Federal workplace safety officials on Monday fined SeaWorld $75,000 following an investigation into the death of a trainer at the company’s Orlando park six months ago.
Sea World did not do enough to keep its employees safe from killer whale Tilikum, with officials telling trainers that anyone who got into a pool with him “would come out as a corpse,” the park’s former head of safety is alleging. Linda Simons, who was fired from her job at Sea World in the wake of the investigation into trainer Dawn Brancheau’s death, is now speaking out on what she calls questionable or even dangerous safety practices at the Florida park that could result in another tragedy.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced this week that the agency has fined the U.S. Postal Service $225,000 for safety violations at its Dayton, OH processing center and $350,000 for safety violations at its Portsmouth, NH processing and distribution center, bringing the total fines to 2.4 million dollars since April 2010.
The military must make sure supervisors have access to soldiers’ personnel records and be aware of signs of potential workplace violence, the Defense Department said on Friday in its final report on the Fort Hood shootings.
1. The Employee Free Choice Act
2. Labor Dept. rules for employers justifying worker classifcation
3. New OHSA plan forcing employers to track injuries
4. Federal agencies to union-only labor agreements
There are rotten apples in every industry. Or perhaps I should say rotten eggs.
Connecticut employers have a legal responsibility to maintain a safe workplace environment for employees and labor attorneys and security experts agree companies need to do more to meet that obligation.
The Communications Workers of America, the largest union in the telecommunications industry, spent $225,000 in the second quarter to lobby the federal government on worker safety and other issues, according to a disclosure report.
State workplace safety investigators are mulling possible citations against the North Charleston, S.C., Fire Department for its handling of a July house fire that left three firefighters injured.
There didn’t appear to be any safety equipment in place to protect a Radford, Va., man killed when a trench wall collapsed on him, the city’s fire chief said Monday.