U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration News

Feds Warn Arizona Commission that Lowering Workplace Injury Fines is Risky

Federal officials warned a commission overseeing Arizona’s workplace safety agency that its practice of lowering fines on companies for worker injuries and deaths violates the state’s laws and could jeopardize its ability to run its own safety program. The letter …

Ohio Plant Fined $570K after Worker Loses Hand, Part of Arm

An auto parts maker in Ohio is being fined nearly $600,000 after a worker in Oregon, Ohio, lost his right hand and part of his arm in an industrial accident. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the accident …

OSHA: South Dakota Firm Ignored Safety Rules Before Deadly Building Collapse

A construction company that was remodeling a historic downtown Sioux Falls, S.D., building when it collapsed and killed a worker willfully ignored precautions, federal workplace safety officials allege. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on April 30 issued two …

Wisconsin Shipyards Company Working with OSHA After Worker Severely Burned

Fraser Shipyards Inc. says it’s working with a U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation after a worker was burned last month. The incident occurred Feb. 6 while the worker was servicing a vessel in the Duluth-Superior Harbor. The worker …

Worker Dies in Accident at Massachusetts Supermarket Distribution Center

Police and federal safety officials are investigating a fatal workplace accident in Freetown, Mass. It happened early Tuesday afternoon at a distribution center for Stop & Shop supermarkets. Police say a man later identified as 51-year-old Alphonse Ferent of Stoughton …

Deaths of 3 Men Working on Florida Keys Road Project Under Investigation

Authorities are investigating the deaths of three men who collapsed underground at a Florida Keys road project. Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark says one worker for the county’s contractor went down a drainage pipe Monday to investigate why a newly …

Legal Action Started in Fatal Idaho Trench Collapse

The widow of a man killed in a trench collapse in Boise, Idaho has filed a precursor to a lawsuit against several government agencies. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that a lack of training by Hard Rock …

Feds Investigate Illinois Firm Fined for Exposing Staff to Asbestos

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration proceedings against an Illinois construction company fined for allegedly importing Mexican workers to remove asbestos are on hold as federal officials look into possible criminal activity by the company. OSHA last year fined Joseph …

Mississippi Nissan Plant Fined for Safety Violations

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, for two violations. WLBT-TV reports a complaint inspection in March had one serious violation and one repeat violation. The total penalty was $32,000. Production technician …

Wisconsin-Based Ashley Furniture to Pay $1.75M to Settle Safety Citations

Wisconsin-based Ashley Furniture has agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle alleged safety violations at four of its plants, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said. Ashley Furniture entered into a corporate-wide agreement aimed at protecting workers from machine …