New Jersey laundry company again faces citations

A Paterson, New Jersey laundry facility faces more than $91,000 in federal citations for new and repeat workplace safety hazards. Brite Services Inc., which operates as Star Laundry Inc., was cited earlier this month by Fed-OSHA for allegedly not properly operating electrical equipment and for not protecting employees’ ears when using loud machinery. It was […]

Why Dollar General has a fire problem

Dollar General’s discount stores are a fire disaster waiting to happen. That’s the message from current and former Fed-OSHA officials, who’ve been admonishing the company for years. At one store in Wichita, Kansas, merchandise piled up, blocking an exit. At another store in Jonestown, Pennsylvania, an OSHA inspector found a metal bar barricading the exit […]

Michigan auto supplier tops $400K in fines after state safety inspections

Nineteen citations totaling $265,600 were levied this week against a Michigan auto supplier following workplace safety inspections. The fines are the most of any workplace safety violations issued in Michigan in 2016, according to federal data. Another $154,950 in proposed penalties have been charged to Bosal during the last six years, according to the state’s […]

U.S. Steel fined $28K by IOSHA for death at Gary Works

A state investigation found U.S. Steel committed four serious safety violations in the death of a steelworker in June at Gary Works. Indiana OSHA is fining U.S. Steel $28,000 for the lapses in safety that contributed to the death of the 67-year-old man. The electrical maintenance technician died of accidental electrocution at the mill June […]

Fed-OSHA: Safety violations prevalent in poultry industry

After a finger amputation in June at a Selbyville, Delaware chicken plant that resulted in five safety citations and possible fines of up to $40,000, Department of Labor officials gave context to the frequency of safety issues in the poultry industry. Erin Patterson, Wilmington area director for Fed-OSHA, said that the hazards found at Mountaire […]

Fed-OSHA states case for prioritizing worker health, safety in sustainability agendas

A new Fed-OSHA white paper, “Sustainability in the Workplace: A New Approach for Protecting Worker Safety and Health,” highlights the importance of including worker safety and health in the growing movement toward sustainability and corporate responsibility. Sustainability strives to balance social, environmental, and economic considerations to achieve long-term success and viability, the agency notes, as […]

Fed-OSHA issues citations to oil companies after investigation of June fatality, injuries

Fed-OSHA has issued serious safety violations to three companies after an investigation into a flash fire at a North Dakota oil well site last June that killed one worker and severely burned three others near Watford City, North Dakota. Investigators determined that the employers failed to maintain well control, which resulted in the release of […]

1 dead, 1 hurt in downtown San Antonio construction accident

One man has been killed and another hurt in a construction accident in downtown San Antonio. Authorities say two men fell about 60 feet from inside a box that tipped as it was being lifted Monday afternoon to the window of a building. One man died at the scene. The other is hospitalized in critical […]

Employers and researchers explore strategies to keep aging workers safe

The proportion of older workers in the United States continues to rise, prompting safety professionals and researchers to strategize about the best ways to accommodate them. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that, in 2010, 19 percent of workers were 55 and older. U.S. Census Bureau data from 2015 put that number at […]