North Carolina agency fines correctional facility and agency

Following an inspection conducted the day after a 2017 escape attempt, the North Carolina Department of Labor is fining Pasquotank Correctional Institution, and a prison agency that operated a sewing plant at the prison, $7,000 each. The escape attempt occurred when four inmates set a fire in the prison’s sewing plant and attacked correctional staff […]

Five years later, little done to prevent another West

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the fire and explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas that killed 15 people and damaged more than 150 buildings. A professor of administrative and environmental law at the University of Texas says “very little” has been done in the meantime to prevent a similar tragedy from […]

Connecticut tree worker who fell to death identified

A 28-year-old tree worker who fell 45 feet to his death in Trumbull, Connecticut last week when the tree he was working on gave way has been officially identified. He reportedly was wearing a safety harness and as he began removing the top portion of the tree, it broke off at its base and fell […]

Equipment failure caused cannabis factory explosion

A fire at a Huntington, Oregon marijuana processing plant last week that burned a 28-year-old man was caused when a piece of equipment became unlatched and sent water and butane blowing around the room, a fire official reports. Argus Observer (Ontario, Ore.)

Labor Secretary defends collection of injury & illness records

During a U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriation’s Subcommittee Hearing last week to review the fiscal year 2019 Department of Labor Budget Request, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta was questioned regarding Fed-OSHA’s injury and illness record-keeping regulation; specifically, the usefulness and necessity of Fed-OSHA gathering information for enforcement against the risk of publicly divulging certain personal information. […]