OSHA News

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 …

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 …