Get employees with mental illness help, say employment attorney, mental health provider

Early reports say that workplace volatility for Vester Flanagan was so bad, the station asked him to seek mental health help. While this shooting was rare, workplace violence is not. Fed-OSHA reports that there are two million cases of workplace violence every single year, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there 551 work-related […]

1 dead, 2 critically injured in Utah electrical incident

In Draper, Utah, one person is dead and two others are critically injured after the three were shocked at work on Friday. A fire official said the roofers were working on air conditioning at a business when the aluminum ladder they were touching fell into some power lines. KSL (Salt Lake City)

Army vet hurt in Chicago forklift accident awarded $15.2 million

A military veteran who served two tours in Iraq only to be seriously injured when he was hit by a forklift while working at Chicago’s McCormick Place was awarded $15.2 million Thursday night by a Cook County jury. Thomas Neuhengen, 33, lost his heel and underwent seven surgeries after his left foot was crushed during […]

Investigation opened into fatal truck accident in West Hartford, Connecticut

Federal and state officials are investigating a fatal accident that left a truck dangling from a highway overpass Wednesday in West Hartford, Connecticut. As workers were attempting to recall a long arm with a bucket on the end that was being used to inspect the underside of the bridge, the truck rolled and crushed a […]

Adam Wilmoth column: Pipeline safety is essential for the industry and the country

Pipeline failures today are more damaging and more costly to repair. Increased regulations can mean pipelines could be shut down for months or years after an incident, clogging up transmission throughout the county’s pipeline system. While most industries have renewed their focus on safety, the country’s pipeline operators have additional motivation as the oil and […]

Missouri diaper recycling firm faces $74,000 in fines for safety violations

While U.S. Department of Labor inspectors were investigating how a 54-year-old employee at a Jackson, Missouri diaper recycling facility lost four fingers using a machine, they found fire hazards that could have caused an explosion. Fed-OSHA cited the company for one repeated and 12 serious safety and health violations, including a lack of machine safety […]

Despite Fed-OSHA fanfare, workplace penalties routinely reduced

Fed-OSHA routinely trumpets the fines it proposes levying on companies where it’s found dangerous and repeated workplace violations. The agency, for example, recently made public a list of fines of more than $40,000 to be imposed on dozens of firms across the country, including a total of more than $600,000 in penalties against eight businesses […]

Ohio battery recycler facing OSHA fines

Fed-OSHA has cited a Lancaster, Ohio battery-recycling plant for failing to fix previously identified problems that expose employees to lead and other harmful substances. Retriev Technologies Inc. faces proposed penalties of $74,250 for nine violations, including eight repeat violations. This follows a 2012 report in which the company, then called Toxco Inc., was cited for […]

$2.5 million NIOSH grant to study impact of stress on police health

How do the rigors of police work — from traumatic sights and sounds, to long work shifts and high demand levels — affect officers? A University at Buffalo study being funded by NIOSH seeks to answer that important question. Niagara Frontier Publications

Family files wrongful death lawsuit against trailer manufacturer after deadly crash

It was 5:45 a.m. and Kathryn Dodgen was on her way to work to give a monthly motivational presentation. Kathryn worked as an administrative assistant at an oil and gas company, and during these office-wide presentations she’d recognize workers for outstanding teamwork or accomplishments. Her husband, Gerry Dodgen, remembers her beaming about it over the […]