Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration News

Iowa Beef Plant Fine After Coronavirus Outbreak: $957

Iowa regulators have issued their first citation to a meatpacking plant with a large coronavirus outbreak that sickened its workforce — a $957 fine for a minor record-keeping violation. The outbreak at the Iowa Premium Beef Plant in Tama in …

Iowa Lawmakers Dispute Finding of No Violations at Tyson Plant Despite Deaths

Iowa’s workplace safety agency says an inspection did not uncover any violations at Tyson Foods’ largest pork processing plant, where several employees died after contracting the coronavirus. The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration closed its inquiry into the Tyson …

Report: Regulators Sat on Complaint as Virus Outbreak Grew at Iowa Plant

State safety regulators declined to inspect an Iowa pork plant after receiving a complaint alleging workers were exposed to the coronavirus in crowded conditions — a decision that critics said allowed a burgeoning outbreak to grow unabated. An April 11 …

Iowa Safety Agency Fines Animal Food Operation $74K

Iowa’s workplace safety agency wants to fine an eastern Iowa animal food operation for workplace safety violations, saying it has exposed employees to risks that include long falls. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to impose fines of more …

Iowa Battery Manufacturer Cited for Safety Violations, Fined $42K

A battery manufacturer in eastern Iowa has been fined $42,000 for workplace safety violations, authorities said. The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Exide Technologies, of Manchester, was cited for five different violations and originally faced a penalty of …

Iowa Court: No Claim for Workers’ Comp Insurer’s Failure to Inspect Workplace

Iowa’s high court has ruled in favor of a workers’ compensation insurer in a case in which a group of employees and former employees of a manufacturing plant alleged that the insurer failed to protect workers from injury when it …

Iowa Wind Turbine Maker Settles with State Over Safety Violations

A Newton, Iowa, company that builds wind turbine blades has settled with state regulators following an investigation into workplace safety violations. TPI Composites agreed last month to pay the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration a total of $100,000 in …

Company Faulted in Iowa Worker’s Fatal Accident

An Iowa safety regulator is blaming a company for not adequately training a worker who was killed in a Marshalltown construction accident. The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing to fine Bridge City Construction, of Ottumwa, nearly $3,900. …

Iowa Agency Proposes Fine for Theme Park over Safety Issue

An Iowa agency has proposed fining Adventureland park after an investigation prompted by the June death of a worker at the theme park. Officials have said Steve Booher was fatally injured June 7 when the Raging River ride started unexpectedly …