Connecticut company where oil spilled has history of other issues

The Waterbury, Connecticut plant where 6,000 gallons of oil recently were spilled has had safety issues in the past, including an employee death in 2010. Additionally, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency records, the company has at times failed to comply with proper management of solid waste. NBC Connecticut [with video]

Michigan greenhouse operator files whistleblower suit

The former greenhouse operator for the city of Holland, Michigan has filed a lawsuit against the city alleging that she was fired for reporting to Michigan OSHA unsafe work conditions in the century-old greenhouse. MLive

Autopsies complete for 3 killed in Kentucky boat explosion

Autopsies for three employees who were killed in a towboat explosion Friday in Marshall County, Kentucky indicate that all three died from injuries suffered during the explosion. Six people were injured in the blast. WPSD (Paducah, Ky.)

Public Citizen sues Fed-OSHA over records

Watchdog group Public Citizen announced Monday that it has sued Fed-OSHA for allegedly illegally withholding from public disclosure records about workplace injuries and illnesses that businesses were required to submit under an Obama-era regulation. Law360 [may require registration]

New York: Rome-area plant earns VPP Star

Bartell Machinery Systems, a town of Lee, New York maker of industrial manufacturing equipment for the tire and rubber, oil and gas, and wire and cable industries, has achieved “Star” status in Fed-OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program in recognition of its prevention and control of occupational safety and health hazards. Rome Sentinel

Idaho law that protects healthcare workers often leaves mentally ill charged with crimes

Nurses, paramedics, security guards, emergency room doctors and others who work on the front lines of healthcare have among the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. They’re four times more likely than other private-sector employees to be attacked and severely injured on the job, according to Fed-OSHA. An Idaho law passed in 2014 was intended […]