Wal-Mart store fined $118K by Fed-OSHA

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has been fined $118,800 by Fed-OSHA for violations that occurred at a Pensacola, Florida store. The agency on March 15 cited the retailer for three repeated and two serious violations, according to a news release. The serious violations included failing in annual training on the dangers of blood-borne pathogens during cleanup of […]

Advocates call for Fed-OSHA to strengthen proposed rule on beryllium

Fed-OSHA’s proposed rule on beryllium is “a step in the right direction” but could be stronger, according to a pair of worker safety and health advocates who testified at an informal hearing on the proposal. In its proposed rule, published Aug. 7, Fed-OSHA states that available evidence indicates exposure to the metal can lead to […]

Fed-OSHA releases final Dodd-Frank whistleblower regs

OSHA recently released its final rule implementing the whistleblower provisions of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (“CFPA”). This article contains some key features of the rule. National Law Review

Fed-OSHA tallies safety gains at severe injury reporting requirement’s one-year mark

In the first year of a new reporting requirement for severe work-related injuries, companies notified Fed-OSHA of 10,000-plus incidents, spurring opportunities for the agency to work with employers to eliminate hazards and protect other workers. Since January 2015, employers have been required to report any injury involving hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye within […]

Overnight regulation: Fed-OSHA silica rule coming soon

The Labor Department is preparing to issue controversial silica protections for workers. After years of delay, the Labor Department could finalize the silica rules as early as this week, after they were quietly approved by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Monday. The proposed regulation called for manufacturers to cut in […]

Fed-OSHA cites Kroger after Ohio worker loses fingertip butchering meat

A Cincinnati-area Kroger has been cited for two violations by Fed-OSHA after a man lost a fingertip while butchering meat. The investigation began when a 65-year-old grocer lost his left middle fingertip while he was using a band saw to butcher meat, according to the agency. WLWT (Cincinnati)

Fed-OSHA investigating death of Nebraska plumber

The death of a 61-year-old Alliance, Nebraska plumber who was killed in a trench collapse Monday is under investigation by Fed-OSHA. A second worker was injured in the accident. The two workers were installing sewer lines to a home. KETV (Omaha)

Fed-OSHA launches emphasis program on poultry industry in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri

Federal statistics show that more than 1 in 14 poultry-processing workers suffers recordable injuries or illnesses on the job – a far higher proportion than other private-sector workers. Fed-OSHA announced March 17 that it is launching a Regional Emphasis Program in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri to combat musculoskeletal disorders and ergonomic problems among at-risk poultry-processing […]

Lancaster foundry fined $42,700 for exposing workers to lead, cadmium

A 129-year-old Lancaster city foundry has been fined nearly $43,000 by Fed-OSHA for multiple violations related to exposing workers to elevated levels of lead and airborne cadmium. Fed-OSHA issued citations for 11 serious and one other-than-serious violations against J. Walter Miller Co., a maker of brass and bronze castings for the fire protection, plumbing, flow […]