Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Monday, April 24, 2017
BOSTON – An administrative law judge with the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has ruled that two Massachusetts contractors – A.C. Castle Construction Co. Inc. and Daryl Provencher, doing business as Provencher Home Improvements – were operating as a single employer at a Wenham worksite when three employees were injured in October 2014. The employees were performing residential roofing work on a ladder jack scaffold when the wooden plank on which they were standing snapped, causing them to fall
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
BOSTON – Robert Higgins and Kelvin Mattocks died on Oct. 21, 2016 in Boston, when the approximately 12-foot deep trench in which they were working collapsed, breaking an adjacent fire hydrant supply line and filling the trench with water in a matter of seconds. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that their employer, Atlantic Drain Service Co. Inc., failed to provide basic safeguards against collapse and did not train its employees – including Higgi
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Participants: U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Great Lakes Construction Association Lake County Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO
Monday, April 10, 2017
ATLANTA – 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 fatalities have nearly tripled since 2012. To stem the tide, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, industry associations and employers are banding together to sponsor a one-hour Safety Stand-Down in April to focus and educate w
Thursday, April 06, 2017
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. The agency has determined that additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard. Originally scheduled to begin Jun
Monday, April 03, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered Wells Fargo Bank N.A. to compensate and immediately reinstate a former bank manager who lost his job after reporting suspected fraudulent behavior to superiors and a bank ethics hotline. The manager, who had previously received positive job performance appraisals, was abruptly dismissed from his position at a Wells Fargo branch in the Los Angeles area after he reported separate incidents of suspected bank, mail and wire fr
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
ATLANTA – The Federal Highway Administration, the state of Georgia, local government organizations and employers are partnering with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to sponsor one-hour events to train road workers on the dangers of distracted drivers, flying debris and other objects during National Highway Work Zone Awareness Week, April 3-7.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Participants: U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Nebraska Safety Council Great Plains Safety and Health Organization National Safety Council Nebraska Alliance: OSHA’s Omaha office, the Nebraska Safety Council, Great Plains Safety and Health Organization, and National Safety Council Nebraska have formed an alliance t
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Participants: U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Apprenticeship and Skill Improvement Program, Operation Engineers, Local 150 Alliance: OSHA and the Apprenticeship and Skill Improvement Program, Operation Engineers, Local 150 in Wilmington, Illinois, have signed a two-year renewal of their alliance to provide information, guidance and access to training resources for heavy equipment employers and worker
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a delay in the effective date of the rule titled “Occupational Exposure to Beryllium,” from March 21, 2017, to May 20, 2017. The delay will allow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration an opportunity for further review and consideration of the rule,
Monday, March 20, 2017
Participants: U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.-Heart of America Chapter Alliance: OSHA and ABC-HOA have renewed an agreement – signed originally in January 2015 – to address struck-by, fall,
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Mo. ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched its “Safe and Sound Campaign” recently, calling on employers to review their safety and health programs to protect workers, and red
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As residents recover from the damage caused by the recent tornadoes and severe storms in Missouri and Kansas, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration urges recovery workers, employers and the public to use caution during cleanup and recovery efforts. The agency urges all to be aware of hazards they may encounter, and steps needed to to stay safe and healthy. OSHA resource officers are available in hard-hit areas to communicate with emergency responders in local communit
Thursday, March 02, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—Barr & Barr Inc., a construction management company, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have signed a strategic partnership to enhance workplace safety and health during the construction of Amherst College’s New Science Center. Under the partnership, Barr & Barr will develop a safety and health plan that will serve as a benchmark for project subcontractors, set
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a proposed delay in the effective date of the rule entitled Occupational Exposure to Beryllium, from March 21, 2017, to May 20, 2017. The announcement follows a
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Participants: U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration offices in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, and Allied Construction Industries, a trade association representing more than 500 member companies. Background: OSHA and ACI renewed their partnership to protect construction industry workers  through increased training, daily work shift safety meetings, safety orientations and stand-downs designed to increase worker’s knowledge of hazards, required safety procedures, protecti
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
COSHOCTON, Ohio – A follow-up inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found a casting and foundry facility operator continues to expose workers to machine and fall hazards at its Coshocton plant. On Jan. 17, 2017, the agency issued SanCasT Inc. three repeated, and four serious safety violations carrying proposed penalties of $235,879. The agency cited the company for similar violations in both 2013 and 2014.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
BOSTON – The National Railroad Passenger Corp., better known as Amtrak, retaliated against a supervisory special agent in its inspector general’s office when he raised concerns about railroad safety, fraud and abuse involving an Amtrak contractor and when he supported a fellow agent’s safety concerns during an internal investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found. In earl
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
GREEN BAY, Wis. – In less than 10 days in 2016, two employees at a Green Bay muffler component manufacturer suffered severe injuries as they operated machinery without adequate safety guards and procedures in place, federal workplace safety investigators have determined. On Jan. 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued one willful, one repeated, one other-than-serious violation and two serious violations to Bay F
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
BRAINTREE, Mass. – A Bellingham used auto parts business’ failure to follow required workplace safety standards allowed an employee to suffer fatal head injuries, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found. The employee was working at John’s Used Autos and Parts LLC when he was struck in the head by a chain come-a-long device as he attempted to inflate and mount a multi-piece rim wheel on a

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