Florida elevator worker’s death ruled accidental

The death of a contract worker killed doing maintenance on an elevator at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare has been ruled an industrial accident, according to police reports. The 60-year-old employee of Otis Elevator tagged out the elevator, which is supposed to make it inoperable, by pushing the emergency stop button located inside the elevator shaft, according […]

Alabama embraces auto industry jobs at high safety cost, report says

Alabama’s embrace of the auto industry has brought in thousands of jobs for the state, though it has come at the price of safety according to a long-form piece by Peter Waldman of Bloomberg. The article combs through thousands of pages of Fed-OSHA records that show dozens of preventable accidents that have left many Alabamian […]

Groups file motion to intervene in lawsuit against Fed-OSHA recordkeeping rule

Several public health advocacy groups have filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit that aims to undo OSHA’s requirement for employers to electronically submit worker injury and illness data for public view. On March 21, organizations including watchdog group Public Citizen, the American Public Health Association, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and […]

San Antonio manufacturers learn about Trump administration regs

Deregulation is the mantra for the Trump administration. But for San Antonio area manufacturers, that does not mean cutting corners on workplace safety. Dozens of local companies participated in a Thursday morning workshop hosted by the San Antonio Manufacturers Association at Alamo Iron Works about new Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations and recent changes […]

New details emerge on Fuyao’s $100K workplace safety settlement

Fuyao Glass America will pay $100,000 in penalties for violating workplace safety regulations. Fuyao has entered a settlement agreement with Fed-OSHA, after initially being fined nearly $227,000 in penalties last November. The U.S. Department of Labor’s watchdog office provided this news outlet with a copy of the settlement agreement. The company, which has a plant […]

Employee calling tourist racing track in Las Vegas unsafe

An employee driving instructor who has refused to sign a declaration that a tourist-oriented exotic auto racing track near Las Vegas is safe has filed a lawsuit in state court asking a judge to close the course so it can be redesigned. The man’s attorney said Wednesday his client fears that he might be killed […]

Man dies at Rochester recycling plant

Fed-OSHA is investigating after a man died at a Rochester, New York recycling plant Tuesday afternoon. Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Texas firm cited in worker’s death on Oklahoma City construction site

Fed-OSHA fined a Texas company more than $12,000 this month after a 33-year-old construction worker fell to his death at an Oklahoma City construction site last year, documents show. The agency concluded after a six-month investigation that Baker Concrete Construction, of Houston, failed to ensure the work site was free from recognized hazards that were […]

Legislative rollback of Obama-era worker safety rules awaits Trump’s signature

The Senate passed legislation Wednesday to roll back the second of two Obama-era worker safety regulations that aimed to track and reduce workplace injuries and deaths. Both bills, which call for the elimination of two Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules, now await President Trump’s signature. Administration officials said he plans to approve both measures. […]

Final rule on beryllium: Fed-OSHA pushes effective date to May 20

A final rule intended to protect workers from exposure to beryllium has been delayed a second time. The rule originally was scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 9 but was delayed until March 21. OSHA then pushed back the effective date again to May 20, OSHA announced March 21. However, the compliance dates for […]

Fed-OSHA’s Volks Rule overturned by Congressional Review Act

On March 22, the Senate voted 50-48 to adopt H.J. Res 83, nullifying Fed-OSHA’s rule “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness,” informally referred to as the “Volks” rule. The “Volks” rule made recordkeeping requirements a continuing obligation and effectively gave Fed-OSHA the ability to […]

Traumatic brain injuries on construction sites

The construction industry has the greatest number of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) among U.S. workplaces, according to a recent study conducted by researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) reports that the data show that 2210 occupational TBI deaths occurred between 2003 and 2010. […]