osha News

Fatal Injuries in the U.S. Workplace Increased 7% in 2016

According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries report, there were 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016, a 7-percent increase from 2015. The fatal injury rate also increased from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers …

Federal Agencies Tasked With Updating National Workplace Injury, Illness Data

A committee tasked with revamping a national workplace study released a 200-page report recently recommending major changes in workplace surveillance. The goal, according to the committee, is to reduce the health burden caused by injuries in the workplace. The report …

OSHA Adjusts Penalty Amounts for 2018

On January 2, civil penalty amounts for violations of workplace safety and health standards increased by two percent from last year. Type of Violation Penalty Serious Other-Than-Serious Posting Requirements $12,934 per violation Failure to Abate $12,934 per day beyond the …

Questions Remain Despite Fewer Oregon Workplace Fatalities

Frankie Crispen Jr. had a lot to look forward to this past November. He was set to take the rigorous exam that could elevate him to journeyman electrician after four years as an apprentice. Thanksgiving came the day after the …

Oregon OSHA Report Outlines Employee Attacks at Chimp Sanctuary

Employees of a chimpanzee sanctuary in central Oregon were harmed by the animals by way of “amputations, choking, grabbing and biting,” a report by a state workplace safety agency said. The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division found 10 safety …

U.S. Meat, Poultry Workers Fear Retaliation for Reporting Workplace Injuries, Hazards

Workers at U.S. meat and poultry processing plants are reluctant to tell federal inspectors about injuries or workplace hazards amid concerns that they could lose their jobs, according to a government report. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has difficulty …

Employees May Soon Be Taking Climate Leave

Even the workplace has to adapt to the warming world. As climate change creates more intense storms, companies have started preparing for work disruptions due to extreme weather. In a sign of the times, Fog Creek, a software company based …

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 …