Advocacy group’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ list released

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health on Wednesday released its “Dirty Dozen” for 2018. It cites a five-year increase in workplace deaths, a 12 percent climb since 2012. In that same time frame, the budget for Fed-OSHA has dipped by $12 million. Tulsa World

Michigan workplace deaths report issued

An annual Michigan State University report estimates that 140 people died in Michigan workplaces last year, down from 162 confirmed deaths in 2016. MSU Today (Michigan State University)

When might Fed-OSHA pay a visit and what’s at stake for employers?

With only approximately 2,200 enforcement officers nationally, Fed-OSHA has limited resources to cover millions of workplaces under its jurisdiction. With the U.S. Senate still not confirming Scott Mugno as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, the future direction of Fed-OSHA’s enforcement strategy is presently unknown. Lexology

Fed-OSHA fines contractor $455K for excavation safety hazards

Fed-OSHA has cited Kamphuis Pipeline Co., a Michigan contractor, with trench-safety and other violations on one of the company’s jobsites in North Dakota and proposed a fine of $454,750. Cited violations include failure to place excavated soil piles an adequate distance from trench edges and failure to use appropriate trench protective systems. Construction Dive