Fed-OSHA cites two companies for sound barrier wall death

is citing two Florida companies relating to the death of a construction worker in Jacksonville, Florida. In May, the Tampa man was killed when a 15,000 pound concrete slab fell on him at the construction site for the tolled express lanes on the West Beltway. WOKV (Jacksonville, Fla.)

An advocate of worker safety pushes employer liability

It’s criminal what happens to workers who are injured, or worse, killed on the job, but, according to worker safety advocate Barbara Rahke, of PhilaPOSH, a worker safety group primarily funded by labor unions and foundations, but what happens to their employers is not criminal enough. Philadelphia Inquirer

Murdered Denver cabby was moonlighting to pay bills

The Denver cab driver who was shot to death this weekend was a psychologist driving a cab to help pay bills incurred after his wife was disabled in an accident, his father said Sunday. According to Fed-OSHA, taxi drivers are 20 times more likely than other workers to be slain on the job. Denver Post

Southern Nevada housing authority fined $47,000 by Nevada OSHA

Southern Nevada’s struggling public housing agency owes $47,000 in fines for six serious safety violations identified by Nevada OSHA. The violations by the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority included a $35,000 willful-serious offense. It happened during the April repair of a broken water main. Las Vegas Review-Journal

Why employers are rarely sued in Michigan workplace deaths

It’s been two months since Wanda Holbrook was killed on the job, but her husband still doesn’t know exactly why it happened. Bill Holbrook has been told a final report from Michigan OSHA, the state agency investigating the 57-year-old’s death, is expected to take three to four months. Mlive

Yakima employer fined more than $100K for exposing workers to toxic pesticide

A Yakima, Washington orchardist is facing $105,000 in fines from the Department of Labor and Industries for multiple serious health violations related to pesticides. The department recently cited Gilbert Orchards Inc., for 12 serious and repeat-serious health violations. The state began the inspection in March after receiving information that employees were hand-applying a pesticide used […]