Red Flags All Over California

With the start of summer brings a big heat wave. Here’s what to do to protect your outdoor employees. Cal-OSHA Reporter

Fed-OSHA accuses Florida utility contractor of hazards at Naples job site

Fed-OSHA has fined a South Florida underground utility contractor more than $18,600 for allegedly exposing employees to cave-in and other trenching hazards at a local worksite. The fine stems from a December 2017 inspection that was part of the agency’s National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation. Naples Daily News

Raided by ICE, Ohio employer has trail of illegal workers, including one who died

Federal immigration agents last week raided meat packaging company Fresh Mark at its Salem, Ohio plant and arrested more than 146 people. An ex-employee said in a 2001 whistleblower lawsuit that the company knowingly hired undocumented immigrants and that employees often forged documents on behalf of workers. One such worker reportedly died late last year. […]

Grieving mother pushes for criminal investigation of son’s trench death

Fed-OSHA recently cited an excavating contractor in connection with a late December trench collapse in Warren County, Ohio that killed a 25-year-old worker. His mother is now dedicating her spare time to spreading awareness about trench safety, and pushing for stronger state laws and asking the prosecutor to pursue criminal charges. WLWT [with video]

Employer fatally crushed at Oklahoma company

A 28-year-old welder died last week in an industrial accident at an Enid, Oklahoma company, its second so far this year. The employee reportedly was attempting to weld on a trailer frame that was on its side, when the frame’s weight shifted and caused the trailer to fall over and metal bars sticking out from […]

Fed-OSHA, ISEA form alliance on PPE

Fed-OSHA and the International Safety Equipment Association, a nonprofit trade association for protective equipment and technology that helps employees work safely in hazardous environments, last week signed a two-year alliance to provide members, employers and employees with information on how to properly select, use, maintain and store personal protective and safety equipment. Construction & Demolition […]