Fed-OSHA fines Fort Worth Zoo after elephant injures zookeeper

Fed-OSHA has fined the Fort Worth Zoo for failing to keep a zookeeper safe and for failing to report the worker’s injuries as required by law. Earlier this month, an NBC 5 Investigation raised safety concerns about how the Fort Worth Zoo handles elephants. That report revealed how a young elephant calf injured a zookeeper […]

TimkenSteel worker’s death linked to nitrogen exposure: Fed-OSHA

After a 32-year-old male worker was found dead in a control-room at TimkenSteel’s Faircrest Plant on Sunday, Fed-OSHA’s Cleveland office said that the worker may have been exposed to too much nitrogen. Subsequent readings by the company and fire department detected oxygen levels in the area where the employee was found were less than 4 […]

Workplace accidents led to nearly 3,000 amputations in 2015

A new report from Fed-OSHA shows that there were 10,388 severe injuries caused by workplace conditions in 2015. These injuries led to 7,636 hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations. In a handful of cases there were even reports of people having their eyes gouged out. Fed-OSHA collected the data from 26 states that have higher safety standards […]

Fed-OSHA issues final rules implementing Consumer Financial Protection Act whistleblower law

Fed-OSHA has issued final rules implementing the whistleblower protection provision of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA). Enacted as Section 1057 of the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPA’s whistleblower protection provision provides robust protection to employees who disclose fraud related to consumer financial protection services. National Law Review

Alabama company cited for willful, repeated safety violations by Fed-OSHA

An Alabama-based contracting company faces more than $60,000 in fines this month from Fed-OSHA, which began an inspection of D&J Enterprises in mid-January as part of its National Emphasis Program on trenching and excavation. The willful violation involves allowing employees to work in an excavation up to 10-feet deep without cave-in protection. Alabama Media Group

How to put your stress to work

There is a myth that only negative situations, such as the loss of a job, a company reorganization or a major life event, can cause stress. The reality is any change in life – good or bad – creates stress. And the effect on our workforce and population is alarming. Stress is your body’s way […]

U.S. proposes new safety rules for natural gas pipelines

Following a series of explosions and accidents the federal government announced last week that it would expand safety rules for natural gas pipelines. The rules would include pressure-testing on pipelines constructed before 1970, which has been a recommendation National Transportation Safety Board. Safety protocols that currently apply to densely populated areas would be expanded to […]

City of Ottumwa, Iowa addresses citations

Fed-OSHA has fined the City of Ottumwa, Iowa several thousand dollars for violating federal regulations about allowing employees to interact with asbestos. There are two citations listing seven violations, six classified as serious. Each serious violation carries a fine of just over $1,000. The federal agency has an 11-page document detailing citations and penalties. But […]