Appeals court says Caterpillar must give union investigator access in fatal accident

An appeals court says Caterpillar must allow a union investigator access to its South Milwaukee plant to look into a fatal accident four years ago. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals says the union’s right to represent its employees outweighs Caterpillar’s interest in protecting its property. A crane operator was killed at the plant in […]

Construction worker OK after falling 3 stories in Jersey City, hospital says

A construction worker is lucky to be alive after falling three stories from a ladder in downtown Jersey City, New Jersey on Monday. The 33-year-old man was climbing a ladder and fell from 30 feet off the ground when he stepped on a piece of plywood that gave way, according to a police report. Jersey […]

New York Wire Co. fined for on-the-job death in York

New York Wire Co. has been fined $5,600 for the on-the-job death of a longtime employee at its Spring Garden Township, Pennsylvania facility. The 63-year-old worker was killed in March when an industrial-sized coil which weighed about 4,200 pounds fell on his chest. York Dispatch

Labor Department: Be vigilant and aware of hazards during storm cleanup

South Carolina residents, including emergency workers, employers and the public, recovering from the impact of Hurricane Joaquin should be aware of the hazards they may encounter and take necessary steps to stay safe, Fed-OSHA urges. Storm and hurricane cleanup work may involve hazards related to restoring electricity, communications, and water and sewer services. Other hazards […]

N.Y. senator who chairs Labor Committee owns firm charged with breaking labor laws

A concrete company co-owned by the head of the New York Senate Labor Committee has been sued numerous times for alleged labor violations. Sen. Jack Martins is a co-owner and vice president of the family-run J&A Concrete Corp. on Long Island. Records show the company has been named in at least nine labor-related lawsuits since […]

Lube shop owner ordered to pay former worker $100K after safety report

A judge ordered a northern Idaho gas station owner to pay $100,000 to a former employee who was fired after reporting safety violations, including exposed wiring near water leaks and a lack of first aid equipment. The case arose in 2012 after Daniel Kramer reported to Fed-OSHA that he believed employees were working in unsafe […]

OIG recommends improvements for whistleblower protections

Although Fed-OSHA has improved its Whistleblower Protection Programs in recent years, the Department of Labor Office of the Inspector General had concluded that the agency could do more to strengthen protection. An OIG report released Sept. 30 states that about 20 percent of all whistleblower reviews from October 2012 to March 2014 failed to meet […]

Georgia employer cited after maintenance tech’s hand injected with hydraulic fluid

A 42-year-old maintenance technician had his left hand injected with fluid from a leaking hydraulic line on a press as he performed maintenance on the machine at Apache Mills Inc. in Calhoun, Georgia. The incident caused the employee’s hospitalization and required a surgical shunt to drain fluid and reduce swelling. Proposed penalties total $51,000. Calhoun […]

Fed-OSHA cites two Utah companies after fatal accident

Fed-OSHA has cited two companies, each facing up to $50,000 in fines, in the death of a 30-year-old Lehi, Utah, worker who was killed Feb. 27 in a construction accident in Rochester, Minnesota. The agency has alleged violation of its powered industrial trucks rules and for its rules categorized as “Construction — Alteration of Tools […]

Fed-OSHA cites West Virginia contractor, says workers exposed to heat

Fed-OSHA has cited a Charleston, West Virginia roofing contractor for exposing workers to excessive heat. The agency said Monday that one employee of Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal Co. was hospitalized for a heat-related illness on Sept. 11 while the company was removing tile roofing from Building 3 at the Capitol Complex. The agency says […]