Traffic flagger dies from injuries at Vermont worksite

A 77-year-old man died Monday from injuries he suffered when he was struck by a tree in Thetford, Vermont, according to police. The man was working as a traffic control flagger on Feb. 16 when he was hit by a tree that was being removed from a roadside. VOSHA is investigating. WMUR (Manchester, N.H.)

Demolition company at fault in Newark airport hangar collapse, Fed-OSHA says

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a citation to the New Jersey company that it says is responsible for a hangar collapse at Newark Liberty International Airport in September of 2015. The company, Fed-OSHA said, made several unapproved cuts to I-beams that weakened the structure of the hangar. Fed-OSHA recommended the company pay a […]

NIOSH updates document on working in hot environments

NIOSH recently updated its 30-year-old document on hot work environments to better reflect the latest research and knowledge. Published Feb. 29, the revised “Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Exposure to Heat and Hot Environments” is intended to provide government agencies, stakeholder groups and employers with a critical review of scientific and technical information regarding […]

North Carolina: Unlike Cherie Berry, Meeker says, he won’t put his photo in elevators

Former Raleigh, North Carolina Mayor Charles Meeker wants to unseat Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry, but he doesn’t want his photo to appear in all 25,000 elevators in the state. Berry, a Republican, has smiled at elevator passengers from the state-mandated inspection placards for 10 years. A recent study found that she’s the only state elevator […]

Air carrier accused of punishing whistleblower

Bald Mountain Air Service is accused of suspending, firing and then essentially blacklisting a pilot who blew the whistle on the company for violating federal safety standards. The U.S. Department of Labor ordered the air service to reinstate the pilot and pay him $100,000 in damages on top of a little more than three years’ […]

Potential damages in whistleblower cases

Last week, Fed-OSHA ordered an Alaskan aviation company to pay an employee over $400,000 in back pay and an additional $100,000 in damages for pain, suffering, and mental distress. OSHA also ordered the company to reinstate the employee. In that case, the employee repeatedly raised concerns at work relating to safety, including allegations of inadequate […]

OSHA indemnities: How broad should they be?

Many subcontracts contain indemnity language requiring the sub to defend and indemnify the contractor from any OSHA citations or penalties related to the subcontractor’s scope of work. At first blush many subcontractors see the logic of such a clause. But, these subcontractors frequently fail to appreciate the potentially far-reaching consequences of such an indemnity if […]

Fed-OSHA investigating Altamont Ambulance complaint

Fed-OSHA has opened an inspection of already-embattled Altamont Ambulance Services, Inc. in Effingham, Illinois. The Fed-OSHA area director would not go into specifics about the probe, but he confirmed there has been a complaint filed against the service. Effingham Daily News