Fed-OSHA rule allowing union officials to inspect non-unionized businesses challenged

The Pacific Legal Foundation has filed a lawsuit against Fed-OSHA for allowing union officials to participate in federal health and safety inspections, even at companies that are not unionized. Federal law gives employees “a limited right to accompany an OSHA compliance safety and health officer during a workplace inspection” known as a walk-around, according to […]

Body of scaffold worker found at Port of Texas City facility

A man’s body was found after he fell to his death September 12 working at a facility in the Port of Texas City, according to multiple reports. The man was a contract worker at a Marathon Petroleum Corp. facility who was employed by Louisiana-based Excel Modular Scaffold & Leasing Corp., according to Click2Houston. No other […]

Fed-OSHA cites Ohio employer for not providing fall or eye protection

A Millersburg, Ohio roofing contractor faces $94,064 in federal penalties after investigators saw nine employees atop a single-family home without adequate fall protection systems in place. Fed-OSHA cited Amish Exteriors LLC for two willful safety violations after an August inspection found roofers installing roofing materials at heights of more than 7 feet without required fall […]

Toddlers are at highest risk for chemical burns to the eyes

Accidents involving chemicals splashed in the eyes were long regarded as a workplace risk. But it turns out that toddlers have the highest risk for this potentially blinding injury at home, according to a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology last month. Before a parent can stop them, curious babies may spray themselves in the face […]

Fed-OSHA investigating two workplace deaths in Colorado

A recent incident at a Wellington steel fabrication facility marked the second job-related death in Larimer County, Colorado this year, but only the third since 2013, according to federal inspection records. A 48-year-old man reportedly was impaled by a beam at Front Range Steel on September 6, when he left his post at a control […]

Fed-OSHA fines auto parts manufacturer and staffing agency $704K

A Georgia auto parts manufacturer and staffing agency have been fined more than $700,000 by Fed-OSHA. Inspectors said HP Pelzer Automotive Systems and Sizemore Incorporated continue to expose workers to fall, amputation, and electrouction hazards. Acting on a complaint, Fed-OSHA said a new inspection was done in March 2016, resulting in 24 safety violations. The […]