OSHA News Releases

May 20, 2019

New Jersey Food Manufacturer Agrees To Safety and Health Improvements At Eight Facilities After U.S. Department of Labor Inspection

PENNSAUKEN, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and J&J Snackfoods have reached a region-wide settlement agreement to improve workplace safety and health at the company's eight food manufacturing and warehouse facilities throughout New Jersey and New York. Under the settlement, the Pennsauken, New Jersey-based company agreed to pay a $152,934 penalty.

May 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Nebraska Excavating Company After Two Employees Injured in Trench Collapse

LINCOLN, NE – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited T.H. Construction Co. after two employees suffered serious injuries when a trench collapsed at a construction site in Lincoln, Nebraska. OSHA proposed penalties of $106,078 for one willful violation of its trench safety standards.

Two employees suffered injuries when a portion of the trench wall caved in as they repaired fiber optic cable. A third employee escaped injury. OSHA cited the company for failing to use protective systems to prevent a collapse.

May 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Online Pet Supply Retailer

OCALA, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Chewy Inc. – an online retailer of pet supplies – after a fatality at the company's Ocala, Florida, distribution facility.

The employee suffered fatal injuries while operating a stand-up industrial truck. OSHA cited Chewy Inc. for exposing employees to struck-by and crushing hazards. The company faces $14,323 in penalties, the maximum allowed by law.

May 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Nebraska Steel Erection Company After Employee Dies from Fall Injury

FREMONT, NE – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Daubert Construction – based in Fremont, Nebraska – for failing to protect employees from fall hazards.

An employee suffered a fatal injury after falling approximately 16 feet through an unguarded skylight. Inspectors determined that the Fremont, Nebraska, employer allowed employees to work on a mobile scaffold platform elevated with a forklift; and failed to train employees to recognize fall hazards. OSHA proposed penalties of $19,890.

May 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Missouri Contractors for Exposing Workers To Asbestos While Restoring Kansas State University’s Library

MANHATTAN, KS – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has found that Belfor Property Restoration and subcontractor Custom Crushing & Company – both based in Kansas City, Missouri – failed to comply with OSHA's asbestos removal standards while performing rehabilitation work at Kansas State University's Hale Library in Manhattan, Kansas.

May 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Enters Partnership to Promote Safety During Construction of Commercial Building Project in Hudson, Wisconsin

HUDSON, WI – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Market & Johnson have signed a strategic partnership to promote worker safety and health during the demolition, remodeling, and construction of Phillips-Medisize's 210,000 square-foot commercial building project in Hudson, Wisconsin.

May 13, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Iowa U.S. Postal Office For Blocked Exits and Failing to Train on Emergency Plan

ANKENY, IA ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for obstructing exit routes and failing to train employees at the postal facility in Ankeny, Iowa. OSHA proposed $184,694 in penalties.

OSHA inspected the facility after receiving a complaint from the National Association of Letter Carriers. OSHA cited USPS for blocking exit routes with mail hampers, tubs, and packages, and failing to train employees on emergency action procedures.

May 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites New Jersey Roofing Contractor

WOODLAND PARK, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Eastern Contractors LLC for exposing employees to falls and other safety hazards at a worksite in Paterson, New Jersey.

May 9, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Joins Partnership to Promote Workplace Safety During Construction of Georgia Tech Student Center in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) signed a strategic partnership with Gilbane Building Co. to promote worker safety and health during construction of a 216,484 square-foot student center at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.

May 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Kansas Aircraft Manufacturer For Exposing Employees to Known Carcinogen

WICHITA, KS ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Spirit Aerosystems Inc. – based in Wichita, Kansas – for exposing employees to carcinogen hazards. The company faces penalties of $193,218 for two repeated and four serious violations.

May 8, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Partners with Skanska USA Building Inc. To Promote Workplace Safety at Delaware Hospital Expansion Project

NEWARK, DE - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Skanska USA Building Inc. have established a strategic partnership to promote workplace safety during the expansion of the Christiana Care Health System Women's and Infant Tower Renovation Project in Newark, Delaware.

May 7, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Contractor for Safety Failures

NAPLES, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Stettinius Construction Inc. for exposing employees to safety hazards after a worker suffered a fatal fall at a worksite in Naples, Florida.

May 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Texas Meat-Packing Plant For Exposing Workers to Highly Hazardous Chemicals

SAN ANGELO, TX – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited 7 S Packing LLC – operating as Texas Packing Company in San Angelo, Texas – for exposing workers to releases of hazardous chemicals. The company faces $615,640 in penalties.

May 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Commercial Building Contractor For Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards at Missouri Job Site

SPRINGFIELD, MO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited DDG Construction Services Inc. – based in Charlotte, North Carolina – for failing to provide workers with fall protection at a commercial building site in Springfield, Missouri. The company faces proposed penalties of $98,693.

May 2, 2019

Court Orders Ohio Contractor to Comply with U.S. Department of Labor Citations, Pay Penalties, and Immediately Abate Safety Hazards

CINCINNATI, OH – The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered Casey Bortles – a roofing contractor based in Holland, Ohio – to immediately comply with the final orders resulting from uncontested citations. The court also ordered Bortles to provide proof within 10 days that he has abated cited safety hazards on his job sites, and pay $341,972 in unpaid penalties proposed by the U.S.

May 2, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor and Consigli Construction Partner to Promote Workplace Safety at Fall Prevention Stand-Down on May 6, 2019

BRAINTREE, MA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Consigli Construction are partnering to promote the 2019 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The Stand-Down event will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019, at Blue Hills Regional High School construction renovation and upgrade project, 800 Randolph Street, in Canton, Massachusetts.

May 2, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor, Stakeholders to Promote Workplace Safety At Fall Prevention Stand-Down Event in Hyde Park, Massachusetts

BRAINTREE, MA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety (DOS), YouthBuild Boston, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, and New England Carpenters Training Fund are partnering to promote the 2019 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The Stand-Down event will be held at the site of an affordable housing construction project in Hyde Park, Massachusetts.

April 30, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Finds Texas Storage Tank Manufacturing Facility Exposed Employees to Serious Workplace Hazards

FORT WORTH, TX The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Molding Acquisition Corp. - operating as Rotoplas - for failing to protect employees from serious safety hazards at its location in Fort Worth, Texas. The company faces $281,108 in fines.

April 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Alabama Packaging Manufacturer For Safety Violations after Two Employees Suffer Injuries

MOBILE, AL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Ampac Mobile Holdings LLC – operating as ProAmpac – for exposing employees to caught-in and struck-by hazards at the packaging manufacturer's facility in Mobile, Alabama. The company faces $75,156 in penalties.

April 25, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Expands Partnership with Florida SAFETY Alliance to Increase Awareness of Construction Hazards

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has expanded its alliance with the SAFETY Alliance, to raise awareness about hazards associated with the construction industry. This new agreement includes the organization's Jacksonville Chapter.