Worker fatally falls 70 feet at University of Vermont

A construction worker fell more than 70 feet from a structure being built at University of Vermont and died of his injuries early Thursday morning, university officials said. Vermont OSHA has opened an investigation. Burlington Free Press [with video]

Family of Ohio man who died in trench explores legal options

Family members of the Winchester, Ohio man who died after a trench collapse at a Washington Township construction site have consulted an attorney to explore legal options. The 33-year-old died June 15 after a 12-foot deep trench collapsed on him. Dayton Daily News

Fed-​OSHA investigating explosion

Fed-OSHA was on the scene of Bonnell Aluminum in Newnan, Georgia soon after an explosion in the casting area rocked the west side of the city Wednesday morning. Based on results in Fed-OSHA’s online establishment search, there have been no citations since at least 1972 against the aluminum extrusion facility. Newnan Times-Herald

Fed-OSHA finds retaliation against school janitor who reported asbestos

Fed-OSHA has awarded a school janitor more than $193,000 in damages and lost wages after finding that she was retaliated against for complaining about being exposed to asbestos at a Dearborn, Michigan school district. She and a second janitor had complained after they dry-sanded asbestos-containing floor tiles at Annapolis High School in the summer of […]

Michigan: Dearborn Heights janitor says she’s vindicated by Fed-OSHA

A Michigan school custodian says she’s been vindicated by Fed-OSHA, which found her boss at a Dearborn Heights school district ordered her to dry-sand floor tiles knowing they contained asbestos, then tried to cover up the exposure with a fraudulent report. Fed-OSHA said the district labeled the custodian a troublemaker after she complained about the […]

Public Citizen: Rules to protect workers have experienced ‘historic’ delays

Fed-OSHA takes an average of 12 years to publish an “economically significant” rule – a term used for rules expected to have an effect on the economy of $100 million or more in a single year – according to a report released June 23 by watchdog group Public Citizen. Since 1996, Fed-OSHA has started and […]

Don’t Panic! Employers should be able to continue most post-accident drug tests under Fed-OSHA’s new reasonable reporting procedure rule

Fed-OSHA will begin enforcing its new regulation requiring employers (1) to have a “reasonable procedure” for employees to report work-related injuries and illnesses, and (2) not to discriminate or retaliate against employees who report such injuries or illnesses. The rationale for these new requirements is that employees should not be discouraged or punished in any […]

Fed-OSHA cites contractor for Massachusetts shipyard building project

Fed-OSHA has cited an East Bridgewater, Massachusetts company for a pair of workplace safety violations on a building project at the Quincy shipyard. Earlier this month, Fed-OSHA issued two citations, totaling $5,600, against D’S Welding Inc. after inspectors reported finding violations at a site where crews are constructing a new metal building. The citations concern […]