Home Depot investigated by three agencies for lead paint removal hazards

Home Depot faces investigations by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice, and Fed-OSHA related to a series of cases in which its contractors mishandled lead paint removal in Connecticut, Maine and Colorado. Fed-OSHA reportedly has issued the company $37,000 in fines for actions by its contractors in Colorado. KIRO (Seattle)/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Why are workers falling to their deaths in Michigan?

There were 43 people killed on the job in Michigan in 2016, the highest number of fatalities in a decade. Half of the deaths were caused by falls, and those 21 deaths were more than three times the number of fall deaths in 2015 when workers were more likely to die from being crushed or […]

Widow says employer shouldn’t have been fined

The widow of a 50-year-old man, who died last August after falling more than 20 feet down an elevator shaft at a Holland Township, Michigan worksite, says his employer shouldn’t have been fined by Michigan OSHA with respect to the incident. MIOSHA handed Dan Vos Construction an initial $35,000 penalty for five serious violations. MLive

‘Fairfax Memo’ rescinded

Fed-OSHA has rescinded a memo allowing union representatives to take part in workplace walk-throughs, the National Federation of Independent Business said last week. The 2013 “Fairfax Memo” revised the agency’s inspection procedure to more easily let non-employees tag along for an inspection. Law360

Fuel explosion kills Ohio energy company employee

An employee of Coles Energy in Milan Township, Ohio was killed in an explosion Tuesday while transferring fuel between fuel hauling trucks. According to a fire official, a static charge may have caused the explosion because of the fuel vapors in the air. Sandusky Register

Ohio: Fuyao makes ‘Dirty Dozen’

Moraine, Ohio-based Fuyao Glass America was fined $227,000 by Fed-OSHA in November for safety issues and, although the company resolved the issues in March after working with the agency, it’s been named to “The Dirty Dozen” employers list by The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. The company said it has invested more than […]

North Carolina businesses win state safety awards

The N.C. Department of Labor honored Wilson-area employers and employees at the agency’s annual safety awards banquet on Wednesday. State Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry spoke at the event. Recipients are located in Elm City, Kenly, Goldsboro, Greenville, Princeton, Sims, Wilson and Wilson’s Mills. Wilson Times

Bridge construction accident injures four near Yonkers

Four construction workers who were refacing concrete on a Yonkers, New York bridge were injured Thursday when the tubing leading to a cement pumper apparently failed. As a result, they were struck by tubing or fragments of it and sprayed with liquid concrete. The workers reportedly were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. lohud/Journal News

Delaware: Perdue criticized on safety, wages

A small group of protestors last week gathered outside of the Salisbury, Delaware poultry processing plant of industry giant Perdue, asking the company to increase wages and improve safety conditions. Another major poultry player, Tyson Foods, announced sweeping workplace reforms Wednesday. A representative of Oxfam America says Perdue does not live up to the safety […]

Pennsylvania bill inspired by death of transit mechanic

A Pennsylvania state legislator is introducing safety legislation targeting public employers. The bill was written in response to the death of an Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority mechanic who was fatally injured while repairing a bus in 2014. The bill would provide on-the-job safety protection to public employees by establishing Fed-OSHA-equivalent safety rules for public employers, […]