‘The walking ATM’: Being a cab driver is dangerous

Driving a taxi sits among the most dangerous occupations, according to federal statistics, and seems to consistently snag a spot on lists of most stressful jobs. Cab drivers work long hours while scanning the streets for potential passengers and dealing with road rage–and perhaps most importantly facing the possibility of getting attacked in their taxis. […]

NTSB study of 15 track workers’ deaths calls for use of some Fed-OSHA practices

An investigation into last year’s spike in the number of deaths among track workers has concluded that some federal workplace safety standards should be extended to railroads. A draft report from the National Transportation Safety Board finds that differences between regulations of the Federal Railroad Administration and Fed-OSHA can be confusing. Star-Tribune

Gas ‘n’ Go Lube Center Faces Whistleblower Lawsuit

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit against a Sandpoint, Idaho Gas ‘n’ Go & Lube Center and its owner for violating federal whistleblower protection provisions. The complaint reported that there were no nets over open automobile service bays, which presented a fall hazard. There also were out-of-date fire extinguishers, exposed wiring near water […]

HIOSH to Resume Responsibility over Hawaii’s General Industry

The Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and Fed-OSHA announced on Thursday that continued improvements in Hawaii’s workplace safety and health regulation will result in DLIR’s Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division reassuming responsibility for regulating Hawaii’s general industry. KITV (Honolulu)

New Jersey Condiment Maker’s Alabama Subsidiary Cited

A unit of Englewood, New Jersey-based condiment producer Supreme Oil Company was cited by Fed-OSHA for 14 violations, with a recommended penalty of $234,960. A March inspection at Supreme Oil Company-South found repeat and new violations that included failure to provide guardrails, maintain dry floors and train workers to turn off machinery. NJBiz

Tennessee Hasn’t Inspected Tobacco Farms Since 2006

A lawsuit by an injured 17-year-old and six other teenage tobacco workers filed against a Tennessee tobacco firm describes the amputation accident and details deplorable living conditions in a three-bedroom home infested with vermin and roaches, where the teens lived with up to 13 adult men on the tobacco grower’s property. Unlike some other states, […]

Fed-OSHA Investigating Accident That Injured Two Workers at Omaha Kellogg’s Plant

Fed-OSHA returned Friday to the Kellogg’s plant in Omaha where two workers were injured, one critically, in an accident Thursday. Firefighters and emergency medical personnel were called to the plant where they found two workers who were injured when a piece of equipment fell on their legs. Omaha World Herald