Elaine Chao’s record suggests skepticism on new safety regs

Elaine Chao’s record at the Labor Department suggests she’d have a light hand when it comes to safety regulation as transportation secretary and would seek to shift responsibility from the federal government to states where possible. President-elect Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Chao was his choice for the Cabinet post. U.S. News & World Report

Fed-OSHA to investigate workplace death of Montanan

On Tuesday, local coroner’s office officials identified the 64-year-old man killed in an apparent workplace accident at J.H. Motors in Billings, Montana. He was working on a heavy-duty wrecker on Sunday when a possible mechanical failure caused the raised cab to fall on him. His body was discovered Monday morning and an initial Billings Police […]

Fed-OSHA wants public assistance with leading indicators guidance

The next version of Fed-OSHA’s annual voluntary guidance cataloging measures for improving safety and health in the workplace may include insights from the public. For the first time ever, Fed-OSHA wants assistance from the public to identify the “leading indicators.” At the October National Safety Council Congress, Andrew Levinson, deputy director of Fed-OSHA’s standards and […]

Fed-OSHA fines company involved in New Hampshire tent collapse deaths

Fed-OSHA has fined a Florida-based company $24,000 in connection with a circus tent collapse in Lancaster, New Hampshire last year that killed a father and her daughter. Walker International Events was also cited for 14 serious violations of workplace safety standards. The collapse also injured dozens of spectators. Walker is currently out of business. If […]

Higher fines geared toward workplace safety

On August 1, as authorized by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, Fed-OSHA’s fines were raised to $12,741 from $7,000 per violation on the low end and to $124,709 from $70,000 per violation on the high end. Those increases of 78 percent were calibrated by Congress based on the Consumer Price Index measurement of inflation […]

Fed-OSHA anti-retaliation injunction denied

On November 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas denied a preliminary injunction filed against Fed-OSHA regarding the anti-retaliation provisions of Fed-OSHA’s new Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Regulation. Fed-OSHA announced new regulations in May 2016 addressing reporting of injuries and illnesses. These rules included certain anti-retaliation provisions […]