Preventing and preparing for workplace violence

Juries hold employers responsible for these incidents with increasing frequency and in staggering amounts. What more could you be doing to reduce your risk and keep your employees safe? IndustryWeek

Report: Zookeeper screamed for help before tiger attack

A zookeeper screamed for help into her radio before she was fatally attacked by a Malayan tiger, but the 350-pound animal crushed her neck before her co-workers could reach her, an autopsy report released Friday showed. The Palm Beach County medical examiner determined that the 38-year-old died of a fractured spine, a lacerated jugular and […]

Dollar General cited for safety violations at Ohio store

Discount retailer Dollar General is in trouble again with Fed-OSHA over safety violations at one of its stores. Fed-OSHA has cited the Tennessee-based retailer after inspectors found exits blocked with merchandise at a store in Bolivar, Ohio during an inspection on August 4. The agency also found fire extinguisher locations that were not marked and […]

What employers need to know about the Zika threat

Americans have been hearing about the Zika virus for a few months, but many may have thought it was a threat outside our borders; but borders don’t mean much when it comes to viruses. Central Penn Business Journal [may require registration]

Court rules Fed-OSHA must go through rulemaking on PSM change

Fed-OSHA acted illegally when it imposed new safety requirements on fertilizer dealers without giving them a chance to comment, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday. In its decision, the court ruled that Fed-OSHA acted outside the bounds of the Occupational Safety and Health Act when it redefined “retail facility” exemptions to the Process […]

Court stops anhydrous ammonia rule

A court’s decision to stop a new federal anhydrous ammonia rule is good for farmers in North Dakota and nationwide, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Sen Heidi Heitkamp, D.N.D., said Friday. The decision by the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals prevents Fed-OSHA from going forward with its anhydrous rule until it follows the proper notice-and-comment […]

Fed-OSHA requests information on shipyard safety rules covering falls

Fed-OSHA is considering updating its safety standards covering falls in shipbuilding, ship repair, shipbreaking, and other shipyard-related employment and has issued a Request for Information. Comments and materials must be submitted by December 7, 2016. National Law Review

Operator error, poor oversight led to NYC crane collapse, Fed-OSHA says

Federal officials allege that a combination of operator error and poor oversight contributed to February’s collapse of a giant crane in TriBeCa that killed a Wall Street mathematician. Fed-OSHA has alleged that a Queens crane company didn’t comply with a key operational requirement of the crane manufacturer about lowering the crane’s boom and that the […]

‘The wall came in,’ says survivor of deadly 2013 collapse in Philadelphia

It was “out of the blue,” recalled Felicia Hill, recalling the moment on the morning of June 5, 2013, when the remnants of a building being demolished crushed the Salvation Army’s thrift store in Philadelphia’s Center City. Hill was the first witness as testimony began in the civil trial to determine who, if anyone, should […]