Texas pottery firm trying to get fines reduced following death

Marshall Pottery, an east Texas business that was cited by Fed-OSHA for more than 30 alleged violations including respiratory protection, portable fire extinguishers, occupational noise exposure, permit-required confined spaces and unsafe scaffolding, is trying to get its fines of nearly $830,000 reduced. Earlier this year, a worker died when attempting to perform maintenance to a […]

Employee’s broken neck spurs lawsuit

A West Virginia construction worker who claims his employer’s violation of Fed-OSHA standards resulted in his broken neck has filed suit against the Pennsylvania company. The lawsuit claims that Brayman Construction Corp. is responsible on grounds that it negligently failed to install a fall protection system around a hole his crew had been drilling. West […]

Palm Beach Zoo CEO resigns following difficult year

Andrew Aiken, whose tenure included leading the Palm Beach Zoo following the fatal mauling of its leading tiger expert last year, has resigned his post as president and CEO. A state report released last month blamed the zookeeper for failing to follow established safety procedures but exonerated the zoo. After the fatality, the zoo announced […]

Fed-OSHA issues interim guidance on silica rule enforcement

Fed-OSHA recently released interim enforcement guidance for its crystalline silica standard, which went into effect on September 23. The rule is intended to limit exposure to respirable crystalline silica. It reduces the permissible exposure limit to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an eight-hour shift, and requires employers to implement engineering controls, […]