Kansas City-area company fined $700K following fatal trench accident

Fed-OSHA has levied fines of more than $700,000 against a Blue Springs, Missouri plumbing company following a December incident in which a 33-year-old employee died after the walls of a 12-foot trench caved in on him as he was working on a sewer line. The company is charged with failing to provide a trench box […]

Are your workers getting enough sleep?

Sleep-deprived employees pose a significantly higher risk of workplace accidents, placing themselves and others at risk. This is particularly true when working around dangerous equipment. NIOSH has several recommendations for employers. Rental Pulse

Labor Department blames data breach for injury reporting site’s shutdown

The Labor Department last week temporarily shut down its online filing system for injury logs so computer experts could evaluate any security problems. The shutdown was prompted by an alert from the Department of Homeland Security that a company’s information had been compromised, according to an agency spokeswoman. Industry groups have assailed the new requirements […]

Connecticut worker dies after forklift overturns

A 47-year-old contractor who had been delivering wood using a tow motor, which is similar to a forklift, in Ansonia, Connecticut has succumbed to injuries he suffered when the machine overturned on Saturday morning. Fed-OSHA is investigating. New Haven Register

Fed-OSHA fines Massachusetts psychiatric treatment center for violence hazards

Fed-OSHA says a Lowell, Massachusetts psychiatric hospital exposed staff to risks of violence, and has fined the facility more than $207,000. Investigators in 2015 found that the hospital’s approximately 130 employees faced risks of verbal threats of assault, physical assaults, choking, punches, kicks, human bites, scratches and/or pulling of hair by patients; the facility allegedly […]

Texas: Six construction chapters renew partnership with Fed-OSHA

Six Texas Chapters of Associated Builders and Contractors and its member companies last month renewed their partnership and established a two-year agreement with the Texas offices of Fed-OSHA. The partnership objectives include increasing the number of construction companies that implement effective safety programs through mentoring, ensuring that each site has an effective site-based safety and […]