Fed-OSHA fines New Jersey fencing company nearly $200K

A Pennsauken, New Jersey chain-link fencing manufacturer faces nearly $200,000 in proposed penalties after Fed-OSHA cited it for violations including inadequate lighting; lack of machine guards; failing to keep the workroom clean and dry; failing to inspect and ensure proper use of fall protection; and failing to provide effective training on hazardous chemicals in a […]

Number of Fed-OSHA workplace safety inspectors declines

NBC News has determined that the number of federal workplace safety inspectors has fallen under the Trump administration: Fed-OSHA lost 40 inspectors through attrition and made no new hires to fill the vacancies as of early October. The departures account for 4 percent of the agency’s total federal inspection force. NBC News

New York senator calls for Fed-OSHA alerts system in wake of cosmetics plant fire

At a press conference accompanied by firefighters who were injured in a November 20 explosion and fire at a New Windsor, New York cosmetics factory fire, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer late last week publicly called on Fed-OSHA to establish a system to notify local officials when the agency cites factories for serious violations involving flammable […]

Fed-OSHA fines contractor after employee’s death at Massachusetts library project

Fed-OSHA has fined a contractor more than $212,000 after a 32-year-old man was fatally crushed while installing permanent foundation supports under the Woburn Public Library in Massachusetts. The July 11 incident occurred when a 2,600-pound rock dislodged from the building’s foundation. The company reportedly was cited for similar violations in 2015 when an employee was […]

Fed-OSHA anticipates more changes to Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

Fed-OSHA’s latest Regulatory Agenda sets out new changes to the already beleaguered electronic recordkeeping regulation. Specifically, the agency intends to propose to amend the rule to eliminate the requirement that establishments with 250 or more employees submit OSHA 300 Logs and 301 forms. Lexology

Upstate New York demolition firm must pay whistleblower more than $173K

An Albany, New York demolition company and its owner have been ordered to pay more than $173,000 in lost wages and damages to an employee who was fired after reporting its improper asbestos removal practices in 2010. The employee indicated to the company’s management that asbestos had been improperly removed at a high school jobsite, […]