Fed-OSHA fines chicken processor for unsafe working conditions

A leading fast-food and supermarket chicken supplier faces an $816,500 fine for exposing workers to serious and potentially fatal injuries. Fed-OSHA cited Case Farms with 55 health and safety violations Thursday. The citations are the result of a February inspection in which the agency found amputation hazards; non-functioning fall-arrest systems, unprotected platforms and wet work […]

New Jersey dockworker had been drinking prior to fatal port accident, sources say

The driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a female dockworker in Elizabeth on Friday had been drinking before the accident, and criminal charges are expected to be filed, three sources who were briefed on the incident told NJ Advance Media. Judy Jones, 49, died shortly after 1 p.m. on Friday, after being struck […]

New York: Rockland and Westchester contractors fined for safety lapses

Contractors in Rockland and Westchester counties in New York face $25,300 in fines for workplace safety violations in July and June. Fed-OSHA levied the biggest fines against two contractors at a construction site in Mamaroneck, a two-story, mixed-use commercial building with a fitness club on the ground floor. Journal News

Suit: Days Inn employee told to just flip over mattress where guest died

A group of African-American workers has filed a lawsuit against their former employer at the Days Inn hotel on Fletcher Avenue in Tampa claiming they faced discrimination and other hardships on the job. In one case, an employee said she was forced to flip over a mattress where a guest had died in preparation for […]

Florida AG takes action to shut down business scam

The Florida Attorney General’s Office wants to put the owner and operator of Federal Safety Compliance (Safety Compliance Publications) out of business for good after Local 10 News exposed an alleged scam last year. The station discovered that company telemarketers would cold-call businesses all over the U.S., lead them to believe they were out of […]

Wyoming OSHA cites airport for sewage violations

Wyoming OSHA regulators are proposing two citations to Jackson Hole Airport for workplace safety deficiencies at a new wastewater treatment plant that has been giving managers headaches. One violation included in the citation charges that the airport’s wastewater treatment plan was not evaluated for potentially hazardous gases. Another serious violation listed in the OSHA notice […]

Family Dollar fined over blocked exits at Connecticut store

Family Dollar Stores of Connecticut has been fined $72,000 by Fed-OSHA over blocked exit routes at one of its Bridgeport, Connecticut stores. The April 6 inspection found that the emergency exit route through the storeroom was blocked by carts and boxes of merchandise. Boxes were not properly stacked and secured to prevent them from sliding […]

Will state OSHA programs replace Fed-OSHA?

More states now operate their own occupational safety and health program than those that don’t. Are State Plans the future of workplace safety oversight? Safety+Health