Appeals court upholds fine against railroad for retaliating

A U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston yesterday upheld a Department of Labor ruling to fine Pan Am Railways $260,000 for retaliating against a whistleblower. Fed-OSHA found that the railroad retaliated against the employee for reporting an injury and unsafe working conditions at the Waterville, Maine railyard in 2011, according to a news release. Bangor […]

Lead dust hazards from gun ranges getting more attention

If a gun range isn’t ventilated well, lead dust can collect on shooters’ and other employees’ clothing and hands, and it lingers in the air, where it can be inhaled. The risk even extends to family members of those who are primarily exposed. The Department of Defense’s new blood lead policy comes after a 2012 […]

New dad dies of fall-related injuries

A 25-year-old Michigan man who became a father less than two weeks before suffering a brain injury in a workplace fall has died. MIOSHA is investigating the April 23 incident. MLive

Suit filed over death of welder

The father of welder who was one of three workers killed in an explosion at a Louisiana paper packaging plant in February has filed suit in Houston against Packaging Corporation of America and Pasadena, Texas-based Elite Industrial Services. Fed-OSHA is investigating the incident. Louisiana Record

Report: Meat processing most dangerous job in US

A new report compiled by the National Employment Law Project, relying on Fed-OSHA data, shows that employees in the animal processing industry are up to twice as likely to be injured on the job than in other industries, including construction, making it one of the country’s most dangerous jobs. Last year, a separate study conducted […]

Fed-OSHA awards VPP Star to Missouri Cintas branch

Fed-OSHA recently honored the Cintas Corp. location in Springfield, Missouri with the Voluntary Protection Program Star certification, the company has announced. Cintas says the location is its 47th facility, and the first Fire Protection location, to earn Fed-OSHA VPP Star recognition. American Laundry News