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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

Winter weather poses special dangers for employers and workers

Winter weather presents special hazards to anyone who ventures outdoors, but for many workers the dangers of freezing, icy conditions loom especially large. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers and workers who engage in winter cleanup and recovery operations, even such tasks as seemingly harmless as clearing snow from a business walkway or entrance, should always take care to protect themselves and those for whom they are responsible. National Weather Service data shows that about 70 percent of injuries during winter storms result from vehicle accidents, and about 25 percent of injuries result from being ... Read More

OSHA says award-winning railway company silenced employees with intimidation

On May 13, 2009, an employee of Norfolk Southern Railway Company was injured on the job in Jamestown, N.C., while removing a spike from the rail line. Fearing being terminated, the worker did not report his injury until after he was again injured on the job in October. At the suggestion of Norfolk Southern management, the injured employee saw a doctor, but when he returned to work, management suspended and later terminated him, alleging he falsified his injury. The employee complained to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which responded by launching an investigation of Norfolk Southern that found the ... Read More

Outdoor workers are at risk for heat-related injuries and illness, OSHA warns

With heat indexes expected to reach 110 degrees throughout much of the South this week, heat-related injuries and death are a very real threat to workers who must labor outside for long periods of time. To help workers and employers understand and mitigate the dangers of excessively hot weather, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a heat awareness campaign with special focus on outdoor workers. “If you’re working outdoors, you’re at risk for heat-related illnesses that can cause serious medical problems and even death,” said Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. “But heat illness can be prevented. This ... Read More

Repeat performance: Alabama lumber company refuses to comply with OSHA safety rules

Last September we blogged about the steep fines a Phenix City, Alabama lumber company faced for violating federal safety standards that could have prevented the death of one worker and the critical injury of another. On Tuesday, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that the same company, Phenix Lumber Co., continued to disregard willfully violate critical safety measures intended to protect workers, resulting in fines of nearly $2 million and evoking strong words from the agency’s top ranks. “Phenix Lumber continues to put workers at risk by choosing not to implement safety measures that would prevent serious injuries ... Read More

Alabama auto parts manufacturer cited for workplace hazards

Korean auto-parts manufacturer Saehaesung Alabama Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration for numerous violations at its Andalusia, Alabama, plant. OSHA says the citations, which cover a number of serious and repeat violations and threaten the safety and health of the company’s workers, amount to $179,000. The violations are serious enough, OSHA says, to qualify the company’s participation in the Severe Violators Enforcement Program, a new OSHA course targeting “employers that endanger workers by committing willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations” to federal safety regulations intended to protect workers from illness, injury, and death while on ... Read More

NYC construction deaths plunge thanks to better regulations, enforcement, awareness

New York City construction-related accidents fell by 28 percent in 2010 over the previous year, the city’s Buildings Commissioner announced. The Department of Buildings says the dramatic improvement can be attributed to increased enforcement, 25 new safety regulations, and a greater outreach to members of the construction industry. The figure is based on 157 construction accidents reported in 2010, including 4 fatal accidents. All four of the construction workers killed last year died as a result of inadequate fall protections on the job site. Despite the safety deficiencies in those company worksites, fatal on-the-job construction accidents nevertheless decreased 78 percent ... Read More