Fed-OSHA cites two federal prisons

Two federal prisons in West Virginia still don’t have some of the equipment necessary for staff to safely perform theirs job, according to Fed-OSHA. Fed-OSHA officials had previously found problems at Federal Correctional Center at Hazelton in Preston County in 2014 and 2015 and issued a willful violation for not requiring prison employees who perform […]

Wisconsin: Cleaning services cited after fatal fall

The 2015 death of a 20-year-old Oshkosh, Wisconsin man who fell five stories from a senior-living facility prompted a federal inspection that has resulted in citations for a local window cleaning service. The Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisc.)

New Jersey firm cited for unsafe jobsites

A Cinnaminson, New Jersey construction contractor continues to ignore worker-safety procedures, the federal labor department says. Berlin Builders faces nearly $200,000 in fines in connection with new charges from the U.S. Department of Labor over workplace safety violations at four South Jersey job sites. Workers of Berlin Builders, a residential carpentry contractor with projects throughout […]

New reports cite several factors in fatal 2014 Boston fire

Two new reports were released Thursday on the Back Bay fire two years ago that killed two Boston firefighters. Lieutenant Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy died when they were trapped in the basement of a brownstone in a 9-alarm fire on Beacon Street on March 26, 2014. The NIOSH report claims inadequate staffing, a […]

Behr Iron and Steel pleads guilty to violation causing death of employee

A Rockford-based company has pleaded guilty before as U.S. Magistrate judge to willfully violating Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, resulting in the death of an employee at the company’s facility in South Beloit, Wisconsin. Behr Iron and Steel Inc., a high-volume ferrous and nonferrous scrap processor, admitted in a plea agreement that on March […]

New Jersey company fined $52K for Parsippany cave-in risk

A Bergen County, New Jersey-based contractor was fined $52,000 for willfully exposing employees to a potential trench cave-in risk on Waterview Boulevard, according to Fed-OSHA. The agency’s Parsippany area office issued the Waldwick-based D.S. Meyer Enterprises five serious and one willful violation, continuing a crackdown on unsafe trench work in the state. Daily Record (Parsippany, […]

Fed-OSHA renews vehicle struck-by emphasis program in three Midwest states

In an effort to prevent potentially fatal struck-by incidents, OSHA is advising Midwest employers to use their “E.Y.E.S.” or “Evaluate Your Entire Surroundings,” the title of educational materials available from OSHA offices that provide employers with incident data, prevention strategies, risk assessment steps and common operator errors on vehicle struck-bys. The materials are available in […]