workplace safety News

Workplace Regulation to Reduce Incidents at California Oil Refineries OK’d

California’s Department of Industrial Relations’ Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board today approved a regulation aimed at strengthening workplace safety and health at oil refineries across the state. The new regulation is designed to provide a framework for anticipating, preventing …

North Carolina’s Builders Mutual Establishes Construction Job-Site Safety Institute

Builders Mutual, a provider of commercial insurance for the construction industry in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, has established the Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI), a nonprofit organization that will conduct safety research for residential and commercial job-sites and produce studies on …

Texas Mutual Insurance Awards $1M in Safety Grants to Community Colleges

Workers’ compensation insurer, Texas Mutual Insurance Co., has awarded a combined $1 million in grants to 10 community colleges across Texas. The grants fund workplace safety courses for employers, workers and the general public through the risk management programs at each college. Since …

Trump Budget Would Eliminate Chemical Safety Board

When a Texas City refinery exploded in 2005, 15 people died. Months later, the U.S.  Chemical Safety Board found that putting workers in temporary trailers near danger zones at the plant raised the death toll. Since then, temporary trailers have …

Texas Mutual Launches e-Learning Tool for Policyholders

Workers’ compensation Texas Mutual Insurance Co. has launched a free workplace safety training tool for policyholders called e-Learning. e-Learning gives business owners access to a library of more than 200 modern, video-based training courses on a variety of workplace safety …

Missouri Utility to Appeal Worker’s $10.7M Lawsuit Award

A Missouri-based utility said it will appeal a state judge’s award of more than $10 million to a man who said he developed permanent respiratory issues while working as a mechanic at one of the company’s sites. Circuit Judge William …

Majority of Workers at Wisconsin Shipyard Test Positive for Lead

Health officials say the majority of more than 200 workers tested for lead exposure at a Superior, Wis., shipyard had elevated levels of lead in their blood. Wisconsin and Minnesota health departments began a joint investigation last spring after workers …

Company Cited After Worker’s Arm Inflated in Massachusetts

A Massachusetts company where a worker’s arm was inflated in an industrial accident has been cited by federal workplace safety regulators. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday says it’s recommending penalties of nearly $300,000 against Shield Packaging in …

Cargo-Handling Firm Fined Nearly $339K for Workplace Hazards at O’Hare Airport

Federal safety workplace officials have cited a major cargo-handling company for exposing forklift operators at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to struck-by and electrical hazards, and proposed penalties of more than $338,000. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said this is the …

Michigan to Conduct Surprise Inspections of Demolition Sites

Michigan’s workplace safety agency plans to step up unannounced inspections of demolition sites around the state to ensure workers are properly protected against hazards such as exposure to asbestos. The Detroit Free Press reports the Michigan Occupational Health and Safety …