workplace safety News

New Jersey Cannabis Regulator Issues Employers’ Guidance for Workplaces

New Jersey has issued guidance for workplaces to support employers’ right to create and maintain safe work environments, as well as affirm employees’ right to due process. According to the guidance and “Reasonable Suspicion Observation Report Form” by the New …

Offshore Wind Farm Worker Hiring and Safety Training Ramp Up

At a 131-year-old maritime academy along Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts, people who will build the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm are learning the skills to stay safe while working around turbines at sea. Some take to the tasks fairly …

Michigan Agency Wins Appeal, Safety Case Reopened in Amish Farm Death

A mid-Michigan organic dairy farm is fighting state safety regulators, five years after a 19-year-old family member was fatally electrocuted while removing a metal pole from a grain bin. The dispute involves the state’s scrutiny of small farms, the traditions …

OSHA Approves Massachusetts Public Sector Worker Safety Plan

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently granted Massachusetts initial approval for a state-run safety and health plan for state and local government workers. The Massachusetts plan covers an estimated 430,000 state and local government …

PwC Sued by Auditor Over Head Injury Suffered During ‘Pub Golf’ Work Event

An auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP sued his employer over a serious head injury he suffered during a work event that “encouraged excessive consumption of alcohol.” Michael Brockie alleges in London suit that PwC failed to ensure his safety by allowing …

OSHA Investigating Deaths of Amazon Workers in New Jersey

Federal work-safety investigators are looking into the death of an Amazon worker and an injury that potentially led to the death of another employee, adding to a probe already underway following a third fatality during the company’s annual Prime Day …

Robots May Reduce Physical Injuries But Raise Substance Abuse, Mental Health Issues

Automation enhances industry, but it’s harmful to the mental health of its human co-workers. A University of Pittsburgh study suggests that while American workers who work alongside industrial robots are less likely to suffer physical injury, they are more likely …

Massachusetts OSHA Plan for Public Sector Gets Initial Federal Nod

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has given preliminary approval to a new occupational safety and health plan for Massachusetts state and local employers and their employees. If given final approved after a comment period, the Massachusetts OSHA …

Amazon Accused of Obstructing House Probe of Deadly Tornado

Amazon.com Inc. is obstructing a congressional investigation of a deadly December tornado by failing to provide documents about emergency preparedness and communications with workers during the storm, according to a letter from US lawmakers. The House Oversight Committee in March …

Vaccine Objections of Workers at Hanford in Washington Tossed

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by several hundred Hanford nuclear reservation and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory workers in Richland, Washington, over COVID-19 vaccine requirements. The lawsuit was filed in November to halt enforcement of President Joe Biden’s …