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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 …

Washington Contractor Charged With Felony for Trench Collapse Death

A Seattle contractor has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of an employee who was killed when a sewer trench collapsed in 2016. The Seattle Times reports Philip Numrich, the owner of Alki Construction, allegedly violated and ignored …

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 …

Missouri Man Sues After Workplace Accident Leads to Amputation

A northwest Missouri man has filed a civil lawsuit for a workplace accident that resulted in the loss of his lower arms. The News-Press Now reports that Brent Sherman was a sanitation worker responsible for cleaning blenders and other meat-processing …

Safety a Focus for Oklahoma Wind Turbine Maintenance Workers

For Kalon Moore and Jackson Rollins, it’s a sight they never tire of. Just about every day on the job, the two look out at the Oklahoma landscape in every direction for miles, several hundred feet atop a wind turbine. …

Delaware Panel Considers Health, Workplace Safety Issues of Legalized Pot

As Delaware lawmakers consider legalizing recreational marijuana they should take a go-slow approach and address a wide range of health and safety concerns, members of a special task force were told Wednesday. “Keep it simple. Keep it restricted,” John Yeomans, …

California Commuter Transit Agency Fined $220,000 in Workers’ Deaths

A Northern California judge fined the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency $220,000 on Friday for the deaths of two workers accidentally hit by a commuter train. Laurence Daniels, 66, and Christopher Sheppard, 58, were killed in 2013 while inspecting a …

Fall Protection New to OSHA’s ‘Top 10’ List of Most Cited Violations

The preliminary list of OSHA’s Top 10 violations for Fiscal Year 2017 remained largely unchanged from FY 2016, except for one new addition: Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503) entered the list at No. 9 with 1,523 violations, just ahead …

Opioid Crisis Spills Into Workplaces

At Philip Tulkoff’s food-processing plant in Baltimore, machines grind tough horseradish roots into puree. “If you put your arm in the wrong place,” the owner says, “and you’re not paying attention, it’s going to pull you in.” It’s not a …