Fraser Shipyards faces nearly $1.4M in Fed-OSHA penalties

The Fed-OSHA investigation into lead exposure at Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wisconsin is complete, and the federal agency has proposed $1,395,000 in penalties for the shipyard operator. Investigation sampling found that 14 workers had lead levels up to 20 times the exposure limit. According to Fed-OSHA, Fraser overexposed workers to lead during the retrofitting of […]

Georgia feed mill fined $112K in worker death

Fed-OSHA has fined Koch Farms for a safety violation that led to an explosion that killed a 25 year-old worker earlier this year at a Rockmart, Georgia chicken feed mill. Five other workers were hospitalized in the incident in February, according to Fed-OSHA. Inspectors determined that grain dust accumulated in the hammer mill area and […]

West Virginia logger faces $43K in Fed-OSHA fines

Fed-OSHA has proposed a $42,600 fine for a West Virginia logging company. Fed-OSHA announced the 18 violations against Switchback Timber Inc. in a news release Monday. The issues were found at company’s operations in Dorothy. Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, W.V.)

Fed contracts only for those who respect workplace laws

“This week marks the second anniversary of President Obama signing his Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order, which aims to ensure that the federal government does business only with responsible companies that respect our nation’s labor and workplace safety laws. This sensible policy is good for law-abiding businesses, good for workers, and good for […]

TSCA: Proposed revisions to significant new use rules reflect current OSH standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency late last month proposed revisions to the regulations governing significant new uses of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) with revisions to Fed-OSHA’s Hazard Communications Standard occasioned by Fed-OSHA’s March 2012 final rule modifying the HCS to conform to the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification […]

Fed-OSHA cites Connecticut manufacturer for 11 serious violations

Fed-OSHA has cited a Connecticut-based manufacturer, Faria Beede Instruments Inc., for 11 serious violations involving equipment hazards that put employees at risk for amputations and crushed fingers. The company, which manufactures analogue and digital gauges for industrial companies and for recreational use on boats and motor vehicles, could face $44,100 in fines. Hartford Courant

State inspection of Luzerne County prison looms in wake of elevator deaths

Luzerne County, Pennsylvania’s prison must undergo a grueling inspection next month, but it was already in the works before the recent deaths of an inmate and correctional officer. A criminal investigation concluded the fifth-floor elevator door at the prison in Wilkes-Barre immediately gave way at the base when an inmate pulled a correctional officer backwards […]