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Oregon Business Groups Sue Over Heat and Smoke Worker Protections

Some Oregon business groups are suing over the state’s new job site rules mandating that employers take steps to protect workers from extreme heat and wildfire smoke. Regulations adopted by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division mandate that employers …

New Rules Require Washington Employers to Monitor Temp, Air Quality Starting Mid-June

Employers in Washington will be required to monitor temperature and air quality, take steps to protect workers from heat and smoke hazards, and provide training and information from June 15 through the end of September, The Washington Department of Labor …

Worker Died of COVID After Staff Meeting at Washington Business

An investigation into the COVID-19 death of a worker at a Sumner, Washington, fish processing plant found company leaders knowingly putting workers at risk of exposure to the virus. The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries cited and fined …

Department of Labor Eyeing Arizona OSHA Plan After ‘Pattern of Failures’

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a proposal to reconsider and revoke final approval of Arizona’s State OSHA plan, which the department says is in response to nearly a long “pattern of failures” to adopt and enforce standards and enforcement …

Washington Foundry Cited for Dozens of Health and Safety Violations

A metal foundry and casting company in Walla Walla, Washington, faces a $93,600 fine for violating more than 40 health and safety regulations. A Washington State Department of Labor & Industries inspection reportedly found Walla Walla Foundry Inc. violated a …

Amazon Cited for Unsafe Work Practices at Washington Fulfillment Center

Amazon is facing a willful serious violation and a $60,000 fine for knowingly putting workers at risk of injury at its fulfillment center in Kent, Washington. A Washington Department of Labor & Industries inspection at the e-commerce giant reportedly found …

Montana Coal Mine Hit with $1M Fine over Safety Violations

A central Montana coal mine must pay a $1 million fine for violating environmental and employee safety regulations by failing to report worker injuries and improperly disposing of mine waste, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Montana said. Signal Peak Energy, …

California Considers Giving 500K Fast Food Workers More Power

California’s more than half-million fast food workers would get increased power and protections under a first-in-the-nation measure approved by the state Assembly this week. Workers would be included alongside employers and state agencies on a new Fast-Food Sector Council to …

Foxconn India Restarts Production at iPhone Plant After December’s Worker Protests

CHENNAI – Apple Inc supplier Foxconn restarted production at its plant in southern India on Wednesday, a company official said, over three weeks after it was closed because of protests over workers falling sick. The company official, speaking to Reuters …

Washington Roofers Face $750K in Fines for Putting Workers at Risk

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries issued a combined $768,000 in fines against three Washington roofing companies for reportedly allowing workers to roof on top of homes without using fall protection and for other safety violations. Always Roofing of …