Employee crushed by forklift at Louisiana chicken processor

Fed-OSHA investigators in Baton Rouge are investigating the death of a 40-year-old forklift driver who was crushed by the machine Sunday at an Arcadia, Louisiana chicken processing plant. The employee reportedly was on the back loading dock when he lost control of the forklift and it ran off the dock. KSLA (Shreveport, La.)

A disturbing trend in fraudulent certifications in Texas

Fed-OSHA’s Houston North and South Area Offices both have reported an uptick in cases of fraudulent OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour certification training cards being distributed in Texas and nationwide. Nearly all of the cards were intended to pass for construction training certifications and are being exchanged for cash, with no training whatsoever. In response, Fed-OSHA […]

Congress seeking more effective, cooperative Fed-OSHA

At hearing last week, members of the Workforce Protection Subcommittee of the House Committee on Education and Workforce indicated that the committee wants Fed-OSHA to work more cooperatively with employers. Witnesses offered ideas such as a national, uniform tree trimming standard, simpler online guidance for small businesses, and deeper involvement of industry stakeholders in rulemakings. […]

Employee’s body found at Florida landfill

The body of a landfill employee was found by Pasco County, Florida law enforcement officials Saturday morning. Fed-OSHA is investigating. WTSP (Tampa, Fla.)

MIOSHA urges rooftop safety

Michigan OSHA is warning about the hazards to professional roofing crews if proper safety procedures are not followed, particularly during snowy conditions. The agency says its field staff plan to monitor residential and commercial roofing activities in the coming year and will conduct on-the-spot inspections if they observe any serious hazards. Daily News (Iron Mountain, […]

Washington shellfish worker’s body recovered

The body of a 28-year-old shellfish worker was discovered by his colleagues near the area where he went missing and was presumed drowned in mid-February. According to law enforcement officials, the man had been harvesting oysters when his rowboat capsized in rough water conditions. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles, Wash.)

Illinois company settles with Fed-OSHA following death of teen employee

A Streator, Illinois employer has settled with Fed-OSHA following the electrocution last July of a 17-year-old employee who climbed a railcar to gain access to a load, and came in contact with power lines that ran along the railroad tracks. The company entered an agreement with Fed-OSHA to pay $43,500 in penalties. The Times (Ottawa, […]