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OSHA Releases Distancing Guides, Testimony

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an alert last week detailing steps for social distancing in the workplace.


OSHA Announces $11.5M in Harwood Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced the availability of $11.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants.


OSHA Releases Revised Enforcement Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently adopted “revised policies” for enforcing its requirements with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic as diffe...


OSHA Translates Risk Exposure Tips

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published its “10 Steps All Workplace Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus” poster in 11 additi...


OSHA Releases Further Guidance on N95s

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued further interim enforcement guidance on the reusing of disposable N95 filtering face piece respir...


OSHA to Hold Whistleblower Meeting

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced earlier this week that it will hold a teleconference meeting to “solicit public comments and suggestion...


OSHA Releases COVID-19 Recordkeeping Guide

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued guidance for enforcing its recordkeeping requirements in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.


DOL Announces OSHA Interim Enforcement

On Monday (April 13), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced an interim enforcement response plan for the coronavirus pandemic.


DOL Releases Whistleblower Reminder

The U.S. Department of Labor released a bulletin late last week reminding employers that they cannot retaliate against workers reporting unsafe conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.


OSHA Releases Guidance on N95 Shortages

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released interim enforcement guidance to help combat the shortage of N95 filtering face piece respirator...


OSHA Fines 11 Firms for NOLA Hard Rock

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited and fined 11 firms in connection with the partial collapse of New Orleans’ Hard Rock Hotel last fall that killed three workers.


OSHA Extends Silica Exposure Program

According to a news release issued by the United Sates Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended its National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Respirable C...


OSHA Issues COVID-19 Workplace Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” with the aim to help companies respond to the ...


OSHA Announces Website to Celebrate 50 Years

As part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the organization has announced t...


OSHA Revises Silica Exposure Program

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the revision of the National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate work...


OSHA Issues Injury, Illness Reporting Reminder

With the start of the new year, agencies are reminding employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule th...


NOLA Council to Investigate Hard Rock Collapse

Last week, the New Orleans City Council unanimously voted to form a special committee that will hold hearings on the October 2019 collapse of the under-construction Hard Rock Hotel as well a...


2020 OSHA Oil & Gas Issues Call for Abstracts

A call for abstracts has recently been issued by the 2020 OSHA Oil & Gas Safety and Health Conference Advisory Board to industry professionals for presentation proposals for its 2020 Confere...


Report: Workplace Fatality Rate Stagnant in 2018

The fatal work injury rate remained unchanged from 2017 to 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual report, which was released last month. The count remains at 3.5 per 100,0...


OSHA Corrects Protective Equipment Rule

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule in the Federal Register, issuing various corrections to its Walking-Working Su...


OSHA Sets Date for Silica Standard Proposal

In approaching the end of 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released its long-term regulatory agenda, setting forth the Agency’s schedule for the next 12 months.


Industry Reacts to Proposed Beryllium Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a proposal in early October to “more appropriately tailor the requirements” of beryllium exposure standa...


NOLA Hard Rock Won’t Get Implosion

After meeting with New Orleans officials, Hard Rock Hotel developer 1031 Canal Development LLC, announced a new conventional demolition plan for the partially collapsed structure.


Report: OSHA Inspections Up in 2019

On Tuesday (Dec. 3), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that workplace safety and health inspections were up a significant amount in fisca...


NYC Hit with Surprise Worksite Inspections

In an effort to reduce the amount of construction worker injuries in New York City, a team of building inspectors has formed to conduct surprise inspections at various major construction pro...


DOL Plans Safety Meeting, Requests Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor announced late last week that is has scheduled a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health for Dec. 12 in Washington, D.C.


ABC Speaks on Safety at OSHA Meeting

The Associated Builders and Contractors announced late last week that its Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Developer, Greg Sizemore, spoke at a Nov. 7 Occupational...


Full Demo for NOLA Hard Rock Planned

Although the bodies of two deceased workers remain in the rubble of the partially collapsed New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel, Mayor LaToya Cantrell reported that the city is preparing for a full ...


Grant Allows NAHB to Continue Fall Safety Courses

The National Association of Home Builders announced earlier this month that it received a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


NYC Organizations Offer Free OSHA Training

New York City-based construction workers now have the option to receive free Occupational Safety and Health Administration training through city-based organizations Building Skills New York ...


DOL Annnounces New Members for Safety Committee

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Labor announced 12 new members selected to the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.


OSHA Releases Proposal for Beryllium Standards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a proposal earlier this month to “more appropriately tailor the requirements” of beryllium exposure stan...


OSHA Weight System Could Increase Inspections

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently implemented a new OSHA Weighting System for the 2020 fiscal year.


DOL Taps New Directorate of Construction

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor selected Scott Ketcham as the new director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Directorate of Construction in Washington, D.C.


OSHA Annnounces Recipients of $10.5M in Harwood Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that it has awarded approximately $10.5 million is Susann Harwood federal safety and health t...


Robots and Drones Inspect Wind Blades

Reported this summer, the Department of Energy’s Blade Reliability Collaborative and Sandia National Laboratory have been researching how to noninvasively inspect wind blades for visible and...


OSHA: Nuclear Whistleblower to be Rehired

On Monday (Aug. 26), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration ordered the Tennessee Valley Authority to reinstate employment for a former worker who had been put on paid admini...


DOL Releases Reminder for Injury Reporting

The United States Department of Labor is reminding employers to submit injury and illness data from 2018 to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Study: Injuries Cause Rise in Overdoses, Suicides

In a study co-authored by researchers from Boston University’s School of Public Health, suicides and opioid overdoses are showing an increase in relation to workplace injuries.


CA Lawmaker Introduces Heat Regulation Bill

About a week before the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a reminder for employers to protect their employees from the dangers of working in h...


OSHA Issues Heat Reminder to Employers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a reminder for employers to protect their employees from the dangers of working in hot weather.


AIHA Notes Four Construction Health Hazards

Just last month the American Industrial Hygiene Association released a guidance booklet, “Focus Four for Health: An Initiative to Address Four Major Construction Health Hazards,” in order to...


DOL Talks Construction Safety Meetings, Appointments

In addition to announcing the Secretary of Labor’s appointment of 15 members to serve on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, the U.S. Department of Labor has also annou...


Warning Disregarded Before FIU Bridge Collapse

In a new 115-page report related to the bridge collapse at Florida International University, which took place over a year ago, federal work-safety investigators determined that the street th...


OSHA Releases Final Rule for Various Standards

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule, ultimately revising 14 provisions within recordkeeping, general industry, maritime and construction standard...


NYC Again Extends Safety Training Requirement

Last Wednesday, New York City Councilmembers granted a second extension for on-site construction workers to complete 100 hours of increased safety training as administered by the Occupationa...


OSHA Announces $10.5M in Training Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that $10.5 million in funding will be available this year through its Susan Harwood Training ...


OSHA Fines FL Roofer $133K

Florida Roofing Experts Inc. (Jacksonville, Florida) has recently been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing employees to fall ha...


Acosta Talks OSHA Inspections, Budget Increases

The U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently told a House Appropriations subcommittee to expect a budget increase for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 2020 and a...


OSHA Cites GA Contractor for Trenching Hazards

A Dallas, Georgia-based utility contractor was recently cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing employees to excavation hazards while completing work on water...


WY Senator Introduces Worker Safety Legislation

A group of senators introduced legislation last week that would make the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program a permanent f...


VA Bridge Inspection Equipment Co. Suspended

Just last month, the Federal Highway Administration made the decision to suspend McClain and Co. Inc. (Culpeper, Virginia) from participating in any federal procurement and non-procurement t...


FL Bill Targets Heat-Related Injury Prevention

A Florida lawmaker brought forth a bill last week that would set a statewide standard for those working outdoors in relation to heat illness prevention.


PA Contractor Fined $200K for Excavation Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that it has cited a Pennsylvania company for exposing employees to excavation hazards. The co...


6 States Sue OSHA for Recordkeeping Rollback

Six states filed a lawsuit in federal court last week against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration alleging that the entity’s reversal on the Obama-era electronic recordkeeping ...


OSHA Reponds to Sales of Fake Training Cards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has responded to a case out of New Jersey, in which a training agent has admitted to selling more than 100 fraudu...


Final Crane Rule Enforcement Postponed

The U.S. Department of Labor announced last week that it is pushing back full enforcement of its new crane operator rule.


Feds Sue NJ Contractor for $679K in Delinquent Fines

The U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey filed a lawsuit last week against a New Jersey contractor in an effort to collect $678,053 in past-due fines issued by the Occupational Safet...


DOL Issues Final Rule on Worker Privacy

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported on Thursday (Jan. 24) that it has issued a final rule that eliminates parts of the Obama-era "Improve Tr...


OSHA Authorizes Use of Drones for Inspections

Inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration are now authorized to use drones for workplace inspections.


Report: Construction NYC's Most Fatal Industry

The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released last week new numbers (from 2017) on work-related fatalities and injuries in New York City, finding that the const...


DOL Provides Assistance for Fall Prevention

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that it has developed a new collection of resources to help employers prevent falls on the job...


Court Rules Contractors Can Be Cited for Subs

A U.S. Appeals Court has confirmed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration can cite a general contractor—even if its employees are not affected—for subcontractor safety violat...


Workplace Fatality Data Released for 2017

In 2017, there were 43 fewer workplace fatalities than the previous year (dropping from 5,190 to 5,147). That’s according to the most recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Nati...


Cal/OSHA Cites, Fines Firm $141K in Trench Death

The California Division of Operational Safety and Health announced earlier this month that it has cited a general contractor—as well as imposed a $141,075 fine—in connection with a fatal tre...


Cal/OSHA Cites, Fines Firm $141K in Trench Death

The California Division of Operational Safety and Health announced earlier this month that it has cited a general contractor—as well as imposed a $141,075 fine—in connection with a fatal tre...


OSHA Finalizes Crane Operator Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health administration published a final rule last week that clarifies the certification requirements for crane operators, about eight y...


OSHA Finalizes Crane Operator Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health administration published a final rule last week that clarifies the certification requirements for crane operators, about eight y...


OSHA Reveals Top 10 Violations for 2018

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, announced the agency’s top 10 violations for 2018, with fall prote...


OSHA Reveals Top Violations for 2018

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, announced the agency’s top 10 violations for 2018, with fall prote...


OSHA Reports on Irma's Toppled FL Cranes

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found that the three cranes that collapsed last year after Hurricane Irma tore through Mia...


Cal/OSHA Issues Regulation on Recordkeeping

California has now put its Division of Occupational Safety and Health on par with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Association’s Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesse...


OSHA Reports on Irma's Toppled FL Cranes

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found that the three cranes that collapsed last year after Hurricane Irma tore through Mia...


OSHA Announces Emphasis on Excavation Safety

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that it has updated its National Emphasis Program on preventing trenching and excavation colla...


OSHA Announces Harwood Grant Awards

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday the awardees of this year’s Susan Harwood Training Grants, monetary awards to unions, nonprofits and ...


OSHA Announces Harwood Grant Awards

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday the awardees of this year’s Susan Harwood Training Grants, monetary awards to unions, nonprofits and ...


Brooklyn Construction Site Collapse Kills 1

Late last week rescue crews recovered a body of a worker after a retaining wall collapsed Wednesday at a Brooklyn construction site.


OSHA Petitioned to Establish Heat Standard

A petition backed by more than 130 industry organizations is making its way to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration arguing for an official standard o...


OSHA Fines CO Companies $170K for Fall

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited two construction companies for a fatal fall that occurred at a Colorado worksite this past spring.


CDC Recommends Changes on Heat Hazards

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently investigated whether heat exposure limits recommended by its own National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, alongside the A...


OSHA Moves to Change Recordkeeping Rule

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in late July that it would be taking steps to roll back parts of the Obama-era "Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Il...


CDC Releases Study on Workplace Heat Risks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently took on research to find out if heat exposure limits recommended by its own National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, as ...


OSHA Announces Harwood Grant Availability

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that $10.5 million in funding will be available this year through its Susan Harwood Training ...


OSHA Announces Harwood Grant Availability

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that $10.5 million in funding will be available this year through its Susan Harwood Training ...


OSHA Proposes Scaling Back Recordkeeping Rule

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced steps late last month to rescind parts of the Obama-era “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesse...


OSHA Cites Shipyard After January Explosion

Over half a year after a deadly explosion on the towboat William E. Strait, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a citation against ship repair contractor First ...


Investigations Deepen in FL Building Collapse

Days after a condominium came crashing down unexpectedly during a planned demolition, a criminal investigation has been opened and the one person injured in the incident has been identified.


Miami Beach Condo Collapses, Injures 1

A vacant Miami Beach condominium that was slated for demolition came crashing down Monday morning injuring one construction worker, officials say.


1 Killed in TX Construction Site Explosion

An explosion at a Texas construction site Tuesday afternoon has reportedly killed one construction worker and injured 15 more, and authorities are ruling the blast an accident.


OSHA Extends Comment Period on Crane Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it will extend the comment period on the proposed crane operator certification rule.


ABC Calls for More Collaborative Safety Regulations

In a subcommittee hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Kwest Group President and Chairman of the Associated Builder and Contractors National Safety and Health ...


NYC Officials Finalize Safety Training Mandate

New York City officials have finalized requirements of a law passed last October that ups the safety training requirements for most of the city’s construction workers.


Safety Stand Down Begins Monday

Starting Monday, professionals in the construction industry will be participating in National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, which serves to educate workers about the im...


Silica Citations Ramp up 6 Months After Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is six months into its enforcement of its new silica rule. So far, more than 100 companies have been cited.


Safety Stand-Down Observed Next Week

Construction industry professionals are taking part in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction next week, to educate workers about the importance of fall protection o...


US Court: Ignorance of Safety Standards Not a Defense

A Georgia court has ruled against a company that claimed its foreman didn’t know the safety requirements for fall protection and therefore should not have been handed a nearly $50,000 fine a...


Cases Pile Up After Fatal MA Accident

Investigators have opened a fourth case regarding the site of Massachusetts’ Wynn Boston Harbor resort and casino after a construction worker died in an accident last week.


NJ Company Fined in High-Profile Accident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited and fined a New Jersey-based construction company six months after an accident killed ex-boxer David Bey.


OSHA's Hearing-Loss Bulletin Targets Painters

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a new bulletin related to hearing loss, with special attention paid to ototoxicity, hearing loss brought on by chemical ex...


Painters Targeted in OSHA Hearing-Loss Bulletin

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a new bulletin related to hearing loss, with special attention paid to ototoxicity, hearing loss brought on by chemical ex...


OSHA Missing Electronic Records Submissions

According to a recent investigation by Bloomberg Environment, 200,000 employers have failed to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new electronic record-keeping r...


Report: OSHA Missing Records from 200,000 Companies

A recent investigation by Bloomberg Environment has revealed that about 200,000 worksites have failed to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new electronic...


Fatal Denver Fire Sparks Lengthy Investigation

A fatal fire last week a Denver apartment building construction site is prompting a massive federal investigation, according to reports, calling into question under-the-table labor and safe ...


KY Officials Issue Hazard Alert for Trench Fatalities

Officials at Kentucky’s Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program recently issued a hazard alert in response to what the organization calls an alarming rise in trench work fatalitie...


NAHB Calls on OSHA to Help Small Businesses

The National Association of Home Builders recently spoke at a House subcommittee hearing to call on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to expand its small business compliance ...


Worker Struck, Killed by Falling Beam at MT Site

A construction worker died last week after a concrete column fell on him at the site of a housing project redevelopment in Billings, Montana.


WA Contractor Charged After Fatal Trench Collapse

For the first time in the state’s history, a Washington contractor is facing felony charges in connection with an employee’s death.


OSHA Renews Alliance with Women's Trade Group

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday (Dec. 15) that it will continue to work with the National Association of Women in Construction to safeguard women workers i...


OSHA Renews Alliance with Women's Trade Group

Federal workplace-safety regulators will continue to work with the National Association of Women in Construction to safeguard women workers in the building trades, as the Occupational Safety...


Contractors Fined $140K in Formwork Collapse

The California Department of Occupational Safety and Health announced last week that it has fined three contractors for safety violations that it says led to a May formwork collapse that inj...


Trump's OSHA Pick Talks Teamwork at Hearing

Scott Mugno, President Donald J. Trump’s nominee to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as assistant secretary of labor, got through his confirmation hearing last week by ...


A Procrastinator's Guide to OSHA's Injury Rule

The submission deadline of injury reporting records to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new electronic recordkeeping regulation is just around the corner: Dec....


OSHA Releases Fact Sheets for Shipyards

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has issued four new fact sheets on protecting workers from common hazards in the shipyard and maritime sectors, which cover topics such as p...


OSHA Fines ID Company for Trenches

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Boise construction firm for its trenching practices.


Trump Announces New OSHA Head

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is set to get a new leader, as President Donald J. Trump has announced his nominee for Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety ...


President Trump Taps Pick to Head OSHA

President Donald J. Trump has announced his pick for Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, the head of the Department of Labor's worker-safety agency


Harwood Training Grant Recipients Announced

The Occupational Health and Safety administration recently announced that it has awarded $10.5 million in grants from the Susan Harwood Training Grants program.


OSHA Fines CA Companies for Fatal Wall Collapse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s investigation of a construction site wall collapse in April that killed one worker and injured another is complete, officials say, and the...


OSHA Announces Harwood Training Grant Recipients

The Occupational Health and Safety administration has awarded $10.5 million in grants for federal health and safety training to 80 nonprofits across the country for the 2017 fiscal year.


OSHA Releases Top Violations in 2017

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has released its list of the top 10 violations for 2017. A new category, Fall Protection—Training Requirements, has made its way onto the l...


OSHA Reveals Top Violations for 2017

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has released the list of top 10 violations for 2017, which, though it has remained largely unchanged from 2016, sees the addition of a new c...


NH House Explosion Kills Painter

A house explosion that killed a painter last week is now under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


OSHA, ACC Team Up on Isocyanate Safety

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration teamed up with the American Chemistry Council for a two-year alliance to promote both awareness of worker exposur...


OSHA, ACC Team Up on Isocyanate Safety

To promote awareness of worker exposure to diisocyantes, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the American Chemistry Council announced last week that they have established a...


Falling Equipment Kills Atlanta Worker

A worker at an Atlanta construction site was involved in a fatal accident Friday afternoon.


Authorities Eye Heat in Bridge Worker's Death

Authorities are looking into whether heat exhaustion was to blame for the death of a worker on a bridge painting and rehabilitation project on the Mississippi-Louisiana border Wednesday.


OSHA Suspends Injury Reporting Site

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration has suspending its only injury reporting system after a possible security breach, officials say.


OSHA Injury Reporting Site Suspended

After a possible security breach, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s online injury reporting system has temporarily suspended operations


Fake OSHA Training Certificates Plague NYC

Fraudulent Occupational Safety and Health Administration training cards are circulating around the black market of New York City’s streets, and officials are cracking down.


OSHA Shares Heat Protection Success Stories

The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reminding employers of the importance of protecting workers from heat-related illnesses, even as summer nears its e...


Employers Help Beat the Heat

OSHA recently listed employers who had gone above and beyond to keep workers safe from heat-related illnesses during the warm summer season.


FL Contractor Gets $1.5M in OSHA Fines

A Florida roofing contractor has been fined over $1.5 million by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after multiple investigations yielded several ci...


Portion of WV Garage Collapses During Construction

Three construction workers were injured last Wednesday (July 26) while pouring concrete in a West Virginia parking garage when the area they were working in collapsed.


OSHA Grants $10.5M for Worker Safety

This year, $10.5 million is available for the Susan Harwood Training Grants, which fund worker-safety education programs run by nonprofits, according to the Department of Labor’s Occupationa...


OSHA Offers $10.5M in Worker Safety Grants

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that $10.5 million is available in this year’s round of Susan Harwood Training Grants, which fund worker...


Worker Crushed to Death at MA Renovation Site

A man was killed on Tuesday afternoon while working on the foundation of the Woburn Public Library in Woburn, Massachusetts.


PennDOT Deal Reduces Bridge Fire Fines

The contractor responsible for a fire that shut down Pittsburgh's Liberty Bridge for more than three weeks last fall won't be on the hook for all the fines originally assessed, according to ...


NYC Accident Traps Construction Workers

Three workers were injured in a construction accident in Queens earlier this week when the roof of the building they were working on fell in.


OSHA Issues Spray Painting Hazards Pamphlet

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a new fact sheet on the hazards associated with spray painting in shipyards, with information on engineering controls and ...


Worker Dangles From Scaffold at FL Site

A construction worker is safe after dangling from a scaffold for nearly an hour on Sunday morning in Sarasota, Florida.


OSHA's Tips for Dealing With the Heat

Summer is heating up, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued some tips for dealing with increasing temperatures.


Workers Trapped in Wet Concrete After Collapse

A dozen workers came away with only minor injuries last week when a building under construction in Oakland, California, partially collapsed.


Safety Stand-Down Week Focuses on Falls

Construction industry professionals are taking part in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction this week, taking action to educate workers about the importance of fal...


OSHA Issues Maximum Citation to SD Company

Weeks after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued $214,000 in fines and two dozen citations regarding a building collapse in South Dakota that killed one worker and trappe...


Safety Stand-Down Focuses on Falls

Professionals across the construction industry will take part in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction this week (May 8-12), taking action to educate workers about ...


OSHA Fines Companies for Collapse That Killed 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied $200,000 worth of fines Monday in relation to a December 2016 building collapse in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, that left a person trap...


Concrete Wall Collapses in CA, Kills 1

A collapsed concrete wall at an El Cajon, California, work site has killed one construction worker and left another injured.


OSHA Revamps Protocol with New Campaign

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is calling on employers to update their safety protocols with the recently launched “Safe and Sound Campai...


Trump Budget Cuts Transportation Funding

The budget proposal put forth last week by President Donald J. Trump would see the federal government taking a step back in its funding of transportation projects, leading some to question h...


OSHA Launches New 'Safe and Sound Campaign'

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently launched its “Safe and Sound Campaign,” which calls on employers to review and revamp their safety proto...


Crane on Massive Bridge Job Floats Away

A floating construction crane broke away from its moorings during a burst of wind early Wednesday at a Seattle bridge construction site, running aground in shallow water without causing any ...


US Suit Defends Safety Whistleblower

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit against a global chemical company for allegedly firing two employees after they reported safety concerns regarding the handling of hazardous chemi...


OSHA Releases Silica Guide

As the construction industry prepares for new respirable crystalline silica rules to take effect in June, the federal agency in charge of enforcement is offering some guidance.


OSHA Silica Rule Guide Available

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will begin enforcing its new respirable crystalline silica standard for construction this June, and the federal agency has released a compli...


Drowning Attributed to Lack of Safety Measures

As they hand the investigation over to federal safety regulators, local authorities released more information regarding an accident that left one painter dead Nov. 4 after falling from a Kin...


NY Asphalt Plant Blast Claims 2 Lives

A second worker has died, weeks after an explosion at an upstate New York asphalt plant. The Albany Times Union reported Friday (Nov. 4) that Al Crowter, 42, died of injuries sustained in th...


Painter Drowns after 5 Fall from Bridge

Emergency response crews were called to perform a water rescue after five painting contractors fell into the water from a bridge in Kingsbury, NY. One worker did not survive.


Repairs, Fines, OSHA Follow Bridge Fire

Steep fines and a federal safety investigation await the contractor held responsible for the fire that closed down the Liberty Bridge in Pittsburgh last week. Meanwhile, crews remain hard at...


Painter Dies Following 50-Foot Fall

Investigations are underway to determine what led a painter to fall 50 feet to his death Monday (Aug. 15) while at work on a water tower project.


U.S. Steel Settles DOL Retaliation Suit

To settle a Department of Labor lawsuit filed on behalf of injured workers, a U.S. steel-production giant has agreed to return unpaid wages and retract the injury reporting policy that was a...


Galvanizer Faces $50K Bill

A Texas galvanizing facility is facing more than $50,000 in fines after federal inspectors found numerous alleged safety violations at its steel coating plant.


Worker Sues Shipyard for Lead Exposure

Alleging exposure to toxic levels of lead while refurbishing a freighter, a shipyard worker has filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin facility where work was performed earlier this year.


45-Ton Beam Falls onto Crew of 4

Federal authorities have been called in to investigate the events that led to a 45-ton beam on Interstate 90 killing one construction worker and injuring three others in Des Plaines, IL, Tue...


Shipbuilders, OSHA Sign Safety Pact

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has formed an alliance focusing on the protection of shipyard workers.


Lead Paint Complaint Halts Shipyard Job

The confirmed presence of lead paint in a Wisconsin shipyard has halted all work on one vessel while removal of the source is underway.


OSHA: $105K for Fatal Bridge Accident

Federal authorities are citing the main contractor on a northwest Wisconsin bridge rehabilitation and resurfacing project after an 18-year-old apprentice died from injuries after being struc...


DOL Cites Steelmaker for Retaliation

Federal authorities have filed suit against a major Pittsburgh-based steel producer, claiming the manufacturer retaliated against workers who reported workplace injuries.


Health and Safety Advisors Needed at OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking nominations for new members to fill open seats on its advisory committee.


Contractor Admits to Bilking Elderly

A Washington state contractor has pleaded guilty to one count of unregistered contracting after taking more than $37,000 from an 87-year-old woman in one month.


Fall Leads to Willful, Serious Violations

A Texas flooring company faces more than $66,000 in federal fines after a worker fell from a balcony at a commercial construction site, according to health and safety authorities.


OSHA Sets New Hearing on Beryllium

A proposed rule on beryllium lowering beryllium exposure time for workers is getting another hearing to gather more information.


Beryllium Rulemaking Gets New Hearing

A proposed rule on beryllium lowering beryllium exposure time for workers is getting another hearing to gather more information.


CSB: Refinery Blast Was Preventable

Several “process safety management deficiencies” led to a California refinery explosion that left four workers hurt and a city covered in ash, according to a recent report.


OSHA: Fall Hazards Paralyzed Worker

A New Jersey builder and Pennsylvania construction contractor received more than $100,000 in combined fines for a 30-year-old construction worker's paralyzing fall.


Trench Death Leads to Willful Citations

A northcentral Pennsylvania company faces $140,000 in fines after a worker was killed in a trench during a bridge renovation project last summer.


Demolition Crew Fights OSHA Citations

A Pennsylvania contractor who was charged with two serious violations for workplace safety violations during a partial bridge collapse is contesting its citations.


Silica, Beryllium Top 2016 OSHA List

As 2015 came to a close, new rules on silica, beryllium and record-keeping were among those on the horizon—but not final yet.


OSHA Puts Silica on 2016 Rule List

A final rule on silica exposure topped the list of health and safety rules that might affect the coatings and construction industries in 2016.


OSHA: Plaster Workers Exposed to Falls

An Ohio plaster and masonry contractor faces more than $131,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to fall hazards at two inspection sites earlier this year.


Tank Company Settles OSHA Case

Following a propane explosion that injured six employees and seriously burned four of them as they were prepping a propane tanks for repainting, a company has settled with the federal agency...


Paint Booth Noise, Dust Leads to Fine

A Watseka, IL, metal fabricating plant was investigated on claims that it exposed employees to unsafe levels of metallic dusts, vapors and noise when manually powder coating metal products i...


Paint Dust Exposure Leads to $76K Fine

After receiving a complaint of unsafe working conditions, the federal agency that oversees worker health and safety has fined an Illinois-based metal fabrication company that performs powder...


Repeat Hazards Spark $80K in Fines

Following a fatal fall at a Kyle, TX, construction site and a later inspection that also revealed fall hazards, the federal agency that oversees worker health and safety has fined a San Anto...


Water Tower Fall Nets $180K in Fines

After a painter fell 70 feet in June inside the Wisconsin water tower he was cleaning, the federal agency that is charged with ensuring worker health and safety said they knew something was ...


Oil Refinery Fined for Toxic Release

In what a state-run safety agency has said is the most recent of mounting complaints and violations against a refinery, Shell Oil Products is facing $77,000 in fines for an uncontrolled toxi...


Contractor Fined for Repeat Violations

A Philadelphia-based stucco contractor faces more than $51,000 in fines after allegedly exposing its workers to repeat fall-safety hazards.


Railcar Firm Cited for Blasting Issues

A railcar service and repair company faces $23,000 in fines for health and safety violations after inspectors discovered several issues related to the company’s sandblasting procedures.


Steel Mills Fined After Worker Crushed

A steelmaker with a history of safety violations faces nearly $400,000 in fines for two inspections, including one after 1,000 pounds of equipment fell on a worker and injured him.


OSHA to Increase Fines in 2016

Federal workplace regulators will soon impose stiffer penalties on contractors and others who run afoul of health and safety laws.


OSHA Fines Slated to Jump in 2016

In a move that caught many workplace safety experts by surprise, OSHA has been authorized to raise the price of its penalties for the first time since 1990—a change likely to reflect an 80 p...


Fines Bolster Compliance, Study Says

Do employers take worker safety more seriously when they know there will be formal or financial consequences?


Study: Citations Reduce Work Injuries

New research confirms previous studies that suggest citations and penalties from workplace inspections reduce injuries that occur on the job.


Building Demolition Turns Deadly

A partial building collapse in Midtown Manhattan has left one worker dead and another seriously injured.


Four Cited Following Bridge Fatality

Four companies have been fined nearly $87,000 for putting employees at risk during a bridge renovation project that turned fatal when part of the bridge collapsed and killed a family driving...


Companies Cited for Failing to Stop Work

Two California contractors are facing more than $300,000 in fines after they allegedly failed to stop working on a construction site after they were ordered to fix cave-in hazards.


Bridge Collapse Injures 9 Workers

Seven construction workers remained in the hospital Monday (Oct. 12) after a California bridge on which they were working partially collapsed late last week and injured nine crew members.


Fall Protection Is Top OSHA Violation

Little has changed in the past year for the top 10 list of most frequent OSHA violations, according to a recent analysis.


OSHA Reveals Most Frequent Violations

Fall protection once again tops the list of safety violations in 2015, OSHA revealed at a National Safety Council conference last week. Hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory prot...


Damaged Refinery Finds New Owner

A California refinery that was the site of an explosion that injured four people earlier this year has been sold, while the agency in charge of investigating the explosion has said that the ...


Teen Worker Dies on Bridge Project

A teenage bridge worker in northwest Wisconsin died Monday (Sept. 21) after being injured in a forklift accident.


OSHA Issues Army Corps Citations

A federal agency is facing charges of serious and repeat safety violations that would cost a private sector employer $124,020 in penalties.


Company Cited for Floating Bridge Death

A Washington state contractor has been cited following the death of a worker on a floating bridge project earlier this year.


Court: Roofer in Contempt, Owes $405K

A roofing contractor has been found in contempt of court and must pay the federal government nearly $405,000 in fines for ignoring a 2011 court order or face additional penalties.


Companies Face Construction Site Fines

The federal agency in charge of worker safety has cited two construction companies a combined $88,000 for exposing their employees to excavation hazards on a multi-employer work site.


Trench Collapse Video Goes ‘Viral’

A video released last week from a state-run occupational health and safety program demonstrates why trench shoring is vital to worker safety.


OSHA Awards $10.5M in Training Grants

Eighty nonprofit organizations have been named recipients of $10.5 million in workplace safety and health training grants through a U.S. Department of Labor program targeting high-risk worke...


OSHA Underwrites Safety Programs

Eighty nonprofit organizations have been named recipients of $10.5 million in workplace safety and health training grants through a U.S. Department of Labor program targeting high-risk worke...


Unstable Snooper Truck Kills Inspector

A routine bridge inspection turned fatal for one inspector in Connecticut last week.


OSHA Maps Worker Safety Violators

From Alaska to Florida, some of the nation's worst workplace health and safety offenders are being plotted in a new interactive map.


OSHA Rule May Change Beryllium Limits

More than 40 years after the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration first sought to change to the rules regarding beryllium exposure limits, the agency has published a propose...


Interactive Map Shows Safety Violators

The federal agency that oversees worker safety has created an online interactive map that allows users to see some of the nation’s worst health and safety violators more easily.


Stay Steady on Wind Energy Work

Safety in the fast-growing wind energy industry was at the forefront of a recent event in Illinois.


Bio-diesel Plant Faces Fines After Fire

A bio-diesel plant where massive explosions and a fire erupted in April had several safety violations at the time of the blaze, federal officials have said.


Accident at Vikings Stadium Claims 1

One worker was killed and another was seriously injured while working on the roof of the new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.


After 40 Years, OSHA Tackles Beryllium

A new federal proposal to reduce worker exposure to beryllium will not cover the abrasive blast industry, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Refinery Explosion Nets $566K in Fines

The group that oversees workplace safety in California has issued 19 citations to ExxonMobil and fined it more than $500,000 for a refinery explosion earlier this year.


Monitor Made for Dust Collection

A web-based dust-collection diagnostic system billed as the "first of its kind" has been introduced by Camfil Air Pollution Control.


Agencies Probe Fatal Trench Collapse

State and federal agencies are running separate investigations following the death of a government employee who was crushed by falling dirt while he was working in a wastewater culvert.


Web-based Unit Monitors Air Quality

Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) has designed a web-based system for dust collection diagnostics.


Shipper Racks Up Violations

A marine terminal operator’s safety hazards were so egregious that a state agency briefly shut down part of its operations and cited the company with what the agency said is one of its large...


OSHA Offers 'Clarity' in Injury Reporting

Federal workplace safety regulators have published a proposed rule to aimed at clarifying employers' recordingkeeeping obligations.


OSHA Rule ‘Clarifies’ Injury Reporting

In what it says is a rule that clarifies an existing practice, a federal agency has notified U.S. employers that it will cite them for up to five years for failing to document work-related i...


Trench Collapse Nets $424K Fine

A Texas construction company that specializes in infrastructure faces more than $420,000 in fines for 16 citations it received when a trench collapsed on one of its workers earlier this year...


Fines for Fire That Killed 7 on Appeal

A refinery is attempting to reverse the largest safety violations fine ever assessed by the State of Washington following a 2010 explosion that killed seven workers.


Builder Fined $153K in Latest OSHA Case

A Florida-based contractor has been fined more than $153,000 for willful, serious and repeat violations after federal workplace safety officials found employees at risk.


Bridge Collapse Leads to $14K Fine

An Ohio-based construction company with long-standing state contracts has been fined for a fatal bridge collapse earlier this year.


Companies at Odds over Bridge Death

Less than a day after a man died while performing abrasive blasting work on a Mississippi River bridge, one of the companies involved asked a federal judge to rule it is not liable.


Drum Maker Fined $215k in Accident

TUMWATER, WA--A major steel-container supplier with a history of safety violations is facing a new federal case and six-figure fine after an employee became entangled in a piece of machinery...


Bridge Inspector Drowns in High River

RUTHERFORD, NJ--Crews have recovered the body of a bridge inspector who was swept into the Passaic River this week while examining a footbridge across a nearby canal.


Paint Shop Blast Draws $47k Fine

CUMMINGS, KS--Federal regulators have issued 11 citations in an explosion that sent nine railcar paint preparation workers to the hospital.


Man Dies Collecting Copper at Job Site

EL PASO, TX--Investigators are trying to determine if a subcontractor employee who may have been stealing copper wire from a job site was on the clock at the time he was electrocuted and die...


Overpass Worker Crushed by Lift

WILKINSBURG, PA—A federal investigation continues into the death of a construction worker who was fatally crushed on a busway overpass rehabilitation project near Pittsburgh.


Bridge Fall Injures MA Excavator

REVERE, MA—Federal authorities are investigating the cause of a crash that sent an excavator off a bridge during a rehabilitation project over the weekend.


Design Blamed in Fatal Bridge Collapses

RALEIGH, NC—Flaws in the design of several bridge girders led to the collapse of two pedestrian bridges under construction at Wake Technical Community College, investigators have concluded.


Painting Contractor Liable in 2 Deaths

OXFORD, OH—A Michigan painting contractor is facing 30 federal citations and $199,000 in fines after a scaffolding collapse that claimed the lives of two painters.


Worker Awarded $64.5M in Collapse

"Nearly cut in half" when a building fell on him, a former Florida construction worker has been awarded more than $64 million in damages by three different companies.


Plant Worker Perishes in Sand Silo

A Texas industrial maintenance worker was fatally engulfed in a silo full of sand and gravel when he slipped and fell at a concrete plant outside Atlanta, GA.


No Violations Cited in OR Bridge Death

Safety investigators are blaming human error, not the employer, in the death of a bridge worker last fall in Oregon.


Trench Fatality Preventable, OSHA Says

A North Carolina contractor faces a $123,200 fine for what authorities called the preventable death of a 22-year-old worker in a trench at Fort Bragg, NC.


CEO Surrenders In Manslaughter Case

The CEO of a California construction company has returned to the United States to face manslaughter charges stemming from a trench collapse that buried an employee alive.


U.S. Arrests Recalcitrant Contractor

U.S. Marshals have taken into custody an Illinois sewer and water contractor who has allegedly refused to abate years of federal health and safety violations and to pay hundreds of thousands...


The Hidden, Human Cost of 1 WTC

Dozens of unreported, permanently disabling worker injuries will join the deaths of a painter and a carpenter in the human toll behind the new World Trade Center, the New York Daily News<...


Unreported Injuries Marked WTC Build

Construction-related "spinal fractures, broken limbs and busted hips" that were never reported to authorities—and two deaths that were—marked the run-up to Monday's opening of 1 World Trade ...


Minimum Fine Urged for Job-Site Deaths

A grieving Wyoming family is demanding the establishment of a mandatory $50,000 fine for hazards that lead to a death in the workplace.


Victim’s Kin Fights for Minimum Fine

Brett Collins' family says his life was worth more than $2,363—and they are determined to effect a change that may spare other families some of their sense of insult and loss.


Paint Firm's Temp Hazards Fined $84K

"Deliberately disabled" safety devices and other hazards to unsupervised temporary workers have landed a Georgia paint maker in trouble with federal regulators.


Historic Renovation Draws $107K Fine

A sweeping plan to renovate an abandoned 19th-century textile mill in Connecticut has run seriously afoul of federal health and safety regulators.


2 Killed in U.S. Steel Explosion

Two workers have died and one was injured after a pipe exploded at a U.S. Steel plant in Fairfield, AL


Top OSHA Hazards Persist for 3rd Year

Racking up more than 18,500 citations, fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory hazards accounted for the top four health and safety violations by U.S. employers in...


OSHA Top 10 Sounds Grim Refrain

For the third straight year, fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory protection violations—in that order—lead the list of federal health and safety citations issue...


Fed OSHA Steps in on AZ Rule

Unsatisfied with the rigor of Arizona's residential fall-protection rules, federal regulators are following through with a threat to impose their own.


OSHA: No Fine in Fatal PA Blast

Unable to pinpoint the cause of a fatal natural-gas explosion in southwestern Pennsylvania, federal regulators say they will not issue citations in the case.


Welder Killed in Storage Tank Explosion

One worker is dead and three are injured after a storage tank exploded during welding work at a fish processing plant in Mississippi, authorities say.


Shipyard Hazards Draw $305K Fine

A Texas shipbuilder is facing its second federal safety case in nine months after inspectors recently found a range of hazards uncorrected from last fall.


FL Contractor Faces $228K in Fines

A Florida carpentry company faces $228,690 in proposed penalties for failing to provide fall protection at four work sites, according to federal regulators.


Worker Killed in Overpass Collapse

A California demolition worker tethered to a railroad bridge was killed this weekend when “something came loose where it wasn’t supposed to” and the bridge collapsed onto a freeway, authorit...


OSHA Slams Contractor in Near-Collapse

A contractor’s failure to brace an empty shell of a building left it a death trap on the brink of collapse on untrained workers, federal authorities have determined.


Severe Injuries to Cost Company $185K

A coatings company outside New York City is facing $185,400 in federal fines after one worker suffered a partial amputation and another a crushed hand, the Occupational Safety and Health Adm...


Stucco Contractor Liable in Fatal Fall

Federal safety authorities are holding a Georgia masonry contractor responsible for a 19-foot fall that claimed the life of an employee last September.


‘Intensive’ Silica Hearings Open

The long-smoldering controversy over new silica limits in the workplace found its voice Tuesday (March 18) in Washington, D.C., as public hearings on the federal proposal opened.


Coating Makers Seek Silica Exemption

Monitoring paint manufacturing for excess silica exposure would cost $700,000—10 times the federal government's estimate—and is unnecessary, the American Coatings Association says.


‘Absolutely Huge’ Regs on Tap for 2014

ORLANDO—From the Danger signs it posts to the labs it employs, the U.S. commercial construction industry should gird now for a slew of new major regulatory actions coming this year, an indus...


Industry Faces ‘Big Regulatory Year’

ORLANDO—Fasten your seatbelts: 2014 will break open a dam of pent-up regulatory action, expert Alison B. Kaelin is warning the paint, coatings and blasting industries.


Precast Maker Cited in Worker’s Death

An Illinois concrete company sanctioned in 2012 for not seeking immediate help for a trapped supervisor is now accused of egregious safety violations after a worker was crushed to death in 2...


USAF Investigates Foam System Death

Three investigations are underway after a defense contractor was killed and three others were injured in a foam fire suppression release at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.


Coating Maker Cited in Chemical Lapses

Federal authorities are accusing a longtime New England specialty coating maker of mishandling highly hazardous chemicals at its headquarters.


OSHA Fine Follows Chemical Spill

A longtime manufacturer of intumescent and specialty coatings is facing a raft of serious federal safety citations alleging mismanagement of highly hazardous chemicals at its Connecticut hea...


Deep Freeze Spurs Worker Alert

With the “Polar Vortex” clamping killer cold on much of the United States, safety advocates are issuing warnings and resources to protect those who work outside.


Record Cold Sparks Worker Warnings

As an arctic blast bears down on much of the United States this week, worker safety advocates are issuing alerts and reminders to protect those who work outdoors.


Major Violators Win Federal Contracts

Billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded contracts are being “routinely paid to companies that are putting the livelihoods and the lives of workers at risk,” concludes a new study released by ...


Work Halted after Fatal Tank Collapse

With construction suspended, federal authorities are investigating the collapse of an industrial storage tank that sent two workers plummeting 60 feet to their deaths.


Injury at Pipe Firm Spurs 8th OSHA Case

Another accident at a Houston pipe manufacturer has followed two amputations, scores of citations, and well over $1 million in federal fines there.


U.S. Violators Reap U.S. Contracts

Major wage and safety law violations involving millions of U.S. workers are not preventing their employers from reaping billions of dollars in federal contracts, according to a new study rel...


OSHA Whiplashes on Air Force Case

Federal health and safety officials have done an about-face in their case against Robins Air Force Base, cited earlier this month for excessive toxic exposures during paint removal operation...


Hazmat Exec Gets Prison after 2 Deaths

The former president of two Texas environmental-services firms will serve one year in prison for trying to hide his company's role in the death of one of two drivers poisoned by hydrogen sul...


OSHA Adds Time for Silica Comments

Federal regulators will give the public more time to comment on a controversial proposal to limit silica exposure in the workplace, but the rest of the schedule will remain on track.


‘Questions’ Revive Probe of Worker’s Death

Why did experienced elevator mechanic Donald White not move out of the way when he knew that an elevator was coming at him?


Silica Rule Comment Period Extended

Opponents of a federal proposal to limit worker exposure to silica have won additional time to comment on the plan, but the rest of the process is moving forward as scheduled, regulators say...


CA Reopens Probe of 1st Stadium Death

California labor officials are taking a rare second look at the first of two construction deaths that occurred this year at the San Francisco 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium.


NFL Stadium Project Claims 2nd Worker

A subcontractor’s employee was crushed to death by a load of rebar this week during construction of the San Francisco 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium—the $1.2 billion project’s second worker death...


2nd Worker Dies at 49ers’ New Stadium

For the second time in four months, a worker at the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium project has died.


KY Signs Safety Plan with Bridge GC

Kentucky officials have announced an agreement with general contractor Walsh Construction Co. to step up worker safety on the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, but Indiana—Kentucky's ...


Bogus OSHA Agent Held in Extortion Try

A Long Island, NY, man has been charged with impersonating a federal safety inspector to try to extort money from a construction company owner.


Contractor Liable in Fatal 9-Foot Fall

A Wisconsin homebuilder is facing more than $15,000 in federal fines and multiple citations after a worker was killed in a fall of less than 10 feet.


Paint Worker Found on Tank Dies

A paint plant worker in New Jersey died after he was overcome by fumes and toppled onto a solvent tank, local police reported.


Home Depot Hazards Draw $150K Fine

The world’s largest home-improvement retailer is in trouble—again—with federal health and safety authorities.


Paint Maker Fined $262K in Blasts, Fire

A Chicago-area paint factory rocked by explosions and a fire is now facing more than two dozen safety violations, including allegations of blocked exits and mismanagement of hazardous chemic...


Employers Unite Against Silica Rule

Construction employers have rushed to mobilize against a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, ensuring a showdown with unions over the controversial measure.


Battle Lines Drawn over Silica Rule

A showdown is quickly shaping up over a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, pitting a new group of construction employers against organized labor and safety ...


OSHA Probes Tower Painter’s Death

Federal inspectors are investigating the death of a painter who suffered a fatal fall from a water tower in the closing days of the project.


U.S. Plans New Look at Chemical Safety

U.S. paint and coating makers plan to closely monitor—and, preferably, help shape—any changes planned as part of a new federal-level review of chemical facility safety.


Chemical Disasters Spark New U.S. Order

The U.S. is moving to crack down on chemical safety and security in the wake of a growing series of catastrophic chemical accidents, including the April plant explosion that killed 15 people...


2 Inspectors Fall to their Deaths

Two transmission line inspectors in Texas have perished after the cable that suspended them from their hovering helicopter apparently struck the power line and snapped.


Painter’s Death Halts Bridge Work

The death of a bridge painter has shut down work on two Rhode Island bridges, while contractors work to develop a new safety plan, authorities announced.


Guam Shipyard Faces 61 OSHA Citations

U.S. investigators have recommended nearly $300,000 in fines against Guam Shipyard, a former U.S. Navy facility, for scores of alleged health and safety violations.


3 Firms Fined $465K for Shock Hazards

Three New York State contractors are facing major federal citations and six-figure fines for allegedly ignoring warnings from the local power company and allowing employees to work construct...


NJ Contractor: 5 Years, 11 OSHA Cases

A New Jersey masonry contractor with a history of fall protection, scaffolding and other violations is now facing nine new federal citations and nearly $91,000 in fines for the same hazards.


Bridge Mishap Leaves Painters Hanging

Two bridge painters can thank their fall protection for saving their lives after a support platform gave way and left them dangling from the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge in New York.


Shortcuts Revealed in Fatal FL Collapse

Five contractors are being blamed for a variety of shortcuts—from skipped inspections and welds to ignoring construction plans—in a Florida building collapse that killed four workers last fa...


5 Firms Fined Over Deadly Collapse

Serious federal safety violations with penalties totaling more than $38,000 have been levied against five companies involved in the construction of a Florida college parking garage that coll...


Ruling: Communications Doomed Worker

One emergency radio system—rather than a protracted chain of cell-phone calls—could have helped save the life of bridge worker Tilden Billiot, a federal review panel has concluded.


RR to Pay $350K for Worker ‘Retaliation’

The Union Pacific Railroad has been ordered to reinstate an award-winning 30-year employee who was accused of wrongdoing and summarily fired after he reported an on-the-job injury.


2 Paint Plant Explosions Injure 3

Two explosions and a massive fire at a coatings plant near Chicago this week injured three people and sparked panic in the surrounding area.


TX Firm Accused of Serious Fall Hazards

A commercial and residential concrete contractor in central Texas is facing $46,000 in federal penalties for allegedly allowing employees to work at heights without fall protection.


Coating Firm, GC Cited in Manhole Death

A St. Louis-area industrial painting contractor and general contractor share responsibility in the suffocation of an employee who perished in a pipe 18 feet underground a sewer plant last su...


‘Stan the Span’ to Honor Musial, Worker

A plan to name the newest Mississippi River bridge after St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan ‘the Man’ Musial and a worker who died on the project is moving forward in Missouri.


New Rule to Protect Ship Whistleblowers

Shipboard painters, blasters and other workers will soon have new federal protection from retaliation over complaints about their working conditions, under interim final rules issued by the ...


Corrosion, Low Inhibitors Ruptured Pipe

Insufficient corrosion inhibitors and severe corrosion caused a pipe rupture that triggered a massive explosion and blaze last year at Chevron's refinery last year in Richmond, CA, investiga...


OH Roofer Cited in Fatal Heat Stroke

Federal regulators are holding an Ohio roofing company liable for the death of a temporary worker who suffered heat stroke on a commercial project last August.


Safety Apps Target Younger Workers

Four new award-winning apps and websites aim to enhance workplace health and safety, especially among younger workers.


Award-Winning Apps Offer Hip Path to Safety

Are you more likely to date a supermodel or die in a fall? Do you work with a Safety Jackass? Above all, do you have a clue how to handle that mystery chemical you're about to use?


 
 
   

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