Crushed cruise worker had disabled elevator safety, police say

A cruise ship worker had disabled a safety system before an accident that crushed him in a elevator shaft, horrifying passengers who watched blood drip down the walls, a police report says. The 66-year-old electrician aboard the Carnival Ecstasy died while working on one of the ship’s elevators on Dec. 27. He was doing routine […]

Motel owner faces willful violation for ignoring Cal/OSHA red-tag

Cal/OSHA has cited a Santa Barbara motel owner for willful and other violations after it discovered that he had removed a reg-tag on what the agency says was a hazardous scaffold and ordered employees to continue working from it. The agency also cited the employer for failing to report a serious injury last summer stemming […]

Worker injured from high impact hit near Las Vegas Strip

Authorities say a worker was critically injured after suffering a high impact hit while working on a sign in front of a convenience store near the Las Vegas Strip. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said the man was found 7 a.m. Wednesday hanging from the basket of a bucket truck. He was unconscious and hospitalized […]

‘Are we enforcing the regulations we have, or not?’

“As concerns are raised about regulatory burden, it is worthwhile to examine the enforcement of regulations. Are we enforcing the regulations we have?” asks Stuart Shapiro, an associate professor and director of the Public Policy Program at Rutgers University and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network. The Hill (Washington, D.C.)

Congressmen to Fed-OSHA: Pursue a workplace violence prevention program rule for health care

Congressional Democrats are urging Fed-OSHA to pursue a rule on preventing workplace violence in the health care industry, following the publication of a Government Accountability Office report that concludes the agency could do more to help keep health care workers safe on the job. The report, issued April 14, reviewed efforts by Fed-OSHA to address […]

New Jersey hospital accused of violations related to chemical handling

Fed-OSHA is seeking a $55,000 fine from Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey. The agency alleged Thursday that the hospital failed to properly train and monitor employees who handled a cancer-causing chemical, methylene chloride. Cherry Hill Courier-Post

Circus company in deadly tent collapse fights OSHA citations

A circus company is fighting FEd-OSHA citations after a deadly tent collapse in Lancaster, New Hampshire last summer. Fed-OSHA said Walker International Events failed to put up and secure the tent properly, in addition to ignoring severe weather warnings. WMUR (Manchester, N.H.)

Fed-OSHA fines Pennsylvania company after trench collapse traps worker

Fed-OSHA is fining a Middletown, Pennsylvania company $41,000 for failing to protect employees during a trench collapse in September in Susquehanna Township. According to Fed-OSHA, the trench’s sidewall collapsed, trapping an employee of Williamson Plumbing and Heating, doing businesses as Roto-Rooter. PennLive (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)

Construction worker fatally falls in Darien, Connecticut

Fed-OSHA has opened an investigation into the falling death of a construction worker in Darien, Connecticut. The worker died after an apparent fall from scaffolding at home construction site Monday. Darien News