Chicago manufacturer faces $80K penalty after third worker slices off part of finger

A worker who lost the tip of his finger last fall at a Chicago metal container manufacturing plant was the third to suffer such an amputation at the facility in 17 months, prompting Fed-OSHa to propose more than $81,000 in penalties for the most recent injury alone. The 52-year-old temporary worker was trying to clear […]

Fed-OSHA change requires review of post-accident drug testing policies

If you’re an employer with a blanket policy to conduct post-accident drug and alcohol testing on employees, it may be time to review your procedures. Fed-OSHA recently published guidance on this issue, making it clear that there must be a reasonable basis for conducting such testing. Newsday [may require registration]

Fed-OSHA issues new walking/working surfaces, fall-protection standard

In November, Fed-OSHA issued its long-awaited final rule for “Walking/Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems).” The new rule revises existing general industry standards meant to prevent slips, trips and falls, and adds new criteria for fall protection systems, including personal fall protection systems, writes Denver attorney Patrick J. Miller. Colorado Real Estate […]

UPS hit with $73K fine for safety violations at Louisville airport

UPS was slapped with $73,800 in fines recently after Fed-OSHA inspectors found safety violations at the company’s airplane hangar at the Louisville airport. The first violation was issued for failure to properly guard an open-sided platform or floor raised at least 4 feet above ground level, records show, and was deemed willful. UPS’s second violation, […]

Wisconsin lumber mill faces $260K Fed-OSHA fine

A Marathon City, Wisconsin-based company faces a $260,113 Fed-OSHA fine after an employee’s injury sparked a federal investigation. A 24-year-old worker at Menzner Lumber & Supply suffered a partial amputation of his right middle finger while servicing a machine on June 29. Workers were not properly trained how to isolate energy sources while setting up, […]

‘Entirely preventable’ trench collapse deaths frustrate Fed-OSHA

More than two dozen construction workers died this year when they were buried under tons of earth in trenches that had no shoring to keep fragile walls from giving way, Fed-OSHA says. That number is double what it was a year ago, but it’s been that high or higher on average for many years. According […]

Jersey City hospital cited by Fed-OSHA after worker’s death

Fed-OSHA has cited Jersey City Medical Center for willful and serious violations after a worker died last summer from injuries suffered at the Downtown Jersey City hospital. The agency has proposed fining the hospital $174,593, saying it did not have proper safeguards in place to protect the worker. The man suffered an electrical shock and […]

Baggage handling now little easier for United’s New Jersey workers

United Airlines will revamp the workflow for baggage handling at Newark Liberty International Airport under a settlement with Fed-OSHA. Between 2011 and the start of 2015, the airline’s baggage handlers reported at least 622 musculoskeletal injuries, according to the agency. Many of those injuries could be traced to baggage-handling configurations that forced workers to stoop, […]

Study raises welding safety concerns

A new study by Washington University in St. Louis researchers has found that current safety standards to protect welders from harmful fumes may be inadequate. The senior author of the study says the research showed that the more exposure one had to airborne manganese, the greater the progression of parkinsonism, a neurological condition that causes […]