Two New Jersey Republicans vote no on repealing Obama workplace safety rules

While House Republicans continue to repeal consumer, safety and environmental regulations enacted in the closing months of President Barack Obama’s administration, two New Jersey Republicans recently dissented from their colleagues. Reps. Frank LoBiondo and Chris Smith, two of the three House Republicans most friendly to organized labor, opposed repealing a regulation by Fed-OSHA making it […]

Republicans poised to roll back worker safety regulations

President Trump and congressional Republicans are poised to roll back a series of Obama-era worker safety regulations targeted by business groups, starting with a rule that would require federal contractors to disclose and correct serious safety violations. The Senate was set to vote Monday evening to eliminate the regulation, dubbed the Fair Pay and Safe […]

Sugarloaf employee dies in accident at mountain’s mogul course

A 24-year-old Sugarloaf employee died Friday morning after an accidental fall at the Carrabassett Valley ski resort. The man, who was not wearing a helmet, was preparing a mogul course around 10 a.m. Friday for an upcoming competition when he lost his footing and slid down the course, a Sugarloaf spokesman said. CentralMaine

Police, Fed-OSHA join investigation into death of Illinois steel worker

The investigation into the death of a Granite City Works employee who died Sunday after an incident in the steel plant’s rail yard continued Monday. Investigators with the Granite City Police Department as well as the Illinois office of Fed-OSHA were trying to decide how the person died. A news release from the Granite City […]

Fraser Shipyards responds to Fed-OSHA investigation related to burn injury

Fraser Shipyards said on Friday that it’s working with Fed-OSHA, and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers after reporting an incident in which one of its employees was burned. The man suffered the burns back on February 6 while working on a vessel in the Duluth-Superior harbor. He remains hospitalized, and his family said his burns […]

March is ladder safety month

While most falls from ladders are preventable, they still account for about 20,000 injuries and 300 deaths each year. On March 2, agency staff discussed lessons from the field during a safety symposium hosted by the OSHA Education Center at the University of Texas, Arlington. The News

Multiple factors contributed to fatal SpeedVegas crash, experts say

The crash that killed two men at the SpeedVegas racetrack south of Las Vegas was inevitable and could happen again, say industry experts who have reviewed the track and the operation. The 10-month-old tourist attraction, which lets customers drive exotic cars up to 160 mph around its 1½-mile racetrack, reopened February 23, 12 days after […]

Seeking for Safety: Whistleblower protections vary by state, and by government level

There is no federal law that protects all employees [from retaliation] under all circumstances. Federal employees are the only ones protected under the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012. Most whistleblower protections are determined at the state level, and state laws vary widely. North Carolina’s state employees are protected by a whistleblower protection act, which […]