worker safety News

Oregon’s SAIF Announces $140M in Dividends to Workers’ Comp Policyholders

The Oregon SAIF board of directors has decided to give workers’ compensation policyholders two dividends this year totaling $140 million. One dividend is based on premium, and the another is tied to safety performance. The board declared a $120 million …

Workplace Deaths on Rise in Missouri

Missouri has seen an increase in the number of workers killed while on the job, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Agency officials said 24 workplace deaths have been reported since October. The agency’s acting area director Todd …

Homes Evacuated, 7 Workers Treated After Chemical Interaction at North Carolina Plant

Authorities in North Carolina say seven workers were treated at a hospital for minor injuries and several nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution after cleaning chemicals interacted at a meat packing plant in the community of Tar Heel south …

Tennessee OSHA Head Says Spike in State Worker Deaths ‘Alarming’

The head of the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a spike in on-the-job fatalities last month is “alarming.” TOSHA administrator Steve Hawkins tells WPLN-FM four of the 10 deaths in July were on construction sites. Most of the …

OSHA Launches Expedited Whistleblower Review Pilot in Western Region

The U.S. Department of Labor is launching a pilot process in its Western region called the “Expedited Case Processing Pilot,” which enables a complainant covered by certain statutes to ask the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to cease its investigation …

Investigation Faults Tesoro in Worker Injuries at California Refinery

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said on Tuesday workers were injured in incidents between 2010 and 2014 at Tesoro Corp.’s San Francisco Bay-area refinery in Martinez, California because of a weak safety culture the company permitted to exist. “The safety …

Meeting of 2 Minds on Worker Safety as Path to Profit

Adam Friedlander is a third generation insurance professional who has made his mark in safety, workplace safety that is. His New York agency, Friedlander Group, has for years developed and managed employer safety groups that have helped businesses improve workplace …

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 …