Railway ordered to pay $85K for whistleblower violations

Fed-OSHA has ordered the operator of Massachusetts railroad system to pay an employee who was injured on the job $10,000 in compensatory damages, $75,000 in punitive damages and attorney’s fees. The day after reporting the injury, the employee was required to attend an investigative hearing, with possible disciplinary action or termination as an outcome. MassLive

Maintenance worker falls to death from Pennsylvania plant roof

Fed-OSHA is investigating after a 41-year-old man fell about 90 feet to his death last Monday from an exterior roof at the Georgia Pacific MDF plant near Mount Jewett, Pennsylvania. He had been performing scheduled maintenance at the time of the accident. Olean Times Herald

Top Fed-OSHA fines levied since May

Fed-OSHA recently has hit construction contractors with substantial monetary penalties, including one against a Virginia firm for more than $304,000 for violations under the relatively new silica dust exposure standard. Construction Dive

Falling concrete injures worker at Chattanooga-area lock

Fed-OSHA is investigating after a chunk of concrete fell off of a wall at the Chickamauga Lock Replacement Project near Chattanooga, Tennessee on October 2, causing serious injuries to a fire engineer who had been performing quality control as other workers sprayed shotcrete on a wall. The man reportedly fractured a vertebra and an orbital bone, and the impact also broke his fibula and tore ligaments in his ankle and neck. Times Free Press (Chattanooga, Tenn.)

Denver-area worker fatally struck at wood shop

A 54-year-old worker died last week at a manufacturer of doors and wood plank flooring north of Denver. The man reportedly was struck in the chest by a piece of wood thrown from a machine at facility Tuesday afternoon and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Denver Post

Eldercare facilities can expect more inspections

Fed-OSHA may be inspecting additional community care facilities for the elderly, nursing care facilities and other residential care facilities under the agency’s new Site-Specific Targeting 2016 Program. The agency expects to perform inspections of workplaces that it believes should have, but did not, submit injury and illness data for 2016 on form 300A by December 15, 2017. McKnight’s Senior Living

Elevator corporation fined more than $142K in April fatality

Fed-OSHA has fined ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation more than $142,000 in connection with the death of a mechanic in April at a Columbus, Ohio-area worksite. The worker died when an elevator platform fell into the elevator pit at the site of the Mount Carmel Grove City building. 10TV (Columbus)