Crane crashes into homes in Jacksonville

A 32-ton crane attached to a truck flipped over and crashed onto two homes in Jacksonville, Florida, as the crane operator was attempting to lift a tree. Fed-OSHA is investigating. KOLD (Tucson) [with video]

Industrial boiler explodes near St. Louis, killing three

An industrial boiler explosion in south St. Louis killed three people and injured four others, two critically, on Monday morning. According to Fed-OSHA, the company has paid fines for workplace violations three times since 2014. Wichita Eagle

Fed-OSHA orders Wells Fargo to rehire and compensate whistleblower

Fed-OSHA has ordered Wells Fargo to compensate and immediately reinstate a former bank manager who lost his job after reporting suspected fraudulent behavior to superiors and a bank ethics hotline. The agency’s investigation found that the whistleblower activity was at least a contributing factor in the termination. Charlotte Business Journal

Safety groups to Congress: Maintain funding for Fed-OSHA, NIOSH

Funding for Fed-OSHA and NIOSH should not be cut, according to a recent letter sent to lawmakers from more than a dozen safety organizations, including the National Safety Council, the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, on grounds that the funding numbers pale in comparison to the cost of […]

Acosta one step closer to becoming Labor Secretary

A U.S. Senate committee last week approved President Trump’s nomination of Alexander Acosta for Secretary of Labor. The next stop for Acosta will be the Senate floor, where he only needs to win a majority vote to be confirmed. The business community is hopeful that the Labor Department will address certain labor policy changes that […]

Fed-OSHA launches regional safety campaign after increase in workplace fatalities

Fed-OSHA has initiated a “Safe and Sound Campaign” in an attempt to reduce injuries and deaths following an increase in workplace fatalities in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska over the past past year. There were 12 workplace fatalities in the three states between October 2016 and February 2017, compared to seven fatalities in the same time […]

Worker falls three stories in Fort Lauderdale

A south Florida construction worker fell three stories Friday from a scaffold at a luxury condominium project in Fort Lauderdale. At the time of the accident, he was wearing a harness and other safety equipment while moving construction materials, according to the general contractor. Sun-Sentinel