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Wyoming Needs More Workplace Inspections, Official Says

Wyoming needs to hire more workplace safety inspectors and allow police to pull over and ticket drivers not wearing their seat belts, the state’s outgoing workplace safety epidemiologist said. Wyoming had the worst workplace fatality rate of any state five …

Ammo Company in Montana Sued Over Lead Exposure

Eight former and current employees of a Bozeman, Mont. ammunition company fined for safety violations have filed a lawsuit saying they were exposed to dangerous levels of lead. The lawsuit was filed last week against USA Brass Co., which cleans and …

‘Tis the Season for Workplace Safety

The holiday season can be one of the most prosperous times of year for many businesses. Increased activity in the workplace often means hiring temporary, seasonal employees. Continued employment gains across all industries and increased consumer spending are expected to …

Connecticut Construction Company Faces OSHA Fines

Federal workplace safety regulators say a Manchester, Connecticut-based construction company faces fines of more than $100,000 for a series of violations of workplace safety and health standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Rockville Construction LLC, responsible for the …

Mass. Company Fined in Wake of Cape Cod Crane Deaths

A Massachusetts company that employed two utility workers who died when the crane they were in tipped over as they worked on high-tension power lines on Cape Cod is facing $168,000 in fines. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration …

Workplace Fatalities Declined 15% Last Year in Virginia

Labor officials say workplace deaths dropped in Virginia and nationwide last year. According to a preliminary report released by the U.S. Department of Labor, Virginia saw workplace fatalities decline 15 percent to 126 in 2013. The Virginian-Pilot reports that 43 …

Study: Conn. Occupational Illness Rates Higher Than U.S. Average

Occupational illness rates are higher for Connecticut workers than the national average, though the rate has declined, a study by a University of Connecticut health expert says. The overall illness rate in 2012 was 21.9 cases per 10,000 workers, a …

Obesity Linked to Increased Fatigue in the Workplace

U.S. workplaces may need to consider innovative methods to prevent fatigue from developing in employees who are obese. Based on results from a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH), workers who are obese may have …

Massachusetts Report Examines Workplace Risks for State Employees

About 3,000 Massachusetts state employees experienced job-related injuries from 2010 to 2012 serious enough to require time off, while four workers lost their lives. That’s one of the findings of a special advisory committee charged with gauging workplace risks and …

Oregon Workplaces Claim 29 People In 2013

State workplace safety officials say 29 people died on the job in Oregon during 2013. The statistics released last week by the Department of Consumer and Business Services show a slight decrease from 2012′s figure of 30 deaths. The largest …