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Medical Care, Compensation Increase for Texas Nuclear Plant Workers

The past few years have seen an increase in the number of workers at a nuclear weapons plant in the Texas Panhandle who have been compensated and given medical care for conditions caused by exposure to plant hazards. Those hazards …

Feds: Indiana Workplace Safety Agency Understaffed, Too Slow

A federal review of Indiana’s workplace safety agency faulted it for having too few inspectors, slow responses to complaints and missing potentially deadly hazards. The U.S. Department of Labor’s annual evaluation of the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration found …

Rate of Workplace Injury, Illness Dropped in Texas in 2014

The Texas incidence rate of nonfatal injuries and illnesses in private industry decreased to 2.4 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers in 2014, down from 2.6 in 2013, the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announced. The …

Texas Weapons Manufacturer Fined $197K for Workplace Hazards

Federal safety officials have fined a Texas-based weapons manufacturer $197,000 for putting workers at risk. Maverick Arms Inc. in Eagle Pass, Texas, was cited on Sept. 30, 2015, by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for one willful …

Tuna Company’s Ex-Safety Manager Guilty in California Worker Oven Death

A former safety manager at a Bumble Bee Foods seafood plant in California has pleaded guilty in the death of a worker who was cooked with tons of tuna. Saul Florez was sentenced to probation and fined $5,000 after pleading …

Workplace Incident in South Dakota Kills North Dakota Man

A North Dakota man was killed while working at an asphalt production plant in central South Dakota. Sully County Sherriff Bill Stahl told KCCR radio that 66-year-old Jerold Walth of Wishek, North Dakota, was performing maintenance on equipment at the asphalt …

New York Lawmakers Approve Tougher Regulation of Nail Salons

New York lawmakers on June 19 approved tougher regulation of nail salons, intended to help protect some 40,000 workers — many of them female immigrants — from getting shorted on pay and otherwise mistreated. The Assembly’s unanimous vote, following Senate …

Violations by Companies And Navy Led to Hawaii Worker Deaths, Says OSHA

A federal agency says workplace safety violations led to the deaths of two workers at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii last December. Hawaii News Now reported that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines for two companies for the …

Report Suggests Decrease in Occupational Injuries, Illnesses in N.H.

New Hampshire health officials have released a report suggesting there’s a decrease in occupational injury and illness rates in the state over the years. The report finds that from 2000 to 2012, there were 160 work-related fatalities in New Hampshire. …

Montana State Fund Lowers Rates for Upcoming Policy Year

Montana State Fund’s board of directors announced an average overall 5 percent decrease in workers’ compensation rates for 2016. The decrease is for any policy with an effective date in policy year 2016, which is July 1, 2015 to July …