Huge Penalties in Confined Space Case

Cal/OSHA used its new penalty powers to cite an employer with some $300k in fines. Find out who the Southern California employer is and in what kind of incident an employee lost his legs. Cal-OSHA Reporter

Oregon worker killed in industrial accident

A worker who was killed at a Hermiston, Oregon-area industrial Amazon construction site on Tuesday may have been struck by highly pressurized water, according to first responders. East Oregonian

Florida company cited following 2017 excavation wall collapse

Fed-OSHA has cited a Jacksonville, Florida employer following the collapse last August of a side wall at a 10-foot deep excavation, which sent an employee to the hospital. One violation classified as serious alleges that the company allowed water to accumulate in the trench. The agency has proposed fines totaling more than $270,000. WOKV (Jacksonville, […]

Long Island worker critical after being trapped in machinery

A 40-year-old employee was in critical condition after he became trapped and lost consciousness inside conveyor belt machinery at a Long Island, New York plant on Tuesday. A coworker reportedly rescued him from the machine, which sifts soil. Newsday

Drug-testing an employee who reports a work-related accident

It is essential that employers have a thorough understanding of when they can­ and cannot­ conduct drug-test injured employees, in order to avoid violating a Fed-OSHA rule that was passed in October 2016. The rule only prohibits an employer from drug-testing employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses if the employer lacks an objectively reasonable […]

NIOSH offering free health screenings for coal miners

This month, the NIOSH Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program’s mobile testing unit will visit mining sites and public areas to screen for early detection of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis. Screenings are scheduled for March 19 to 23 in mining regions throughout western Kentucky. A second set is slated for March 26 to 30 in Mingo, Logan […]