Lawsuit settled, film may resume after Alec Baldwin shootingOctober 5, 2022 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of a cinematographer shot and killed by Alec Baldwin on the set of the film “Rust” has agreed to settle a lawsuit against the actor and the movie’s producers, and producers aim to restart the project in January despite unresolved workplace safety sanctions.
OSHA proposes heavy fines in Boston demolition worker deathSeptember 27, 2022 GMT
BOSTON (AP) — Federal workplace safety regulators have proposed fining a subcontractor nearly $1.2 million in connection with the death of a worker during the demolition of a downtown Boston parking garage.
Oregon State Hospital issued $54K workplace safety fineSeptember 22, 2022 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon State Hospital is facing a $54,000 fine for failing to investigate workplace injuries.
Arizona restauranteur wins fight with state over youth laborJune 17, 2022 GMT
PHOENIX (AP) — Carolyn Redendo's restaurant is just 900 square feet, and the kitchen where she turns out Puerto Rican, Cuban and other Latin food is tiny.
The young teenagers she's hired for years to work as hostesses in her Sofrita restaurant in the small northeast Phoenix suburb of Fountain Hills sometimes bus tables and have to drop off the dishes in the kitchen.
Workers’ advocates turned away at Dollar General meetingMay 26, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A civil rights advocate says he and two Dollar General store workers were denied access to the company's shareholder meeting Wednesday in Tennessee where they had been outside protesting for better pay and workplace safety improvements.
Companies fined $1.75m in worker death at Bay Area refineryMay 20, 2022 GMT
BENICIA, Calif. (AP) — California workplace safety regulators fined a San Francisco Bay Area refinery and three contractor companies more than $1.75 million for safety violations in the death of a worker who suffocated while trying to clean a well, officials said Thursday.
Film producers defend safety in Alec Baldwin shootingMay 11, 2022 GMT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A film production company is contesting sanctions by New Mexico officials for alleged workplace safety violations on the set of “Rust,” where actor and producer Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer in October, according to filings posted Wednesday by state regulators.
US agency mulls yanking Arizona’s work safety oversightApril 20, 2022 GMT
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona may lose the authority to oversee its own workplace safety program because of a pattern of ignoring federal directives involving COVID-19 protection, employer penalties and other issues, the Biden administration said Wednesday.
New Mexico fines film company over Alec Baldwin shootingApril 20, 2022 GMT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico workplace safety regulators on Wednesday issued the maximum possible fine of nearly $137,000 against a film production company for firearms safety failures on the set of “Rust” where actor and producer Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer in October.
Amazon, OSHA promise review after tornado wrecks warehouseDecember 14, 2021 GMT
EDWARDSVILLE, Il. (AP) — The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration said Monday it has opened an investigation into the collapse of an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, after it was struck by a tornado on Friday, leaving six people dead and another hospitalized.
Judge OKs regulators’ subpoena for ‘Rust’ assistant directorDecember 11, 2021 GMT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The assistant director who handed Alec Baldwin a prop gun that killed a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set must make himself available for an interview with state workplace safety regulators, a judge has decided.
OSHA, South Dakota pork plant settle coronavirus complaintNovember 16, 2021 GMT
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal workplace safety regulators announced Monday that they have reached an agreement with Smithfield Foods to settle a contested citation of the company’s coronavirus safety measures during a massive outbreak last year at a South Dakota pork processing plant.
Whitmer vetoes ban on fining employers for COVID violationsNovember 12, 2021 GMT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday vetoed a bill that would prohibit Michigan's workplace safety agency from fining employers for first-time violations of COVID-19 rules and require reimbursements if they violated her 2020 executive orders that were later declared unconstitutional.
Whistleblowers to play key role in enforcing vaccine mandateNovember 9, 2021 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — To enforce President Joe Biden’s forthcoming COVID-19 mandate, the U.S. Labor Department is going to need a lot of help. Its Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn’t have nearly enough workplace safety inspectors to do the job.
Biden vax-test mandate covers government workers in MichiganNovember 9, 2021 GMT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Biden administration's requirement that many private-sector workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or, if their employers allow it, get tested weekly also applies to many of the roughly 586,000 government employees in Michigan.
GOP state officials push back on employer vaccine mandateNovember 5, 2021 GMT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republican state officials reacted with swift rebukes Thursday to President Joe Biden's newly detailed mandate for private employers to require workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, threatening a wave of lawsuits and other actions to thwart a requirement they see as a stark example of government overreach.
States mostly defer to union guidance for on-set gun safetyOctober 29, 2021 GMT
Safety standards developed by film studios and labor unions are the primary protection for actors and film crews when a scene calls for using prop guns. The industry-wide guidance is clear: “Blanks can kill.
Federal officials investigate fatal bridge demolitionOctober 21, 2021 GMT
COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) — Federal workplace safety officials are investigating a bridge demolition accident in Georgia that injured two workers and killed one man who relatives described as a loving father.
Officials: Tennessee can’t drop COVID rule despite GOP pushOctober 20, 2021 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee labor officials say they are unable to reject a federal rule designed to protect health care workers from COVID-19 despite receiving stern instructions earlier this week from Republican lawmakers to do so.
US Labor Department warns 3 GOP states over COVID rulesOctober 20, 2021 GMT
PHOENIX (AP) — The Biden administration threatened Tuesday to revoke the authority for three Republican-controlled states to handle their own workplace safety enforcement because they have refused to adopt rules to protect health care workers from COVID-19.
Employee death at California winery under investigationOctober 14, 2021 GMT
HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — State workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a worker at a Northern California winery who was found unresponsive near a fermentation tank, authorities said Thursday.
UNH, tree care group get safety workplace safety grantsOctober 2, 2021 GMT
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire and a tree care association have received grants from the U.S. Department of Labor to educate workers and employers on workplace safety and health.
Fines appealed after nitrogen kills 6 at Georgia plantAugust 28, 2021 GMT
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Three of four companies are appealing federal workplace safety fines following a January liquid nitrogen leak that killed six workers at a Georgia poultry processing plant.
OSHA proposes $1.3M in penalties over worker deathsAugust 18, 2021 GMT
BOSTON (AP) — Federal workplace safety regulators on Wednesday proposed $1.3 million in penalties for the construction company that employed two men who died when they were struck by a dump truck and pushed into a 9-foot (2.75-meter) deep trench at a sewer project in Boston in February.
Washington farm to pay more than $2M following COVID deathsAugust 4, 2021 GMT
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington has reached a settlement with Gebbers Farms Operations, LP to spend more than $2 million improving housing, quality of life, safety and access to health care for farm employees and their families.
$1M in fines after nitrogen kills 6 at Georgia poultry plantJuly 23, 2021 GMT
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal workplace safety officials are proposing nearly $1 million in fines against four companies following a January liquid nitrogen leak that killed six workers at a Georgia poultry processing plant.
Farm where worker died earlier cited for safety violationsJuly 2, 2021 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A farm and a labor contractor under investigation by Oregon’s workplace safety agency after the death of a farmworker Saturday were both previously cited for workplace violations.
Michigan ends workplace COVID-19 rules except in health careJune 22, 2021 GMT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer scaled back COVID-19 workplace safety rules on Tuesday, keeping mask and other requirements only in health care settings.
The change coincided with the lifting of broad indoor capacity restrictions and face covering mandates that had been in place for 15 months.
Iowa Senate official warned of payback over COVID-19 inquiryJune 11, 2021 GMT
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The top administrator in the Republican-controlled Iowa Senate threatened retribution against a GOP appointee who oversees workplace safety after inspectors said they would make public their concerns about COVID-19 hazards at the Capitol, records show.
Labor negotiations escalate at South Dakota pork plantJune 4, 2021 GMT
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — In a sign of meatpacking workers becoming emboldened by the pandemic's health threats and economic repercussions, the union at a South Dakota pork processing plant that experienced a bad coronavirus outbreak last year has overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer from Smithfield Foods and will next move to bring the prospect of a strike to the negotiating table.
Michigan loosens COVID-19 workplace mask, distancing rulesMay 24, 2021 GMT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday loosened COVID-19 workplace safety rules so fully vaccinated employees can go without a mask and disregard distancing requirements.
California weighing issues around new CDC masking guidelinesMay 14, 2021 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's governor said Friday that his office is weighing issues of enforcement and workplace safety in considering whether and when to adopt the latest federal guidelines around masking.
NY to set workplace safety standards for airborne diseasesMay 12, 2021 GMT
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State regulators in New York will soon draft rules that will require employers to protect workers from airborne infectious disease.
A new state law tasks state labor and health officials with coming up with minimum workplace standards around things like the availability of personal protective equipment, social distancing and quarantine requirements...
Union leaders decry Indiana’s high rate of worker deathsMay 9, 2021 GMT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana labor union leaders are calling for improved workplace safety enforcement with the state’s rate of deaths while working about one-third higher than the national average....
Top regulator warns of COVID-19 hazards inside Iowa CapitolApril 19, 2021 GMT
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A top workplace safety regulator warned the Republican leaders of the Iowa Legislature that conditions inside the state Capitol are hazardous and may be exposing workers to the coronavirus, according to documents released Monday...
Protesters gather at regulator’s home over COVID-19 gym fineNovember 30, 2020 GMT
SILVERTON, Ore. (AP) — About 50 protesters converged on the Silverton, Oregon, home of a state workplace safety regulator to protest a large fine levied against a Salem gym owner.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Silverton Police Chief Jim Anglemier identified the protestors who gathered Sunday afternoon as members and affiliates of Patriot Prayer, the conservative group founded by Joey Gibson.
Food plant cited for failing to protect workers from virusSeptember 10, 2020 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s workplace safety regulator has cited a frozen food manufacturer and its temporary employment agency for failing to protect hundreds of employees from the coronavirus at two Los Angeles area plants...
Congressman says he wants answers about Iowa plant outbreakJuly 24, 2020 GMT
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack said Friday that he's “deeply concerned” about an Associated Press report that showed the first known coronavirus outbreak at an Iowa meatpacking plant was far more severe than the state publicly acknowledged...
Virginia first state to adopt COVID-19 worker safety rulesJuly 15, 2020 GMT
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials on Wednesday passed temporary new workplace safety rules designed to protect employees from IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa regulators say they found no workplace safety violations at Tyson Foods' largest pork processing plant, which employed several people who died after contracting the coronavirus...
Iowa finds no violations at Tyson plant with deadly outbreakJune 24, 2020 GMT
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa regulators say they found no workplace safety violations at Tyson Foods' largest pork processing plant, which employed several people who died after contracting the coronavirus...
Court backs Trump administration on virus safety at workJune 12, 2020 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration does not have to issue an emergency rule requiring employers to protect workers from the coronavirus, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday...
OSHA cites nursing home for delayed coronavirus reportingMay 29, 2020 GMT
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal agency that oversees workplace safety said Friday that it had issued its first citation in the U...
Official: Injury claims could rise with recreational potFebruary 4, 2020 GMT
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota could see a rise in workers' compensation claims if marijuana is legalized, the state's workplace safety agency told lawmakers Tuesday...
Maintenance worker dies at Italy’s Sevel plantJanuary 4, 2020 GMT
ROME (AP) — Union leaders denounced Saturday safety conditions at an automotive plant operated by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group following the death of a maintenance worker...
Safety violations found after attacks at Iowa psych hospitalNovember 11, 2019 GMT
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Regulators have recommended a nearly $73,000 fine against the Iowa Department of Human Services after finding serious workplace safety violations at a state-run psychiatric hospital where several employees have been assaulted by combative patients...
Details of ‘Deadpool 2’ stuntwoman’s death releasedAugust 18, 2017 GMT
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — British Columbia's workplace safety agency has released the first official account of a "Deadpool 2" stuntwoman's death...
Questions and answers about workplace explosionsJune 3, 2017 GMT
Some questions and answers about workplace explosions:
Q: How often are people killed in workplace fires or explosions?
A: From 2011 to 2015, Wisconsin workplace fires or explosions killed 104 workers, including 10 in farm, fishing or forestry occupations.
Explosion at Army ammunition plant in Missouri kills 1April 12, 2017 GMT
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An explosion Tuesday at a sprawling ammunition plant near Kansas City, Missouri, killed one worker and injured four others, the U...
Tuna company’s ex-safety manager guilty in worker oven deathAugust 12, 2015 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former safety manager at a Bumble Bee Foods seafood plant has pleaded guilty in the death of a worker who was cooked with tons of tuna.
Saul Florez was sentenced to probation and fined $5,000 after pleading guilty Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court on a charge of violating a workplace safety rule that caused a death.
Newmont settles suit in 2011 death at Nevada gold mineMarch 1, 2015 GMT
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A lawyer for the Utah family of a contract worker at a Nevada gold mine that paid more than $100,000 in U.S. safety fines after he was killed there in 2011 says they've settled a wrongful death suit with Newmont USA, subject to a judge's final approval.