Texas jury awards $54 million to dead Kyle Field construction worker’s family

A Harris County, Texas jury awarded about $54 million to the family of a construction worker killed in 2013 during the renovation of Kyle Field at Texas A&M. They deliberated for about five hours Wednesday before awarding the funds to the family of Angel Garcia, who was 28 when he died. Garcia was killed Dec. […]

Fed-OSHA cites Kansas grain co-op for exposing workers to fall, grain dust hazards

A Kansas grain cooperative has been fined by Fed-OSHA $65,000 after inspectors found several issues at the cooperative’s Quinter location. According to the release, the company failed to remove immediately grain-dust accumulations greater than one-eighth of an inch and lacked an effective written housekeeping plan to address the accumulation of grain dust. Fed-OSHA also found […]

Fed-OSHA cites improper recordkeeping at Case Farms’ Winesburg, Ohio plant

Workplace safety regulators this week cited the Case Farms plant in Winesburg, Ohio for allegedly not keeping records on employee illnesses and injuries. Fed-OSHA started investigating the Holmes County chicken-processing plant in October to check record-keeping and employee exposure to campylobacter, a bacteria found in animal feces. Massillon Independent

Report: New Fed-OSHA rule reveals slaughterhouse worker amputations

In the first nine months of 2015, workers in meat-packing plants owned by Tyson Foods averaged at least one amputation a month. That report was gleaned from a Freedom of Information Act request by Celeste Monforton, a George Washington University occupational health professor. Iowa Public Radio

Man killed in west suburban Chicago industrial accident

A 42-year-old man was killed in an industrial accident Tuesday morning in Addison, Illinois. He was dismantling equipment at a worksite when he fell, according to Fed-OSHA and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Chicago Sun-Times

Kia supplier exposing workers to amputation, burn, fall risks

Kia, the auto company that put down Korean roots and jobs in West Point, Georgia, sources its parts from a serial violator of safety rules that has just been cited again for exposing workers to numerous dangers. The citations outline dozens of problems leaving workers vulnerable to amputation, electrocution, damaged eyesight and hearing, burns, falls […]

Disney unit cited in Harrison Ford accident during ‘Star Wars’ filming

In the British equivalent of fines levied by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a Disney subsidiary was charged on Thursday with four safety breaches on the Pinewood Studios set of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The workplace agency, the Health and Safety Executive, issued the criminal charges against Foodles Productions — a name chosen […]

Giving ‘midnight regulations’ an earlier bedtime

Why have the last two administrations asked their regulators to issue regulations at 10 p.m. instead of midnight? There are two primary reasons, one substantive and one political. There is considerable evidence that regulations issued at the end of an administration both have lower net economic benefits than other regulations, and are supported by analysis […]