Fed-OSHA fines Tampa Electric $76K following October accident

Fed-OSHA has fined Tampa Electric Co. $76,050 for a violation classified as serious, the second safety citation leveled against the utility by federal regulators in four months, following the agency’s investigation into an October accident that injured two contractors at the utility’s Big Bend Power Station. The current citation relates to the utility’s modifications to […]

Fed-OSHA fines West Virginia roofing company more than $57K

Fed-OSHA has fined a Beckley, West Virginia roofing company $57,600 for hazards that allegedly include repeat violations first cited in 2013. The current cited violations stem from a complaint filed with Fed-OSHA in November 2017, when the company’s employees were working on a church project in Mount Hope. Inspectors reportedly found that employees were not […]

New York roofing company settles with Fed-OSHA

A Syracuse, New York roofing contractor reached a settlement last week with Fed-OSHA after the agency handed down four separate citations for fall protection violations in 2016 and 2017. The Roofing Guys Inc. has agreed to, among other things, improve fall protection safeguards, provide 10-hour OSHA training to all employees and a 30-hour OSHA training […]

OSHRC asks for comments to evaluate workplace heat stress case

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission is reviewing Fed-OSHA’s use of the general duty clause to issue citations against employers for heat-related hazards that are likely to cause death or serious bodily harm to employees, and has taken the unusual step of requesting amici briefs from interested parties on the issue of workplace heat […]

Safety tip: What is combustible dust?

Combustible dust can come in a variety of forms. Some foods, like sugars, spices or flour, can be combustible. Other materials like wood, paper, rubber, dyes or metals like aluminum, iron, magnesium or zinc all are potentially combustible in dust form. The Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety has offered several dust explosion preventative […]

Connecticut woman dies after fall construction site

According to Fed-OSHA, a 55-year-old construction worker at a Vernon, Connecticut jobsite on Friday morning apparently fell 10 feet through an open stairwell under construction and landed on a concrete floor, causing fatal injuries. Hartford Courant