Cleveland airport whistleblower awarded $425K

A whistleblower who reported to the Federal Aviation Administration that Cleveland Hopkins International Airport regularly failed to meet proper staffing levels for its snow-and-ice removal operations has been awarded $425,000 by the city to settle his retaliation lawsuit. The airfield-maintenance manager was demoted after he reported his concerns to the FAA, and then reported the […]

Wyoming safety officials investigating fatal bear mauling of guide

Wyoming OSHA is investigating the death of a 37-year-old Jackson Hole hunting guide who was killed by a grizzly bear last month. The bear charged at the guide as he and a client were butchering an elk that had been struck with an arrow the day before. Jackson Hole News & Guide

Utah oilworker dies in rig accident

A 40-year-old man died last week while working at an oilfield in Duchesne County, Utah, when he and other employees were attempting to move a heavy metal floor from one service rig to another and a portion of the floor fell on him. Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

Does your drug-free workplace policy comply with the ADA?

The use of prescription drugs by workers can implicate a complicated tangle of legal issues, particularly with regard to the American Disabilities Act. Regardless of whether an individual is or is not legally disabled, that individual may be regarded as being disabled based on his or her prescription drug use, which also triggers the ADA. […]

New Fed-OSHA initiative focuses on trenching safety

A Fed-OSHA program that started this month updates the agency’s 1985 National Emphasis Program on trenching safety and responds to what it calls a recent spike in fatal trenching accidents. Fed-OSHA’s area offices and regions will be required to provide compliance information to construction firms, associations, permit agencies and others. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports […]

BCSP, NIOSH ink new plan for youth worker safety

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals Foundation has signed a new five-year memorandum of understanding with NIOSH intended to support and protect the health and safety of young workers. The program will be available for free and used with high school career development courses, career technical education, STEM tracks, and apprenticeship programs. Both organizations have […]

Fed-OSHA fines Ohio auto parts maker $107K for amputation hazards

A Carey, Ohio auto parts manufacturer faces more than $107,000 in Fed-OSHA fines for cited violations including amputation risks. The employer allegedly failed to adequately train employees on lockout/tagout procedures to disable a press before changing dies. The Courier (Findlay, Ohio)