workplace safety News

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 …

How Employer Cash Flow Impacts Workplace Safety

More than 3.5 million workplace injuries and illnesses occur each year in the United States, costing an estimated $250 billion annually. A new study from The University of Texas at Dallas examined how financing constraints impact workplace safety and the …

Oklahoma Labor Department: OSHA Penalties Rising Aug. 1

The Oklahoma Department of Labor is warning businesses in that state that civil penalty amounts assessed by federal safety regulators for workplace safety violations are going up beginning Aug. 1. The Oklahoma DOL says Occupational Health and Safety Administration penalties …

Construction Zone Crashes in Utah Kill 67 in 5 Years

State data shows a total of 67 people have been killed in Utah construction zone crashes in the last five years. The transportation department data also shows 288 people were seriously injured over the same period, the Standard-Examiner reported. Top …

All Risks Adds New Classes for Occupational Accident Product

All Risks, Ltd., an independent wholesaler, has added a variety of new classes for its occupational accident product, which is part of the Accident & Health division.  Classes that All Risks can offer occupational accident coverage now includes behavioral healthcare, …

New Jersey Furniture Maker to Pay OSHA $123K in Settlement

A New Jersey furniture manufacturer has reached a settlement with a federal safety agency to pay $123,000 and fix a slew of health and safety violations, including exposing workers to a cancer-causing chemical. North Arlington, New Jersey-based Sterling Seating Inc. …

Report: 63 Workers in Massachusetts Died on the Job in 2015

A new report says more than 60 Massachusetts workers died on the job in 2015 — a number that soars when deaths by occupational injuries and illnesses are included. The report released last week by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational …