Fed-OSHA accused of retaliating against one of its own

For nearly five years, Darrell Whitman was a federal investigator who probed whistleblowers’ complaints about being fired or otherwise punished for exposing alleged corporate misconduct. He wanted to help whistleblowers, viewing them as a crucial line of defense against employers who violated health and safety standards or wasted taxpayer dollars. But now Whitman, 70, is […]

Fed-OSHA cites Des Moines-area postal facility for violations

Fed-OSHA has cited the U.S. Postal Service distribution center in Urbandale, Iowa for one new and two repeated safety violations, following an October 2015 investigation of a complaint alleging forklift operators were handling unstable loads and driving forward with no clear path of visibility. The agency has proposed $88,000 in penalties. Des Moines Register

Newport News shipyard blasting continues to raise beryllium concerns

The federal government has proposed stricter exposure standards for toxic beryllium, but organized labor wants further protections, partly with the maritime industry in mind. Beryllium exists in trace amounts in coal slag, used in some blasting operations at Newport News Shipbuilding. At a recent public hearing in Washington, a representative of the shipyard’s largest union […]

Louisiana: Several injured in collapse at Shreveport hospital site

A construction site accident at a Shreveport, Louisiana hospital Friday morning sent several workers to the emergency room. Officials say concrete was being poured at the building that’s under construction when a portion of the scaffolding and structure gave way. KTBS (Shreveport, La.)

Workers rescued after scaffolding breaks in Denver

Two workers were rescued by the Denver Fire Department Saturday morning, when their scaffolding breaks at a construction site. One of the workers reporteldy was dangling by a rope when firefighters arrived. KRDO (Pueblo)

Bus driver’s firing linked to speeding: Fed-OSHA

The Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania fired a 47-year-old bus driver accused of racing on an interstate because of her driving, not because of a post-accident report she filed, according to a Fed-OSHA report. The driver contends the authority fired her for reporting steering and braking problems with the bus after the September 2014 […]

Investigation of fatal accident at New Jersey postal facility forwarded to prosecutor’s

The police investigation into last month’s fatal accident at a Kearny, New Jersey mail distribution facility has been turned over to the county prosecutor, according to authorities. A 54-year-old clerk died after she was struck by a van driven by another employee near a pedestrian exit of the facility’s parking lot on March 22, according […]

Workers tried saving man in pig manure death

Workers on the Ohio farm where a 31-year-old man died after being exposed to liquefied pig manure tried to save the unresponsive victim before he was pronounced dead last October, according to a sheriff’s report. Fed-OSHA has proposed a $16,800 penalty to W.E. Soil Enhancement, a subcontractor tasked with removing the manure. Fremont News-Messenger

Guess store at Connecticut outlet faces $65K in safety violation fines

A store in the Tanger Outlet at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut is facing up to $65,000 in fines for federal workplace safety violations. According to Fed-OSHA, a blocked emergency exit and improperly stored stock put the employees of the apparel retailer Guess Factory Store at risk of burns, lacerations and being hit by […]

Midway employee killed by ride at Miami-Dade Fair identified; Fed-OSHA investigating

A 23-year-old worker killed last week during a carnival ride maintenance inspection at the Miami-Dade Fair and Exposition was identified by a South African media organization on Friday. State records show that the Florida Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection examined the ride on March 17 and found no deficiencies; a spokeswoman for the bureau says […]