OSHA News

Illinois Pallet Manufacturer Faces $91.8K Fine After Employee Injury

Federal safety officials have cited an Illinois pallet manufacturer for machine safety violations after an employee was injured while conducting maintenance on equipment. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited New Lenox-based Supplyside USA, and …

How the U.S. Can Improve Workplace Injury and Illness Data

Federal agency officials involved in reducing work-related injuries and illnesses believe there is still a lot to learn about the relationship between work and injuries. According to the experts, the government needs smarter workplace surveillance and data collection practices. The …

Firms Renovating Old Chicago Post Office Hammered for Worker Safety

A federal agency has cited three Chicago-area companies for allegedly not properly protecting workers doing renovations on Chicago’s sprawling Old Post Office from lead and cadmium exposure. They face more than $200,000 in fines in all. A Wednesday statement from …

Workplace Fatalities Continue to Increase, with Transportation Incidents #1 Cause

There were 5,190 workplace fatalities reported in the U.S. in 2016, a seven percent increase over the previous year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries, the fatal injury rate increased from 3.4 per …

After Harvey Suspension, OSHA Resumes Regular Enforcement in Texas, Louisiana

After suspending most enforcement actions in Texas and Louisiana following Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Oct. 10 resumed normal enforcement throughout Texas and Louisiana. Following Hurricane Harvey, OSHA provided compliance assistance …

NFL Football-Maker Wilson Fined $65K for Safety Violations at Ohio Factory

An Ohio factory that makes footballs for the National Football League has been fined by federal regulators over workplace safety violations. Wilson Sporting Goods is facing more than $65,000 in fines after two inspections at its factory in Ada, which …

Fines for Workplace Deaths in Nevada Reduced Often

Companies that contested Nevada workplace safety citations after an employee died on the job received reduced fines about half the time. An analysis of state and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration fatality records by the Las Vegas Review-Journal showed …

Idaho Manure Pond Deaths Raise Concerns About Farmworker Safety

It was still dark the morning Ruperto Vazquez-Carrera began his shift at Sunrise Organic Dairy in Idaho. It was mid-February 2016. A winter heat wave had melted snow and ice overnight, flooding part of the rural Jerome County farm. A …

Missouri Plumbing Contractor Hit with $714K in Fines Over Trench Collapse

A month after a 33-year-old worker died while working in an unprotected trench, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors found another employee of the same Missouri plumbing contractor working in a similarly unprotected trench at another …

Regulator Fines Contractor Following Oregon Bridge Incident

A contractor has been fined nearly $200,000 for violations discovered after two workers were injured in a mishap on Portland, Ore.’s Ross Island Bridge. Oregon OSHA announced the penalty Monday, following an investigation that found nine safety violations. One of …