Between Election Day and the inauguration, federal agencies collected more than $20 billion in fines and settlements from corporations.
This data along with recent cases is available in an online database called Violation Tracker, a project funded by Good Jobs First’s Corporate Research Project....More
Akron, Ohio-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has agreed to pay $1.75 million in penalties and overhaul its health and safety program after four fatalities occurred at its Danville, Va. plant over the course of a year.
Jeanie Strader, Kevin Waid Edmond, Charles “Greg” Cooper and William Scheier were killed at the facility between August 2015 and August 2016. Eleven subsequent investigations discovered numerous violations at the plant, which manufactures aviation and specialty tires....More
California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), also known as Cal/OSHA, are reminding employers that they have until April 30 to comply with the agency's posting requirement for 2016 injuries and illnesses.
Companies that employ more than 10 workers must submit occupational fatalities, injuries, and illnesses per the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Sections 14300 through 14300.48 on an annual basis.
Even if none occurred, employers are still required to complete and post Form 300A, Cal/OSHA states....More
A sign maintenance worker suffocated to death on Friday, Feb. 3 while trying to install a sign at Geneva Commons Shopping Center in Illinois.
The incident occurred just before noon. The employee, 47-year-old Donald Tentler, became pinned between a crane and a bell tower and "died of compression asphyxiation due to the mechanical compression of the neck,” Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said in a news release....More
In Part I of this series analyzing OSHA's crystalline silica standard, I mentioned that the new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica is 50 µg/m3 with an action level of 25 µg/m3. A series of requirements will be in effect depending on the employee’s exposure.
On March 25, 2016, OSHA published the long-awaited respirable crystalline silica rule, which the agency says will affect 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries and hydraulic fracturing.
This rule took effect on June 23, 2016, after which industries have one to five years to comply:...More
In 2016, OSHA passed a final rule expanding the scope of the existing walking and working surface standard for general industry and adding a fall protection standard for general industry; acknowledging that many general industry workers face similar types of fall hazards as those in construction....More
For 25 years, Nick Walters distinguished himself at OSHA, excelling in roles in the agency’s area, regional, national and state plan offices. In January, Walters transitioned to the position of vice president of Safety Engineering Services at Safety Controls Technology....More
A worker at a Stop & Shop Distribution Center Freetown, Mass. died late night Tuesday, Jan. 24.
Alphonse Ferent, 51, of Stoughton, Mass. fell between a truck and a loading dock as a tractor trailer pulled away. A forklift unloading merchandise from the trailer then fell on top of Ferent, killing him, according to news reports.
First responders provided first aid. However, Ferent was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
OSHA officials confirmed to news outlets that it is investigating the incident. No other information has been reported at this time....More
OSHA issued citations for one repeat and two failure-to-abate violations to County Concrete Corp., after an inspection on July 19, 2016 determined that the company failed to abate hazards found in a 2013 inspection. At that time, OSHA cited the company for 18 safety and health violations, and assessed $153,900 in penalties....More
A recent OSHA whistleblower investigation discovered the National Railroad Passenger Corp., also known as Amtrak, reprimanded a supervisor in its inspector general's office when he raised safety concerns.
In early to mid-2010, the worker, a supervisory special agent, was in the process of investigating an Amtrak contractor for fraud and was testing concrete at Amtrak tunnel projects. While at the worksite, the employee discovered unsafe conditions resulting from work performed by the contractor and raised concerns....More
Three underground utility workers in Florida died Monday after entering a confined space without the proper protective equipment.
The incident, which occurred in Key Largo, Fla., began when the first man removed a manhole cover, entered a 15-foot-deep drainage hole and became unresponsive, according to news reports.
The second worker entered with the intention of saving him but also lost consciousness. Likewise, a third man climbed into the hole was overcome by fumes. All three workers perished. None were wearing any respiratory protective equipment....More
OSHA recently discovered two dozen violations at BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc. after a complaint of unsafe working conditions at the company.
Oklahoma-based BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc., which operates as CM Truck Beds, racked up $535, 411 in fines for 20 serious violations, one willful and three repeated violations....More
OSHA’s final rule lowering the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium couldn’t come soon enough, according to safety industry advocates.
About 62,000 workers are exposed to beryllium during their work day, including 11,500 construction and shipyard workers, according to OSHA. Beryllium, either inhaled or through skin contact, contributes to an increased risk of lung cancer, chronic lung disease and various sudden on-set respiratory ailments among workers....More
A lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor just before year-end alleges that Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. fired a safety manager for complying with an OSHA inspection.
The suit is the result of an investigation by OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program....More
Registered nurses who are members of National Nurses United (NNU) are testifying Jan. 10 at a public stakeholder meeting convened by OSHA to allow interested parties to comment on the need for a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance. The meeting is intended to supplement written comments by allowing workers to tell of their personal experiences with workplace violence.
Members of NNU – from states around the country – will ask that OSHA promptly pass regulations to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings. ...More
OSHA began an inspection of Jersey City Medical Center RWJ Barnabas Health in Jersey City, N.J. on June 28, 2016, after the employer notified the agency that a worker needed to be hospitalized after falling from a ladder as he changed an overhead ballast in a light fixture. The worker later died from his injuries on July 17, 2016....More
Participating in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program hasn’t raised Robert Barringer’s awareness about fall protection and employee safety.
The Illinois roofing contractor has again been cited by OSHA to the tune of $214,782 after a recent inspection at a home construction site in Troy found workers exposed to fall hazards....More
OSHA has proposed Lauren Manufacturing pay $274,934 in penalties after two workers suffered debilitating injuries related to the company’s lack of machine safety.
An investigation was launched on the New Philadelphia, Ohio manufacturer after a pneumatic bench cutter severed a 27-year-old employee's finger as she cut rubber material on June 22, 2016. This is the second debilitating injury suffered by an employee in less than 18 months, according to the agency....More
John Deere has signed a settlement agreement with OSHA, resolving a lawsuit centering around the anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
A pipefitter who was terminated from the company in 2012 will receive a total of $204,315 in back wages and "front pay" and $70,685 in other damages after reporting unsafe working conditions and filing a complaint with OSHA after John Deere failed to correct one of the unsafe conditions....More
On Dec. 9, OSHA issued citations to Vanilson Da Silva, doing business as Real Contractors LLC, for four alleged repeat and two alleged serious safety violations. Proposed fin is $87,794.
OSHA began an inspection of one of the company’s job sites on June 10, after a compliance officer observed Real Contractors’ employees exposed to fall hazards....More
Editor's Note: The following is an open letter to various district attorneys regarding the alleged negligence of Dollar General stores and its repeated and willful violations related to blocked exits. The letter was written by Edward Stern who served the U.S....More
June 18 should have been one of the happiest days of Regina Allen Elsea’s life. When the 20-year-old wasn’t wasn’t working as a temporary employee at a Cusseta, Ala., manufacturer that stamps metal parts for Hyundai and Kia vehicles, she was making final plans for her wedding and looking forward to a new life with her future husband.
On June 19, her family and fiancé were planning her funeral....More
Outdoor and indoor workers alike are gearing up for the first day of spring, also known as the beginning of allergy season to many.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), tree, grass and weed pollen, mold spores, dust mites, cockroaches, and cat dog and rodent dander are among the most common allergies Americans face.
Although facing them may seem just like another daily task to some, the AAFA estimates that allergies contribute about $17.5 billion in healthcare costs along with 6 million lost work and school days.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
If he were alive today, Ben Franklin also may have added escalating healthcare costs to the list.
Not only are employees asked to contribute more to the cost of their healthcare policy, but employers are providing wellness programs and incentives to change behavior and ultimately improve employee health and reduce costs.
Smart investments in wellness can work to bring costs down, as Franklin also said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
With 120,000 work-related foot injuries per year and ever-expanding product options, selecting the right footwear for your employees can be a daunting task.
EHS Today's March 2017 issue highlighted six tips to choosing the right work boots, beginning with comfort and ending with maintenance.
Here are four brands with recent innovations that were featured in the print edition. Click through the slideshow to view their products.
Each month, EHS Today features the latest product innovations that are geared to enhance your workplace safety initiatives. See the latest products from companies including 3M, Bayco Products Inc., MCR Safety, UL, Honeywell, ClickSafety, AutomationDirect, FallTech, CEA Instruments and Emergent Safety Supply.
To view the product descriptions and photos, use the arrows to move back and forth through the slideshow.
The Ladder Association, the UK organization behind the annual “”Idiots on Ladders” competition, has returned, this time with the Ladder Leaders/Ladder Losers competition.
From Oct. 1 through Nov. 11, followers of their Facebook page had the opportunity to post photos of ladder losers and leaders.