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Workers at North Dakota Company Go on Strike over COVID-19 Safety Concerns

About 70 drivers and warehouse workers at a Fargo, N.D., food distributor have gone on strike because they don’t believe the company is doing enough to protect them from exposure to COVID-19. Members of Teamsters Local 120 walked a picket …

Nurses in North Dakota Worry About Working with Sick Colleagues

Like many medical workers around the world, the coronavirus pandemic is a burden that Fargo emergency room nurse Adam Johnston can’t escape. The grim reality follows him everywhere: at work, where people die every shift; at the grocery store, where …

Labor, Civil Rights Groups’ Lawsuit Claims Iowa Failed to Protect Workers

Eight Iowa labor and civil rights groups have filed a federal complaint alleging the state has failed to protect workers in meatpacking, dairy, construction, transportation, health care facilities, nursing homes and other industries. The complaint filed with the federal Occupational …

Washington Construction Firm Fined More Than $92K After Safety Inspection

A Washington construction company with a reported history of safety problems in Kitsap, Pierce and Grays Harbor was fined more than $92,000 for allegedly serious safety violations, including failing to enforce the use of fall protection while roofing a home …

Oregon Contractor Fined for Multiple Job Safety Violations

Oregon OSHA has fined a general contractor in Roseburg more than $38,000 for multiple serious job safety violations, including repeatedly failing to follow the minimum requirements to protect workers from fall hazards that could reportedly kill them. The division cited …

Cal/OSHA Issues Citations to Grocery Stores for COVID-19 Violations

Cal/OSHA has cited five grocery stores in Southern California for failing to protect their employees from COVID-19. The retailers were cited for various health and safety violations, including some classified as serious, with proposed penalties ranging from $13,500 to $25,560. …

Travelers Offers Artificial Intelligence for Companies to Assess Worker Safety

The Travelers Companies said it has started using artificial intelligence to offer business customers virtual and onsite ergonomic assessments. Travelers claims to be the first insurance carrier to provide the service. According to the insurer, the new offering combines AI-based …

Texas Gas Pipeline Erupts After Being Cut by Contractor

A natural gas pipeline erupted in flames near Houston after it was accidentally cut Wednesday afternoon by a contractor, officials said. The accident happened about 4:45 p.m. in the town of Mont Belvieu, about 30 miles east of Houston. No …

56 Workers Positive for Coronavirus at Alaska Seafood Plant

A seafood processing plant in Anchorage, Alaska has found 56 employees tested positive for COVID-19, marking the latest outbreak in the industry, health officials said. The Anchorage Health Department announced Friday that testing was conducted between July 17 and July …

Japan Government Urges Firms to Aim for 70% Telecommuting as COVID Cases Surge

Japan’s economy minister said on Monday [July 27] the government would urge businesses to aim for 70% telecommuting and enhance other social distancing measures amid a rise in coronavirus cases among workers, some infected during after-work socializing. Though Japan has …