Idaho judge orders Idaho sawmill to pay whistleblower $234K

Clearwater Paper Corp. employee Anthony Tenny complained to Fed-OSHA about health hazards at the company’s Lewiston, Idaho sawmill. About a month later Clearwater fired him. A federal judge this week found that Spokane-based Clearwater fired the employee in retaliation for the complaint and ordered the company to pay him $234,751. Tenny repeatedly expressed concerns to […]

Vermont trooper death report shows emergency preparation flaws

Vermont State Police lacked adequate first aid supplies to treat heat-induced injuries at the Ethan Allen Firing Range the day a trooper collapsed while trying out for a tactical team, Department of Labor documents show. Several troopers on scene also failed to recognize that the 28-year-old man was suffering from a heat-related injury based on […]

Construction worker hit by equipment at Woods Hole site flown to hospital

A construction worker was flown to an off-Cape hospital Thursday after he was struck by heavy equipment at a Woods Hole, Massachustts site, according to fire and police officials. The 47-year-old man reportedly suffered multiple traumatic injuries after being hit by equipment as it was backing up. Cape Cod Times

Employee dies after being crushed at tour bus depot near Dallas

Fed-OSHA is investigating a fatal tour bus/pedestrian accident in Arlington, Texas. A maintenance employee reportedly was killed after he became pinned between two tour buses. There were no passengers on either bus. CBS DFW (Dallas) [with video]

Health officials warn against exposure to Zika at work

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued new interim guidance for protecting workers from occupational exposure to Zika virus. WSB (Atlanta)

Expert: New federal rule on silica exposure overdue

There’s so much construction underway in the Puget Sound region right now, but it’s easy to forget that the workers face significant safety risks. One of those risks comes from small sand particles known as silica that can lodge in workers’ lungs. In June, a tougher federal rule on silica exposure is set to take […]

Sanoh America facing $82,500 in Fed-OSHA fines

Sanoh America, a brake line maker, could face $82,500 in federal fines for exposing workers to fall and amputation hazards at an Ohio facility. Sanoh America was cited for similar hazards in 2009 and 2012 at plants in Mount Vernon and Findlay, Ohio. The Courier (Findlay, Ohio)

Fed-OSHA issues fine for safety violations at Ohio glass plant

Fed-OSHA has cited Fuyao Glass America for two serious violations. According to agency documents, during an October complaint inspection, guarding was not in place to prevent employees exposures to pinch points created within the rollers system on a line machine. The second violation says covers for service trenches were not secured to prevent accidental movement. […]

High levels of mold found in Indiana courthouse

Unhealthy levels of mold have been detected in both the air and between walls of the historic Morgan County, Indiana Courthouse. These latest findings have led some county employees to start wearing masks to work. As many as six county employees have been told to stay away from the building under doctor’s orders, according to […]