Republic Steel fined nearly $280K for lead, other hazards at Ohio plant

Following an investigation by Fed-OSHA that concluded that a 64-year-old maintenance worker was severely injured after being struck by an unguarded machine, and at least seven employees were exposed to excessive levels of lead in the caster facility at its Canton, Ohio plant, Republic Steel has received nearly 280,000 in fines. Crain’s Cleveland Business

Truckers: ‘Alone on the open road’

At a moment when President Trump has ignited a national discussion of blue-collar labor and even climbed into a truck during a White House event, trucking, which was once among the best-paying such jobs, has become low-wage, grinding, unhealthy work. Truckers are literally out of view for most Americans even though 1.7 million men and […]

Senate Dems push probe of Labor Department secrecy, policy delays

Of the hundreds of penalties issued by Fed-OSHA since Inauguration Day in January, the agency has posted just one media release. As a result, Democrats including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Patty Murray are calling for an investigation into the Labor Department’s refusal to publicize major penalties and other policy delays. They’re also seeking the identity […]

Crackdown on Detroit demolition contractors after asbestos exposures

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is pushing for fines and additional penalties against the city of Detroit after inspectors found dozens of properties where deadly asbestos was mishandled. The agency has found violations at more than 100 properties across the city since 2014, including multiple homes that were torn down before crumbling asbestos was […]

Construction workers lack safety gear during Boise building boom: Analysis

An analysis by the Idaho Statesman of Fed-OSHA inspection data from March 2011 through December 2016 shows a pattern of carelessness in Idaho’s home-construction industry, the newspaper reports: at least 19 home-construction companies failed three or more inspections in that time due to serious violations. Employers were cited with more than 400 serious or willful […]

N.C. Labor Department hands out safety awards to businesses, officials

In an event co-sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Labor and the Burke County Chamber of Commerce, employers and employees were honored with several different safety awards at the annual N.C. Department of Labor awards ceremony last week in Morganton. News Herald (Morganton, N.C.)

Kannapolis, N.C. honored by state for safety

The City of Kannapolis, North Carolina, has been recognized by the N.C. Department of Labor for maintaining a safe and healthful workplace in 2016. The Gold Award for the city’s administration and customer service recognizes that employees did not miss more than 1.25 days of work, were not restricted from activity, and were not transferred […]