Grand Canyon looking into possible radiation exposure
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon National Park officials say they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to radiation at unsafe levels while samples of uranium ore sat in plastic buckets...
Iowa safety inspectors say their firings were retaliation
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa workplace safety inspectors were fired in what they are calling retaliation for blowing the whistle on a hostile environment inside their agency.
Man killed by bulldozer at construction site
SCITUATE, Mass. (AP) — Workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a 61-year-old man who was struck by a bulldozer at a construction site in Scituate.
Authorities say the man was dead when police and paramedics arrived at the scene Friday afternoon. His name has not been released.
Local and state police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.
Complaint about banana toy started turmoil at Iowa agency
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A complaint alleging that employees at Iowa's workplace safety agency used a toy banana to make sexual jokes triggered an investigation that led to the removal of two top officials, according to a copy obtained by The Associated Press.
Deal slashes fine for safety violations at Iowa penitentiary
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's workplace safety agency has reduced a fine by nearly 90 percent for violations at Iowa's maximum-security prison that put staff at risk during emergencies.
The Iowa Department of Corrections will pay a $5,000 fine for violations at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison under a settlement agreement with Labor Commissioner Michael Mauro's office.
Matching grants offered to improve workplace safety, health
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Matching grants of up to $5,000 to improve workplace safety and health are being made available for Michigan companies that have up to 250 employees.
Big Soo Terminal in Sioux City cited for March worker death
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A workplace safety agency has cited transportation hub Big Soo Terminal in northwestern Iowa for a March incident that killed an employee.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A construction company has dropped its appeal of federal workplace safety officials' determination that it was negligent in a 2016 trench collapse in Boise that killed two workers and injured a third.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A company is paying less than half the fine workplace safety officials assessed for a North Carolina construction accident that killed three workers and badly injured a fourth.
News organizations reported the deadly 2015 scaffolding accident at a downtown Raleigh building led to Associated Scaffolding paying $70,000 and promising new safety precautions. Investigators initially assessed almost $152,000 for serious violations.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A contractor has agreed to pay $10,000 in fines for workplace safety violations found after a worker died at an Indiana University construction site.
Rock Solid Masonry LLC was cited four serious violations after the April death of 35-year-old William M. Brown Jr. The Bloomington man died when a 1,600-pound limestone slab fell and killed him as it was being lifted above an interior doorway at IU's Swain Hall.
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Workplace safety officials are investigating the fatal injury of a man at a manufacturing plant in north-central Iowa's Fort Dodge.
The Messenger reports that the man died after being hit by and pinned under a steel beam Thursday evening.
CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a fatal industrial accident at a Massachusetts hospital.
Authorities say a 46-year-old worker died Wednesday at Emerson Hospital in Concord while working in the crawl space of a boiler system.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana regulators have cited a contractor for serious workplace safety violations found following a worker's death at an Indiana University construction site.
Thirty-five-year-old William M. Brown Jr. of Bloomington died in April when a 10-foot-long limestone slab fell and killed him as it was being lifted above an interior doorway at IU's Swain Hall.
MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly wildfire near Yosemite National Park (all times local):
California workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a firefighter who was killed while battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park.
California Division of Occupational Safety and Health spokesman Frank Polizzi said Monday an inspector went to the scene on the day Braden Varney died.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Almost two dozen investigators at California's workplace safety agency have been told they might be dismissed because of an error in how their civil service exam was administered.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa maker of wind turbine blades has been fined nearly $155,000 for multiple workplace safety violations.
The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa's Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied the fines against TPI Composites for violations at its Newton plant. The violations included fire hazards, airborne contaminants, faulty record keeping, fall hazards and a lack of employee training.
BOSTON (AP) — Federal workplace safety investigators are looking into the death of a construction worker who fell at a job site in Boston last week.
WFXT-TV reports that a carpenters union identified the deceased as 48-year-old Jose Rodriguez, of Worcester. The union says he fell about four stories while working at a construction site in East Boston on May 7.
- The Journal GazetteEmployers urged to be conscious of employee safety during holidaysNovember 22, 2018
- Daily Times-CallInvestigations Reveal Workplace Safety Issues in Firestone Public Works DepartmentNovember 2, 2018
- Star TribuneMinnesota Safety Council's Paul Aasen has good, bad newsSeptember 8, 2018
- Cleveland.comCanton business at center of ICE raid was fined $211,000 by OSHA for workplace safety problemsJune 25, 2018
- Winona Daily NewsFastenal wins Minnesota Governor's Safety AwardMay 19, 2018
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois workplace safety officials reprimanded state veterans' officials for how the agency told staffers about a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a Quincy veterans' home, according to documents.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities in San Francisco have charged the owner and a manager at a construction materials company with involuntary manslaughter and workplace safety violations in the death of an employee.
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A roofing company in West Virginia has been assessed $57,600 in proposed fines for workplace safety violations.
A bell tolled 174 times Friday morning outside the State Capitol to honor each of the people who lost their lives on the job in North Carolina in 2016.
FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — Workplace safety regulators say they are investigating two incidents at automaker Tesla's factory in Northern California.
The New York Times reported Friday that the investigations come after the Center for Investigative Reporting catalogued a series of workplace injuries at Tesla.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal workplace safety agency is citing an excavation contractor for allegedly exposing employees on a North Dakota municipal project to trench cave-ins and other hazards.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Kamphuis Pipeline Co. for failing to protect workers installing water metering pits and lines. The company faces proposed penalties totaling more than $454,000.
The state Department of Labor has proposed fines of $7,000 each against Pasquotank Correctional Institution and Corrections Enterprises for workplace safety violations found in the wake of an October escape attempt that left four prison workers dead and several others injured.
HAMMOND and WESTVILLE — Purdue University Northwest (PNW) and PNW’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) are excited to announce a $100,000 grant from NiSource Inc., the parent company of NIPSCO and Columbia Gas companies. The grant furthers innovative, student-engaged research and education in the area of first responder and workplace safety.
BOSTON (AP) — Federal workplace safety regulators say a Massachusetts auto auction where five people died when a vehicle careened into a crowd last May has agreed to pay $200,000 in penalties.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday that Billerica-based LynnWay Auto Auction Inc. has also agreed to add several safety measures, including the installation of barriers in the auto auction area.
OSHA investigating fatal fall at Hastings construction site
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Federal workplace safety investigators are looking into what led to the fatal fall of a Hastings construction worker last week.
Television station KSNB reports that Jeff Funke of the Omaha office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says an OSHA investigator has been reviewing the case since Monday.
Report says NY construction fatalities going up
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Construction deaths in New York state hit a 14-year high in 2016, according to a new report issued Wednesday that recommends greater state and local enforcement of workplace safety rules.
A federal agency charged with ensuring workplace safety said Tuesday it was not aware of a Dec. 17 incident in which a Sauk County caregiver allegedly was battered by a violent mental patient.
Workplace safety data says nonfatal accidents declined
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Labor Cabinet says workplaces in Kentucky have recorded the lowest rate of nonfatal incidents in state history.
The most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is for 2016. It says Kentucky's rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses dropped to 3.4 per 100 full-time employees in 2016, down from a rate of 3.7 in 2015.
It's the lowest rate since the federal government began collecting this data in 1996. That year it was 8.4.
Report: Employees attacked by chimps at Oregon sanctuary
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Employees of a chimpanzee sanctuary in central Oregon were harmed by the animals by way of "amputations, choking, grabbing and biting," a report by a state workplace safety agency said.
Didion Milling appeals $1.8M fine for plant explosion that killed 5 workers
Didion Milling Inc. has appealed a $1.8 million fine imposed on the company by the U.S. Department of Labor after an explosion at its Cambria facility killed five workers and injured 12 others, according to a labor department spokesman.
Cambria company hit with $1.8 million fine for ‘egregious’ blast that killed five
Federal workplace safety inspectors on Friday announced fines of more than $1.8 million in the May 31 Didion Milling Inc. explosion that killed five workers and injured 12 others, including a 21-year-old employee who suffered a double leg amputation after being crushed by a rail car.
OSHA cites Nebraska bakery for suspected safety violations
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — An eastern Nebraska commercial bakery has been cited by a federal workplace safety agency, accused of exposing workers to multiple hazards.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a news release Wednesday that Bimbo Bakeries USA, of Bellevue, faces $122,625 in proposed penalties.
Nonprofits to get $872,000 in safety, health training grants
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Grants totaling $872,000 are being awarded to 20 employer groups, labor organizations and other nonprofits in Michigan to support worker safety and health.
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the grants will fund projects that include crane rigging and signaling, ergonomics, tree trimming and chain saw safety, emergency actions plans, machine emergencies and workplace violence prevention.
Town looks at fixes for aging public safety building
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont town is examining its options for repairing or replacing the aging building that houses its police, firefighters and dispatchers after a report harshly criticized its condition.
OSHA investigating death of worker crushed by stone slabs
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Workplace safety investigators are looking into the death of a man who was crushed by granite slabs at a stone distribution company in Ohio.
Police said Wednesday that 55-year-old Robert Schofield was killed when multiple slabs toppled on top of him Tuesday at Unique Stone Concepts in Columbus.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation, which is expected to take up to six months.
Honolulu fire fined for violation at Marco Polo scene
HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Fire Department announced it is working with the state to ensure workplace safety after it was cited for not following proper safety procedures and exposing firefighters to asbestos in the deadly blaze at the Marco Polo condominium.
Safety regulators fine Ohio factory making footballs for NFL
ADA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio factory that makes footballs for the National Football League has been fined by federal regulators over workplace safety violations.
Wilson Sporting Goods is facing more than $65,000 in fines after two inspections at its factory in Ada, which makes about 700,000 footballs each year. The factory churns out footballs used in the Super Bowl and by many colleges and high schools.
Fines over Nevada workplace deaths reduced half the time
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Companies that contested Nevada workplace safety citations after an employee died on the job received reduced fines about half the time.
Tennessee plant had $10k in safety fines before explosion
CHARLESTON, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee chemical plant where an explosion occurred was previously fined almost $10,000 for three workplace safety violations since opening last year.
Records show the Wacker Polysilicon plant in Charleston was fined $3,500 in April 2016 by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration over control of hazardous energy.
In August 2016, a $6,450 fine was issued over process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals and respiratory protection.
17th century museum employees unhappy with work conditions
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Employees of a Massachusetts living history museum that portrays 17th century Pilgrim and early Native American life are not too happy with the working conditions.
Unionized workers at the Plimoth Plantation are asking management to address low staffing levels and concerns over workplace safety. Employees tell The Patriot Ledger work conditions are "difficult."
Background checks at Charleston restaurants often overlooked as staffing crisis intensifies
The severity of the hospitality staffing crisis has driven an increasing number of local restaurants to abandon background checks or overlook their results, a habit that workplace safety experts say could endanger fellow employees and guests.
OSHA opens safety inspection at another barrel plant
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal agency that investigates workplace safety has opened an inspection into a second industrial drum refurbishing plant in the Milwaukee area.
The action by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration comes six months after employees at Mid-America Steel Drum in Oak Creek reported dangerous working conditions, and follows inspections by environmental regulators who uncovered numerous violations.
Missouri company fined for breaking rules after worker death
BELTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri plumbing company has been fined more than $700,000 for workplace safety violations, including an employee's death.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Arrow Plumbing LLC for the death of 33-year-old Donald "D.J." Meyer and for allegedly failing to take steps to prevent other employees from dying the same way, the Kansas City Star reported .
Details of ‘Deadpool 2’ stuntwoman’s death released
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — British Columbia's workplace safety agency has released the first official account of a "Deadpool 2" stuntwoman's death.
The initial report by WorkSafeBC on Friday confirms witness accounts to Monday's accident during filming of the sequel to actor Ryan Reynolds' popular superhero movie.
Ski resort fined over explosion that killed avalanche worker
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — State workplace safety officials have fined a California ski resort in the death of a ski patroller who was killed while using explosives to control avalanches.
KRNV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2vSlIyt ) 42-year-old Squaw Valley Ski Resort patroller Joe Zuiches died in January while working avalanche control.
BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — State police and federal workplace safety officials are investigating after a Pennsylvania paving worker was reportedly run over by a co-worker and killed.
Troopers say 51-year-old Donald Moyers was behind the truck when the co-worker accidentally backed over him about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. The men were working on an intersection in Jefferson Township, Butler County.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials are investigating.