New safety efforts underway, but injuries still plague meat and poultry workers

The meatpacking plants that enable American consumers to find cheap hamburger and chicken wings in the grocery store are among the most dangerous places to work in the country. Federal regulators and meat companies agree more must be done to make slaughterhouses safer, and while there are signs the industry is stepping up its efforts, […]

Fed-Ohio: Sign Source USA cited for health violations

For the third time in 10 years, Fed-OSHA has charged a Lima, Ohio custom sign manufacturing company with exposing employees to respiratory, chemical and paint hazards. Fed-OSHA cited Sign Source USA Inc. for seven repeated and two serious health violations on June 14, after the agency’s December 2015 follow-up inspection. Proposed penalties total $46,970. Cited […]

Philadelphia-area Fed-OSHA head finds hazards in house tour

Everywhere Nick DeJesse goes, he sees a problem. So a nice stroll in South Philadelphia Friday enroute to a cup of cappuccino turns into an hour-long lecture on fall hazards, trench hazards, silica dust exposure, with the examples framed by scaffolding on nearly every block. He said there’s about one workplace fatality a month in […]

Fed-OSHA’s confidentiality provisions may not preclude consultant depositions

In an effort to comply with the regulations established by Fed-OSHA, employers can request from the agency a voluntary inspection to determine whether they are in compliance. These voluntary inspections are often conducted on behalf of Fed-OSHA by third-party consultants that receive federal grant money. Following an inspection, the consultants draft written reports detailing their […]

Worker killed in accident at Pennsylvania steel company

A Pennsylvania man was fatally injured in a workplace incident Thursday, the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office said. The 53-year-old man reportedly was struck in the abdomen by an object while he operated a press at the Catasauqua facility. Fed-OSHA is investigating. lehighvalleylive

Family of postal center worker hires attorney to investigate her death

Some employees’ at the U.S. Postal Service Michigan Metroplex Procession and Distribution Center in Pontiac, Michigan have reported that the air in the facility is not safe. Five postal workers at the facility all died within about a year of each other. According to a report by the U.S. Postal Services Inspector General, the methane […]

Fed-OSHA fines New Jersey scrap recyler

Fed-OSHA issued citations June 3 to Park Stein Inc., a scrap recycler in Clifton, New Jersey, for several violations, following December inspection. The city of Clifton reported the potential hazards at the facility. The agency cited the recycler for lack of adequate respiratory program, failure to properly store compressed gas cylinders, and lack of proper […]

Union says extreme heat might have caused 2 construction workers to die on job

Two deaths on St. Louis-area construction sites during the third week of June have some wondering whether the extreme heat could have played a part. Authorities say a 55-year-old iron worker died on a Monsanto job site and a 49-year-old sheet metal worker died on the MCC site at Barnes Jewish Hospital. The official cause […]

Owner told rescuers wrong depth of trench where worker died

The employer of the Ohio worker killed Wednesday after a trench collapsed on him admitted to the investigators that he did not tell the truth about the hole’s depth, sheriff’s office records show. The body of the plumbing contractor was recovered several hours after a trench he was in collapsed at a Washington Township construction […]