OSHA News

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 …

2 Companies Cited After Texas A&M Structure Collapse

Federal officials have fined two construction companies for safety violations related to this summer’s collapse of a barn frame at Texas A&M University’s $80 million equestrian complex. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated when four workers were hurt in …

Worker’s Head Injury Leads to $90K Fine for Ohio Manufacturer

Ohio-based McNeil Group, doing business as Pinnacle Metal Products, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a worker suffered a serious head injury that resulted in blindness in one eye and the …

Democrats Question Government Contracts to Firms with Safety, Labor Violations

The federal government awards billions of dollars in contracts each year to companies that routinely violate safety, health and wage regulations, according to a report that calls for stricter measures to hold federal contractors accountable. The study from Democratic leaders …

Left and Right Are Both Wrong About Regulation: Viewpoint

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan instructed federal agencies that they could issue regulations only after demonstrating that their benefits justified their costs. With modest changes, Reagan’s successors, both Republican and Democratic, have continued to impose this requirement on agencies considering …

India-Based Company Fined $77K for Amputation Hazards at Arkansas Plant

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Welspun Tubular LLC in Little Rock, Ark., for two safety and health violations for exposing workers to possible amputation hazards at its Little Rock facility. The proposed penalty …

$300K Awarded to 2 Terminated Ohio Truck Drivers

Under the terms of a consent judgment, a now defunct North Canton, Ohio-based company, Star Air Inc., and owner Robert R. Custer, will pay two Ohio truck drivers $302,000 to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor …

Dallas Employers Face $97K in Penalties Following Forklift Deaths

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Georg Fischer Central Plastics LLC and Nationwide Plastics Inc. for 16 safety and health violations at the plastic manufacturing facility on Joseph Hardin Drive in Dallas, after a …