Railcar refurbishing firm fined $23K

A Texas-based company that refurbishes railcars has been fined $23,000 for a number of safety violations at a location in Allen County, Ohio. Fed-OSHA said Eagle Railcar Services did not work to control or monitor noise levels generated by employees performing sandblasting on tank cars being repaired in Cairo, Ohio. Toledo Blade

Colorado Springs roofing death was avoidable: Fed-OSHA

The death of a 21-year-old construction worker who fell through the roof of a Colorado Springs ministry building this week could have been avoided, the regional director of Fed-OSHA says. The man died Tuesday after he stepped backward through an exposed section of the roof and fell at least 22 feet during the second day […]

A year of lessons from the DuPont tragedy of Nov. 2014

On Nov. 15, 2014, four people died in a gas leak inside a pesticide plant run by DuPont near the Houston suburb of La Porte. It was deadliest U.S. chemical plant disaster in more than a decade. On Friday, the plant lowered its flags to half-mast. On Saturday, DuPont employees observed a moment of silence […]

Journal Gazette opinion: Understaffed IOSHA must keep focus on workplaces

Nationally, workplace deaths have dropped dramatically since Fed-OSHA was established in 1970. Deaths have dropped in Indiana, too, but a new report reiterates serious concerns about how our state handles inspections and investigations of workplaces and violations of safety law. Gov. Mike Pence and the legislature would be wise to give the report serious attention. […]

Industrial accident kills Minnesota worker

An employee died over the weekend after being badly injured in an industrial accident at a Lakeville, Minnesota business. When first responders arrived they found that a 28-year-old man had been severely injured by a packaging machine. KARE (Minneapolis)

Fed-OSHA updates guidance on safety and health program management

Employers should have a program designed to find and fix safety hazards, according to a new Fed-OSHA draft guidance document. Published Nov. 16, the voluntary Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines details core elements of an effective safety and health program. Safety+Health

IOSHA will loosen its requirements to meet more of them

The latest audit of IOSHA has shown that in 2014, the agency took 14 times longer than the national average to respond to complaints and only completed a little more than half the number necessary to meet its workplace inspection goal. IOSHA spokeswoman Amanda Stanley says IOSHA is on track to meet its goals for […]

Feds cite safety agency for understaffing

A federal review of Indiana’s workplace safety agency faulted it for having too few inspectors, slow responses to complaints and missing potentially deadly hazards. The U.S. Department of Labor’s annual evaluation of Indiana OSHA found it took nearly 72 days on average for the state to investigate complaints during fiscal year 2014. The national standard […]