Feds find Kentucky state plan lacking

According to this year’s audit of Kentucky by Fed-OSHA, Kentucky’s “state plan” has failed to establish that it’s meeting the standard of being at least as effective as the federal agency at identifying and preventing workplace hazards. Fed-OSHA reportedly identified more shortcomings in Kentucky’s program than any other state. The Department of Labor said in […]

Fed-OSHA issues winter hazards tipsheet

To create awareness of common winter weather-related work dangers, Fed-OSHA has released a tipsheet of 10 common winter hazards and how employers can prepare for them through employee training and heightened awareness. Builder

Fed-OSHA report addresses fatal communication tower collapse

A newly-released Fed-OSHA report concludes contractors were to blame for the collapse of a nearly 1,900-foot television communication tower that resulted in the death of a contractor from Washington state earlier this year in Fordland, Missouri. According to the report, the contractor’s suggested procedure for strengthening the tower compromised the effectiveness of its braces and […]

Exemption prevents Fed-OSHA inspections when workers are injured, killed on small farms

Hundreds of employees of small farms have been killed or seriously injured without follow-up investigations by Fed-OSHA because of a legal exemption established four decades ago by Congress. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that, from 2011 through 2016, 333 employees were killed in accidents on farms with 10 or fewer employees. Moreover, state job […]

CSB extends deadline for comments on combustible dust initiative

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board has extended the deadline for its combustible dust initiative, which it initiated as part of its investigation into the May 2017 explosion at a Wisconsin milling facility, in order to allow the public more time to submit comments on combustible dust-related issues. The deadline has been extended […]

North Carolina: Timken plant honored

In an event that included N.C. Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry and Asheboro Mayor David Smith, the Timken Asheboro Plant in Randleman celebrated its Carolina Star Recognition Tuesday. The N.C. Department of Labor’s Carolina Star Program recognizes employers and employees who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates. […]