OSHA News

Circus Operator to Pay $24K Over Deadly Tent Collapse in New Hampshire

A Florida-based circus operator has agreed to pay $24,000 in fines issued by federal safety officials for a tent collapse that killed two people and injured dozens in New Hampshire last year. Robert Young, 41, and his 6-year-old daughter, Annabelle, …

Industry Needs to Address Gaps in Workers’ Compensation, AMCOMP Panelists Say

At the American Society of Workers’ Compensation Professionals (AMCOMP) Fall Meeting held recently in New York, Mark Walls, vice president of communications and strategic analysis at Safety National, and Kimberly George, senior vice president at Sedgwick, discussed a lack of …

Contractor Lacked Safety Permit Before Pennsylvania Bridge Fire

A contractor didn’t obtain a key safety permit before welding caused plastic pipe and a construction tarp to burn on the Liberty Bridge last month, resulting in a 24-day shutdown of a primary artery into downtown Pittsburgh, the city’s fire …

Worker Safety Measures Questioned After Employee Killed in Atlanta Hotel Freezer

Federal regulators and hotel employees are calling for new safety measures after a worker was found dead inside a walk-in freezer at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta. Investigators believe Carolyn Mangham spent about 13 hours at temperatures below …

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 …

Tyson Foods Fined $236K for Serious Safety Violations at Texas Plant

Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc. is facing more than $236,000 in penalties after an investigation by federal safety inspectors found the nation’s largest meat and poultry processor endangered workers by exposing them to amputation hazards, high levels of carbon dioxide and …

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 …

Texas Contractor Fined $124K for Trench Hazards, Safety Violations

Federal safety officials on July 28 cited Oscar Renda Contracting Inc. for safety violations at a site in Houston and proposed penalties of $124,300. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigator witnessed workers performing trench and excavation work …

Worker Buried in Minnesota Trench Collapse Dies

Officials say one of two construction workers injured in a trench collapse in Minnetonka, Minn., has died. The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office says 48-year-old Jimmy Scott Klous of Onamia died late Monday morning in the emergency room of Hennepin …

Texas Companies Fined $120K for Safety Violations, Workplace Hazards

Unsafe working conditions have landed combined fines of more than $120,000 for two companies operating in the Texas oil and gas sector. Exterran Energy Solutions LP and South Texas Specialty Welders LLC were cited by federal safety regulators for violations at …