workplace safety News

Report: Asbestos Violations Not Routinely Fined in Michigan

Michigan’s state worker safety agency didn’t issue fines in the majority of asbestos abatement cases where it found serious violations during the past seven years, and not one company was fined the maximum $7,000, a newspaper reports. Fines weren’t issued …

DOL Sues U.S. Steel Corp. Over Injury Reporting Practices

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that it has sued U.S. Steel Corp. for allegedly retaliating against two employees who violated the company’s immediate reporting policy for workplace injuries. The Department of Labor said on Feb. 22 that in …

OSHA, Anheuser-Busch’s N.J. Subsidiary Resolve Safety Violations

Federal labor officials have reached a deal with a New Jersey-based subsidiary of the world’s largest beer maker to settle claims of safety violations at a distribution warehouse. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced its deal with Anheuser-Busch Sales …

Wyoming Workplace Safety Meetings Planned Around State

Responding to the trend of workplace shootings that have happened around the country, the state of Wyoming is offering free workplace training in April and May to inform workers and supervisors how to respond to active shooter situations and other …

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 …