A defective robot killed a woman, a lawsuit claims, and her family wants answers

At the sprawling auto-parts factory, while working in the male-dominated industry of robot technicians, Wanda Holbrook was in a league of her own. The 57-year-old Grand Rapids, Michigan, woman had a specialty of fixing robots if something went wrong. Tragically, something did go wrong in 2015, but Holbrook never saw it coming. A robot’s arm […]

South Dakota: Ex-Rapid City mental health hospital workers file complaints

Multiple former employees of a Rapid City, South Dakota mental health hospital have filed complaints with Fed-OSHA saying the facility was an unsafe work environment. Some of the complaints included employee abuse by patients, hospital overcapacity and unjust treatment toward patients. Rapid City Journal

Lawrence Journal-World editorial: ‘Not the time for new program’

“Having the state of Kansas take over responsibility for workplace safety regulations shouldn’t be a priority in 2017 given the state’s budget constraints. Legislators, spurred by business groups, are proposing a state-run program that would replace federal oversight by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Advocates of the legislation said a state-run program would provide […]

Fed-OSHA fines Ohio feed, pet supply firm

A feed and pet supply firm in Clyde, Ohio, has been fined $25,350 by Fed-OSHA for safety violations in January when employees were injured by a forklift driver. According to the agency, the company did not provide proper training on the operation of a forklift. Toledo Blade

House of Representatives votes to block Fed-OSHA recordkeeping rule

The House of Representatives has voted to block a new Fed-OSHA recordkeeping rule implemented in the last weeks of the Obama Administration. “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness” was published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2016, and became effective on January […]

Trump’s proposal to scrap Chemical Safety Board draws criticism

President Donald Trump’s proposal to do away with the federal agency that investigates chemical accidents drew sharp criticism from environmental, labor and safety advocates, who said that eliminating the watchdog would put American lives at risk. The CSB, which has an annual budget of about $12 million, defended its work, saying its work has broadly […]

Fed-OSHA under Trump halts public identification of offenders

As the agency transitions to leadership by U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s administration, Fed-OSHA is no longer publishing information about fines levied on companies that break workplace safety rules, The New York Times reported Monday. Though Fed-OSHA no longer publicizes the fines, enforcement actions have taken place since Trump took office, according to the Times […]

Complaint alleges health hazards at Pownal, Vermont town offices

A complaint filed recently with the state alleges workplace health and safety hazards at the Pownal, Vermont town offices. A VOSHA official reported that the complainant, who was not named, alleged mold throughout the building and mildew under the building, and building exit signs that are not up to code. VtDigger

Tennessee man reportedly dies after getting caught in machine

A 61-year-old Erin, Tennessee man working for Orgain Ready Mix Concrete reportedly died after getting caught in a conveyor belt. According the accidental death incident report taken by Murfreesboro Police, the 61-year-old was breaking ice off of a conveyor belt when he became caught in the machine. The site supervisor and another man attempted to […]

Kentucky Labor Cabinet offering free safety courses

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet is hosting free occupational safety training in Lexington. The week-long training is based on Fed-OSHA standards. It is part of the Labor Cabinet’s Population Center Training series which are held in various cities across the state throughout the year. U.S. News & World Report

Fed-OSHA launches investigation of company digging trench that collapsed in Omaha

Fed-OSHA has opened an investigation into the trenching company that was involved in Tuesday’s trench collapse that trapped a worker for about 6½ hours. Utility Trenching, which has operated in Omaha for 15 years and has four previous Fed-OSHA violations, will be investigated by officials with Fed-OSHA. Violations can result in fines up to $160,000 […]

Construction worker is killed in fall in Franklin County, Kentucky

A man was killed Wednesday when he fell inside a house that was under construction, according to the Franklin County, Kentucky sheriff. The 52-year-old Frankfort man reportedly was installing drywall in a house with a cathedral ceiling. Lexington Herald-Leader

‘The NFL owes Congress and the public some answers’

Members of Congress have some questions for the NFL about its drug practices. The first one asked of Commissioner Roger Goodell should be, “Explain to us, please, how your league is different from an illegal enterprise?” It turns out that the NFL has been keeping drug logs. Every year, all of its teams send itemized […]