workplace safety News

California OKs Workplace Rule to Protect Hotel Housekeepers

California has adopted a new workplace safety and health regulation designed to reduce work-related injuries to housekeepers in the hotel and hospitality industry. This is the first ergonomic standard in the nation written specifically to protect hotel housekeepers, according to …

Chicago Announces Transit Security Upgrades on Trains, Buses

Chicago has announced $33 million in security upgrades on the Chicago Transit Authority system funded by a ride-hailing service fee. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office says a new program — dubbed “Safe and Secure” — will upgrade 3,800 older-model system cameras …

Coal Company Cited for Safety Issues in Wyoming Miner’s Death

Rocky Mountain Power has been cited with a safety violation for the death of a miner in September. Jaimie Olivas was killed in the Bridger Underground Coal Mine when part of a wall of coal collapsed on him. The Casper …

Cal/OSHA Cites Tree Trimming Company in Brush Chipper Fatality

Cal/OSHA has cited Gorilla Tree Service for serious and accident-related workplace safety violations following an investigation of a brush chipper accident that killed a 24-year-old worker in Napa. On Aug. 15, 2017, the employee was reportedly working on the ground …

Cal/OSHA Issues Citations Following Fatal Bee Attack on Tree Worker

Cal/OSHA has issued citations to Hadley Date Gardens Inc. of Thermal, Calif., for workplace safety and health violations following a bee swarm that stung and killed a tree worker. The incident serves as a reminder that employers must protect tree …

Chubb Enhances Work Injury Compensation Product in Singapore

Chubb announced it has enhanced to its Chubb Work Guard product, which is work injury compensation cover for Singapore businesses. The enhanced wording will apply to all risks bound from Jan. 1, 2018, unless separately agreed. At the core of …

Canada’s Alberta Province Charges Nexen Energy After 2 Workers Die in Explosion

Canada’s Alberta province has brought eight charges against Nexen Energy, a unit of China’s CNOOC Ltd., after two workers died in an explosion at its Long Lake oil sands plant in early 2016, an Alberta government spokeswoman said on Wednesday …

Day Laborers Being Exploited in Texas after Harvey, Advocates Say

Guillermo Miranda Vazquez starts his day in a parking lot near the Home Depot where he easily finds work alongside other day laborers who are cleaning up Houston after Hurricane Harvey. Some days, he clears rotted drywall and hauls out …

Workplace Is Hostile, Stressful, Grim Place for Many Americans

The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile. So concludes an in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles. Among the findings: Nearly one in five workers …

California Ski Resort Where Patroller Died Fined for Workplace Safety Violations

State officials has cited and fined a California ski resort for violating two workplace safety codes following an investigation into a ski patroller’s death. KRNV-TV reported 42-year-old Squaw Valley Ski Resort patroller Joe Zuiches died in January while working avalanche …