OPM issues guidance for agencies and employees on Zika virus

The Office of Personnel Management has released a memo instructing federal agencies to “utilize all available human resources flexibilities” to help protect federal employees from the effects of the Zika virus. The Fed-OSHA guidance says that federal agencies must train their employees about their risk of exposure to Zika, how to protect themselves, and to […]

‘Pushing back against a union foot in the door’

“For small businesses, the most valuable asset is their employees. Without productive workers and a positive workplace environment, a business cannot thrive against tough competition from other firms, large and small. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) represents hundreds of thousands of employers nationwide — proud members of the small-business sector that is a […]

Fed-OSHA cites poultry processor violations, sets $89K fine

Fed-OSHA is citing Illinois-based Koch Foods for violations at its chicken processing plant in Morton, Mississippi. The agency on Friday issued citations for nine serious safety violations, proposing fines of $88,632. Fed-OSHA says it began investigating after a worker cut a finger on a conveyor in March and another worker broke two fingers on a […]

Excavator rolls over into ditch near Boston

A portion a Framingham, Massachusetts street was scheduled to be closed for several hours on Tuesday after an excavator rolled over while its operator was doing roadwork, police said. The Metrowest Daily News said the excavator operator was not injured when the large construction vehicle slipped into a ditch being dug in the middle of […]

Head injury caused Wyoming worker’s death, officials say

Head trauma caused the death of a Wyoming plant worker last week at the Williams Opal natural gas processing plant. The 36-year-old man suffered a cranial fracture and died instantly, according to the local coroner. Preliminary reports from state regulators said the worker was found near a burst pipe. A witness to the incident reported […]

Wood-shaving plant cited by Fed-OSHA catches fire

A Queensbury, New York wood-shavings plant caught fire Tuesday morning, two months after federal workplace safety officials cited the company for failing to correct “potential fire and explosion hazards.” Fire crews from four towns responded to reports of a structure fire about 7:15 a.m. at RWS Manufacturing, 22 Ferguson Lane. The blaze extended from an […]

Fed-OSHA: Man loses left leg after co-op auger accident

Federal workplace safety officials are investigating a Kansas grain bin accident in which a worker’s leg got caught in a running auger and was later amputated. Fed-OSHA said Tuesday that the 28-year-old Ellsworth Co-op worker had his left leg surgically removed Monday after the accident. Fed-OSHA says in a statement that the unidentified worker stepped […]

Louisville bridge-builders challenge Fed-OSHA fines after crane collapse

The companies building an eastern Ohio River bridge have challenged the penalties issued last month in connection with a February crane collapse. Walsh Construction Co. and Vinci Construction are facing $21,379 in fines from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which alleges managers knew a wind gauge was broken when a crane buckled in […]