Latest Occupational Safety and Health Administration News

OSHA proposes $454,000 fine in oil drilling site explosion

May. 11, 2022 09:29 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators have determined that an oil company’s failure to take adequate safety precautions contributed to a drilling site explosion near Grassy Butte last November that permanently disabled one worker and left two others...

Report: Wisconsin refinery knew about issues before blast

May. 04, 2022 07:31 AM EDT

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Officials at a northwestern Wisconsin oil refinery knew about equipment issues years before a 2018 explosion there, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration documents obtained by Wisconsin Public Radio. WPR secured nearly 1,300 pages of...

Amazon warehouse collapse probe finds worker safety risks

Apr. 26, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

U.S. regulators are calling on Amazon to improve its procedures for dealing with severe weather like hurricanes and tornadoes that could threaten workers at its warehouses dotted across the country. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday sent a “Hazard Alert...

US agency mulls yanking Arizona's work safety oversight

Apr. 20, 2022 19:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona may lose the authority to oversee its own workplace safety program because of a pattern of ignoring federal directives involving COVID-19 protection, employer penalties and other issues, the Biden administration said Wednesday. The U.S. Department of...

DA, OSHA, others to investigate fatal Boston garage collapse

Mar. 27, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A host of authorities including the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate a Boston parking garage collapse that killed a construction worker. The downtown garage was in the process of being...

4 companies cited for Louisiana chemical plant explosion

Mar. 25, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Federal labor regulators have cited four employers for safety violations related to an explosion that injured workers at a Louisiana chemical plant. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced 11 serious...

Doctor faces more allegations from federal labor officials

Mar. 19, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Federal labor officials are seeking a restraining order to bar a North Providence doctor from retaliating against a former employee who complained that a co-worker with COVID-19 put her at risk while she was pregnant. The Providence Journal reports that...

USPS: Investigation still open after worker lost arm

Mar. 14, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is continuing to investigate an accident at a North Carolina distribution center in September that caused an employee to lose an arm after touching a machine, the federal agency said Monday. The U.S. Postal Service also said that...

OSHA: Worker lost arm from injury at US mail facility in NC

Mar. 13, 2022 15:30 PM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The arm of a mechanic working at a U.S. mail facility in North Carolina was amputated last year after coming into contact with a machine that had a safety guard removed, the U.S. Labor Department has found. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational...

NC contractor fined over deaths of 2 workers in Alabama

Mar. 09, 2022 09:23 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Federal regulators fined a North Carolina electrical contractor more than $40,000 following the deaths of two young apprentices who were electrocuted while repairing downed utility lines after a storm in Alabama last year. The Occupational Safety and Health...