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Airline attendants may soon receive OSHA workplace protections

Thousands of U.S. flight attendants may soon enjoy better workplace safety protections, thanks to a long-awaited proposal by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to open airline cabins to the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). For decades, flight attendants and other crew members who earn their living in the sky have not enjoyed the comprehensive OSHA regulatory standards and protections as most other U.S. workers, being bound instead to the Transportation Department’s FAA regulations. “Safety is our highest priority and that certainly extends to those who work in the transportation industry,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Under this ... Read More

Worker death leads to multiple fines for Mississippi nutritional company

A health and wellness company that makes omega-3 products for human and animal consumption was cited with 25 safety and health violations following the death of a worker who became caught in a rotating screw conveyer at the company’s Mississippi processing plant. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the workplace fatality triggered an inspection of Houston, Texas-based Omega Protein Inc.’s plant in Moss Point, Miss. Inspectors found 21 serious violations of safety and health regulations at the plant, in addition to four “other- than-serious” violations. OSHA deems a violation serious when it poses a substantial risk of ... Read More

Jury awards Illinois worker record $4.16 million for work-related fall injuries

CHICAGO, ILL—A DuPage, Illinois County court awarded a Chicago-area man $4.16 million for serious injuries he received while providing the city of Elmhurst an estimate on fixing a broken garage door spring. Court records state that Joshua Jaeger, 29, went to an Elmhurst Public Works garage in November 2009 to examine the repair needed. A city employee lifted Mr. Jaeger, a garage door serviceman, 16 feet into the air with a forklift. When Mr. Jaeger moved from one side of the platform to the other, the platform gave way, sending Mr. Jaeger crashing to the concrete floor below.  Mr. Jaeger ... Read More

U.S. worker deaths down slightly overall in 2011, but up in some industries

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary report on workplace fatalities in the United States holds some good and bad news for the average American worker. According to the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), on-the-job deaths trended slightly downward overall in 2011, with some increases in certain industries and types of death. Preliminary records show that the rate of fatal work injuries in 2011 was 3.5 per 100,000 full-time workers, down slightly from the final rate of 3.6 per 100,000 workers in 2010. Increases in the final data over the last three years have averaged 166 deaths (3 ... Read More

OSHA targets construction site fall hazards in the Southeast

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a program in four Southern states aimed at exposing fall hazards at construction sites, the agency’s Atlanta offices announced. The program, which kicked off on August 20, comes in response to an upward trend in the number of falling deaths within the construction industry. Construction work consistently ranks as one of the country’s deadliest occupations, according to Labor Department records, and falling hazards are mostly to blame. In fact, falls are one of the four leading causes of all workplace fatalities in the Southeastern U.S. In 2010, there were 264 ... Read More

Labor Rights Week focuses on safety and fair compensation for all workers

Friday, August 31 marks the final day of Labor Rights Week, a series of annual events organized by the U.S. Department of Labor to educate workers about their basic workplace rights and to raise awareness of workplace safety and fair compensation. The theme for the week’s events, “Promoting Labor Rights is Everyone’s Responsibility,” underscores the importance of partnerships between the Labor Department and other countries to educate migrant workers and their employers about U.S. labor laws. “Making America’s workplaces safe and fair for everyone is the hallmark of Labor Rights Week,” said Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.” We’re committed to ensuring ... Read More

Georgia paper company fined after plant worker loses fingers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited McDuffie Box Co. Inc. of Thomson, Georgia, for a number of safety violations following a factory incident that severed the fingers of an employee. Proposed penalties total $47,550. OSHA’s investigation found that the machine involved in the amputation incident lacked the proper machine guarding required by OSHA to prevent such an accident from occurring. Investigators also found a number of other violations concerning the lack of emergency stops on the factory machines, a lack of forklift training for workers, and inoperable horns on the forklift. The fines include one for a willful ... Read More

Alabama lumber company faces steep fines after worker death

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited MDLG, doing business as Phenix Lumber Co., for 53 safety and health violations following the death of one worker and the critical injury of a second at its facility in Phenix City, Alabama. Proposed penalties total $439,400. In March, OSHA inspectors opened a follow-up joint safety and health inspection to verify abatement from a previous visit that identified failure-to-abate violations. Before OSHA could conclude its review, one worker was killed when his head was crushed between a motor being hoisted with a forklift and other equipment. Another worker was seriously injured after ... Read More

OSHA establishes new website to support whistleblowers

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration unveiled a new website this week dedicated to providing would-be whistleblowers with encouragement and protection. According to OSHA, “workers who ‘blow the whistle’ on prohibited or unlawful practices in the workplace or report safety and health discrimination play an important role” in keeping employers in line with federal laws. The website – www.whistleblower.gov – is designed to provide workers, employers, and the public with easily accessible information about the 18 federal whistleblower protection statutes that OSHA currently administers. While the information is available on OSHA’s main website, the agency wanted to make it ... Read More