Fed-OSHA fines Elizabeth, New Jersey company 9th time over construction site safety

Since 2009, Fed-OSHA has levied $60,020 in fines against Cajamarca Construction Corp. of Elizabeth, New Jersey for eight violations concerning lack of fall protection and scaffolding hazards. Last month, officials cited the company again, recommending a $51,040 fine for alleged safety violations at a residential project in Jersey City. NJ Advance Media

Wisconsin manufacturer cited by Fed-OSHA

An Arcadia, Wisconsin cardboard manufacturing company has been cited by OSHA after an employee was injured. Industrial Packaging Corporation was cited for nine safety violations and proposed $118,000 in penalties after a worker’s three fingertips were amputated in November. WEAU (Eau Claire, Wisc.)

Minnesota: State files OSHA action against township

Greenwood Township, Minnesota officials are facing more fallout from the firing of fire department officers in 2014. Ken Peterson, the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry has filed a complaint with the Office of Administrative Hearings alleging that township officials improperly discriminated against a former fire captain when they fired him as an […]

NIOSH publishes National Total Worker Health Agenda

NIOSH recently published the National Total Worker Health Agenda, intended to advance worker well-being by integrating occupational safety and health practices with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts. The introduction to the agenda states that new approaches are needed because “scientific evidence now supports what many safety and health professionals, as well as workers […]

Fed-OSHA releases two more temporary worker guidance documents

Fed-OSHA has just reminded temporary staffing agencies and their clients (i.e., host employers) that they are jointly responsible for temporary employee’s safety and health in two new guidance documents relating to safety and health training and hazard communications. Temporary agencies and host employers that use their services should heed this guidance in carrying out their […]

Fed-OSHA Certifies OSH plan for New Jersey government workers

New Jersey is now one of six states and territories with its own program for protecting the safety and health of state and local government workers. The state plan, which covers more than 530,000 workers, took 16-years to finally become effective this year on January 22, after first being approved in 2001, according to Fed-OSHA. […]

OMB completes review of Fed-OSHA recordkeeping rule

The White House Office of Management and Budget has completed its review of a rule from OSHA that would require electronic recordkeeping and reporting, a signal that the rule may soon be published. The Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule would require employers with at least 250 employees to electronically submit injury […]