Lawsuit filed over fatal New Jersey trench collapse

A wrongful-death lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of the estate of a 46-year-old man who suffocated along with a co-worker in 2014 when a trench they were digging outside a home in Boonton Township, New Jersey caved in, burying them under mounds of dirt. Fed-OSHA in April 2015 fined the landscape services contractor $77,000 […]

New Jersey tire store faces 8 safety violations, $103K fine

Mavis Tire’s Westfield, New Jersey store has been hit with a $103,331 fine for eight health and safety violations, according to Fed-OSHA. The agency filed the repeat citation for obstructed exit routes after a March 30 inspection. Fed-OSHA had cited Mavis for the same violation in May 2015. NJ Advance Media

Connecticut company won’t face fine for chemical spill, must reimburse emergency services

Light Metal Coloring has been billed just over $45,000 by fire and police departments for a chemical spill that occurred in late August in Southington, Connecticut. While the company must reimburse local emergency response agencies and a cleanup company, it won’t face fines for the spill. On August 24, 350 gallons of hexavalent chromium spilled […]

‘Woefully inadequate’ brace wasn’t in place before fatal trench collapse: Fed-OSHA

An Idaho construction contractor says his company provided a box to brace a trench his workers were digging May 3, but a foreman removed the box shortly before the trench collapsed, killing him and a fellow employee. Fed-OSHA released its investigation results Tuesday, citing the company for failing to provide required cave-in protection and a […]

Fed-OSHA cites Wisconsin company for trench hazards

Fed-OSHA says an Arpin, Wisconsin contractor risked the lives of at least two workers when they were in a deep trench without protections against a cave-in. Earth Inc. faces penalties of about $93,000 after the agency issued three citations to the company following a June inspection of a worksite. Inspectors determined a supervisor was aware […]

Fed-OSHA investigating Chicago-area industrial fatality

Fed-OSHA has opened an investigation into an industrial accident that left a 24-year-old man dead Monday in Park Forest, Illinois. The delivery driver was killed when a load from a powered industrial truck became unstable and struck him, according to Fed-OSHA and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He had been standing next to his […]

Fed-OSHA proposes a material change to lockout/tagout standard under guise of standards improvement projects

Fed-OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) Standard is severely out of date by failing to explicitly recognize the effectiveness of automated controls as an alternative means of eliminating the potential for unexpected energization. Automated controls, in fact, provide many advantages, including effective comprehensive functionality and reliability checks and reduced probability of human error. Yet, Fed-OSHA is proposing to […]

Fed-OSHA expands retaliation and discrimination protections

On May 11, 2016, Fed-OSHA issued the final version of amendments to its Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Rule. While the principal function of the new rule is to require certain employers to begin electronically filing injury and illness reports to Fed-OSHA in 2017 (records which will then be published to the public), employers should also […]