Beware: Fed-OSHA fines could be skyrocketing

Here’s more evidence your company needs to stay current on safety training: OSHA fines are heading skyward. Since 2010, the number of companies facing total OSHA fines above $100,000 has tripled. CFO Daily News

House lawmakers grill Fed-OSHA administrator on enforcement issues

At a House subcommittee hearing on October 7, the head of Fed-OSHA, Dr. David Michaels, faced a grilling from Republican lawmakers over recently issued guidance memoranda for agency inspectors and examples of allegedly over-the-top enforcement actions. In opening remarks, Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chairman Tim Walberg (R-Minn.) complained that despite a pledge of transparency in its […]

GOP demands documents on Fed-OSHA rule targeting franchisers

Republican lawmakers are demanding that the Department of Labor turn over all documents relating to a proposed Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule that would make franchisers legally liable for violations at their franchisees. The lawmakers accuse the department of planning to use Fed-OSHA to punish businesses for issues unrelated to workplace safety and hiding […]

Fed-OSHA investigating crash that killed worker on North Dakota highway

Fed-OSHA is investigating a fatal truck-pedestrian crash that killed a 20-year-old worker from Georgia this week. The worker had been taking measurements for an engineering company near Watford City, North Dakota when he was struck by the truck. While Fed-OSHA doesn’t do vehicle crash investigations, the agency may have jurisdiction in this case if the […]

Fed-OSHA debuts program to cut illness, injury at Alabama poultry processing facilities

Fed-OSHA is launching a new Regional Emphasis Program in Alabama to protect workers and cut injury and illness rates related to the poultry industry. The program will begin by offering education and prevention outreach over a three-month period to employers, associations and workers. Fed-OSHA will then begin on-site inspections and a review of poultry processing […]

Pesticide exposure mainly affects agriculture workers: study

Rates of occupational injury and illness from pesticides are much higher among agricultural workers than workers in other industries, according to NIOSH research. Researchers examined 2,014 cases of acute occupational illnesses or injuries related to pesticides in the Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risk Pesticides program from 2007 to 2010 in 11 states. Agricultural […]

NACOSH, ACCSH to meet in December

Two OSHA advisory committees and their workgroups are scheduled to separately meet Dec. 1-2 in Washington, and the public is invited to attend. The full National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health is set to meet Dec. 2 to receive updates from OSHA administrator David Michaels and NIOSH Director John Howard. The committee also […]

Buffalo-area landscaping company cited following worker’s death

Fed-OSHA has proposed a fine for a Lockport, New York landscaping company following the death of an employee while on the job. Officials say the worker was struck in the back of head by a rock that was propelled out of a riding lawnmower during a job in June and died a few days later. […]