Fed-OSHA to set up factory safety alert system

Fed-OSHA has agreed to establish a system for notifying local officials and fire departments when it cites factories for serious violations involving flammable and combustible materials, and to share the facilities’ lists of chemicals. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says he asked the agency to create the transparency rules because of a Times Herald-Record investigation of […]

OR-OSHA fines mental health facility in connection with assaults on staff

Oregon OSHA has fined a year-old Portland mental health facility $1,650 for failing to take steps to prevent future assaults on employees by mentally ill patients. According to the agency, the facility failed to properly log, document or investigate some of the roughly 300 assaults suffered by employees in the first seven months of operation. […]

Miami crane operator injured in fall from ladder

A crane operator at a residential building construction site in Miami was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon after he lost his balance and fell several feet from a ladder. The man was nearly 70 feet above the street when he fell. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Local 10 News (Miami)

Falling panels kill teen worker at Indiana sale barn

An 18-year-old man was killed at a Topeka, Indiana sale barn on Friday while helping set up panels to create temporary stalls at a livestock auction tent when one of the panels fell on him, causing a ruptured aorta. IOSHA is investigating. Goshen News

Kraft Heinz fined after partial finger amputation at Ohio plant

Fed-OSHA has cited a Kraft Heinz Foods Company facility in Mason, Ohio for machine safety-related violations following the partial amputation of an employee’s finger, which occurred as the employee was attempting to clear jammed equipment. The agency determined that the company did not implement energy control procedures to prevent accidental start-ups, among other cited violations. […]

Four northwest Ohio employers fined combined nearly $111K

Fed-OSHA has fined four northwest Ohio companies a combined nearly $111,000 for multiple safety violations during inspections between September and January at operations or worksites used by the companies. Toledo Blade

The impact workplace safety programs have on company culture

Companies that take pride in the sustainability of their brand quality and safety invest heavily in continuous product development and process improvement to grow their bottom line. Is the focus also on continuous employee safety and security improvements? Or is it a focus only when a serious accident occurs or multiple incidents that threaten or […]