OSHA News

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 …

Louisiana Company Fined $91K for Safety, Health Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Carol Callahan, doing business as Natural Advantage, for 19 serious safety and health violations at the Oakdale, La., facility. The citations stem from an August 2013 chemical fire in …

Keep Away from Small Farms, Lawmakers Tell Safety Agency OSHA

Small farms have been off-limits to the federal agency that oversees workplace safety for decades. But lawmakers in North Dakota and other states have grown sufficiently concerned that they’re warning the Obama administration to keep regulators away from family farms …

OSHA Findings Contested in Williams Olefins Explosion in Louisiana

Officials say Williams Olefins is contesting six workplace safety violations and $99,000 in civil penalties federal regulators proposed for a fatal explosion June 13 at the company’s Ascension Parish, La., plant. The blast at Williams’ Geismar ethylene and propylene facility …