Congress calls out Labor Department for dodging requests

Congressional Republicans are pressing Labor Secretary Tom Perez to come clean about whether the Department of Labor is working with other regulators to crack down on franchising operations. The House Education and Workforce Committee sent a letter to Perez on Tuesday after documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request revealed that top regulators […]

Judge rules for Illinois worker who alleged retaliatory discharge

In Monmouth, Illinois, a judge ruled in favor of a former Cloverleaf Cold Storage employee who says he was fired for making complaints about unsafe working conditions. While Cloverleaf said it fired Terry Bell on Oct. 6 for insubordination, violation of safety and company rules and failure to follow instructions, Bell said he was fired […]

Residents in dust-up over demolition at Trenton high school

As demolition continues at Trenton Central High School in New Jersey, there is growing concern among residents and city officials over possible contaminants being released into the air and whether the site is being sprayed to keep dust down. A nearby resident said he saw workers this week knocking down brick walls and breaking up […]

Ohio still looking into fatal overpass collapse, one year later

A state analysis of a highway overpass collapse that killed a construction worker in southwestern Ohio has yet to be completed a year later and lawsuits over the accident continue as the man’s family struggles with his loss. The Jan. 19, 2015, collapse during demolition to remove an Interstate 75 ramp bridge just north of […]

Chicago limo company must pay more than $381K in back wages, damages

A federal judge had ordered a Chicago limousine company to pay its drivers more than $381,000 in back wages and damages. An investigation by Fed-OSHA found that Town and Country Limousine Inc. incorrectly categorized its drivers as exempt from overtime under the motor carrier exemption, according to a statement from Fed-OSHA. The Fed-OSHA investigation also […]

Fed-OSHA investigating fatal fall at West Virginia warehouse site

A fatal construction accident in downtown Wheeling, West Virginia is under investigation by federal officials, but there’s no timetable for findings to be released. The 39-year-old worker apparently lost his balance and fell three stories while inspecting metal studding surrounding an elevator shaft. Intelligence/Wheeling News-Register

CDC wants to know how the Internet of Things can make the workplace safer

Can tiny, wireless sensors help emergency responders handle disasters? A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agency thinks they can, and wants the public to comment. Emergency responders increasingly use sensors and direct-reading instruments, which help them assess exposure to gas and other hazards, according to the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. […]