Records show prison execs collected bonuses despite ongoing problems

Official records and court documents show that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons paid more than $2 million in bonuses to top administrators and wardens during the past three years while the agency was confronting problems including persistent overcrowding, chronic staffing shortages and a sexual harassment lawsuit involving its largest institution, located in Coleman, Florida. Among […]

Fed-OSHA probe found that bridge guards had health, safety concerns despite employer’s denial

Documents released in March by Fed-OSHA in response to a freedom of information request show that a federal health investigator found in 2014 that employees who secure New Jersey’s George Washington Bridge had legitimate concerns about being struck by suicidal jumpers, being shocked by equipment in leaky guard booths, and suffering because they didn’t have […]

Times opinion: Our toxic workplace rules

According to Fed-OSHA, chemical exposure kills 50,000 American workers a year and sickens more than 190,000, and those numbers may be lower than the reality. So why does Fed-OSHA allow workers to be exposed to dangerous chemicals at limits far higher than those set for everyone by the EPA? New York Times

Construction safety stand-down to focus on fall hazards

Construction employers are being encouraged to stop work and talk with employees about fall hazards and prevention as part of the fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, set for May 8-12. Falls are the No. 1 cause of death among construction workers. This year, new participants will receive a certificate of […]

Fed-OSHA quiet on enforcement actions

Since the presidential inauguration in January, the flow of regular press releases of enforcement actions from Fed-OSHA has come to a standstill. The last time the agency issued a press release announcing a health and safety enforcement action was January 18. Fed-OSHA is continuing to issue penalties but the press office has been silent, according […]

Downstate Illinois worker’s death still embroiled in legal dispute

A lawsuit filed by the widow of a 44-year-old Illinois man who was killed in an April 2016 gas explosion when the construction-grade tiller he was operating struck an underground gas line is ongoing. The suit claims several defendants failed to plan, design, locate, survey and direct observation on the subdivision construction project, and failed […]

AI in the workplace: Legal issues on the horizon

As new technologies emerge and artificial intelligence is integrated into the modern workplace, it will undoubtedly raise legal issues, particularly relating to a reduction in workforce, safety protocols and employee privacy concerns, according to Sarah Moore, a partner at the Cleveland office of Fisher Phillips, a national management-side labor and employment law firm. Crain’s Cleveland […]

Virginia company faces penalties after worker’s 2016 death

A Lynchburg, Virginia pipe company is facing more than $10,000 in VOSH penalties following a workplace death last year. The 56-year-old employee died after being trapped by a falling piece of scrap metal at Griffin Pipe Products Co. on August 10, 2016. The citations state that he suffered fatal injuries while operating a crane to […]

Cincinnati painting firm fined by Fed-OSHA

A commercial painting company based in Cincinnati faces more than $48,000 in Fed-OSHA fines for multiple safety citations related to its work on a Toledo bridge. Several violations involved employee exposure to unsafe air particulate levels of zinc oxide, iron oxide, and lead and failure to mitigate and protect employees. Toledo Blade