North Carolina business owner believes he was wrongly cited for helping teen

Good intentions didn’t help a business owner avoid a citation from the N.C. Department of Labor for allowing a teenager to mow his business’s lawn. In the eyes of the Department of Labor, because the teen mowed the lawn of a for-profit business, it was considered employment. Salisbury Post

Nebraskans cheer court rolling back fertilizer regulations

Nebraska farm leaders hailed a Friday ruling from D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that rejected efforts by Fed-OSHA to apply stricter handling rules to retailers of anhydrous ammonia without first going through a formal rule-making process. Fed-OSHA began to tighten anhydrous ammonia handling requirements for retail facilities that were exempt following an April 2013 explosion […]

Ohio pipeline contractor fined in fatal accident

A Perrysburg, Ohio-based pipeline contractor has been fined more than $12,000 in connection with a workplace accident this year that left one employee dead. Investigators say the worker became pinned against a section of metal pipe by a 43-ton excavator. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Toledo Blade

Family of man killed in January fall sues cotton gin company

The family of a man who officials say fell to his death from an air lock machine while working at a cotton gin in Slaton, Texas earlier this year is accusing the company owners of negligence, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed Thursday. Fed-OSHA investigators found two serious violations while investigating the company after […]

New York roofer dies after fall

A 32-year-old roofer who fell Monday while doing work on a house in Rochester, New York has died. The worker and three other contractors were replacing a roof when a ladder broke. Democrat & Chronicle

TSCA reform: What does it mean for worker safety?

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act spans more than 50,000 words. Yet one phrase within the document could hold the power to improve protections for millions of workers in the United States: The legislation amends the Toxic Substances Control Act to create specific safeguards for “potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations […]