New Fed-OSHA rules impact privacy, drug screening and incentives

Last Thursday marked the start of a new slate of rules brought about by Fed-OSHA. What originally began as a push by OSHA to streamline and modernize reporting become something bigger. These new rules, which slipped under the radar of most major news outlets, will affect most employer in some way — and they had […]

Federal judge denies preliminary injunction on Fed-OSHA’s new anti-retaliation reg

On November 28, a federal judge in Texas cleared the way for Fed-OSHA’s new anti-retaliation regulation to take effect on December 1, 2016, at least temporarily. The regulation requires employers to inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries free from retaliation and to establish reasonable procedures for employees to report injuries. The preamble […]

Driverless car industry embraces Trump’s Transportation pick

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Transportation secretary is receiving praise from one area of the auto world: the driverless car industry. The industry is salivating over Elaine Chao’s light touch when it comes to regulations and her vocal support for the ride-sharing economy. Chao’s likely appointment will come at a time when the emerging industry […]

Connecticut: Contractor killed, one hurt in fall from Westport roof

A roofing contractor was killed and a co-worker seriously injured Sunday when they both fell off a roof at a home that was under construction in Westport, Connecticut, according to police. The two men had been working together on a three-story roof when they fell. Hartford Courant

South Dakota: Community surveys damage after building collapse

As engineers reviewed the remains of a fatal building collapse in downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a community began to assess the tragedy’s toll on two families. A 22-year-old woman was rescued hours later from the rubble of her family’s apartment. A young father who was working a construction job inside didn’t make it out […]

Senators ask for quick action to address Hanford chemical vapors

Three key senators are pressing the energy secretary to move quickly and definitively to take action on new recommendations to protect workers from chemical vapors at the Hanford nuclear reservation. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released a review with multiple recommendations last week following a June request by the Department of Energy. […]

Missing man’s body found in collapsed South Dakota building

Rescue workers found the body of a construction worker Friday evening in the rubble of a building that had collapsed hours earlier in South Dakota’s largest city. Recovery of the body came hours after authorities managed to pull a woman, injured but alive, from the debris of the brick building in downtown Sioux Falls. Minneapolis […]

Employee death probed at Toledo machine shop

Fed-OSHA is investigating the death of a 49-year-old man at a Toledo, Ohio-area metal working and machining shop. In 2011, Fed-OSHA fined Meldrum Mechanical Services $29,400 for 15 serious violations of worker safety rules. Among the violations, the agency alleged that the firm failed to shield workers from moving parts on machinery. Toledo Blade