Deaths inside freezers can be prevented, but how?

Trapped in a walk-in hotel freezer with subzero temperatures, Carolyn Robinson Mangham knocked so desperately on the door that the skin on her knuckles had worn away, her husband said in a lawsuit. Mangham, who died in March in Atlanta, was among a handful of workers who, in the last 15 years, were found dead […]

Five years later, families of six Kansas grain elevator blast victims still in the dark

Five years later, the hurt is still raw for the families of six men killed when a grain elevator blew up in Atchison, Kansas. Within months of the blast, Fed-OSHA accused the elevator’s owners, Kansas City-based Bartlett and Company, of knowingly ignoring safety requirements. Bartlett strongly denied the accusations and questioned the government’s findings. But […]

Following deaths of wastewater workers, El Paso utility adopts new safety standards

After the deaths of two contract workers at a wastewater treatment facility, El Paso Water has changed its policies to include safety requirements for contract work. The widow of one of the men who died after being trapped in a room flooded with sludge at a wastewater treatment plant in 2014 filed a lawsuit against […]

Fed-OSHA cites Dollar General store in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

A Lebanon County, Pennsylvania Dollar General store has been ordered to pay more than $215,000 in penalties after a Fed-OSHA inspection uncovered safety violations including an emergency exit door barricaded with a metal bar, blocked electrical panels and a cluttered hallway between an employee area and an emergency exit route. Central Penn Business Journal

Rundown on new Fed-OSHA rules

Fed-OSHA recently revised numerous procedural rules as part of an ongoing enforcement campaign. The new rules dramatically increase the size of penalties for Fed-OSHA violations. Fed-OSHA also created new rules regarding drug testing, injury reporting and employer incentive programs that run contrary to many employers’ well-established workplace policies and procedures. Given these recent changes and […]

Fed-OSHA cites Nebraska company, proposes $100K in fines

Responding to a report of unsafe working conditions, federal investigators found employees at an animal feed company in York, Nebraska were exposed to the risk of grain dust explosion, electrical shock and confined space hazards. Fed-OSHA cited Nutrition Services for 25 serious violations following its July investigation and proposed fines of $101,898. Lincoln Journal Star