Fed-OSHA hands down $226K in fines following Florida employee’s death

Fed-OSHA has issued a dozen citations and proposed more than $226,431 in penalties following its investigation into the November death of a 26-year-old machine operator at a Pensacola, Florida-area company. The employee was pulled into a re-spool machine and crushed as he attempted to guide electrical wiring cable into the machine. Pensacola News Journal

Fed-OSHA fines Ohio auto parts manufacturer $570K in employee’s maiming

Fed-OSHA has fined Ohio auto parts maker Autoneum North America $570,000 after an employee lost his right hand and part of his arm in an industrial accident. The citations include lack of proper protective guards and failure to train workers on proper operating procedures. WHIO (Dayton)

Farmworker protection rule provisions delayed by EPA

The acting assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention recently announced that the EPA will extend the deadline to meet requirements of its new farmworker protection standard until guidance and training materials are ready to help state agencies implement the changes. Farm groups had been requesting an extension […]

New Jersey roofing firm fined $38K following employee’s death

Fed-OSHA has fined a New Jersey roofing company just over $38,000 in connection with the death of a 21-year-old employee’s fatal fall in November. The man had been standing on a wooden pallet on the fork end of a forklift when an apparent mechanical failure occurred and the forked end detached, causing him to fall […]

Former Labor Department execs argue for government data

David Michaels, professor at George Washington University’s School of Public Health, and David Weil, professor at Boston University’s School of Business and a co-director of the Transparency Policy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School, both of whom served at the U.S. Department of Labor under President Obama, argue for public transparency with respect to employee […]

Federal lawsuit filed over construction worker’s drowning

The father of a 22-year-old construction worker who died last August when the dump truck he was driving went into the Mississippi River and ended up under barges in 45 feet of water has filed a federal lawsuit in Monroe, Louisiana charging negligence on the part of his son’s employer. The suit requests a bench […]