Louisiana sees big improvement in worker safety at private companies, tops state rankings

Work-related injuries and illnesses among Louisiana’s private companies fell to their lowest level in 13 years and pushed Louisiana to the top of state rankings, according to figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Louisiana had just 2 incidents per 100 full-time workers in 2014, down from 2.2 a year earlier, the BLS survey […]

Fed-OSHA cites company in Louisiana trench collapse that killed worker

Fed-OSHA has cited a Baton Rouge, Louisiana company for a trench collapse that killed a 24-year-old worker at a Covington area construction site. Ted Hebert LLC could face fines of $105,000, according to a news release. The worker died and a second worker was injured May 20 when a 10- to 15-foot wall of a […]

Temporary workers more likely to die on the job

Temporary employees, on any given day, have double the risk of dying at work. What’s more, it’s more likely for temp workers to die on the first day, first week or first month on the job. So says Ken Montgomery, Fed-OSHA’s area director in Cincinnati, who, along with worker safety experts and former temporary workers, […]

Highway-worker safety bill headed to Pennsylvania governor

A bill to toughen penalties for aggressive and distracted drivers who endanger or kill highway workers in construction zones is awaiting the signature of Gov. Tom Wolf. The legislation broadens the definition of “highway workers” to include emergency personnel, local government and municipal workers, state and local police, and contractors or utility company workers. WHTM […]

Feds fine metal company nearly $75K for safety violations

A powdered metal manufacturer in northwestern Pennsylvania has been fined nearly $75,000 after an employee ended up losing a leg in a compactor accident. The Bradford Era reports federal regulators released a report earlier this month saying the employee’s leg was crushed at the Ridgway, Pennsylvania facility, located nearly 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. It […]

Fed-OSHA seeks comments on updated voluntary safety and health program management guidelines

Fed-OSHA has announced that it is seeking public comment on its updated voluntary Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines (OSHA-2015-0018) which it hopes “will provide employers and workers with a sound, flexible framework for addressing safety and health issues in the workplace.” Comments must be received by February 15, 2016. National Law Review

Increased Fed-OSHA penalties all but certain in 2016

As a result of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, employers could be facing significantly higher penalties from Fed-OSHA. The increased fines could change how employers consider dealing with citations. Law360