No fines, no follow-up after massive explosion at Wyoming natural gas plant

In 2014, a massive explosion tore through the Williams natural gas processing plant in Opal, Wyoming. It forced the evacuation of the southwestern Wyoming town and caused a spike in the price of natural gas. Wyoming OSHA conducted an investigation in the aftermath and found a number of safety violations. But the agency never collected […]

Fed-OSHA fines Georgia recycling company nearly $318K

Fed-OSHA has issued $317,814 in proposed fines to Columbia Recycling Corp., of Dalton, Georgia, for repeat workplace violations including failure to administer an effective hearing conservation program, ensure nameplates were maintained in a legible condition and protect petroleum gas storage tanks with crash rails or guards. Dalton Daily Citizen

Fed-OSHA: Excavation company could have prevented workers’ deaths

Federal safety inspectors say a local excavation company could have prevented the deaths of two men who died after a trench collapsed in Boise last May. A third man suffered serious injuries in the accident. Fed-OSHA cited Hard Rock Construction, Inc. with three serious citations and one willful citations, and assessed penalties of $77,319. KTVB […]

Report: Obama administration’s labor regs cost economy $80B, 150K jobs

Labor regulations issued in the last year of the Obama presidency will cost the economy roughly $80 billion over the next 10 years and eliminate 150,000 jobs, according to a report from the National Association of Manufacturers. The report analyzed seven regulations from the Department of Labor, Fed-OSHA, the Equal Opportunity Commission, and the National […]

U.S. Court of Appeals blocks new Fed-OSHA fertilizer rules

Fed-OSHA failed to go through the proper rulemaking process before mandating retailers to implement new stricter storage standards for anhydrous ammonia fertilizer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has ruled. The three-judge panel said it was not ruling on the merits of the case, only that Fed-OSHA must go through a formal […]

Fed-OSHA, DoT issue joint memorandum on hazardous chemicals

On September 19, Fed-OSHA and the Department of Transportation issued a joint memorandum addressing labeling of hazardous chemicals for bulk shipments. The memorandum clarified that “during transportation DOT’s HMR [Hazardous Materials Regulation] governs hazard communication labeling requirements” and “OSHA’s HCS 2012 labeling is not required on shipping containers in transport, even when DOT’s HMR does […]

New York: Canandaigua VA workers exposed to asbestos: Union

In New York, dozens of Canandaigua VA workers were exposed to the dangers of asbestos during a renovation, according to the workers’ union. VA workers with SEIU 200 United filed a complaint in April with Fed-OSHA, which responded with the Environmental Protection Agency and VA Inspector General’s office. A stop-work order was issued immediately. Daily […]

New Jersey framing company fined $223K

A Fairview, New Jersey-based framing contractor faces fines of about $223,000 after failing to provide protection and exposing employees to 20-foot drops at a worksite, according to Fed-OSHA. The company, Frame Q LLC, was previously cited by Fed-OSHA in 2014 for the same hazards. The Record/NorthJersey