Safety and OSHA News

OSHA and MSHA maximum fines increasing in 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor has increased maximum fines by 2.5% for 2019 which includes penalties assessed by OSHA and MSHA. [Read more…]

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8 officials, including 3 safety directors, face prison time for faking required federal tests

Criminal prosecution for violating federal workplace safety standards is still rare, but one prosecutor says, “they’ll be more of these ideally,” after a grand jury charged eight company officials in a recent case.  [Read more…]

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Trump administration allows automatic 2018 OSHA fine increase to go into effect

The Trump administration has OK’d the annual automatic increase in OSHA fines. How  much will they go up?  [Read more…]

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AFL-CIO report: 150 U.S. workers die every day

A new AFL-CIO report dug through worker fatality data and found some trends in U.S. workplace safety. The organization estimates that 150 workers die every day from hazardous working conditions.  [Read more…]

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Mine ordered to pay feds $2.1 million in fines

What happens when companies don’t pay federal safety fines? The feds can go to court to get an order for the company to pay up. [Read more…]

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Mining company sues former employee, says he filed frivolous lawsuit

A miner says his former employer fired him for expressing safety concerns. Now, the company is suing the miner, saying he filed a false claim against them. [Read more…]

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Lack of safety training led to miner’s death

A report by the U.S Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) says an Alaskan miner died in a blast because of the company’s failure to adequately train its workers. [Read more…]

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29 miner deaths ‘entirely preventable’ — root cause is ‘corporate culture’

Federal authorities blamed the Upper Big Branch (UBB) Mine disaster that killed 29 miners on “a workplace culture that valued production over safety,” and said the explosion was “entirely preventable.” Haven’t we heard this before about workplace disasters that claimed multiple lives? [Read more…]

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Mine disaster: Hazards hidden, production over safety

An official from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) delivered a stinging indictment of the operators of the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine in West Virginia where 29 miners were killed in an explosion. [Read more…]

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OSHA spared budget ax — for now

Through Sept. 30, OSHA’s operations should go on mostly unaffected by the new federal budget compromise. OSHA faces a slight budget reduction, but not the large one called for by House Republicans. [Read more…]

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