Labor policy shifting under Trump

Labor policy is changing noticeably under the Trump administration. Here are five labor policy developments that have taken place in recent months. Chicago Tribune [may require registration]

ExxonMobil fighting citations, $165K fine over Louisiana explosion

ExxonMobil is contesting nearly $165,000 in Fed-OSHA fines issued following an explosion last November at the corporation’s Baton Rouge refinery that sent four workers to a hospital burn unit. The explosion in an alkylation unit of the 2,100-acre refinery came after a worker disassembled a malfunctioning valve, according to a report by the state Department […]

Harwood Training Grants available; program may be eliminated

Fed-OSHA has announced that $10.5 million in grants is available as part of the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, which may be heading for elimination in fiscal year 2018. Applications for the 2017 grants must be received by August 28. In a hearing last month before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and […]

Fed-OSHA to launch online electronic recordkeeping app

Fed-OSHA’s new web-based injury and illness reporting form, which it plans to release August 1, will allow employers to submit information from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300As, as required by the agency’s new electronic recordkeeping requirements. The National Association of Home Builders and other construction industry groups are trying to block the regulation on […]

‘Walking Dead’ production resumes after stuntman’s death

Production on television series The Walking Dead has restarted five days after what is believed to be the first stunt-related death in the US in 17 years. Fed-OSHA is investigating. The veteran stuntman was doing a fight scene with an actor on a balcony when he fell about 30 feet to a concrete floor, missing […]

City of Rainier’s sewer plant cited by OR-OSHA for multiple violations

Oregon OSHA has found eight alleged violations at the city of Rainier’s sewage treatment plant. Citations include failure to evaluate health risks posed to employees by used hypodermic needles that show up in the plant’s filters, and failure to offer Hepatitis B vaccines to employees exposed to the needles. Daily News (Longview, Wash.)