For migrant workers on Illinois farms, the job is hot, risky

On a scorcher of a mid-July afternoon, Laura Pascual lolled on a picnic table bench and felt grateful she wasn’t in Texas. “It’s cooler up here than over there,” the 45-year-old native of Mission, Texas, said as she fanned the heavy 90-degree air. Up here was Rantoul, Ill., a rural town just north of Champaign […]

New Jersey plastics manufacturer fined $115K

A South Jersey plastics firm is facing $115,000 in Fed-OSHA fines for allegedly exposing workers to flammable gas and other hazards. The agency reportedly found multiple violations of federal process safety management regulations, including not developing set written procedures for maintaining process equipment, which resulted in repeat violations, among other hazards. Courier Post (Cherry Hill, […]

Are the days of mandatory post-incident drug testing and safety incentive programs numbered?

Fed-OSHA’s recently announced rulemaking changes have major implications for employers. Effective January 1, 2017, certain employers will be required to electronically submit injury and illness data to Fed-OSHA, which will then be posted to the agency’s website. Currently, employers are expected to log the data on OSHA Injury and Illness forms, which remain with the […]

Fed-OSHA proposes $105K penalty after Missouri worker’s death

Fed-OSHA is proposing $105,000 in penalties against Stahl Specialty Company, after a worker was crushed to death in February at a Warrensburg, Missouri aluminum foundry. Fed-OSHA says the maintenance worker was fatally crushed by a 4,000 pound machine part while performing maintenance inside a sand core machine at the western Missouri foundry. OzarksFirst

Were workers at Portland high school exposed to lead paint?

is investigating if construction at Franklin High School in Portland, Oregon exposed workers to lead paint. The Oregon OSHA investigation follows a story by The Northwest Labor Press that said lead-laced chips and dust littered the massive bond-funded project. A union said its members saw workers repeatedly scraping lead paint without wearing a protective suit […]

Fed-OSHA fines Green Bay foundry nearly $57K

A Fed-OSHA investigation has found that employees at Wisconsin’s Waupaca Foundry were at risk of hearing loss, respiratory illness and other dangers from exposure to noise and silica. Fed-OSHA issued two repeat and two serious safety violations to the company and says the investigation found employees were overexposed to noise, respirable crystalline silica, and carbon […]