Small business concerned about ‘underground regulations’

Small businesses say they are concerned by the rise of so-called underground regulations. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) released a report Tuesday documenting rules from federal agencies that they say evade public scrutiny. The Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Labor, Fed-OSHA and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) along with other federal agencies are […]

TimkenSteel Corp. faces nearly $400K in fines as result of crane accident

Canton, Ohio-based TimkenSteel Corp. is facing fines of nearly $400,000 after a crane accident resulted in 1,000 pounds of equipment falling on a worker. According to the agency, the accident happened just days after Fed-OSHA had begun an inspection at the company’s Harrison steel plant in Canton. Crain’s Cleveland Business

Florida company refusing to pay for cleanup from explosion, fire

A Stuart, Florida biodiesel company is refusing to pay for cleanup costs following a massive explosion and fire earlier this year. The cleanup costs from the incident exceeded more than $1.3 million, but the company’s attorney said it’s not obligated to help Martin County pay the bill. WPBF (West Palm Beach, Fla.)

Nevada investigates whether cryotherapy is safe for public

The state of Nevada is looking into whether cryotherapy is safe for the general public after the death of a Las Vegas spa worker found inside a phone booth-sized chamber chilled with liquid nitrogen, regulators said Monday. The state said it was shifting its investigation beyond workplace safety and the equipment used in the treatments […]

NYCOSH to NYC: Arresting workers for fake OSHA cards is wrong

The New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health is upset about the recent arrests of New York City construction workers who allegedly possessed fake OSHA cards. Members of the advocacy group wrote a letter Oct. 26 to the commissioner of the New York City Department of Buildings, which co-led a recent sweep that resulted […]

Fed-OSHA: Study confirms effectiveness of penalties, citations

A recent study linking inspection-related citations and penalties to increased workplace safety and fewer injuries “confirms what we have been saying for a long time,” Fed-OSHA administrator David Michaels said in the Nov. 2 edition of “OSHA QuickTakes” newsletter. Researchers from the Toronto-based Institute for Work & Health found “strong evidence” that specific consequences from […]

Film Allman denied second discretionary review

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has denied Film Allman’s request for yet another discretionary review as the film company behind the ill-fated Midnight Rider tried for a third time to get out of paying a $74,900 fine and also being found guilty of a willful safety violation. The case stems from the death […]

Fargo roofing firm faces up to $105,000 fine from Fed-OSHA

Fed-OSHA is proposing that Lorz Construction of Fargo, North Dakota be fined $105,000 for violating safety regulations at a worksite in West Fargo earlier this year. The agency on Monday announced it was citing the roofing contractor for three safety violations after an investigation determined a worker suffered serious injuries in a May 1 incident […]