Company can’t identify chemicals in Houston-area blaze

For the second time in a week, fire erupted at a Pasadena, Texas industrial site, injuring two firefighters and raising more questions about the safety of workers and the public in the nation’s biggest petrochemical complex. Schutz Container Systems, where workers rid plastic tanks of the chemical industry’s leftovers, couldn’t tell first-responders Wednesday night what […]

Worker in Ohio trench collapse dies

A contract worker who was injured in a trench collapse Tuesday in Hillsboro, Ohio has died, according to police. The 26-year-old was trapped under the collapsed trench for 18 minutes while working to replace city sewer lines. WXIX (Cincinnati)

Big Lots faces federal fine after worker is injured in Massachusetts store

Big Lots Stores is facing $56,000 in Fed-OSHA fines after boxes of patio furniture, piled high in a stockroom, fell and injured an employee at the Danvers store last week. The assistant manager was hospitalized on Oct. 2 after he was hit by falling boxes, some weighing up to 53 pounds each, according to the […]

Idaho whistleblower awarded over $100K in punitives after retaliatory discharge

Firing an employee who reports that your workplace is unsafe is rarely a good idea. Firing that employee within days after Fed-OSHA issues citations and penalties based on the reported safety violations almost guarantees that your termination decision will be deemed retaliatory. An Idaho employer is finding that out the hard way after a federal […]

OMB begins review of Fed-OSHA’s final rule on electronic recordkeeping

A Fed-OSHA final rule that would require electronic recordkeeping and reporting is under review by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. OMB received the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule on Oct. 5. Reviews are limited to 90 days but often are extended. Fed-OSHA issued a proposed rule in November 2013. […]

Bancroft Bags fined $84K by Fed-OSHA for exposing workers to amputation hazards

For failing to guard machinery and implement appropriate shut down procedures, Bancroft Bags Inc. was cited for 16 serious violations by Fed-OSHA, which initiated the April 2015 inspection after receiving notification from the employer that a printing press operator, who was trying to remove a gear from its shaft, had his hand pulled into the […]

NASDA joins ag groups pushing for Fed-OSHA policy withdrawal

NASDA joined the Fertilizer Institute, Agricultural Retailers Association, National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and National Grain and Feed Association urging Fed-OSHA to withdraw a recent memorandum that would dramatically affect anhydrous ammonia dealers. Ag Professional

Fed-OSHA cites national forests in Oregon for more than 200 violations

Fed-OSHA announced Thursday that the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon has been cited for multiple workplace safety violations over the past decade. Inspectors found a number of safety violations in Malheur National Forest facilities during unannounced inspections. Since 2010, Fed-OSHA has cited various national forest offices a total of more than 200 times in Oregon. […]

NIOSH releases report on 2014 Baltimore city firefighter death

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released its report on the firefighter line-of-duty death of veteran Baltimore City Lieutenant James Bethea, who died last year following a row house fire. Fire Engineering