Pennsylvania: Local businesses, builders association sue county over new contractor law

The Allentown-area chapter of a national trade association and two local construction companies have sued Northampton County, Pennsylvania over its new “Responsible Contractor” law on grounds that it’s merely intended to direct work to unions. Under the ordinance, which passed 7-1, contractors must show they meet specific requirements, which include OSHA training and a clean […]

IOSHA fines employer $30K for repeat, fall hazards

Indiana OSHA has fined Forest River, Inc. for fall hazards that the agency cited at the company’s facility in Wakarusa. A citation classified as repeat related to employees allegedly being exposed to a fall of over four feet while working on a roof set scaffold with sections of its guardrail missing from around the hitch […]

Iowa: Local leaders react to fines against wind turbine manufacturer

Newton, Iowa-area lawmakers say they believe TPI Composites, the wind turbine manufacturer and one of Newton’s largest employers, is committed to improving safety at the facility on the heels of a $155,000 fine for multiple workplace safety violations. Newton Daily News

North Carolina labor commish honors Stanly County workplaces

North Carolina Commissioner of Labor, Cherie Berry, visited CHS-Stanly this week to deliver this years’ Department of Labor Safety Awards to the owners of 24 worksites in Stanly County. There were five Silver Award and 19 Gold Award recipients. Stanly News & Press

Trade group: Lack of response undermines federal whistleblower protections for truckers

A national trade association that represents more than 160,000 trucking professionals and drivers last week presented evidence regarding the health of whistleblower protections on the transportation industry, asserting that there is typically little response or follow-up, which actively discouraging drivers from reporting unsafe practices. Transportation Today