Shipyard reaches settlement with Fed-OSHA

Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wisconsin says it’s reached an agreement with Fed-OSHA to improve worker safety and reduce a proposed fine. Last summer, Fed-OSHA proposed a fine of nearly $1.4 million because Fraser employees had been exposed to lead from paint and other sources while refurbishing the Great Lakes freighter Herbert C. Jackson. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

US Labor secretary appeals ruling to halt Mar-Jac safety inspection

The U.S. Secretary of Labor has filed an appeal to pursue an inspection warrant for the Mar-Jac poultry plant in Gainesville, Georgia. A U.S. district judge granted the poultry plant’s motion to quash the warrant November 2, following Fed-OSHA’s attempt for an “expanded inspection” of the facilities, according to court documents. In February, a Mar-Jac […]

Fed-OSHA sues former jerky plant over fired employee

Fed-OSHA has sued a former Marion County, West Virginia beef jerky plant, alleging the owners punished an employee who called 911 after another worker was injured in the job. Charleston Gazette-Mail

Fed-OSHA issues last major workplace rule under Obama

Fed-OSHA on Friday finalized a long-awaited rule to limit workers’ exposure to beryllium, a substance known to cause cancer. The regulation, which has industry support, is expected to be the last major workplace rule from Fed-OSHA under President Obama. The Hill (Washington, D.C.)

Employee killed at Minnesota malt plant

Police say a man has died in an accident at malt production plant in Shakopee, Minnesota. Officers were called to Rahr Malting Co. about 9:15 p.m. last Monday where a worker was found dead in a grain bin. Investigators say the man’s fall into the bin was apparently accidental. Daily News (Wahpeton, North Dakota)

Report details cause of fatal April NY-NJ port accident

An April accident that shut down one of the Port of New York and New Jersey’s main terminals for hours and killed one man and injured another occurred because they were standing too close to the rear wheels of a chassis when an unwitting truck driver moved his vehicle forward, according to a police investigation. […]

How does workplace safety and health align with sustainability?

In May, we were contacted by representatives from Fed-OSHA to discuss how they might engage in efforts that bring the agency’s work into broader sustainability discussions and initiatives. We had a good discussion, connected them with corporate representatives we thought they should talk with, and asked them to let us know what they found. The […]