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OSHA creates interactive video to teach workplace hazard identification

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently released a unique tool that may be used by small business owners and workers who are interested in learning the main concepts involved in workplace hazard identification. The tool uses game-like concepts and methods to achieve its two main intentions: To educate owners of small businesses as well as their employees on the process for discovering hazards in their workplaces. To promote awareness of the types of information and resources available to address hazards in the workplace, which is available on the OSHA website. It is important to note that ... 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

Grocery chain incurs steep fines for multiple workplace hazards

When an employee of a grocery store in Rindge, New Hampshire, fell 11 feet to a concrete floor from a storage platform, sustaining broken bones and head trauma, instead of calling for help, store managers lifted the injured worker off the floor, put him in a wheel chair, and pushed him to the store’s receiving dock to wait for a relative to take him to the hospital. That unusually harsh disregard of federal safety standards prompted an investigation of DeMoulas Supermarkets Inc. (doing business as Market Basket) by a regional office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), whereupon ... Read More

Huntsville, Alabama, Sears faces steep fines for safety violations

HUNTSVILLE, ALA. – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a Huntsville department store for a number of safety violations the agency says endangered store employees. A recent OSHA inspection of Sears, Roebuck and Co. turned up seven violations that altogether brought the company $128,000 in proposed penalties. Three repeat violations accounted for most of the proposed fines. Those violations involved exits blocked by retail materials and equipment, failing to repair damaged racks that caused merchandise to become unstable in various storage areas, and failing to post signs along exit routes. The three repeat violations accounted for $110,000 ... Read More

Airline faces nearly $5 million in FAA fines for improperly trained pilots

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $4,855,000 civil penalty against Evergreen International Airlines of McMinnville, Ore., a global cargo airline company, for allegedly using pilots on 232 flights who had not been trained in accordance with an FAA-approved training program. The questionable flights were made between Feb. 19 and July 9, 2009, on aircraft equipped with a new flight management system (FMS). The differences between the new FMS and the old system were significant enough to require specific training for pilots who were flying the aircraft. The FAA alleges Evergreen did not complete its FAA-approved training for pilots ... Read More

Plant safety worsens after passage of workers bill of rights

The “Packinghouse Workers Bill of Rights,” passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2007 as part of an effort to improve safety conditions for workers in the meatpacking industry, has failed to make any improvement, according to a report by Workday Minnesota. A recent survey conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Program found that working conditions at meatpacking plants throughout the state actually have grown worse since the bill was passed. Meatpacking is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Workers typically perform repetitive tasks, which often create repetitive-motion injuries such as carpal tunnel and tendonitis. ... Read More

Ammunition handler’s job is for the birds

Shortly after Patricia Howard took a job a contract job with USA Environmental, something just didn’t seem to smell right. The ammunition handler was sent to Iraq with the company in January 2004 to dispose of thousands of tons of explosives. Howard knew the work would be hazardous. She would be working in warehouses where hundreds of tons of ammunition are stored. But what she began to fear most was not the dangerous firepower surrounding her, but the other thing the warehouses contained: pigeon droppings. And not just a white dusting here and there, but thousands of tons of aviary ... Read More