Fed-OSHA penalties rise to adjust for inflation

Fed-OSHA is beginning the New Year with higher penalties: Effective January 2, civil penalties for violations have increased to adjust for inflation. The penalty increase applies to Fed-OSHA states; however, the agency expects that states operating their own occupational safety and health program will align penalty structures with Fed-OSHA. National Law Review

Report: Injured workers in Montana use more opioids, and for longer

A report released by the National Council on Compensation Insurance in September finds that that state is lagging in protecting injured workers from opioid abuse, and that they are slightly more likely to be prescribed dangerous combinations of drugs. Moreover, 40 percent of injured Montana workers who obtained an opioid prescription did so for an […]

Pavement painting contractor challenging Fed-OSHA fines in airport runway death

A Fargo, North Dakota-area company that paints stripes on pavement is challenging more than $17,000 in Fed-OSHA fines for three citations following the late July death of a 48-year-old worker at the Fargo airport. The man was using a vehicle to paint lines on the runway when he was hit by an SUV driven by […]

Appeals court rejects industry challenges to silica rule

In the waning days of 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected industry challenges to Fed-OSHA’s 2016 rule that was aimed at protecting U.S. workers from exposure to silica. Business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sued over the rule, questioning whether there was enough evidence support the claim […]

NIOSH report lists contributing factors to Ohio fireman’s death

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released its final report into the death of a Hamilton, Ohio fireman who died December 28, 2015 after responding to a house fire on that was intentionally set by the homeowner. In addition to arson, the report finds that firefighters did not hear some of the […]

Oklahoma worker dies in collapse of oil rig

Fed-OSHA is investigating a fatal accident that occurred prior to Christmas when an oil rig collapsed in a field in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, killing a man. Authorities say a rig that inserts or pulls pipe tubing in and out of wells was servicing a well site when it became unstable. Tulsa World

Minnesota’s fatal work-injuries increased in 2016

Minnesota in 2016 experienced its highest number of fatal work-related injuries since 1996. The 2016 total is 32 percent above the average of 67 cases a year for 2011 through 2015. Nationally, there were 5,190 fatally-injured workers in 2016, a 7 percent increase from 2015. Brainerd Dispatch

Fed-OSHA drops citation against call center despite bed bug claims

Former employees of a DeKalb County, Georgia call center claim they were fired because they refused to come into work during an infestation of bed bugs. Fed-OSHA dropped a serious violation against the company but some employees say the bugs are still there. WXIA (Atlanta, Ga.)