“Contractor Buried In Trench In Belton, Kansas – Arrow Plumbing Fined $700,000 By OSHA For Continued Violations”

Theresa O’Hare raged last December at the owner of the Blue Springs plumbing company that employed her son, “D.J.” Relatives held her back from Arrow Plumbing LLC. owner Ricky Smith as firefighters worked for hours to retrieve the body of 33-year-old Donald J. Meyer from the bottom of a 12-foot trench that lacked the required shoring to … Continue reading “Contractor Buried In Trench In Belton, Kansas – Arrow Plumbing Fined $700,000 By OSHA For Continued Violations”

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“The Government Is Paying Billions To Shipbuilders With Histories Of Continual Safety Violations”

The U.S. shipbuilding industry continues to win billions of dollars in contracts to build Navy and Coast Guard vessels, despite serious safety lapses that have endangered and killed workers. From Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting, special correspondent Aubrey Aden-Buie reports. By Jennifer Gollan  A Mississippi shipbuilder continues to reap lucrative federal contracts despite objections … Continue reading “The Government Is Paying Billions To Shipbuilders With Histories Of Continual Safety Violations”

“OSHA’s Wall Of Shame – With Limited Staff, Agency Targets “Severe Violators”

Source: FairWarning.org - By Paul Feldman and Stuart Silverstein Soon after beginning their cleanup of a fume-filled tanker car at an Omaha, Nebraska rail maintenance yard, Adrian LaPour and Dallas Foulk were dead. An explosion that April 2015 afternoon trapped LaPour in a flash fire inside the car and hurled Foulk out the top to his … Continue reading “OSHA’s Wall Of Shame – With Limited Staff, Agency Targets “Severe Violators”

“OSHA Enforcement Case Database By State” #OSHA #Violations #Data

Enforcement Cases with Initial Penalties Above $40,000 (Includes citations issued starting January 1, 2015. Cases are updated weekly. There is a posting delay to ensure the parties have been notified.) Click on link to view States Map and Violations by State : https://www.osha.gov/topcases/bystate.html All States in Table Format NOTE: OSHA is currently migrating its legacy system. … Continue reading “OSHA Enforcement Case Database By State” #OSHA #Violations #Data

“OSHA – DOL News Release” – “Worker Falls 22 Feet to Death, 4 Months After OSHA Cites Employer for Failing to Protect Workers on the Same Job Site”

Louisville employer faces $320K in fines for serial disregard of fall protection ADDISON, Ill. ‒ Four months after federal safety investigators cited his employer for failing to provide workers with fall protection at a United Parcel Service facility in Addison, a 42-year-old employee of Material Handling Systems/MHS Technical Services, fell 22 feet to his death … Continue reading “OSHA – DOL News Release” – “Worker Falls 22 Feet to Death, 4 Months After OSHA Cites Employer for Failing to Protect Workers on the Same Job Site”

“Substantial OSHA Penalty Increases Are Coming”

  OSHA penalties are going up. EPA’s penalties are going up, too. However, while EPA penalties have been going up modestly every four years to take inflation into account, OSHA penalties have not increased in 25 years. Maximum OSHA penalties may jump as much as about 78 percent next year. For a provision quietly tucked … Continue reading “Substantial OSHA Penalty Increases Are Coming”

“A Look At OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program”

OSHA has finite resources, and it would take decades for the agency to visit every employer in the country to ensure workers are being protected. OSHA officials often have said that most employers are doing their best to keep workers safe. Yet employers who actively ignore safety regulations and put employees in danger are out … Continue reading “A Look At OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program”

“Surprise OSHA Inspection???”……”What to Expect”

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Continues to Push Key Enforcement Initiatives

Article By: Tressi L. Cordaro , Jackson Lewis P.C. At a recent American Bar Association meeting, Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Dorothy Dougherty, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA and Tom Galassi, Director of Enforcement Programs, all stressed the agency’s continued focus on key enforcement initiatives, such as temporary workers, … Continue reading Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Continues to Push Key Enforcement Initiatives

Deaths In Oil Drilling, And No Oversight In Texas

Photo By James Nielsen / Associated Press The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration keeps a list of “the worst of the worst” employers in the nation, and drilling companies with multiple fatalities should be on it, safety experts say. SAN ANTONIO — The oil boom has brought Texas much prosperity, but also the stain … Continue reading Deaths In Oil Drilling, And No Oversight In Texas

OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign – “Are Your Employees Trained?”

Falls From Floor - Floor Falls From Bridges Leading Edge Falls Re-Roofing Falls Scaffolding Falls FALLS ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN CONSTRUCTION. In 2010, there were 264 fall fatalities (255 falls to lower level) out of 774 total fatalities in construction. These deaths are preventable. Falls can be prevented and lives can be … Continue reading OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign – “Are Your Employees Trained?”

“OSHA Issues Site-Specific Inspections Targeting Directive For 2014”

The OSHA SST-14 Program is intended to direct its enforcement resources to workplaces where the “highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur.” The Directive calls for programmed inspection plans targeting high-hazard, non-construction workplaces that have 20 or more workers. The Program is based on data collected from the last year’s OSHA Data Initiative survey of … Continue reading “OSHA Issues Site-Specific Inspections Targeting Directive For 2014”