How businesses are faring after four months of Trump

The Washington Examiner recently checked in with representatives of the city’s top business lobbies across eight economic sectors, from agriculture to retail, to see how they’re doing, four months into the new presidential administration. Here are eight industries, summaries of how they are faring in the economy, and a look at the major federal policies […]

Will business see a kinder Labor Department?

Under the leadership of the most recent secretaries of labor, the Labor Department was often criticized, mostly by the business community and its allies, for its punitive approach to enforcement. Enter Secretary Acosta, who has the opportunity to return some much-needed balance to the department, writes James J. Plunkett, senior government relations counsel in the […]

Fed-OSHA: Cited hazardous condition at Ohio steel plant did not exist

Fed-OSHA’s investigation into alleged hazards that included welders without certification, and failure to keep welding logs, at AK Steel’s Middletown Works site in Ohio was closed shortly after it was opened, according to agency documents. The company provided Fed-OSHA with dated and signed welder qualification test records. Journal-News

Georgia woman fatally falls from interstate billboard

A 28-year-old woman fell to her death Thursday from a billboard along an interstate near Valdosta, Georgia while doing routine maintenance work. Fed-OSHA is investigating. WCTV (Tallahassee, Fla.)

Man fatally falls at Michigan steel plant

Officials have confirmed that a man working at U.S. Steel in Ecorse, Michigan died Monday afternoon in a fall accident inside the main plant. MIOSHA has been notified. News Herald (Southgate, Mich.)

Florida contractors’ deaths in stormwater drain ruled accidental

After a four-month investigation, Monroe County, Florida law enforcement officials say they’ve found no evidence to support criminal charges in the deaths of three county contractors who succumbed to toxic gases inside a Key Largo stormwater drain in January. The investigation concluded that one contractor entered the drain through a manhole to find out why […]

Mechanic claims retaliation for refusing to sign-off on fuel-leaking plane

A former mechanic for a a Minnesota-based company flight charter company is alleging in a lawsuit that he lost his job after refusing to allow a plane to fly because it was leaking fuel. The New Jersey man also claims the plane was allowed to operate only one day after he was fired. The lawsuit […]

Do schools ignore the impact of noise pollution on kids?

How loud is too loud for learning? Not as loud as you might think. Research has long shown that when noise levels in schools go up, learning goes down. More sensitive to noise than adults, children in loud classrooms lag behind those in less noisy ones in terms of speech perception, expressive word learning, and […]