known as syncope) have a higher risk of occupational accidents and job loss, compared to adults without the condition, according to new research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.
Syncope is characterized by a sudden loss of consciousness followed by spontaneous recovery.
Another depressing installment of the Weekly Toll.
Note that there are 39 fatalities listed here, going back, more or less, for about a week. There are an average of 13 workers killed every day on the job in the United States, which means the list below only covers about one-quarter of the workers actually killed on the job over the last week.
Citing how important weather reports by pilots are to flight safety, the National Transportation Safety Board, (NTSB) in a special investigation report, called for changes in training and procedures for pilots, air traffic controllers and others within the aviation community to enhance the effectiveness of the entire pilot weather reporting system with the intent to reduce pilots’ inadvertent encounters with hazardous weather and to prevent weather-related accidents.
The accident that killed four workers at two different companies in St. Louis, Missouri last week occurred when a 3,000 lb. storage tank launched 425 feet into the air at a speed of 120 mph before crashing down – with devastating results – according to U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigators.
The 2012 death of an employee of North American Quarry and Construction Services, LLC has resulted in a $360,000 settlement with the contractor, which has withdrawn its contest of the violations leveled against it by U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
A construction worker was seriously injured last week at a worksite in Queens when a cable on a crane snapped and dropped a seven-ton beam on him.
News reports say the I-Beam was attached to a crawler crane and was being used to drive steel sheeting into the ground at the commercial construction site. The cable attaching the beam to the crawler crane snapped and the beam fell on the worker’s legs, pinning him and breaking both legs.