Occupational Safety and Health Administration News

Ohio Etching Plant Fined $256K for Workplace Safety Violations

Federal safety inspectors are recommending that a Cleveland, Ohio, etching company face $256,000 in penalties for safety and health violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration posted an imminent danger notice at A-Brite Plating in April after learning a 40-year-old …

Cargo-Handling Firm Fined Nearly $339K for Workplace Hazards at O’Hare Airport

Federal safety workplace officials have cited a major cargo-handling company for exposing forklift operators at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to struck-by and electrical hazards, and proposed penalties of more than $338,000. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said this is the …

Trench Safety Hazards Lead to $121K in Fines for Austin Contractors

Two Austin, Texas, construction contracting firms are facing more than $121,000 in combined fines for workplace safety violations involving trenching hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Sept. 6 cited Austin Constructors LLC and Muniz Concrete and Contracting Inc. …

$411K in Fines Proposed in Nebraska Grain Elevator Fatality

A federal safety agency has proposed more than $411,000 in penalties against the operator of a south-central Nebraska grain elevator where a worker was killed. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a news release that Cooperative Producers Inc. …

OSHA Fines Alabama Meat Processing Plant $76K After Worker Loses Fingertip

A meat processing plant in Bakerhill, Ala., has been fined more than $70,000 following an investigation after a worker lost his fingertip. Al.com reports the Keystone Food plant is facing about $76,700 in proposed penalties following an investigation by the …

OSHA Fights Georgia Poultry Plant Over Right to Inspect Facility

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is pushing back against a local judge in Georgia’s recommendation to deny the agency a warrant to inspect the Mar-Jac poultry plant in Gainesville for worker-safety violations. U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Clay Fuller found …

Illinois Contractor, in Default of $268K in Fines, Cited Again for Safety Hazards

Illinois contractor Robert Barringer III’s long history of putting his workers in danger of debilitating or fatal falls at his company’s job sites continues, this time at a residential home under construction in Glen Carbon, according to federal safety officials. …

OSHA Launches Expedited Whistleblower Review Pilot in Western Region

The U.S. Department of Labor is launching a pilot process in its Western region called the “Expedited Case Processing Pilot,” which enables a complainant covered by certain statutes to ask the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to cease its investigation …

Kentucky Company Faces $320K Fine Over Worker Death

Federal regulators are proposing fines of more than $320,000 for safety violations for a Louisville, Ky., company whose employee died in a fatal fall in Illinois. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed the fine for Material Handling Systems. …

Wisconsin Shipyard Faces $1.4M in Penalties for Lead Exposures

A Wisconsin shipyard faces nearly $1.4 million in penalties after it exposed workers to unsafe levels of lead, the U.S. Department of Labor announced. Officials said the exposure to lead and other heavy metals at Fraser Shipyards Inc. in Superior …