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Trump Admin ‘illegally withholding’ OSHA Reports, Public Citizen Says

Rolling back workplace safety regulations, downsizing its already overstretched crew of inspectors, and now concealing workplace injury and illness records … the news coming out of Trump’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) these days may signal darker times ahead for U.S. workers. The government watchdog group Public Citizen said it has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Labor and OSHA, alleging the federal agencies are violating the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule, which was finalized in 2016, by illegally denying requests for injury and illness data it made under the Freedom of Information Act. According ... Read More

Government Shutdowns Can Turn Deadly For U.S. Workers

Government shutdowns are dreaded by government employees and anyone depending on the services of the federal government, but they can also be deadly for the average U.S. worker. Newsweek recently took a look at how government gridlock has a ripple effect throughout the country that can go deeper than meets the eye. Literally. Four coal miners died in 2013 when the government idled for more than two weeks, furloughing almost all the federal regulatory workforce that inspects workplaces and jobsites for safety lapses and enforces penalties on employers that put the lives of their workers at risk of serious injury ... Read More

Fall Prevention Training Debuts on OSHA Top 10 Violations List

Every year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) processes the information culled from its inspections of U.S. workplaces and derives a list of the Top 10 most frequently cited violations. Other than changing rank, the entries on the Top 10 list seldom change. But in fiscal year 2017, a new entry made its way onto the OSHA list for the first time: Fall Protection – Training Requirements. These are violations of regulations mandating how workers at risk of falling hazards on the job should be properly and adequately trained in fall prevention. OSHA reported that there were 1,724 violations ... Read More

Deadly Jobsite Trench Collapse Leads To Manslaughter Charges

The state of Washington has charged the owner of a Seattle construction company with second-degree manslaughter for the death of a worker killed in a trench collapse accident. The charges against Phillip Numrich, the owner of Alki Construction, could signal the state’s intentions to get tougher on employers whose willful negligence puts the lives of workers at risk. According to the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), the action marks the first time a workplace fatality has prompted a felony charge in Washington state. Mr. Numrich also faces a gross misdemeanor charge for violating a labor safety regulation with ... Read More

OSHA Alliance Focuses on Safety of Women Construction Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it has renewed its alliance with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), launching another five-year pact “to continue promoting safe and healthful working conditions for female construction workers.” OSHA’s alliance with NAWIC is part of the OSHA Alliance Program, which couples the resources and expertise of the federal agency with those of various organizations and institutions committed to improving workplace safety and protecting the rights of workers. The alliance will focus on hazards that are specific to women construction workers or are of particular importance to them, such as personal ... Read More

Bad Driver Causes Tractor-Trailer To Plummet Off Texas Overpass

A tractor-trailer that was struck by a careless driver plummeted off a highway overpass in Sugar Land, Texas, and landed on top of a Toyota sedan Jan. 11. A spokesman for the Sugar Land Police Department told Houston’s KPRC Channel 2 that it’s a “miracle” nobody was seriously injured or killed in the crash. According to KPRC, authorities said it was raining heavily when a gold-color SUV was spotted driving erratically and weaving in and out of lanes on Highway 59 southbound.  The SUV collided with the tractor-trailer, causing the tractor-trailer to crash into another car. The truck then hydroplaned, ... Read More

Two Workers Suffer Critical Burn Injuries in Tyson Plant Accident

Four workers at an Iowa Tyson plant that processes pork suffered burn injuries on the job in an accident Monday, Jan. 2. Two of the workers are said to be in critical condition. According to KCCI Channel 8 Des Moines, Dallas County Chief Deputy Adam Infante said that two of the workers were flown to the University of Iowa Burn Treatment Center in Iowa City for the treatment of critical burn injuries to their heads, faces, and upper torsos. The other two workers were treated for lesser burn injuries at a health services department at the Tyson Pork Processing plant in ... Read More

The Walking Dead Production Cited for Stuntman’s Death

The producers of AMC’s hit television series The Walking Dead have been hit with a federal penalty after an investigation triggered by a stuntman’s death on the show’s Georgia set last summer. Thirty-three-year-old stuntman John Bernecker was shooting at The Walking Dead’s filming location in Senoia, Georgia, on July 12, 2017, when he fell head-first off a balcony and landed on a concrete floor more than 20 feet below. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Deputy Sheriff J.P. Traylor, the first responder to arrive at The Walking Dead set where the fatal accident occurred, said Mr. Bernecker was supposed to fall ... Read More

Reduced Staff, Budget Cuts Making OSHA ‘Invisible’

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has shrunk significantly under the Trump Administration, escalating concerns that the agency is effectively being rendered ineffective and that U.S. workers face an increasing risk of injury and death on the job. Since Trump took office, OSHA lost 40 inspectors through attrition and its total inspector force – the ground troops responsible for ensuring employers are taking the proper precautions to keep workers safe – fell below 1,000. According to NBC News, “OSHA’s reduced staff reflects Trump’s broader effort to slow the growth of the [government] and is a part of the mass departure of ... Read More

Fireworks Plant Fined After Blast Causes Worker’s Hand Amputation

A Pennsylvania fireworks manufacturer will pay nearly $15,000 in fines for serious safety violations, some of which resulted in a blast that caused a worker to suffer an accidental amputation of both her hands. The accidental amputation occurred at the Celebrations Fireworks plant in Slatington, Pennsylvania, on June 30. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which investigated the company in response to the accident, said that a worker was inserting a match fuse into a fireworks charge when the product detonated. According to LehighValleyLive.com, OSHA documents say “the fireworks exploded and both of the employee’s hands were amputated.” ... Read More