BLS: Worker deaths have risen nationally for 3-straight years

The most recent statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show workplace deaths in 2016 topped 5,000 for the first time since 2008, the third-straight increase in fatal injuries over the previous year. About 40 percent of fatal workplace accidents involve some form of transportation, according to the government. Violence and injuries account for […]

Plaintiffs allege negligence in 2017 Texas chemical plant disaster

Two counties, dozens of first responders and hundreds of neighbors of the Arkema chemical manufacturing plant in Crosby, Texas have alleged that the company committed negligence in connection with storm preparation before Hurricane Harvey hit the area last year. Chemicals that contaminated the surrounding community’s air and water during flooding have caused respiratory problems, pneumonia, […]

Employers can stop workplace bullying

Bullying, defined as the repeated, malicious, health-endangering verbal and non-verbal mistreatment of one employee by one or more other employees, can endanger employee safety, and Fed-OSHA requires employers to maintain an anti-bullying policy. Of great concern to company management should be the fact that more than 80 percent of bullies turn out to be supervisors. […]

Fed-OSHA cites Omaha plumbing company again

For the second time in six months, has cited an Omaha-based plumbing contractor, this time for allegedly failing to protect workers from excavation collapse hazards. The agency says inspectors observed employees working in an unprotected trench while repairing a sewer line, and cited the company for one willful and four serious violations. Lincoln Journal Star

Reports find Texas county buildings contain asbestos

Bastrop County, Texas has been grappling with asbestos in three of its buildings for years, according to documents released pursuant to a public records request. Earlier this year, nine county employees were evacuated from its jailhouse after an analysis revealed that hurricane-damaged plaster walls contained trace amounts of asbestos. But the following month, test samples […]