California Workers’ Comp Community Salutes Christine Baker

There was a palpable sense of loss in the room when the California Commission on Health, Safety and Workers’ Compensation opened its meeting last week. The meeting was held just days after the sudden resignation of Christine Baker from state service after a successful and storied 34-year career.Workers’ Comp Executive

Complaint spurs Fed-OSHA investigation at Buffalo Zoo

Fed-OSHA is investigating a complaint lodged against the Buffalo Zoo about employees being potentially exposed to lead paint dust during the $3.7 million renovation of the zoo’s Reptile House. Work is presently on hold because of the complaint. WIVB (Buffalo, N.Y.) [with video]

Fed-OSHA fines contractor $454K for trench hazards

Fed-OSHA has cited an excavation contractor for allegedly exposing employees on a North Dakota municipal project to trench cave-ins and other hazards. Kamphuis Pipeline Co. was cited for allegedly failing to protect workers installing water metering pits and lines. The company faces proposed penalties totaling more than $454,000. WRAL (Raleigh, N.C.)

Fed-OSHA cites Nebraska company for trenching hazards

Fed-OSHA has cited a Nebraska excavation contractor for failing to protect its workers from excavation collapse hazards. The agency has proposed total penalties of nearly $47,000 after inspectors reportedly observed employees installing water and sewer lines in two unprotected trenches on the same jobsite. KOLN (Lincoln, Neb.)

Why Fed-OSHA might visit your auto body shop

Fed-OSHA in 2013 launched a local emphasis program targeting body shops, automotive repair and maintenance shops, new-car dealerships, parts stores and related businesses in Montana, North Dakota and the southern half of Colorado. The agency renewed the emphasis program in October 2017. Regardless of whether Fed-OSHA is conducting a programmed or unprogrammed inspection at your […]