On-the-job deaths decline in North Carolina in 2015

There were no work-related deaths investigated by the N.C. Department of Labor in Guilford County in 2015. Preliminary data the agency released Friday show statewide fatalities declined from 45 in 2014 to 41 last year. The figures exclude fatal traffic wrecks, such as a truck driver killed in an accident, because the agency does not […]

Fed-OSHA cites Minnesota company in dockworker death

Fed-OSHA is citing a Winona, Minnesota company in the death of a 24-year-old dock worker last summer. The agency is proposing penalties of $7,000. The worker died August 27 after falling more than 18 feet onto the metal floor of an empty barge on the Mississippi River. Inspectors found that his employer, CD Corporation, failed […]

New York firm ordered to pay whistleblower

A Meridale, New York company has violated federal law and faces paying more than $32,600 in lost wages to a whistleblower, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. A truck driver for Brindi Trailer Sales and Services Inc. wanted a safe vehicle to operate, according to a media release, and after raising safety issues with […]

Fed-OSHA probes AK blast

A furnace explosion at the AK Steel Butler Works early Wednesday afternoon that injured two workers is being investigated by the company and Fed-OSHA. One worker suffered burns to his face and other parts of his body and was flown by medical helicopter to Pittsburgh for treatment, according to AK’s corporate manager of communications and […]

Syngenta workers seek medical aid after pesticide use on Kauai

Ten employees at Syngenta Kauai went to the hospital Wednesday after they walked onto a corn field only 20 hours after the application of chlorpyrifos, an agricultural pesticide that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is currently considering banning. Typically Syngenta farm workers are required to wait a full 24 hours after chlorpyrifos application before re-entering […]

GE workers facing job loss push PCB health studies

As General Electric prepares to shutter its Fort Edward, New York capacitor plant this spring, the union representing workers is citing concerns over exposure to toxic PCBs in pressing the company to pay for health testing after workers lose their jobs. But the company is refusing the request, citing a company-funded 1999 study that found […]

Texas business fined $66K by Fed-OSHA after worker’s fall

A Hurst, Texas concrete and flooring company has been fined $66,000 by the Fed-OSHA because a worker fell from a balcony at a construction site last summer. A serious violation was failing to train workers on recognizing and avoiding fall hazards in languages that all employees could understand. A willful violation was for failing to […]

Fed-OSHA gives Brigham & Women’s list to improve safety

A year after a beloved doctor was shot and killed inside Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital, some staffers continue to have big concerns about workplace safety. Dr. Michael Davidson was a cardiac surgeon. In January 2015, a gunman walked into the hospital and asked for Dr. Davidson. The shooter shot the doctor and then turned […]