DOL revises SOX whistleblower rules to reflect changes made by Dodd-Frank
The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued an interim final rule revising its existing regulations under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s whistleblower provisions to reflect the changes made by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was enacted in July 2010.
OSHA seeks best practices to prevent occupational hearing loss
With approximately 30 million U.S. workers exposed to hazardous noise each year and up to 25,000 suffering preventable hearing loss, OSHA is looking for input from experts. Later this month, the agency is holding an informal meeting with employers, workers, noise control experts, and public health professionals. It is part of an education, outreach, and consultation initiative on preventing work-related hearing loss OSHA launched earlier this year.
Aim, shoot, you’re fired
Last May, Jeremy Hoven, a pharmacist in a Michigan Walgreens was working in the rear of the store when an armed robber jumped his counter and pointed a gun at him. In response, Mr. Hoven pulled out his own gun and fired at the robber, driving him and his accomplice away, while saving himself, and all those around him. Mr. Hoven’s actions, which can be viewed here, may have been heroic, but shortly after the robbery, Walgreens fired him for bringing a gun to work and violating the store’s non-escalation policy.
OSHA fines Jacksonville contractor in employee’s death
A utility contractor was cited with one willful violation and 13 safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after the electrocution of a 39-year-old worker unloading a load of steel at a Westside construction site in May. Channel 4 was told by homicide investigators at the time that the victim was on the ground helping unload the tractor-trailer while another employee was operating a crane that came in contact with three power lines, each carrying 15,000 volts of electricity.
OSHA investigating rare lightning strike death
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration office in Tampa, Fla., is investigating the death of 21-year-old Justin Inversso, who was working as a lifeguard at Adventure Island when he was struck by lightning in September. Inversso was escorting patrons off the 700-foot-high Key West Rapids ride at the waterpark because of an oncoming storm when lightning hit the structure.
Sloppy recordkeeping can lead practices to trouble with OSHA
Although longstanding protocols to protect workers from bloodborne pathogens and other hazards are generally followed, medical practices can be at risk for worker safety violations if they haven’t written down their protocols.
Jerry Britton, Kentucky Miner, Killed Inside Hubble Mining Company’s No. 9 Mine
A foreman has been killed at an underground mine in eastern Kentucky in the third mine-related fatality in the state in 10 days.
Nurse attacked by patient at Oakland hospital
Nurses at an Oakland hospital say they plan to file a complaint with state workplace safety regulators after a nurse was attacked by a patient.
Amazon workers left out in the cold
Working conditions at Amazon’s Lehigh Valley shipping hub gained national attention and a public response from the company after a Sept. 18 article in The Morning Call revealed employee complaints about heat in the warehouse complex and rapid production requirements many could not sustain. Amazon hired ambulance crews to park outside the complex on hot summer days in case workers experienced heat-related problems. A new investigation by The Morning Call has found that warehouse workers also say they suffered during evacuations in the cold and OSHA got involved.
60 farmworkers stranded after refusing to work below minimum wage
Nearly 60 farmworkers from a rural Washington state community just outside of Seattle said they were stranded with no way to get home last week after refusing to work for less than minimum wage. The workers were bused to a Stemilt Grower’s Apple Orchard, where they were told they’d only make roughly $25 for about four to five hours of work, local news station KIMA-TV reports. When the workers refused to pick for that amount, they say they were left stranded miles away from their homes.