John Deere will pay former employee and whistleblower $275K in settlement

John Deere signed a settlement agreement on December 12 to pay a former employee more than $204,000 in back wages and “front pay” and nearly $71,000 in other damages. The settlement resolves a lawsuit that had been fined in July 2015, which alleged that a pipefitter was fired from the Moline, Illinois facility in June […]

New Fed-OSHA rule could extend citation period

Fed-OSHA has issued a “clarification” to its reporting rules for workplace injuries and illnesses that some experts say is an attempt to circumvent a legal precedent. DWM

Macon plastic company has history of safety violations

Just two days after an employee was killed at a sand mine in Crawford County, Georgia, another worker was found dead, this time at Diamond Plastics Corporation in Macon.WMAZ (Macon, Ga.) [with video]

Train operator killed at Arkansas steel mill, authorities say

A a locomotive operator at the Nucor-Yamato Steel Co. plant in Blytheville, Arkansas died on the job after getting caught between two rail cars Tuesday afternoon, officials said. The mill suspended operations immediately after the fatality; Fed-OSHA is investigating. Arkansas Online

Fed-OSHA probing car-lift collision in New Hampshire

Fed-OSHA is investigating an accident Wednesday morning in which a motorist struck a hydraulic lift that had stalled on a Rochester, New Hampshire street. The 42-year-old operator was using the the Genie lift to perform work on the roof of the nearby Rochester Public Library. New Hampshire Union-Leader

Florida subcontractor hit, killed by piece of steel

A 59-year-old subcontractor was killed after being hit by a piece of steel while working on the I-4 Ultimate Project in Altamonte Springs, Florida, Monday. Officials said another worker was trying to move some material with an excavator when a piece of steel fell from a vibratory hammer and onto the worker. WFTV [with video]