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OSHA hits U.S. Postal Service with hefty fines for endangering workers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the U.S. Postal Service for workplace safety violations involving electrical safety hazards found at a Pittsburgh mail processing facility. OSHA proposed penalties of $299,500 for the violations. An employee complaint prompted the inspections, which OSHA launched in October 2009. Inspectors later cited the Postal Service with four willful violations incurring a fine of $265,000, two serious violations with a penalty of $9,500, and one repeat violation carrying a fine of $25,000. OSHA Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels said the Postal Service demonstrated a “blatant disregard ... Read More

Wife of Chicago construction worker killed on job sues

The wife of an ironworker killed while working on a water reclamation project has filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking unspecified damages in excess of $50,000, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. According to the Tribune, Jose Meza was operating a skid steer loader, a small, highly maneuverable vehicle with lift arms and interchangeable attachments, when his body harness became entangled with the machine. Meza was thrown to the ground and crushed to death when the machine rolled on top of him. The incident occurred in November of last year while Meza was working on a construction project at ... Read More

Scaffold collapses, killing one Alabama worker and injuring another

A Cullman, Alabama, man died Tuesday afternoon after falling on the scene of a construction site. Authorities said that Kenneth Ball, 51, a contractor and resident of Cullman, was installing a window on the fourth floor of a construction project when his scaffolding collapsed. According to Cullman County Coroner Gary Murphree, the accident, which occurred around 11 a.m. in the Vinemont area, left Ball with massive head and body trauma. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Another worker who has not been identified sustained injuries when the scaffolding fell and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. To ... Read More

EEOC files age discrimination suit against Philadelphia company

Frank Bruno tried not to answer when asked during a job interview for human resources director at Unitek USA L.L.C., “How old are you, 78?” The 51-year-old man had worked 25 years in human resources at director, corporate director and vice president levels. He knew the question crossed a line. Yet, he was a shoo-in for the job, or so top management had alluded. He just needed to sit through one last interview with the company’s major investor, Joseph Kestenbaum. And Kestenbaum was persistent about knowing how old Bruno was. Bruno finally fessed up and admitted his age. The interview came ... Read More