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  • Fed-OSHA seeks suggestions for strengthening VPP

    Fed-OSHA is holding a stakeholder meeting July 17, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future direction of its Voluntary Protection Programs. The agency’s aim is to “reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth.” Fed-OSHA is […]

  • Cal/OSHA Seeks Huge Penalties in Refinery Explosion

    The Division of Occupational Safety and Health has cited ExxonMobil Refining for 19 alleged violations following an investigation into the February 18 explosion at the company’s Torrance refinery. The incident only slightly injured four workers, but investigators concluded that management had been aware of hazardous conditions at the unit in question, yet took no steps […]

  • Standards Board Finally Gets Seats Filled

    Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed four current members of the Cal/OSH Standards Board and named two new members to Cal/OSHA’s rulemaking body. The appointments are being said to provide both stability and new faces to the board. The newly appointed members are Robert Blink, 62, of San Francisco, and John Sacco, 60, of Rocklin. Both […]

  • Short Window to Comment on Heat Illness Guidance

    Do you have questions about Cal/OSHA’s new revisions to the heat illness prevention regulation? Do you want the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to address your ideas and concerns in its updated guidance document on the regulation? You have to act fast – before Friday, March 6 if you want to weigh in. DOSH […]

Curated Content Articles of Interest from Around the Web

  • Danger at chicken processing plants in Delaware, nationwide

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly 8,000 injuries are reported by the poultry processing industry each year, with a slight year-over-year increase in injuries, but a slight decrease in illnesses from 2014 to 2016. In Delaware, the death of a 59-year-old man earlier this month follows more than a dozen worker safety violations […]

  • 11th Circuit limits Fed-OSHA’s ability to use Form 300 logs to obtain inspection warrant

    In an unpublished decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit last week upheld a district court’s order quashing a Fed-OSHA inspection warrant. In a case involving a poultry processing facility employee who received severe burns from an arc flash as he tried to repair an electrical panel, the agency unsuccessfully challenged […]

  • Concerns of rising temps on Florida ag, construction workers

    Labor advocates in Florida are pushing for tougher standards for growers and construction companies to protect employees, arguing that rising temperatures will make outdoor work unsustainable without proper regulations. Earlier this year, Emory University researchers released a study on the impact of heat stress on farmworkers in five communities in Florida. Among other findings, the […]

  • Iowa: Cap failure blamed for university’s deadly steam release

    An engineering report blames the failure of a pipe cap for a massive steam release that fatally injured an employee at a campus dining hall at the University of Northern Iowa on September 10. A steamfitter was testing the steam distribution service for the dining hall when the incident occurred. Des Moines Register

  • Fed-OSHA finds flaws in cranes that toppled during 2017 hurricane

    Fed-OSHA has analyzed the collapses of three hammerhead cranes in the Miami area on September 10, 2017 during Hurricane Irma. The agency says all three were a specific model that had jibs may potentially vulnerable to turbulent wind vortexes. The report raises the issue of the limited options for crane operators when high winds are […]

  • Anchorage pilot awarded back pay in whistleblower case

    A federal judge has sided with a pilot who claimed an Alaska-based air carrier fired him for reporting safety problems. The judge’s order says the pilot is entitled to more than $500,000 in back pay and $10,000 in damages and attorney fees. Columbus Ledger-Enquirer