Minnesota work fatalities rose in 2015

More Minnesotans died while working last year than in years past, according to a federal report released Monday. There were 74 fatal work-related injuries in 2015, up from 62 such deaths in 2014 and 69 in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average worker fatality rate in the state since 2010 is […]

Man dies after falling 10 stories in Salt Lake City

A man died Monday after he fell 10 stories in downtown Salt Lake City. Fed-OSHA has been contacted. Witnesses told police the victim, a man in his 30s, was pacing back and forth before the fall. Fox13 (Salt Lake City)

Rutland, Vermont teachers continue to press safety-related issues

In addition to an unfair labor practice charge filed by the Rutland, Vermont teachers union recently, three grievances addressing related issues of staff safety are headed for arbitration. Two teachers in the Rutland City Public Schools system who say they suffered injuries at the hands of students filed grievances with the administration, according to an […]

New Jersey gutter cleaning firm fined $69K after another worker falls

A New Jersey-based gutter cleaning service is facing a nearly $69,000 fine after one of its employees fell from a garage roof, the second such incident in less than a year, federal officials said. In 2014, the company was cited for similar problems in New Jersey when employees at job sites in Ridgewood and Carlstadt […]

City of New London, Connecticut cited by state officials

Connecticut State safety officials this summer cited the city of New London for several workplace violations at the Richard R. Martin Center and Senior Citizens Center related to a lack of maintenance and poor housekeeping. Inspectors found an accumulation of mold, paint chips and debris, much of which is linked to water leaks over the […]

Fed-OSHA’s wall of shame: with limited staff, safety agency targets ‘severe violators’

Six years into the severe violator program – arguably the broadest workplace safety initiative launched during the Obama administration – more than 500 businesses are on Fed-OSHA’s list of bad actors. They include corporate giants such as DuPont and International Paper, each with tens of thousands of employees, as well as more than 300 construction […]

Fed-OSHA mulls update to HazCom Standard

James Lee held up a capsule about the size of a pharmaceutical pill to a room full of OSHA staff and safety professionals. The capsule, created by Loveland, CO-based Hach Co., is used by municipalities worldwide and researchers to test chlorine levels in water. The capsule was designed to be small to minimize potential safety […]

‘Much more work to be done’ to protect miners, departing MSHA chief says

As his days as the nation’s top mine safety regulator wind down, Joe Main is touting some undeniable successes, but he is also acknowledging his tenure as assistant secretary of labor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration comes to an end with a lot of unfinished business still on the agenda. Mining deaths and […]

Study finds whistleblowers spur companies to change their ways

For those who doubt that whistleblowers are a force for good in corporate America — and yes, such skeptics exist — a new study out of the University of Iowa could not be more important. It demonstrates for the first time that financial shenanigans at companies decrease markedly in the years after truth tellers come […]