Federal prisons not testing all inmates for Zika

Federal prison authorities are not testing all arriving inmates for the Zika virus, including hundreds who are regularly shuttled into the U.S. from Puerto Rico, where thousands have been infected, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons documents and staffers. While federal officials said high-risk, pregnant inmates are tested if they have histories of potential exposure, […]

Second lawsuit filed over fatal New Jersey trench collapse

The family of a second man who suffocated in a trench collapse in Boonton Township, New Jersey in 2014 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the victim’s employer, Bednar Landscape Services. Daily Record (Parsippany, N.J.)

Houston man accused of Fed-OSHA scam

Victoria, Texas police officers arrested a 29-year-old Houston man Tuesday on suspicion of impersonating a public servant. The man identified was giving the impression he worked for Fed-OSHA but was unable to produce any credentials, according to a police news release. Victoria Advocate

​​4 things to know about the real costs of on-the-job injuries

The nearly 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses that were reported in 2014 by private employers occurred at a rate of 3.2 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, according to estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of the 3 million, 95 percent were occupational injuries, with 75 percent occurring in service-providing industries, […]

Tips for returning to flood zones

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety last week issued guidelines for safety during and after flooding, including removing and discarding all items that cannot be disinfected. StarNews (Wilmington, N.C.)

Cell phones at the workplace: Protecting employee safety

As Fed-OSHA’s enforcement relating to employee cell phone use gains more notoriety, it can be expected that it will have a significant collateral impact on law enforcement at all levels to address this hazard. Lexology

Contractor fined $24,000 for theater wall collapse

The contractor that tore down the landmark Wollaston Theatre in Quincy, Massachusetts must pay the federal government $24,000 in workplace-safety fines after the theater’s last remaining wall collapsed in July, seriously injuring two workers. Fed-OSHA, has issued five citations against Jamie McGuinness & Sons, the company that knocked down the 90-year-old theater. Patriot Ledger