OSHA News

Pennsylvania Man Gets $100K in OSHA Whistleblower Lawsuit

A Pittsburgh-area company that operates an industrial park and intermodal terminal has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a whistleblower suit filed by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA sued last year on behalf of former employee Andrew …

Missouri Company Fined $100K for Federal Safety Violations

A St. Louis County construction company faces more than $100,000 in fines after a federal agency investigating a serious workplace injury found multiple safety violations. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it found 11 workplace violations at Gershenson …

OSHA Investigates Death of Georgia Roofing Business Owner

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of the owner of a roofing company. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Ron Crist died in an incident at the Paulding County business. Firefighters were called to Crist Roofing and …

OSHA Reviewing Alabama Car Parts Plant Use of Chemical

Federal regulators are investigating complaints about safety problems at an automotive parts plant in Selma. The Selma Times-Journal reported the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reviewing operations at seat manufacturer Renosol. A vice president with Renosol parent company Lear …

Investigation Finds Inspections Lacking for Rail Tanker Cleaning

Federal inspectors responsible for workplace safety appear not to know which firms and how many firms handle the dangerous task of cleaning the inside of railroad tankers that carry petrochemicals, a Houston Chronicle investigation has found. The Occupational Safety and …

Union Pacific Must Reinstate Injured Nebraska Worker, Pay Damages

Federal regulators have ordered Union Pacific to reinstate an injured Nebraska worker and pay $85,000 in damages. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the railroad improperly terminated the North Platte employee after he reported an …

Minnesota Demolition Company Fined for Ballpark Worker’s Death

Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health is fining a company nearly $52,000 for violations following an accident that killed a demolition worker on a new St. Paul Saints ballpark. Johnny Valek, 61, of Plymouth, was killed in September when a concrete …

ACE, ESIS Launch Programs for Construction Industry Addressing OSHA

ACE has launched specialized servicing capabilities designed for the construction industry through ESIS, Inc., a risk management services company owned by ACE Group. These services are available for general contractors, construction managers, trade contractors, and developers for both new construction …

Maine Gov. LePage Resists Workplace Safety Data Plan

A proposal from the federal government to make more specific workplace safety data available online could violate individuals’ privacy and embarrass employers and workers, Maine officials said. Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is pushing back against the U.S. Department of …

SeaWorld Charges OSHA in Cahoots with ‘Blackfish’ Documentary Filmmaker

SeaWorld has filed a complaint alleging that an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigator who probed a SeaWorld trainer’s death engaged in unethical conduct by fraternizing with makers of a documentary critical of the park. The six-page complaint to the …