Fed-OSHA’s new electronic reporting rule delayed but contains hidden employer obligations

Fed-OSHA recently released its final rule on electronic reporting of workplace injury and illness reports, but if you skipped OSHA’s commentary that accompanies the rule, it would be easy to miss additional notification and anti-discrimination implications for covered employers. Fed-OSHA’s position on what may constitute retaliatory adverse actions is especially controversial, resulting in a court […]

Feds charge South Carolina business with hazardous waste crime

An Upstate South Carolina business and its owner have been indicted on charges of illegally storing and disposing of hazardous waste and releasing hazardous air pollution in Anderson County, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The storage charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $50,000 fine, while the air pollution […]

Fed-OSHA probing wall collapse that injured 2 Boston-area workers

Fed-OSHA is investigating what caused a wall at the former Wollaston Theatre in Quincy, Massachusetts to collapse and injure two demolition workers, trapping one of them under a steel beam and a pile of bricks. Quincy fire officials say one worker was in the bucket of a boom truck and the other was on the […]

Illinois ambulance company faces nearly $300K in Fed-OSHA fines

A downstate Illinois ambulance service is on the hook for nearly $300,000 in Fed-OSHA fines. Cited violations include failure to establish an exposure control plan for bloodborne pathogens and other potentially infectious material, make Hepatitis B vaccination series available to employees, and train workers about chemical and bloodborne pathogen hazards and precautions, among other violations. […]

New York AG sues unlicensed employment agency in scam

The New York Attorney General’s Office is suing an unlicensed employment agency that it says scammed unemployed consumers and is warning job seekers to be alert. New York City-based Delta Services used fake job listings that fraudulently charged several thousand job seekers for unnecessary training courses, the Attorney General’s Office said. Buffalo News

Fed-OSHA opens investigation into second wind turbine accident

Fed-OSHA’s Wichita office has opened a second investigation at the Ninnescah Wind Farm following the reported hospitalization of a worker on July 6. The 26-year-old was working approximately 100 feet above the ground inside a turbine tower when a 4 lb. bolt fell from more than 100 feet above him, striking him in the head. […]

Manufacturers suing Fed-OSHA over workplace protection rule

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is mounting a court challenge against the Labor Department’s new workplace injury and illness rule. Fed-OSHA issued new requirements in May for manufacturers to report all workplace injuries and illnesses. But industry groups say it would “put a target” on their back. The NAM has filed a lawsuit seeking […]

Fed-OSHA releases fact sheets on combustible dust, farm emergencies

Two new fact sheets from OSHA provide information intended to protect workers from combustible dust explosion hazards and agricultural emergencies. Protecting Workers from Combustible Dust Explosion Hazards provides a list of steps for employers and employees to take to stay safe when working with combustible dust materials. Emergency Preparedness for Farmworkers informs employers and supervisors […]

Fed-OSHA fines healthcare provider $98K after sexual assault

A sexual assault of a home health care worker in York County, Pennsylvania led to a $98,000 fine and citations for the victim’s employer. Fed-OSHA issued one willful citation, stating employees were exposed to the hazard of workplace violence on Dec. 26, 2015, resulting in verbal and serious physical assaults while providing nursing care services […]