osha News

Employers Take Steps to Keep Older Workers Safe

When managers at Bon Secours Virginia Health System started analyzing workers’ compensation cases, they noticed a bad combination: Older nurses were having problems from lifting heavy and sicker patients. “We saw an increase in back injuries and older workers were …

State Agency Seeks $16K Fines After Deadly Vegas-Area Track Crash

Nevada safety officials are recommending fines of $16,000 against a tourist-oriented exotic auto track near Las Vegas where a Canadian man and an instructor died in a fiery crash of a high-performance Lamborghini in February. The state Occupational Safety and …

Older Worker Fatalities Higher Than All Other Age Groups

Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics. It’s a trend that’s particularly alarming as baby boomers …

Farmworker Safety Concerns Raised After Manure Pond Deaths

It was still dark the morning Ruperto Vazquez-Carrera began his shift at Sunrise Organic Dairy in Boise, Idaho. It was mid-February 2016. A winter heat wave had melted snow and ice overnight, flooding part of the rural Jerome County farm. …

Summer Jobs Can Put Teens at Risk for Workplace Injuries

The start of summer means summertime jobs for many teens across the U.S. In 2015, 19.1 million workers under 24 years old represented 13 percent of the workforce, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The …

Recent Violations Demonstrate Crane Use Near Power Lines Risky

Recently, three Washington construction contractors were fined by the state’s Department of Labor & Industries for safety violations after a crane boom made contact with high-voltage power lines at a construction site in Seattle. An estimated 14 kilovolts traveled down …

Giant Missouri Tank That Exploded Needed Emergency Repairs

A giant steam-filled tank weighing nearly 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) that exploded at a St. Louis, Mo., box plant, flew a quarter-mile into the air and smashed into a neighboring building, was being used despite needing emergency repairs, federal investigators …

Feds Issue Warning to Arizona on Reducing Workplace Injury Fines

Federal officials warned a commission overseeing Arizona’s workplace safety agency that its practice of lowering fines on companies for worker injuries and deaths violates the state’s laws and could jeopardize its ability to run its own safety program. The letter …

South Dakota Firm Said to Have Ignored Safety Rules Before Building Collapse

The construction company that was remodeling a historic downtown Sioux Falls, S.D., building when it collapsed and killed a worker willfully ignored precautions, federal workplace safety officials allege. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Friday issued two new …

OSHA Safety Stand Down Event Emphasizes Landscaping Hazards

Fatalities among workers in the landscaping industry are a growing concern in the Southeast. From 2012 to 2016, 64 people employed in the industry in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi died as a result of workplace injuries. In Florida, industry …