Missouri company cited for exposing workers to grain-handling hazards

Midwest Grain & Barge Company Inc. has been cited by Fed-OSHA for numerous violations. Inspectors reportedly found 11 serious and two other violations during a March 2016 investigation. That investigation was prompted by a complaint alleging workers were exposed to multiple grain-handling hazards. KFVS (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)

Ohio: Candy company under investigation following employee injury

Spangler Candy Company is under investigation by Fed-OSHA stemming from an incident earlier this month in which an employee was severely injured. It is the company’s third worker injury in less than a year. Bryan Times (Bryan, Ohio) [may require registration]

City of Omaha bills contractor over $100K for firefighting costs in M’s Pub blaze

A contractor that was working in downtown Omaha before the M’s Pub fire has received a nearly $104,000 bill from the city for firefighting costs. A city ordinance allows the city to recover expenses from the party whose action caused the incident or who owned the property where the incident occurred, among other reasons. Omaha […]

13 deaths by lightning in New Jersey

Death by lightning strike is rare. It’s extremely rare in New Jersey, where a death by lightning has not occurred in nearly four years. But from 2006 to 2012, a total of 13 people lost their lives in the state after being struck by lightning. According to the National Weather Service, there have been five […]

Fed-OSHA’s new electronic recordkeeping rule creates minefield for employers

On May 12, 2016, Fed-OSHA published its long-awaited electronic recordkeeping rule. The final rule creates numerous new recordkeeping obligations and additional administrative burdens for employers. Many employers will now be required to submit injury and illness information to Fed-OSHA electronically. Fed-OSHA will then attempt to remove identifying information from the records and publish them on […]

Chicago public television station cited for serious safety violation

Chicago public television station WTTW-Channel 11 has been slapped with a fine for violating workplace safety requirements at its North Side headquarters. Following up on an employee complaint, Fed-OSHA cited parent company Window to the World Communications for what it called a serious violation involving four scaffolds. The scaffolds were not anchored to a wall […]

NIOSH to convenience store owners: Take steps to protect workers from violence

Simple changes to the store environment can help convenience store owners protect their employees from work-related violence, NIOSH researchers claim in a recent blog post. In the April 26 post, the researchers note that the rate of work-related homicide is 7 times greater at convenience stores (2 homicides per 100,000 workers) than in all other […]