Police presence increased at New Jersey’s largest hospital after violent assaults

In response to documented cases of hundreds of assaults at New Jersey’s Bergen Regional Medical Center, a county executive has announced an increase in police presence and other measures designed to ensure the safety of patients and staff. But the executive did not appear to rule out denying another contract to the private, for-profit company […]

Fed-OSHA fines stucco firms with fall-hazard violations on Philadelphia job

Two stucco companies hired to build 31 Brewerytown, described as “Philadelphia’s Hottest Place to Live” by its developer, have been fined $236,000 for failing to protect construction workers from falling. Inspectors found that employees from both companies were working May 2 at the Philadelphia construction site without fall protection, and on scaffolding that did not […]

New regs for Friday include workplace safety

Friday’s edition of the Federal Register contains the Labor Department’s correction of mistakes made in a new workplace safety rule. Fed-OSHA announced last week new requirements for posting workplace injuries and illnesses online but is now adding a paragraph it inadvertently removed from the rule. The rule goes into effect on August 10. The Hill […]

Fed-OSHA cites Pier 1 for Wisconsin store safety issues

Forth Worth, Texas-based Pier 1 Imports faces more than $100,000 in fines for workplace safety violations found at its Glendale store, according to Fed-OSHA. The fines relate to improperly using ladders, a lack of railings in stair and storage areas, blocking electrical panels and not having covers on electrical junction boxes. BizTimes (Milwaukee, Wisc.)

Florida farmworker dies on Immokalee-bound bus

Local and federal authorities are investigating the death of a Haitian farmworker who died after complaining of heat exhaustion during a two-hour bus ride back to Immokalee from the tomato fields. The 50-year-old received water and ice before leaving the field, but while in the bus, said he needed help, a co-worker who was sitting […]

Ag retailers group suing Fed-OSHA over exemption removal

The Agriculture Retailers Association is challenging Fed-OSHA in federal court for its plan to do away with the agriculture retailer exemption from a safety management standard that deals with handling of dangerous chemicals. ARA’s public policy counsel says his group doesn’t feel Fed-OSHA followed proper administrative procedures when they did away with the exemption effecting […]

‘Big impact’: Fed-OSHA aims to issue final rule on walking/working surfaces in August

Fed-OSHA’s final rule on preventing slips, trips and falls is scheduled for publication in August, according to the spring regulatory agenda released May 18. The agenda lists projected dates and steps for all Fed-OSHA regulatory actions, and those dates frequently are missed. However, the agency has targeted the final rule on Walking Working Surfaces and […]