In October of 2016, two workers died in Boston while working in about a 12-foot deep trench. Robert Higgins and Kelvin Mattocks were working when the trench collapsed breaking an adjacent fire hydrant supply line causing the trench to fill in seconds.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act, known as "OSHA," authorizes the Secretary of Labor to promulgate standards in order to promote worker health and safety at both the federal and state levels. Under OSHA, a business that negligently jeopardizes the lives or health of its workers commits a federal misdemeanor.
Someville, NJ (WorkersCompensation.com) - Custom-order cabinetry company Choice Cabinetry LLC exposed employees to safety and health hazards, many involving methylene chloride, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Initiated as part of its Site-Specific Targeting Program for industries with high injury and illness rates, OSHA's March 2014 inspection cited the Somerville company for 15 violations, including three willful. Proposed penalties total $136,290.
Construction is a dangerous profession. It's a statement most people would not argue against. But despite the fact that there are state and federal regulations to keep these dangers in check, accidents can still occur.
A single worker’s safety-related complaint against an Ohio industrial machinery manufacturer has created a ripple-effect that expanded into an investigation of the company by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which in turn led to 13 safety and health violation citations.
Many residents of the state of Ohio must work to get by financially. While it is possible that any of those workers could be injured in the course of performing a task tied to their job, there are certain types of jobs that seem riskier than others. To try to keep workers throughout the nation safe, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration creates safety guidelines that employers need to follow. To determine whether they are being followed, the agency conducts inspections of workplaces. The level of compliance it finds during those inspections varies from employer to employer.
The number of companies and industries using temporary workers is increasing in the United States. More companies are using temp workers to work in warehouses, factories and construction sites. There are currently 2.8 million temp workers in the U.S., and reports show that temp workers are more likely to be in a workplace accident.
Tragedy can strike in any workplace environment. However, there are preventable tragedies that sadly still occur in many industries. Recently, OSHA cited an Ohio roofing company after one of its workers died following a heat stroke in a workplace accident in Miamisburg that may have been prevented had the worker been trained to recognize the symptoms and warning signs that can accompany this type of illness.
Hazardous working conditions can be present in many workplace environments. Industrial plants, in particular, need to be monitored to ensure that proper precautions are in place to protect workers from suffering workplace injuries. Recently, an Ohio foundry was issued a number of citations following an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection, which was prompted by a complaint regarding over-exposure to noise above 85 decibels.
Unfortunately, some Ohio companies continue to place profits above their workers' safety. A recent decision by an administrative law judge has sent a message to a certain Ohio-based painting company that these actions will not be tolerated.