3 Rochester roofers fall from scaffolding; one in critical condition

A roofer is in critical condition after he and two co-workers fell from the scaffolding Monday afternoon at a house in northeast Rochester, New York. There were four men standing on scaffolding at a house when one of the ladders supporting the scaffolding collapsed, according to police. Democrat & Chronicle

West Virginia sawmill fined more than $200,000 by Fed-OSHA

Federal officials have fined a Wayne County, West Virginia sawmill more than $200,000 after citing the owners for willful and repeat violations of federal workplace safety standards. After its more recent inspection of Wayne Lumber & Mulch, Fed-OSHA said it cited the company with willful violations for the failure to properly guard a chop saw […]

Fed-OSHA joins SEC in attacking confidentiality, other provisions in private settlement agreements

On September 15, 2016, Fed-OSHA released new policy guidelines for its review of private settlement agreements presented to the agency for approval in whistleblowing actions. Fed-OSHA issued these guidelines based on its concern that certain confidentiality and other provisions in settlement agreements may unlawfully restrict or discourage employee activity that the government would like to […]

Hanford whistleblowers awarded $216K in back pay and compensation

Two Hanford whistleblowers have been awarded $216,000 in back pay and compensation, plus interest and attorney fees, after being laid off by Computer Sciences Corp. The decision by a U.S. Department of Labor administrative law judge followed a six-day trial in Kennewick in November 2015. The whistleblowers were represented by Hanford Challenge, a Seattle-based worker […]

Final rule addresses whistleblower protections for seamen

A new final rule from OSHA is aimed at improving protections for seamen who inform the government about violations of maritime safety laws or regulations. The rule, published in the Sept. 15 Federal Register, institutes procedures and time frames for managing retaliation complaints under the Seaman’s Protection Act. It also defines “seaman” as any worker […]

$90B whistleblower suit targets country’s biggest chemical companies

Several of the country’s biggest chemical companies recently became the target of a whistleblower suit seeking a whopping $90 billion in damages and penalties. The suit alleges that the companies concealed information about the dangers of isocyanate chemicals. Chem.Info

Fed-OSHA clarifies confined spaces rule

OSHA’s Confined Spaces in Construction final rule received negative feedback from the HVACR industry and was labeled as overreaching and burdensome to residential contractors when it was released last spring. Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration NEWS [may require registration]