Complying with new dust rule might raise cost of tuckpointing

By late June, expect to see less potentially harmful dust billowing from brick walls where workers are using power tools to remove old mortar. Dust reduction at tuckpointing job sites and places where workers cut stone or concrete is a requirement of a contested rule by Fed-OSHA, which says that the rule, which employers must […]

Union Pacific fined in federal safety case

Fed-OSHA has issued a ruling against Union Pacific Railroad and fined the company $20,000 in punitive damages, as well as $5,000 in compensatory damages. The investigation found reasonable cause that UP violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act in a case that occurred on November 20, 2015. During their pre-departure inspection, two crew members realized the […]

Fed-OSHA fines employer for Nebraska construction worker’s fall

Fed-OSHA has cited and proposed fines and penalties for two companies connected to a worker who fell at a Scottsbluff, Nebraska construction site. The worker was injured in August after falling through a floor opening at the Western Sugar Cooperative plant expansion project. Fed-OSHA says Western Sugar has negotiated its penalty down to $6,000 from […]

Signs Fed-OSHA priorities are shifting under Trump administration?

The Electronic Recordkeeping Rule has been highly controversial. There are two pending litigations related to the rule currently – one in Texas and one in Oklahoma. In a recent filing in the Texas case, both Fed-OSHA and industry plaintiffs have agreed that the court should consider last minute motions filed by the Obama Administration to […]

Fed-OSHA fines Wisconsin concrete firm $135K for worker death

Huffcutt Concrete Inc. of Lake Hallie, Wisconsin is facing a $135,804 fine for the accident death of a worker on August 22. One of the two hooks on a hoist at the business was not fully hooked in place and was missing a safety latch, causing the estimated 3,000-pound concrete form to fall on the […]