January 26, 2023

Gainesville psychiatric hospital implements safety measures after federal investigation into series of staff injuries after violent incidents with patients

GAINESVILLE, FL – A Gainesville psychiatric and substance abuse hospital has implemented a series of changes to their safety protocols after the U.S. Department of Labor cited the facility for failing to protect employees from workplace violence after a series of incidents left employees with serious injuries.

January 26, 2023

CORRECTED: Facing manslaughter charge in worker’s 2021 trench collapse death, Colorado contractor who willfully ignored law surrenders to police

BRECKENRIDGE, CO – The owner of a Vail construction company facing a felony manslaughter charge has surrendered to local law enforcement after the Summit County Judge Edward J. Casias issued an arrest warrant on Jan. 23, 2023, related to the findings of a federal safety investigation into a deadly trench collapse in November 2021.

January 26, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $106K in back wages, damages after benefits advisors misclassify 68 workers as independent contractors

Employer:                  Senior Healthcare Advisors LLC

Investigation site:      816 S Military Trail

                                    Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

January 26, 2023

Penalties mount: Fined more than $15M since 2017, familiar Dollar General safety failures in 3 inspections in Florida, Alabama, add $387K more

ATLANTA – Just weeks after being cited with federal safety violations, Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC have once again exposed workers to unsafe conditions, this time at two store locations in Florida and another in Alabama.

January 26, 2023

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report

In the week ending January 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 186,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 190,000 to 192,000. The 4-week moving average was 197,500, a decrease of 9,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 750 from 206,000 to 206,750.

January 25, 2023

US Department of Labor, Drywall and Acoustical Tile Contractors Association renew alliance to promote workplace safety

Participants:      U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational

                                  Safety and Health Administration

                                  Drywall and Acoustical Tile Contractors  


January 25, 2023

Mezcla mortal: Investigaciones de seguridad laboral revelan graves heridas, muerte por explosiones de vapor en dos empresas de Ohio

WATERFORD, OH – Con entrenamiento adecuado, personas que trabajan en instalaciones de fundición de metales saben que mezclar agua y material fundido puede ser un grave error, cuando no mortal, como pudo comprobarse en trágicos incidentes ocurridos en dos empresas de Ohio en 2022.

January 25, 2023

US Department of Labor recovers $300K in back wages, damages for 492 workers at Louisville coffee shop that diverted tips to management

Employer:                              Heine Brothers Inc.

Investigation site:                  1301 W. Main St.

                                                Louisville, KY 40203

January 25, 2023

New Hampshire chimney services contractor pays $26K to settle allegations of retaliation, interference with federal investigation of pay practices

MANCHESTER, NH – A Manchester chimney services contractor has paid a total of $26,163 to three workers to resolve allegations that the employer violated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s anti-retaliation provisions enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.

January 25, 2023

Deadly mix: Federal workplace safety investigations find severe injuries, fatality caused by steam explosions at 2 Ohio companies

WATERFORD, OH ‒ With proper training, people working in metal casting facilities know that mixing water and molten material can be a serious, if not deadly mistake, as tragic incidents at two Ohio companies in 2022 showed.

January 25, 2023

Department of Labor cites US Postal Service with 16 violations for endangering workers at 3 Tennessee facilities, proposes $350K in penalties

NASHVILLE, TN – The U.S. Department of Labor has found the U.S. Postal Service exposed workers to struck-by, electrical, crushing, fire and other health hazards at facilities in Columbia, Knoxville and Nashville.

January 24, 2023

Fabricante de plásticos se declara culpable de violación deliberada de requisitos de seguridad de OSHA tras la muerte de una trabajadora en 2017

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Una empresa fabricante de plásticos se declaró culpable en una corte federal de Alabama de haber violado deliberadamente requisitos de seguridad ocupacional en el caso de la muerte de una trabajadora de 45 años en Helena en agosto del 2017 que investigó el Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU.

La Sección de Crímenes Ambientales del Departamento de Justicia de EE.UU. y la Oficina del Fiscal del Distrito Norte de Alabama procesaron el caso.

January 24, 2023

Investigation into 41-year-old driver’s death finds two delivery services companies failed to protect workers transporting dry ice in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, AL – In the summer of 2022, onlookers noticed a delivery truck stopped at about 8:15 a.m. one Wednesday morning on the University of Birmingham campus near what would have been the driver’s first drop-off. About two hours later, a passerby saw the driver slumped over and unresponsive.

January 24, 2023

In federal court, Alabama plastics manufacturer pleads guilty to willful safety regulation violation found in 2017 OSHA investigation into worker’s death

BIRMINGHAM, AL – An Alabama plastics manufacturing company has pleaded guilty to a willful violation of workplace safety requirements as part of an agreement filed in federal court spurred initially by a U.S. Department of Labor investigation into a 45-year-old worker’s death in Helena in August 2017.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental Crimes Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Alabama prosecuted the case.

January 24, 2023

Child care remains out of financial reach for many families, US Department of Labor data shows

WASHINGTON – The newly launched National Database of Childcare Prices, which provides childcare prices in 2,360 U.S. counties, shows that childcare expenses are untenable for families throughout the country and highlights the urgent need for greater federal investments, the U.S. Department of Labor announced today.

January 24, 2023

US Department of Labor awards $10M in funding to support stronger state labor courts, promote worker rights, protections in Mexico

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $10 million cooperative agreement to The Ergo Group to provide assistance to state labor courts in Mexico in protecting worker rights as part of the country’s 2019 labor law reform.

January 23, 2023

US Department of Labor alleges Pigeon Forge, Tennessee hotel operator willfully denied workers full wages, endangered minor-aged employees

Date of action:                       Jan. 17, 2023

Type of action:                      U.S. Department of Labor complaint

Names of defendants:           Pigeon Forge Hospitality LLC; Nimesh Patel

January 23, 2023

US Department of Labor finds lumber company failed to secure, service forklift that fatally struck 18-year-old worker at Arkansas yard

LITTLE ROCK, AR  A U.S. Department of Labor investigation has determined a Carrollton, Texas, lumber supplier and retailer could have prevented the death of an 18-year-old worker who was struck by a forklift at a Rison, Arkansas, worksite in July 2022 by following federal safety requirements.