Fed-OSHA: Amtrak whistleblower gets job back, awarded $892K

A longtime Amtrak employee who lost their job after raising concerns about railroad safety, fraud and abuse involving an railroad contractor, has not only been reinstated, but awarded a $892,551 settlement by Fed-OSHA. ctpost

Fed-OSHA blames faulty equipment for New York bridge collapse

A federal investigation into the crane collapse on the Tappan Zee Bridge last year found that there were major problems with the equipment being used at the construction site. Fed-OSHA released its report Thursday into the toppling last July of the 25-story crane that using a vibrating hammer to drive tube-like pilings into the Hudson […]

Production ag on Fed-OSHA’s radar

Production agriculture is suddenly on Fed-OSHA and the Environmental Protection Agency’s radar. Ag employers, even those with as few as 10 employees, must have documentation that they are providing required safety training. Fed-OSHA increased its fines by 80 percent this year across the board, and additional training requirements are being imposed on ag businesses, with […]

Chicago-area mayor responds to Fed-OSHA complaint alleging workplace hazards for police

A Chicago-area mayor has responded to a Fed-OSHA complaint alleging police officers dealt with dirty and unsafe workplace conditions, calling the claims unfounded. Police officers in Chicago Heights allegedly contended with workplace hazards, according to a letter the Illinois Department of Labor sent to Mayor David Gonzalez on January 9. Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown

Green Bay auto component fabricator reviewing Fed-OSHA citations

Fed-OSHA last week cited Bay Fabrication for workplace safety violations after two workers were injured nine days apart. On Wednesday, the agency issued citations for a willful violation, a repeated violation, an other-than-serious violation and two serious violations to the manufacturer of muffler components for the automotive industry. If the violations are upheld, the company […]

Pennsylvania: Two hurt in trucking company accident

Two men were taken by ambulance to an area hospital Wednesday following an explosion at a trucking company in Duncansville, Pennsylvania. The two employees were cleaning the tank, which is used to haul fuel, at the time of the accident, a fire official said. Altoona Mirror

Massachusetts employee dies after falling from theater roof

A 54-year-old man has died after falling from the roof of a Millbury, Massachusetts movie theater, according to officials. He was doing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning work Tuesday on top of the building when he fell 30 to 35 feet to the ground, police said in a statement. Boston Globe

Labor Department wants judge to toss case against retaliation rule

The U.S. Department of Labor asked a Texas federal judge on Thursday to toss a case filed by numerous business groups challenging an anti-retaliation provision in the recently implemented injury and reporting rule by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, saying the rule doesn’t hurt them. Law360

Toxic gas flowing from illegal dump into residential East Cleveland neighborhoods, tests show

A recently shut down illegal dump in a residential neighborhood in East Cleveland, Ohio is emitting potentially dangerous levels of a toxic gas, an environmental engineer who tested the site said last week. Low levels of hydrogen sulfide can cause irritation to eyes, nose, throat, or the respiratory system. High concentrations and extended exposure to […]