Indianapolis barrel refurbishing plant closes suddenly

IndyDrum, an Indianapolis chemical drum recycling plant that had worker safety issues for years has been shut down by its owner. The network of related plants in Wisconsin, Indiana, Arkansas and Tennessee have been the subject of a Journal Sentinel investigation that has documented unsafe working conditions and environmental problems. Workers at the plants said […]

IOSH to investigate wind blade manufacturing plant

Following Des Moines Register reporting that uncovered a history of chemical injuries at a wind blade manufacturing plant in the city of Newton, Iowa OSHA will investigate the facility, according to the state’s labor commissioner. The agency has inspected TPI Composites for other complaints but has never penalized it for the more than 300 reported […]

OR-OSHA extends comment period for pesticide rules

Oregon OSHA is extending the public comment period until January 31 on rules that are intended to protect workers and their families living on farms from the risk of pesticide spray illegally drifting to their homes when the wind picks up. The agency also has appointed a fiscal advisory committee, including both worker and grower […]

Fed-OSHA may limit electronic submission to 300A forms

When Fed-OSHA initially proposed the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses regulation, employers voiced employee privacy concerns over the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees which were required to keep injury and illness records to electronically submit Forms 300, 301 and 300A. Now, it appears Fed-OSHA will limit the electronic submission of […]

Fines slashed in Kansas grain elevator explosion that killed six

Kansas City-based Bartlett Grain Co. has agreed to $182,000 in Fed-OSHA fines, safety audits and improvements at all of its 20 grain handling facilities in six states, as part of its settlement with Fed-OSHA following an October 2011 grain elevator explosion that killed six workers in Atchison, Kansas. Fed-OSHA originally proposed $406,000 in fines against […]

Updated regulatory agenda shows fewer changes to Fed-OSHA

The Department of Labor’s updated regulatory agenda for fall 2017, released December 14, shows 16 regulations in three active stages: pre-rule, proposed rule and final rule, up from 14 in the previous agenda. Two rules were moved from “long-term action” status. The agenda, typically issued twice a year, details the status and projected dates for […]