Alabama steel company fined $320K for fall, amputation risks

Following a May investigation, Fed-OSHA has fined a Montgomery, Alabama-based steel company more than $320,000 for allegedly exposing employees to hazards including falls and amputations. The agency says employees were allowed to climb to the tops of metal plate storage racks and the tops of metal sheets in racks without fall protection. WSFA (Montgomery, Ala.)

Florida: Ride malfunction spurs investigation, lawsuit

A ride malfunction during the final weekend of the 2018 Jacksonville Fair is under investigation: Fair officials say 20 people were on the Sky Flyer ride Saturday when it malfunctioned, injuring some of them. A man who says his 9-year-old daughter was among the injured riders is planning to file a lawsuit. News4Jax (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Ski resort employee injures leg in snow machine

An employee at a ski resort near Torrington, Connecticut slipped and got his leg wedged between metal bars of the track of a snow grooming machine, causing minor injuries. Fed-OSHA was notified but reportedly declined to investigate. Republican-American (Waterbury, Conn.)

Are physicians safe at work?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, violence in health care settings accounts for 45 percent of workplace violence in the United States. And the rate of serious workplace violence is four times higher than the average for private industry. AAFP

Fed-OSHA clarifies position on post-accident drug testing

Fed-OSHA has clarified its position that post-accident drug testing is not prohibited under the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule, writes Lisa Nagele-Piazza, J.D., SHRM-SCP. A key takeaway from the memorandum is that most drug-testing programs are permissible, including random and post-accident drug testing, said Tressi Cordaro, an attorney with Jackson Lewis in […]