New Jersey trucking firm ordered to pay driver

Fed-OSHA has ordered a trucking firm to pay a former driver more than $276,000 in back wages and interest. NFI Interactive Logistics Inc. of Cherry Hill, New Jersey also must reinstate the trucker, who was fired after he attempted to comply with federal safety regulations, according to Fed-OSHA. The payment would include $100,000 for punitive […]

Ashley Furniture settles with Fed-OSHA for $1.75M

Ashley Furniture Industries has agreed to pay $1.75 million in penalties and improve workplace safety as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor. Both Ashley and the the Labor Department announced the agreement Wednesday. Ashley had been fined more than $2.2 million for workplace safety violations discovered during Fed-OSHA inspections and investigations […]

Two Tallahassee excavation companies facing fines related to cave-in protection

Two Tallahassee, Florida excavation contracting companies have been issued citations by Fed-OSHA, which found the companies’ worksite in violation of safety codes concerning cave-in hazards. The organization’s regulations mandate that excavation sites of 5 feet or deeper be protected by any of several methods of preventing cave-ins. Tallahassee Democrat

Purdue, Fed-OSHA workshop targets grain dust combustion

A Purdue Extension workshop will help farmers and those who work in grain handling facilities better understand how to prevent grain dust combustion and explosion. The workshop, funded by a Fed-OSHA grant, includes sessions on handling and unloading grain, industrial hazards and engineering controls, as well as a demonstration of grain dust explosion. Participants who […]

Fed-OSHA finalizes crystalline silica rule, effective this month

After years in the making and thousands of comments to the proposed rule from 2013, Fed-OSHA has finalized the Crystalline Silica Rule for General Industry and Maritime. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on March 25, 2016 with an effective date of June 23, 2016. The final rule establishes new exposure limits […]

NIOSH launches ‘PPE info’ database

NIOSH has developed a database it calls a “comprehensive tool” for searching “relevant standards, associated product types, target occupational groups, basic conformity assessment specifications and accredited lab information” related to personal protective equipment. The PPE-Info Database is intended for developers, manufacturers, purchasers and end users of PPE. It includes regulations and consensus standards from the […]

Nevada worker dies after workplace accident

A 44-year-old man has died after a workplace accident near Lockwood, Nevada, an official with Nevada OSHA has confirmed. The man had been employed at an alfalfa and straw processing plant for around four months, and was working on a hay compressor. For unknown reasons, he reportedly crawled under part of the machinery and accidentally […]