New York firms contest workplace safety citations

Two Glens Falls, New York area businesses facing Fed-OSHA citations for workplace safety violations have opted to contest the department’s findings. International Paper was placed on Fed-OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program in July for safety issues related to the death of a worker in January. Hyatt Ball Co., of Fort Edward, was hit with 48 […]

Illinois contractor could face criminal charges for asbestos exposure

A southern Illinois contractor whose companies were fined nearly $2 million for federal workplace safety violations involving asbestos exposure could face a criminal inquiry. Fed-OSHA fined Joseph Kehrer of Albers, Kehrer Brothers Construction and an affiliated roofing company $1.939 million last week after finding that at least eight Mexican guest workers participating in the H-2B […]

Construction put on hold at Albuquerque hospital where scaffold collapsed

Construction on the second patient tower at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho remained on hold Wednesday, while officials investigated the collapse of an exterior scaffold that killed one worker and sent seven others to area hospitals, some of them with serious injuries. Albuquerque Journal

Merck labor friction spills out in Philadelphia

Tension over past and future layoffs at pharmaceutical giant Merck spilled into the public domain Tuesday evening as a written exchange between CEO Ken Frazier and a union leader cast doubt on the safety of workers and people living near Merck’s factory in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Inquirer

Construction deaths, cause and prevention

There have been several construction accident deaths in recent weeks, with at least two of them happening in Massachusetts. Fed-OSHA records show more than 800 construction deaths nationwide in 2013. WWLP (Chicopee, Mass.) [with video]

Fed-OSHA releases updates: National Emphasis Program on Amputations

Fed-OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations has been in effect since 2006 but on August 13th the Agency issued an updated NEP that significantly expands the industries targeted for inspections. The updated NEP applies to general industry workplaces in which any machinery or equipment likely to cause amputations is present. According to the NEP, targeted […]

DuPont safety questioned after Fed-OSHA fines, deaths

DuPont has long been recognized as a safety leader within the chemical industry. Its people train other companies and industries in best practices for environmental and workplace safety. Now, the company is facing heavy criticism from employee unions and government agencies after a series of high-profile accidents and deaths at plants across the country. Eight […]