Fed-OSHA fines U.S. Well Services more than $12K in young employee’s death

Fed-OSHA has fined U.S. Well Services $12,675 in connection with the work-related death of a 19-year-old West Virginia man in January. The employee died from injuries he suffered after he was struck by a truck, then pinned between the truck and a sand silo at a wellsite. Exponent Telegram (Clarksburg, W.V.)

Trump administration expected to unveil deregulatory agenda this week

The Trump administration intends to unveil a plan to cut environmental permit and safety regulations this week. Construction groups and iron foundries have complained about an incipient Fed-OSHA rule that would reduce significantly the amount of crystalline silica dust that can be inhaled. Manufacturing groups also have targeted labor rules that make it easier for […]

Florida street sweeper killed in accident

A Jacksonville, Florida street sweeper who was trying to clear something from the machine accidentally became entangled in it and was killed early Saturday in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant. Fed-OSHA is investigating. WFTV

Report: North Dakota remains most dangerous state to work

North Dakota is the deadliest state for laborers per capita, according to an annual report from the AFL-CIO. It is the fourth time in the past five years the state has topped the list. The 2017 report is based on 2015 figures, the latest produced by Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the report, North […]

Following teen lifeguard’s death, N.C. bill addresses pool electrical hazards

Last year in Wake County, North Carolina, a teenage lifeguard was killed when pool water became electrically charged by a defective grounding wire and she drowned. According to the N.C. Department of Labor, state health law requires inspections at swimming pools, but these inspections do not currently include electrical equipment. A new state law under […]

Labor Department: Unions should not intervene in lawsuit against recordkeeping rule

The Department of Labor and Fed-OSHA have an “identical” interest with labor unions in defending a legal challenge to the Improve Tracking of Workplace Illnesses and Injuries final rule and, as a result, union intervention is not needed, Labor Department attorneys claim in a legal brief filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western […]