Salvation Army begins defense in collapse trial

On Friday in Philadelphia, the Salvation Army opened its defense against the volley of lawsuits filed against it by victims and their families in the wake of a deadly 2013 building collapse. On June 5 of that year, an unbraced three- to four-story brick wall from that demolition project toppled onto the neighboring Salvation Army […]

Ohio: NN Metal Stampings faces almost $80K fine

A southwestern Ohio firm has been fined nearly $80,000 by Fed-OSHA for a series of violations at its metal stamping plant in Williams County. Several of the proposed fines were for the a number of amputation risks that the agency said employees faced while using mechanical presses, as well as when changing dies. Investigators also […]

Fuyao fined $227K for workplace safety issues

Fuyao Glass America has been fined $227,000 by Fed-OSHA for what the safety agency says are unsafe working conditions at the company’s Moraine, Ohio plant. The U.S. Department of Labor’s watchdog office found multiple machine safety violations that it said expose workers to amputation and other serious injuries. Fed-OSHA has cited the company for 23 […]

Breathing lead at work: Limit is based on 1978 science

When the Oregon Military Department closed public access to armories last year to clean up lead dust, state officials allowed workers to continue using most buildings. The rationale: Tests inside the buildings showed levels of airborne lead within federal workplace safety limits. But a doctor and a public health official who study lead said those […]

Wisconsin manufacturer faces $124K Fed-OSHA fine

Fed-OSHA has issued a citation to Ripon, Wisconsin manufacturer Alliance Laundry Systems after a 65-year-old employee lost a finger in a hydraulic press machine. The incident came less than two months after the federal agency learned a grommet-cutting machine severed the right index finger of a 26-year-old employee in June, according to the Labor Department. […]

Wisconsin plant fined $173K following June death

Crystal Finishing Systems of Mosinee, Wisconsin has been fined more than $173,000 following the June 14 death of a 51-year-old employee. Emergency crews responded to the report of man pinned by an overhead crane in the plant. The jaws of life were brought to the scene, but the man died at the scene. WZAW (Wausau, […]

Fired federal investigators supported adviser’s claim against JPMorgan

Two former federal investigators say they supported a whistleblower claim by former wirehouse broker Johnny Burris about systematic product-pushing at JPMorgan Chase; that is, before they, like Burris, were fired. Burris, now a registered investment adviser, lost his job after complaining that his employer pressured him to sell high-priced company products to elderly and unsuspecting […]

Texas feed company fined $83K by Fed-OSHA

Fed-OSHA cited CPE Feeds Inc. of Brownfield, Texas, a feed manufacturer and provider of used agricultural machinery for processing feed, in late November 28 with 22 safety violations, the agency announced Thursday. Cited violations include lack of guarding on vehicles and exposed energized wires, among others. Powder & Bulk Solids

Connecticut trucking company ordered to improve safety

A trucking freight company, with two terminals in Connecticut, has been ordered by Fed-OSHA to improve safety after finding hazards could crush and injure workers. Central Transport has been ordered to remove damaged, defective and unsafe forklifts and other powered industrial trucks from service at all the company’s locations. Now, the department has secured a […]

Food company Kerry faces Fed-OSHA fine for worker injuries at suburban Chicago plant

Irish food products company Kerry Inc. has been cited by Fed-OSHA after two workers at its Chicago-area plant were injured on the job because the company allegedly failed to enforce safety procedures. One worker’s hand was amputated while clearing out a bread crumb conveyor at the plant in Melrose Park, Fed-OSHA said in a news […]

Fed-OSHA contemplates workplace violence standard for healthcare, social assistance workers

On December 7, Fed-OSHA published a Request for Information (RFI) as to whether a standard should be developed to address workplace violence in the healthcare and social assistance sectors. The RFI specifically seeks information on issues that might be considered in developing a standard, including its scope and the types of controls that might be […]