Fed-OSHA lays blame for worker’s death at Dallas lofts on Phoenix-based companies

Fed-OSHA has faulted two Phoenix-based companies in the death of a construction worker at a site on Maple Avenue in Dallas earlier this year. The 44-year-old man was applying stucco to a third-floor balcony when he fell to his death on May 14. The agency found that the companies did not provide workers with personal […]

Austin company fined by Fed-OSHA over safety violations

Austin-based Genesis Today Inc., which makes health food supplements, was fined $56,000 by Fed-OSHA for safety violations after a worker lost a hand in one of the company’s machines. Fed-OSHA began an investigation after a worker’s hand was caught in in an auger conveyor, resulting in amputation of the hand. The company was cited for […]

Fed-OSHA fines Philadelphia stucco contractor for unsafe conditions

Stucco contractor Alberto El Romero of South Philadelphia has been cited for failing to set up safe scaffolding for his workers. Fed-OSHA has proposed $51,590 in penalties after alleging that the contractor allowed employees to work on scaffolds without guard rails, proper planks and toe guards at a building site. Philly.com

Quad-City area company cited in wood chipper death

A Milan, Iowa-based tree-trimming company has paid a penalty assessed by Iowa OSHA related to the death this summer of a man who was operating a wood chipper in Davenport. The man died July 29 after he was pulled into a wood chipper while clearing brush at a home. Quad-City Times

East Hartford mattress recycling facility slapped with 19 violations

A state-mandated mattress recycling facility in East Hartford, Connecticut, which was supposed to be a positive for the town, has accrued over $27,000 in Fed-OSHA violations and numerous complaints from neighboring businesses. The citations run the gamut from the sprinkler system inside the facility being unable to put out a fire to having mattresses stacked […]

The future of Fed-OSHA fines

Penalties for Fed-OSHA violations are about to get steeper. Much, much steeper. By Aug. 1, 2016, the maximum penalty amount Fed-OSHA gives could increase by as much as 80 percent. This is due to a provision buried in a two-year congressional budget agreement that allows Fed-OSHA to make a “catch-up adjustment” to increase its maximum […]