Virginia sees uptick in workplace fatalities

Workplace deaths have surged in Virginia, and the majority of fatalities have happened in “general industry,” according to the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. The state investigated 31 workplace fatalities each in 2014 and 2015, and the department’s VOSH program has already conducted probes into more cases in 2016 than in the previous two […]

Report: Unpaid health and safety fines totaled $4.5 million in Wyoming

Wyoming school districts were owed $4.5 million in uncollected penalties for health and safety violations from industry, a federal report found last year. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services couldn’t confirm that number, which includes fines going back to 2009. The department has asked federal investigators to verify how they came to that amount, Wyoming […]

Fed-OSHA: Pennsylvania employer must pay fines, $135K in back wages

York Building Products must pay a terminated plant manager $135,000 in back wages and damages as a result of a Fed-OSHA whistleblower investigation. According to the agency, the manager repeatedly reported air quality and other safety concerns to upper management, including one instance in which a plant worker complained of falling ill because of excessive […]

Fed-OSHA publishes Affordable Care Act whistleblower complaint procedures

On October 11, 2016, Fed-OSHA published a final rule that establishes procedures and time frames for handling whistleblower complaints under the Affordable Care Act (ACA); for hearings before US Department of Labor administrative law judges in ACA retaliation cases; review of those decisions by the DOL Administrative Review Board; and judicial review of final decisions. […]

Fed-OSHA issues $105K fine to contractor over safety violations at New Jersey site

A Philadelphia contractor is facing $105,631 in proposed fines for allowing employees at a Robbinsville, New Jersey worksite to be exposed to fall hazards, a federal agency said Monday. Fed-OSHA cited Quick Carpentry for two repeat and seven serious violations. Fed-OSHA cited the company for similar violations in February at another worksite. NJ Advance Media

Widow files wrongful death lawsuit after husband crushed to death

The widow of a factory worker who died while cleaning machinery has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Grand Rapids Plastics Inc., claiming unsafe equipment and inadequate training led to his death in June, 2014. He was fatally crushed while cleaning an injection molding machine at the Wyoming, Michigan plant. Detroit Free Press [with video]

Worker dies after shock, fall at NAS Jacksonville worksite

Fed-OSHA is investigating the death of an employee on a worksite at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The employee reportedly was doing work above the false ceiling of a new commissary when he suffered an electrical shock and fell approximately 12 feet to the floor. WOKV (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Washington: Hanford contractor receives awards for safety

Mission Support Alliance at Hanford has received three national safety awards, one for its work with Scouts. It was selected as the winner of the 2016 Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association Safety and Health Outreach Award for working with Scouts at the HAMMER training center at Hanford. Mission Support Alliance experts helped Boy and Girl […]