Danger at chicken processing plants in Delaware, nationwide

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly 8,000 injuries are reported by the poultry processing industry each year, with a slight year-over-year increase in injuries, but a slight decrease in illnesses from 2014 to 2016. In Delaware, the death of a 59-year-old man earlier this month follows more than a dozen worker safety violations […]

11th Circuit limits Fed-OSHA’s ability to use Form 300 logs to obtain inspection warrant

In an unpublished decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit last week upheld a district court’s order quashing a Fed-OSHA inspection warrant. In a case involving a poultry processing facility employee who received severe burns from an arc flash as he tried to repair an electrical panel, the agency unsuccessfully challenged […]

Concerns of rising temps on Florida ag, construction workers

Labor advocates in Florida are pushing for tougher standards for growers and construction companies to protect employees, arguing that rising temperatures will make outdoor work unsustainable without proper regulations. Earlier this year, Emory University researchers released a study on the impact of heat stress on farmworkers in five communities in Florida. Among other findings, the […]

Iowa: Cap failure blamed for university’s deadly steam release

An engineering report blames the failure of a pipe cap for a massive steam release that fatally injured an employee at a campus dining hall at the University of Northern Iowa on September 10. A steamfitter was testing the steam distribution service for the dining hall when the incident occurred. Des Moines Register

Fed-OSHA finds flaws in cranes that toppled during 2017 hurricane

Fed-OSHA has analyzed the collapses of three hammerhead cranes in the Miami area on September 10, 2017 during Hurricane Irma. The agency says all three were a specific model that had jibs may potentially vulnerable to turbulent wind vortexes. The report raises the issue of the limited options for crane operators when high winds are […]

Anchorage pilot awarded back pay in whistleblower case

A federal judge has sided with a pilot who claimed an Alaska-based air carrier fired him for reporting safety problems. The judge’s order says the pilot is entitled to more than $500,000 in back pay and $10,000 in damages and attorney fees. Columbus Ledger-Enquirer