CSX worker wins cash after company retaliates over raising of safety issues

Federal officials have told CSX Transportation to pay one of its employees $32,735 in attorney’s fees and punitive damages after they found the railroad retaliated against the employee for reporting alleged safety hazards and violations at the railroad’s locomotive shop in Selkirk, New York. Fed-OSHA said the employee, who was acting in his capacity as […]

It’s a dirty job, but someone has to sort Idaho’s recycling

On a typical workday, about 20 trash trucks pull into a Western Recycling facility in Boise and dump about 190 tons of unsorted recyclables — cardboard, paper, plastics, aluminum and tin — onto a warehouse floor. That’s when things get hopping. Idaho Statesman

Worker, 27, dead after Portland trench collapse

A trench collapsed Thursday while workers were installing a sewage line at a Southwest Portland, Oregon home, burying a 27-year-old man, Portland firefighters said. The man died as a result of the collapse, according to OR-OSHA. As of Friday, authorities had not publicly identified the man. The man had been working at the bottom of […]

Wyoming: New state division offers free worker safety advice

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has launched a new workplace safety division aimed at providing free safety advice and consultation throughout the state. The new model, which was designed by the workforce agency in consultation with Gov. Matt Mead, will shift nine members of Wyoming OSHA to the new division. Those members will provide […]

Fed-OSHA cites Scoular for exposing workers to grain dust, fall hazards at Kansas site

The Scoular Co.’s Greeley County, Kansas elevator was cited for exposing employees to an unsafe workplace. Fed-OSHA issued a proposed $47,300 in penalties May 2 to Scoular for one repeat and four serious violations found in a December 2015 investigation at the company’s Tribune location, according to a press release. The inspection found workers exposed […]

Fed-OSHA cites insulation manufacturer

Fed-OSHA has cited a Laflin, Pennsylvania insulation manufacturer with violations that allegedly exposed workers to combustible dust and other safety hazards, proposing a $66,600 penalty. The inspection determined that GreenFiber failed to protect employees from deflagration, fire and spark hazards by ensuring dust-handling equipment had explosion protection systems such as deflagration venting, automatic suppression and […]