Safety violations cited as Dollar General fined $1M

The U.S. Department of Labor says Dollar General has racked up more than $1 million in proposed penalties for its violation of workplace safety rules over the last six years, including a major fine announced Tuesday for one of the retailer’s stores in Williams County, Ohio. Fed-OSHA investigators visiting the company’s Pioneer store in August […]

Zombie regulations emerge at midnight

With the hotly contested election behind us, it’s now officially midnight in Washington. The “midnight period”is the time between Election Day and Inauguration Day, which has historically seen a surge in last-minute regulation by the outgoing administration. The surge is particularly pronounced when the party controlling the White House is set to change—as with this […]

Fed-OSHA to fine Connecticut contractor for alleged safety violations

A Wolcott, Connecticut contractor repeatedly exposed its employees to falls of 18 feet while performing roofing work in Middletown, a federal inspection has found. Fed-OSHA has proposed fines totaling $185,194 for alleged violations. M&M Roofing has been cited for one willful violation for inadequate fall protection, three repeat violations regarding failure to train employees and […]

Pennsylvania worker hurt in fall inside water tower

A Pennsylvania painter injured when he fell into the 500,000-gallon tank of a municipal water tower has been rescued by crews and will be taken to a hospital. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Indiana Gazette (Indiana, Pa.)

Fed-OSHA publishes guide on silica rule compliance for small businesses

Fed-OSHA has released a compliance guide meant to help small businesses in the construction industry adhere to a final rule regarding exposure to crystalline silica in the workplace. The guide is intended as an advisory tool and does not create or change any obligations for employers, according to the agency. Resources for small business highlighted […]

Fed-OSHA fines Ohio roofing contractor $307K for fall protection violations

Fed-OSHA has fined Middlefield, Ohio-based A&W Roofing $307,824 for three willful and two serious safety violations on a residential jobsite in Pittsburgh. The company was cited for failing to provide fall protection to employees working on a steep sloped roof at heights of up to 40 feet. Fed-OSHA also said the company failed to ensure […]

Investigation launched after Chicago-area worker’s fatal fall from warehouse

Work on the roof of a Waukegan, Illinois warehouse was shut down over the weekend after a second worker within a week fell through a skylight, with the second fall resulting in the death of a 20-year-old man. A fire official said Fed-OSHA Occupational Safety had already opened an investigation because another worker fell through […]