OR-OSHA fines excavating company $142,800 for fatal cave-in

Oregon OSHA has fined TC Excavating of Portland $142,800 in connection with a trench cave-in earlier this year that killed a 29-year-old worker. The agency issued five violations for the May 5 accident. The man had been part of a crew installing a sewage line at a home and was inside a trench but outside […]

Feds probe fatal loading dock accident in Massachusetts

Fed-OSHA is probing the death of a 37-year-old man who was crushed by a tractor-trailer truck at a business in Rockland, Massachusetts. State police investigators say the worker was using hand signals to guide a tractor-trailer truck driver toward the loading dock when he lost his footing on the loading dock platform ramp and fell […]

Top Dem seeks study on effects of airplane cabin noise

The top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is seeking answers about the long-term effects of airplane cabin noise on flight crews. In a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Tuesday, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) raised concern regarding permanent hearing loss and damage that airline personnel may suffer from by being […]

Florida town aims to give police better rules to deal with noise complaints

The New Port Richey, Florida City Council has taken the first step toward replacing a noise ordinance that police say is unenforceable. The city sought a change because police continue to field numerous noise complaints in both residential and commercial areas of the city, particularly regarding downtown bars and restaurants, according to the police chief, […]

Worker dead, gas not flowing, feds investigating

Fed-OSHA has confirmed that they are investigating Monday’s explosion and firethat killed one worker and shut down two huge pipelines that fuel metro Atlanta and much of the east coast. The accident in Alabama on Monday affected pipelines owned and operated by Colonial Pipeline of Alpharetta, Georgia, also reportedly injured seven workers. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New Jersey gas contractor hit with $100K fine, its 5th in 4 years

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities fined a contractor $100,000 for damaging a gas line in Elizabeth earlier this year and attempting an unauthorized repairs without notifying the gas company, or emergency officials. Fed-OSHA fined Henkels & McCoy $14,000 for two serious violations in March 2015 for a fatal explosion in Ewing, New Jersey, […]

MIOSHA investigating drowning of 2 men in lake

Michigan OSHA is investigating circumstances surrounding the deaths of two men who drowned while attempting to save two co-workers on October 28, on a lake in Livingston County. Police determined that two 20-year-old men were on a 2006 aluminum, 10-foot boat conducting lake maintenance and removing buoys from the lake when the boat began to […]

Fed-OSHA schedules informal meeting to discuss updates to hazcom standard

Fed-OSHA has scheduled an informal public meeting to discuss potential updates to its Hazard Communication Standard, November 16 at the Mine Safety and Health Administration headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The agency is in the early stages of revising its standard to ensure it aligns with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling […]

Fed-OSHA issues guidance memo on incentive, disciplinary, and drug-testing programs

On October 19, 2016, Fed-OSHA published a memo advising the new provisions of Section 1904.35, which require employers to set up reasonable procedures for reporting workplace injuries/illnesses and prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who reported workplace injuries/illnesses. The memo specifically addressed discipline, drug and alcohol testing and incentive programs and how they may be […]