Feds fine Miami-area boat builder after two workers severely burned in explosion

A Miami-area local fishing boat manufacturer has been fined $9,100 after Fed-OSHA said two of its workers were severely burned during an explosion at a Homestead marina in August. The workers were trying to fix a fuel leak on a boat when they turned on the light on a cell phone to see better, according […]

Mixed verdict for contractor in 2013 Philadelphia thrift store collapse

A demolition contractor was convicted Monday of six counts of involuntary manslaughter in the 2013 collapse of a Salvation Army thrift store in Philadelphia’s downtown that killed six people and injured 13 others. But jurors acquitted the contractor of more serious third-degree murder charges in a case that highlighted the dangers involved in large-scale demolition […]

Ohio steel contractor faces safety fine

Fed-OSHA has fined a Toledo steel contractor $16,940 for a number of safety violations at a Fulton County job site this year. The agency says Henry Gurtzweiler Inc. failed to ensure that employees were properly secured from falls while working as much as 30 feet off the ground. Fed-OSHA’s citation said some workers weren’t wearing […]

Labor Department pushing new protections for scrap recycling workers

The Department of Labor is looking to protect employees in the scrap recycling industry from workplace hazards. Fed-OSHA announced Tuesday a partnership with the industry’s trade group, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, intended to root out common dangers workers face. The Hill (Washington, D.C.)

Companies fined over worker death as MIOSHA works to protect employees

In June, a 40-year-old master electrician was working to construct a trucking warehouse facility in Holland, Michigan when he was electrocuted by a 480-volt electric conductor. It’s incidents like this where the MIOSHA steps in, part of its continuous balancing act of issuing fines and trying to build relationships with businesses at the same time. […]

Deaths at NYC construction sites on the rise

It’s a dangerous time to be a construction worker in New York City, according to an analysis of recent deaths at construction sites. In the past three years, the city has seen a rise in the number of deaths at construction sites. Eighteen workers died between October 2014 and September 2015, an increase from the […]

New injury and illness reporting rules in Wyoming

Wyoming OSHA is alerting Wyoming employers to a revised rule that now requires employers to notify the agency when an employee suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. The notification is required within 24 hours of the incident. KGOS/KERM (Torrington, Wyo.)

Fed-OSHA implements new whistleblower training program for investigators

A recent audit conducted by Inspector General (OIG) concluded that the training provided to Fed-OSHA whistleblower complaint investigators could be improved in material respects. It found that the absence of an official training directive combined with complex statutes, policies and procedures created an environment where training was lacking. On October 8, Fed-OSHA responded by detailing […]

Fed-OSHA proposes nearly $60K in fines for safety violations at lumber plant

Fed-OSHA has cited RB Lumber LLC, a lumber mill located in Riceboro, Georgia for two repeated and two serious safety violations. According to Fed-OSHA, the mill has been cited for failing to provide fall protection equipment to employees working and walking on top of machinery, and for exposing workers to electrical hazards. It is proposing […]

Worker dead after fall at Charlotte job site

Authorities are investigating the death of a worker who fell to his death at a construction site in Charlotte, North Carolina. Area media outlets report the man was working on a 5-story building in the south end of the city when he fell from a ladder about 9 on Sunday morning. WTVD (Raleigh-Durham, N.C.)