Brickmakers suffering from heavy-handed regs, report finds

The brick industry is crumbling from excessive regulation, according to a new report from the nation’s top business lobby. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported Tuesday that brick companies could spend hundreds of millions of dollars complying with federal regulations in 2016. The regulatory burden could force many small companies out of business, the Chamber […]

$3.4M verdict upheld for families of 2 laundry workers killed by toxic fumes

A New Jersey appellate panel has upheld a nearly $3.4 million verdict awarded to the families of two men who died from inhaling toxic fumes while cleaning a wastewater treatment tank at a Linden laundry facility in 2007. The tank, which contained sulfuric acid and various cleaning chemicals, was used to adjust the pH level […]

Oil layoffs continue, workers worry about impact on safety

Workers and industry analysts are voicing concerns about oilfield safety as the latest dip in crude prices results in continued layoffs. West Texas oil patch workers who requested anonymity said they worried about companies operating equipment with understaffed teams, spending less money on protective gear and cutting safety-related positions. Safety-related jobs are often among the […]

Idaho company fined $24K for cave-in hazards

A residential plumbing and sewage installation contractor based in Jerome, Idaho has been cited for exposing workers to hazardous conditions in Twin Falls, Idaho. BZ Plumbing could be fined as much as $24,000 by Fed-OSHA, which reported that a foreman and two laborers were exposed to cave-in hazards while working to install a sewer line […]

Producer of ‘Texas’ musical issued fine in fatal fireworks explosion

Fed-OSHA has issued a $42,000 fine and six serious citations against the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation Inc. after investigating an explosion that killed a 21-year-old crew member in the musical “Texas” in July. The worker was killed in a fireworks explosion at Pioneer Amphitheatre in Palo Duro Canyon State Park as she was checking inventory […]

Fed-OSHA: Man fell 40 feet at Canton steel company

Fed-OSHA has cited TimkenSteel for two repeated and three serious safety violations, according to a press release. A 39-year-old worker suffered multiple broken bones after he fell more than 40 feet while conducting maintenance on a crane at TimkenSteel’s Faircrest Plant in August, the release stated. Investigators found the company failed to provide the worker […]