Occupational Safety and Health Administration News

Death in the Oilfields: Boom Brings Mounting Risk of Death, Injuries

Parker Waldridge had worked in the Oklahoma oilfields since he was 16 and acquired the traits that make a good driller: fortitude, intellect and a healthy respect for the power of a runaway gas well. And so, when Waldridge’s wife, …

Officials Identify Worker Who Fell Down Elevator Shaft in Massachusetts

Officials have identified the construction worker who died after falling down an elevator shaft in Massachusetts as 41-year-old Carlos Ortiz. The Essex district attorney’s office says Ortiz was working on the roof of a nine-story building in Haverhill morning when …

Company Faces OSHA Fines Due to Farmworker’s Death in Nebraska

A federal safety agency has proposed fining a company in connection with the death of an employee who was working in a Hall County, Nebraska, cornfield. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing penalties of more than $11,600 for …

Wisconsin Shipyard Workers Settle Lead Claims for $7.5M

Fraser Shipyards has settled lawsuits involving dozens of workers who were exposed to lead while working on an old freighter in Superior, the company said. Fraser has agreed to pay $7.5 million to more than 60 workers who were exposed …

Vermont Construction Company Investigated After Death of Employee

Federal officials are investigating a Vermont roofing and construction company whose employee died in a fall at a job site in New Hampshire. The Brattleboro Reformer reports the Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened an investigation into Jancewicz & Son …

New Jersey Lumber Company Faces $106K in Penalties for Safety, Health Hazards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited DuBell Lumber Company of Medford, N.J., for exposing employees to combustible dust and other hazards. The company faces $106,432 in proposed penalties. OSHA inspectors responded to a …

N.J. Pet Food Manufacturer Cited for Failure to Correct Prior Safety Hazards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Hamiltime Herb Co. LLC after inspectors found employees exposed to safety and health hazards in a follow-up investigation at its Howell, N.J., facility in May 2018. OSHA …

Ohio Amusement Park Company Fined $142K for Safety Violations

The parent company for Ohio’s Cedar Point amusement park has been fined over $140,000 for safety violations. The Blade reports the $142,270 fine by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration stems from an April 11 incident where an employee was …

Explosion at Alabama Chemical Plant Kills 1

One person is dead following an explosion at a chemical plant in north Alabama. Arab Fire Chief Ricky Phillips tells WHNT-TV that a contract worker died in a blast that happened Tuesday at Umicore Specialty Chemicals in Arab. The explosion …

Construction Company Cited in Connecticut for Safety Hazards, Faces $146K in Penalties

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited L.L.E. Construction LLC for exposing employees to fall and other hazards at a construction worksite in Bridgeport, Conn. The company faces $146,554 in proposed penalties. OSHA inspectors …