Latest Workplace safety News

US Labor Department warns 3 GOP states over COVID rules

Oct. 19, 2021 23:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Biden administration threatened Tuesday to revoke the authority for three Republican-controlled states to handle their own workplace safety enforcement because they have refused to adopt rules to protect health care workers from COVID-19. The threats...

Company found negligent in bridge collapse that killed man

Oct. 16, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A contractor’s failure to follow established safety procedures led to the collapse of a section of a bridge linking North Carolina's mainland to Hatteras Island, killing one worker and injuring another, according to federal regulators. Capt. Jeff...

Employee death at California winery under investigation

Oct. 14, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — State workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a worker at a Northern California winery who was found unresponsive near a fermentation tank, authorities said Thursday. Salvador Plaza-Centeno, 61, of Windsor, died Tuesday while...

New Mexico looks to expand job safety workforce

Oct. 12, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is looking to hire more than 30 new state workers who will be part of its Occupational Safety and Health program. The New Mexico Environment Department announced Tuesday that it will be hosting hiring events next week in Las Cruces,...

The Latest: Biden vaccine order moves closer to enforcement

Oct. 12, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The Biden’s administration’s mandate that employers with 100 or more workers require coronavirus vaccinations or institute weekly virus testing has moved one step closer to enforcement. On Tuesday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration...

Tootsie Roll facing fine for gruesome finger mishap at plant

Oct. 05, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal agency has recommended that Tootsie Roll Industries pay more than $136,000 in fines after a machine at its Chicago plant cut off part of an employee's finger this year. The U.S. Department of Labor said in a news release Tuesday that its...

UNH, tree care group get safety workplace safety grants

Oct. 02, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire and a tree care association have received grants from the U.S. Department of Labor to educate workers and employers on workplace safety and health. UNH was awarded nearly $178,000 to provide the training to small...

Amazon settles with 2 outspoken workers it fired last year

Oct. 01, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is settling with two former tech workers who accused the retail giant of illegally firing them last year for speaking out against the company. The former employees, Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, publicly criticized the company and pushed...

Workers at Bezos' rocket company allege sexism, safety risks

Oct. 01, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

A group of more than 20 current and former employees are accusing Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket ship company of being a toxic work environment and not adhering to proper safety protocols. The workers claim in an essay that there's sexism at the Kent, Washington, company....

JBS Foods cited after worker dies in Colorado chemical vat

Sep. 30, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Meatpacker JBS Foods Inc. faces about $59,000 in fines after a worker fell into vat of chemicals used to process animal hides and died at one of the company's meat processing facilities in northern Colorado, officials said. The employee at the...