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Idaho Sugar Producer Probed After Worker Suffers Severe Burn Injuries

Federal authorities are investigating an Idaho beet sugar company for safety issues after an employee was severely burned by hot sugar syrup on the job last week. According to the Twin Falls Times-News, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently awaiting the findings of an internal investigation of the accident, which occurred inside the Amalgamated Sugar Company plant Monday, Sept. 26. Emergency workers responded to a call from the Amalgamated Sugar plant about 2:45 p.m. There they treated a 28-year-old woman with “severe burns” she received after spilling a sample container of hot syrup. The Twin Falls ... Read More

Navy vet says Trader Joe’s fired him for reporting safety hazards, files whistleblower lawsuit

NEWARK, N.J. – A Navy Veteran who says his employer, a Trader Joe’s store in Westwood, N.J., fired him for reporting dangerous and unsanitary conditions, has fired a whistleblower lawsuit against the company. Joe Meyers, 57, says in his lawsuit that Trader Joe’s violated the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act when it fired him after he complained of several health and safety violations at the grocery chain. The act is designed to protect workers from retaliation when they blow the whistle on unsafe work practices and conditions, fraud, and other wrongdoing. The complaint, filed July 2 in federal court ... Read More

Whistleblower suing California city for alleged retaliation seeks $5 million

MCFARLAND, Calif.—A long-time McFarland city employee who says city officials retaliated against and humiliated him for blowing the whistle on corruption and other wrongdoing among certain police and city officials has filed a lawsuit against the city seeking $5 million in damages. Former McFarland Public Works Director Reynaldo DeLeon said in a news release that in 2011 he became aware that a number of police officers, including Police Chief Greg Herrington, had been hired into McFarland’s police department after being fired from the Banning, Calif., police department amid allegations of misconduct. Mr. DeLeon, whose responsibilities included police vehicle maintenance, also ... Read More

Government agencies work to combat job safety hazards behind the wheel

Earlier this month we posted on workplace safety and how most on-the-job fatalities actually occur behind the wheel. Transportation accidents accounted for 40 percent of all workplace fatalities last year, and they have been a leading cause of on-the-job deaths for the last 18 consecutive years. In an effort to address this safety problem more effectively, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has teamed up with the Department of Transportation to combat distracted driving. Distracted driving, mainly the use of cell phones while behind the wheel, has emerged as a significant safety threat in the last decade, and it’s a ... Read More