Department of Labor to release ‘blacklisting’ rule

The Obama administration is expected this week to release final regulations to implement a 2014 executive order that requires companies to disclose prior labor violations when bidding on a federal contract. Politico

Wyoming OSHA penalties to rise in February

The maximum penalties Wyoming companies can be charged for health and safety violations will go up by 78 percent in February, a move initiated by Congress. The change is meant to catch up penalties to inflation. The last update came in 1990. The difference for companies is significant. Casper Star Tribune

Fed-OSHA launches “Expedited Case Processing Pilot” for whistleblower claims

On August 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) launched a new pilot program, titled “Expedited Case Processing Pilot,” in its Western region. Here is the DOL’s press release describing the program. The program enables a complainant filing claims under whistleblower statutes to ask OSHA to cease its investigation and issue findings in an […]

New Hampshire worker struck, killed while working at construction company

A 45-year-old New Hampshire construction worker who was struck by a piece of heavy equipment Thursday in Concord later died of his injuries. The construction vehicle backed into him, pinning him between it and a second construction vehicle while he was working on a driveway project. New Hampshire Union Leader

Workers shocked on roof of Daytona Beach business

Two pest control company employees were shocked by power lines within 30 minutes of each other at a Daytona Beach, Florida jobsite Friday. The first victim, a 28-year-old man, touched a power line while working on the roof and had to be helped down by co-workers, complaining of chest pain. A half-hour later, another 911 […]

Severe electrical shock at sparks lawsuit by Staten Island man

Severely burned when he was shocked by electricity while installing a switch in January, a Staten Island man has sued the Port Authority and others for negligence. The 31-year-old an employee of an electrical contractor alleges the defendants created an unsafe work place by allowing charged wires to be present in the area where he […]