Should companies force employees to travel to Zika-infected countries?

As the Zika virus manifests in many countries, employers are contemplating their current travel policies and whether to amend them to reflect the ongoing impact of the disease. Employees traveling to countries, ranging from the Caribbean and Central and South America to Pacific Islands where the virus is now prevalent, must be aware of additional […]

On Workers Memorial Day, mother recalls son who died in Bong Bridge worksite incident

It’s been seven months since Amy Ogle lost her son to a worksite incident during reconstruction on the Bong Bridge. At Monday’s Workers Memorial Day ceremony at the Duluth Labor Temple, Ogle talked about her son, 18-year-old Kelsey Hagenson. Two months after starting his job as a carpenter’s apprentice, in the early morning hours on […]

Fed-OSHA finds multiple violations related to Kansas man’s death

Fed-OSHA has cited an industrial cleaning equipment manufacturer following the death of a 24-year-old Kansas man in a workplace accident. Fed-OSHA is seeking $59,000 in fines from Viking Blast & Wash Systems, and said in a news release that safety guards may have prevented a metal bar from striking and killing the lathe operator. KAKE […]

Indiana: Employees evicted due to mold in courthouse

At least five Morgan County, Indiana courthouse employees have been temporarily evicted from their offices after high levels of mold and radon were detected in two county buildings. Recent lab tests that found high levels of black mold in the walls at the county’s courthouse. WISH (Indianapolis)

Florida man who fell and died during renovation identified

The 52-year-old man who died Sunday morning as he was helping renovate a vacant warehouse unit in Jacksonville, Florida has been identified. The man died after he fell 10 feet when wooden shelving collapsed on him, as he and a cousin were inside demolishing the large wooden structure, according to law enforcement authorities. Florida Times-Union […]

Focus on forklift safety

Forklift safety will be a hot topic on Capitol Hill again this spring. On June 14, members of the Industrial Truck Association (ITA) and others will take part in the organization’s third annual National Forklift Safety Day. This event provides an opportunity for the industry to educate customers, the public, and government officials about the […]