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Washington AG Asks Court to Order Immediate Worker Protections at Hanford

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has asked a federal court to immediately order the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor, Washington River Protection Solutions, to implement enhanced safety and vapor monitoring measures in the aftermath of more than 50 …

Oregon SAIF Program Returns $2.5M to Participating Businesses

Oregon businesses that participate in the Associated General Contractors/SAIF Workers’ Compensation program will receive a $2.5 million retrospective return on their 2014-15 plan year premium, SAIF announced on Wednesday. Six hundred and sixty-five AGC employers in construction and related industries …

Worker Dies in Catwalk Fall at Amazon’s Arizona Facility

Authorities say a worker who died last week after falling from a catwalk at the Amazon distribution center in Phoenix, Ariz. had a preexisting medical condition. Phoenix police say the incident occurred about 1:15 a.m. Friday. The woman was pronounced …

Workers at Ohio Auto Glass Plant Warn of Unsafe Conditions

Workers alleging unsafe working conditions at an automotive glass manufacturing plant in southwestern Ohio have filed a complaint with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The complaint filed this week by 11 workers at the Fuyao Glass America Inc. plant …

OSHA Cites West Virginia Logging Company for 22 Safety Violations

Federal regulators have cited a logging company for 22 serious worker safety violations. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Ray Clearing Inc. of Bickmore also was issued one other-than-serious citations. The citations stem from an inspection by OSHA’s …

Oregon Homes Demolished Without Proper Asbestos Removal

Contractors have been tearing down hundreds of Portland homes without properly removing the asbestos inside, a practice that ignores state regulations and could put workers at risk. An investigation by The Oregonian found that weak regulatory oversight from the Department …

Report Shows Higher Smoking, Drinking Among Utah Construction Workers

Utah residents who work in construction and manufacturing are more likely to smoke and binge drink than workers in other industries, according to a new report from Utah’s Department of Health. The data is based on a telephone survey of …

Cause of Deadly New Mexico Scaffold Collapse Sought

Six of the remaining seven construction workers injured in the collapse of a six-story scaffold outside a New Mexico medical center were released from hospitals last week as investigators began work on trying to determine the cause of the accident. One …

Former Railway Workers File Asbestos Suit Against BNSF in Oregon

Three former employees have sued BNSF Railway, claiming they suffer from lung disease caused by job-related exposure to asbestos. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Portland, Ore. says the men had to work with and around items that contained asbestos while …

Maine Business Faces $100K Federal Fines for Alleged Safety Violations

An Auburn, Maine, company that makes automotive fabric products is facing more than $100,000 in federal fines for allegedly putting its employees in harm’s way. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday cited Formed Fiber Technologies Inc. for seven …