Occupational Safety and Health Administration News

Safety Officials Fine Illinois Auto Parts Company $114K

A Peoria, Ill., auto parts manufacturer has been fined $114,100 for federal workplace safety violations that the government says put workers at risk of amputation and other injuries. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it …

Ohio Manufacturer Faces $134K in Fines for Safety Violations

A federal agency says a central Ohio rubber-hose manufacturer accused of 11 worker safety violations is facing proposed penalties of $134,000. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says HBD/Thermoid Inc., based in Bellefontaine, puts workers at risk of serious injuries …

Wisconsin Dairy Co-Op Cited in Grain Bin Death, Fined $193K

A federal worker safety agency is proposing a $193,000 fine against a Wisconsin dairy co-op after a man died in a grain bin in November. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on May 11 announced it was citing Burnett Dairy …

Circus Returns to Rhode Island Year After Hair-Hanging Fall

The last time Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus performed in Rhode Island, eight acrobats suspended by their hair plummeted to the ground before a crowd of thousands. A single metal clip that held them 20 feet aloft had …

Union Pacific Ordered to Pay Nebraska-Based Injured Worker $350K

Federal regulators have ordered Union Pacific to pay $350,000 to a long-time employee who was disciplined after reporting an injury, but the railroad plans to appeal. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said this is the …

Maine Business Faces $100K Federal Fines for Alleged Safety Violations

An Auburn, Maine, company that makes automotive fabric products is facing more than $100,000 in federal fines for allegedly putting its employees in harm’s way. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday cited Formed Fiber Technologies Inc. for seven …

Maine Expresses Opposition to OSHA’s SHARP Program Changes

Maine’s Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette said in a statement Wednesday that the state’s Department of Labor is opposed to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) changes to the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program award (SHARP). The SHARP …

Missouri Company Cited in Death of Teen Worker

A southeast Missouri construction company has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 13 serious safety violations in an investigation that began after the death of a 16-year-old worker. The Southeast Missourian reports that OSHA announced the …

Ringling Bros. Disputes OSHA Citation for Hair-Hanging Accident in R.I.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has contested a citation it received from federal regulators for an accident that sent eight hair-hanging acrobats plummeting to the ground during a live performance, severely injuring most of them. Stephen Payne, a …

Circus Cited for Hair-Hanging Stunt in Rhode Island That Injured 9

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus misused a key rigging component in a hair-hanging stunt, causing a fall that seriously injured eight acrobats from the U.S., Brazil, Bulgaria and Ukraine, federal workplace safety regulators said Tuesday. The Occupational Safety …