Fed-OSHA cites VA for improper biohazard waste disposal

A recent report from Fed-OSHA finds that the Memphis VA Medical Center improperly discarded biohazardous waste, confirming a story first broken by CDN in March. According to the report, a March 29 Fed-OSHA inspection found that a pipe was clogged by body tissue that had built up in the pipes. Communities Digital News

When a workplace tragedy is also a crime

When we hear about shootings, bank robberies, or home invasions, we expect the perpetrators to be arrested, tried, and punished appropriately if they are found guilty. When a drunk driver kills an innocent bystander, we treat that death as a criminal act punishable with fines and jail time. When an employer ignores workplace safety and […]

Pennsylvania fragrance facility hit with $63K in penalties from Fed-OSHA

Ungerer & Co. is facing $63,450 in proposed Fed-OSHA penalties after it allegedly exposed its workers to chemical hazards and other dangers at its facility in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania. The investigation was prompted by a referral the agency received on Jan. 27 from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, which charged that employees suffered respiratory distress […]

Construction worker dies after fall at Hamptons property

A construction worker died Tuesday morning following a fall of about 12 feet at an East Hampton Village property that made headlines two years ago for its record $147 million sale. East Hampton Village police say the 55-year-old mason from lost his footing and fell about 12 feet onto a concrete floor. East Hampton Star

New York: Mount Vernon firms hit with safety fines

Two Mount Vernon, New York companies face $6,600 in fines for alleged safety lapses. Fed-OSHA inspectors cited a woodworking company for four violations, mostly related to hazard communication. The agency also issued eight violations to a glass products company, including violations for spray finishing using flammable materials, respiratory protection and hazard communication. Journal News/lohud

Ocean Spray employee’s hand crushed in conveyor belt

An Ocean Spray employee’s hand was crushed Monday night when he accidentally caught it in a conveyor belt at the company’s warehouse in Middleboro, Massachusetts. The man was conscious and was medically sedated while firefighters used hand tools to free him from the conveyor belt. WCVB (Boston)

Feds fine Idaho potato processor $273K after gas release

Fed-OSHA has fined an Idaho food processing company $273,000 following the release of a dangerous gas. The agency says the large release of anhydrous ammonia in December 2015 at the eastern Idaho plant in Sugar City where Dickinson Frozen Foods process potatoes didn’t cause any injuries but other major ammonia releases at the facility have. […]

Fed-OSHA outlines ambitious plan in spring regulatory agenda

On May 18, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) published its Spring 2016, or semiannual, Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The Unified Agenda details planned and ongoing rulemaking initiatives for individual federal agencies, including Fed-OSHA. Fed-OSHA has identified 15 substantive rulemaking initiatives in the […]