Chemical Breakdown: Part 1

All over America and across greater Houston, capital of the nation’s petrochemical industry, hundreds of chemicals pose serious threats to public safety at facilities that may be unknown to most neighbors and are largely unpoliced by government at all levels, a yearlong Houston Chronicle investigation reveals. Fed-OSHA doesn’t inspect most facilities; when it does, it’s […]

Pennsylvania cement company facing $92K in fines for workplace hazards in Ohio

An Upper Nazareth Township, Pennsylvania cement producer is facing $92,000 in federal fines after it exposed its workers to machine, noise and respiratory hazards at its Ohio plant. The Cleveland-area office of Fed-OSHA issued citations last week to Essroc Italcementi Group for one repeated and 10 serious safety and health violations. The agency said it […]

Four northwest Ohio companies fined by Fed-OSHA

Four northwest Ohio companies received fines of about $93,000 after federal officials found safety violations during inspections of the operations of each company. Toledo Blade

Ohio glass plant workers file complaints with Fed-OSHA

The United Auto Workers released a statement Monday saying several workers at Fuyao Glass America in Moraine, Ohio have filed a formal complaint with the Fed-OSHA’s Cincinnati office. The statement says workers are calling for an investigation into dangerous conditions in the plant including fire hazards, electrocution risks, laceration risks and other hazards. WDTN (Dayton, […]

Fed-OSHA offers $4.6M in grants for training programs

Fed-OSHA is offering $4.6 million in grant funds for training programs that aid workers and employers in identifying and preventing workplace safety and health hazards, the agency announced on Monday. The funding will be administered through OSHA’s Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, which provides in-person, hands-on training and education. Workers and employers in small businesses, […]

Catch basins and the confined spaces rule

Power sweeping companies which do catch basin work should be familiar with the new Confined Spaces Rule that went into effect less than 12 months ago. Are you aware of your responsibilities under this rule? ForConstructionPros

Group pushes Fed-OSHA to expand beryllium rule

A pro-regulatory group is pushing the Obama administration to expand and finalize a rule it proposed in August to protect workers from exposure to beryllium, a widely used metal that’s known to cause a deadly lung disease. Public Citizen is asking Fed-OSHA to lower its proposed beryllium exposure limit of 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter […]

Massachusetts psych hospital equips some staff with walkie-talkies to call for help

In response to a federal report critical of worker safety issues, Pembroke Hospital told Fed-OSHA that it has armed some of its staff with walkie-talkies to call for help in a violent situation or a medical emergency, according to Fed-OSHA records obtained by The Patriot Ledger. Fed-OSHA last fall called on the for-profit psychiatric hospital […]

Do firms neglect trench dangers?

In about 70 percent of workplace inspections that Fed-OSHA’s Pittsburgh office conducted over the past eight years, water and sewer line construction sites have been issued at least one trench-related violation. In total, those companies paid at least $706,000 in penalties for 311 violations issued from January 2008 to April 2016, according to Fed-OSHA data. […]