Just 12 weeks into 2014, 6 cell phone tower workers have died on the job. While it will be months before we have official OSHA investigation results, this spate of tower worker deaths raises this question: How safe are your employees who work off site, away from you, the safety professional?
For the first time in 14 years, Democrats will have a President in the White House and significant majorities in both the House and Senate. While many newspapers have been calling on the Democrats to make major changes in monetary and foreign policies, one has chosen to target the nation’s workplace safety and health regulations.
An eight-month investigation reveals 80 employee deaths at companies in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) between 2000 and 2008. What may be even more shocking: 65% of these companies have maintained their VPP status.
Many items on our “watch list” for OSHA in 2014 had some significant developments this year:
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.
Following a crash that killed four people and injured 70 last year, the Metro-North Railroad that provides service between New York City and Connecticut has released its 100-day action plan to, among other things, improve its safety performance.
OSHA has proposed maximum penalties for a recycling company in connection with the death of an employee who was using a conveyor. Another employee of the company was injured in a similar incident four years ago.
Big companies are expanding their safety programs to their office settings – so says a recent, nationally published article. The stated goal: Get everyone thinking about safety. Is this really going to help?
OSHA has issued several citations to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Oregon in connection with an incident in which an employee was killed by a falling tree.
An employer is accused of violating workplace safety regulations after a worker was fatally struck by a mechanical horse during a party.
Authorities have corrected earlier reports that said a worker on a team clearing debris in Nevada City, CA, had been killed in a wood chipper. The machine was involved in the fatality, but the worker was not pulled into it.
Struck-by injuries aren’t unusual in construction. But the manner in which a piece of equipment was set in motion makes this case more unusual.
OSHA has fined a brewery in Portsmouth, NH, $63,500 in connection with the explosion of a beer keg that struck and killed a worker.
Prosecutors asked for prison time for the owner of a tree cutting company after he was found guilty of negligent homicide in connection with a worker fatality. But the judge disagreed and sentenced him to a suspended jail term.
The owner of a Philadelphia roofing company faces up to 25 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines in connection with the death of his employee who died after falling 45 feet.
The owner of a tree removal company faces three to seven years in a state prison for creating workplace conditions that led to a worker fatality.
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