On-the-job lead exposures falling, but still a problem: CDC
The number of U.S. workers aged 16 and older with elevated blood lead levels has dropped by more than half over the past two decades — from 14 per 100,000 in 1994 to 6.3 per 100,000 in 2009, a new study reveals.
U.S. Labor Dept. moving farm enforcement sweep up the East Coast
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting an enforcement initiative focusing on the agricultural industry, beginning in South Florida and continuing up the East Coast, to increase compliance among employers and remind workers of their rights under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s Field Sanitation Standard.
OSHA launches web tool for employer recordkeeping compliance
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently launched a new interactive web tool, OSHA Recordkeeping Advisor, to help users determine whether injuries and illnesses are work-related and recordable under the OSHA recordkeeping rules.
Federal report makes recommendations after Chicago firefighter’s death
Federal investigators that looked into the death of a Chicago firefighter say the city’s fire department should have a written policy on using fire escapes. The Chicago Tribune reports Wednesday that the report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health also advises the fire department to review certain training and firefighting tactics.
Department to blame for firefighters’ deaths: Report
Bridgeport fire officials made many mistakes while responding to a fire that killed two city firefighters in July 2010, according to a National Institute for Occupational Safety report obtained by the Connecticut Post.
Investigation finds U.S. figures understate intercity bus crash deaths
The federal government is making the nation’s intercity buses appear safer than they actually are, a newspaper investigation has found. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency responsible for tracking motor coach accidents, does that by under-reporting the number of fatalities in such crashes, according to a USA Today review of government records and news reports.
As employers shift anti-union tactics, will new union election rules protect workers?
Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proposed a new set of rules that would streamline union elections. Instead of allowing companies to challenge who is eligible to vote in a union representation election before it occurs, the rule would delay most voter eligibility appeals until after the election. This could potentially shorten the time frame between when workers file a petition and when the election was held.
Quality Stamping Products Co. faces penalties for alleged OSHA violations
Quality Stamping Products Co. in Cleveland faces $426,100 in proposed penalties as a result of more than two dozen alleged safety and health violations, including the company’s failure to report amputation injuries, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced.
Cal/OSHA investigating death of water district worker in Beaumont
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, also known as Cal/OSHA, is investigating the death of a Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District employee who was struck and killed by a commercial truck Tuesday in Beaumont. “He was marking the location of a water line when he was struck by a flatbed truck,” Patricia Ortiz, a spokesperson for Cal/OSHA based in San Francisco, said Wednesday in a phone interview.
Noxious gas at Tyson plant in Springdale was from mix of acid, chlorine; OSHA investigates
A report from the Springdale, Ark., Fire Department says a solution of chlorine was poured into a drum of acid inside a Tyson Foods chicken processing plant this week, causing chlorine gas that sickened more than 170 people. Tyson Foods and local authorities say the incident, which triggered a chemical reaction that created the chlorine gas, was an accident.