The Office of Inspector General of the Labor Department, by way of an audit, sought to answer the question: Has OSHA effectively evaluated the impact of penalty reduction incentives on workplace safety and health?
After a one year review period of over 1,200 cases from 2009-2010, the OIG found that 80% of whistleblower investigations did not meet one or more standards in OSHA’s own Whistleblower Investigations Manual; OSHA only found merit for 2% of retaliation complaints; OSHA issued final rulings without conducting any face to face interviews in nearly half its “investigations”; and only 21% of cases settled prior to a ruling.
For several decades now, studies have consistently shown that physicians have higher rates of suicide than the general population — 40 percent higher for male doctors and a staggering 130 percent higher for female doctors.
The natural-gas explosion that devastated a Northern California neighborhood has turned a spotlight on the state’s oversight of pipeline maintenance and safety.
Is working in a noisy environment bad for your health? A new study suggests that it is.
The federal government is threatening to take over enforcement of workplace safety and health regulations from the state because of what the U.S. Labor Department calls “serious performance problems.” Workplace inspections in Hawaii have fallen 90 percent in the 25 years since the state took over regulation of workplace safety from the federal government.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered a Fort Myers, Fla., trucking company to reinstate an employee who was fired after calling attention to safety problems and refusing to drive two trucks that were unsafe.
The Equistar Chemicals plant in Tuscola has been fined $81,900 and issued four safety citations following a March 22 explosion and fire at the plant.
The penalty was announced Thursday by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following the death of Peter Neville, 40, of Niagara Falls, who was crushed to when he became caught between a fixed metal barrier and a large paper roll that was moving on a conveyor.
Hydrogen sulfide, a hazardous material which in high concentrations can result in death, is leaking from an Exxon refinery in Chalmette, La.