Occupational Safety and Health Administration News

Lawsuit Blames Negligence by Plant Owner, HVAC Contractors for Cannabis Worker’s Asthma Death

A lawsuit has been filed over what has been identified as the cannabis industry’s first asthma workplace death. The mother of a worker who died from an asthma attack at a Massachusetts cannabis processing plant in 2022 has brought wrongful …

Cannabis Worker Dies on the Job from Asthma Attack, the First Reported Case in US

The U.S. cannabis production industry’s first reported occupational asthma death took the life of a worker in Massachusetts, federal health and safety officials said. The woman, 27, was working in a cannabis cultivation and processing facility when she experienced worsening …

Federal Investigation Finds Worker Died After Georgia Grain Silo Operator Violated Safety Standards

COLQUITT, Ga. (AP) — The death of a worker who suffocated in a Georgia grain silo could have been prevented had their employer not violated safety regulations, federal officials say. That finding results from a U.S. Department of Labor Occupational …

Wisc. Sawmill Agrees to Pay $191K After 16-Year-Old Boy Killed on the Job

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A northern Wisconsin sawmill has agreed to pay nearly $191, 000 and stop hiring children under 16 to settle a federal lawsuit labor regulators filed after a teenager was killed on the job this summer and …

OSHA Probes Chemical Spill at Battery Plant Owned by GM, LG Energy

The U.S. workplace safety regulator said on Wednesday it was investigating a recent chemical solvent leak at an Ohio battery plant jointly owned by General Motors and South Korea’s LG Energy Solution The joint venture, Ultium Cells LLC, said on …

Five Workers Injured, One Missing After Chemical Plant Explosion

One worker is missing and the building is severely damaged after an early morning explosion at a pharmaceutical chemical plant in a business park in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Five workers were in the building at the time of the explosion. Four …

Union Alleges Neglect in South Carolina Safety Inspections

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina agency tasked with ensuring occupational safety is accused of racial discrimination by failing to routinely inspect disproportionately Black workplaces in a federal complaint backed by a new union that seeks to boost labor …

Dollar General Targeted by U.S. for Systemic Work Hazards

Dollar General Corp.’s stores are as ubiquitous in small-town America as Starbucks cafes in cities and suburbia. And just like the coffee giant, it’s facing increasing criticism over worker treatment that could disrupt one of the retail industry’s most successful …

Blast at Ohio Metals Plant Sends at Least 13 to Hospitals

OAKWOOD VILLAGE, Ohio (AP) — An explosion at a metals plant in Ohio on Monday killed one worker and sparked a large fire and sent more than a dozen people to hospitals, with at least two of them in critical …

OSHA Says Amazon.Com Exposed Workers to Safety Hazards

NEW YORK –– A U.S. government agency on Wednesday issued citations against Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O for failing to keep warehouse workers safe, by exposing them to ergonomic hazards that resulted in serious injuries. The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and …