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Contractor pleads to violating regulation after worker death

Sep. 27, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a western Pennsylvania contractor has acknowledged violating a federal regulation following the electrocution death of a worker at the site of a sewer line installation in Johnstown more than three years ago. The U.S. attorney's...

Kentucky company's new respirator to aid healthcare workers

Sep. 27, 2021 04:15 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky safety and personal protective equipment developer is manufacturing a new respirator to help front-line healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andy Beshear said. Demand for respirators have skyrocketed due to the...

Cadmium spiked at lead factory, workers didn’t get help

Sep. 25, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — In June 2014, an air monitor strapped to a worker inside a Tampa lead factory picked up an unmistakable red flag. The level of cadmium, a toxic metal known to cause cancer, had soared to more than 100 times the federal limit. It...

California 1st to set quota limits for retailers like Amazon

Sep. 22, 2021 22:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Wednesday became the first state to bar mega-retailers from firing warehouse workers for missing quotas that interfere with bathroom and rest breaks under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom that grew from Amazon's drive to speed goods to consumers...

Biden launches plan to address 'silent killer': extreme heat

Sep. 20, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to protect workers and communities from extreme heat after a dangerously hot summer that spurred an onslaught of drought-worsened wildfires and caused hundreds of deaths from the Pacific Northwest to hurricane-ravaged Louisiana. ...

Latest: SKorea reports more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases

Sep. 16, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has reported more than 2,000 new cases of the coronavirus, nearing a one-day record set last month, continuing an alarming surge as the nation enters its biggest holiday of the year. The 2,008 cases reported Friday was the 73rd...

GOP prosecutors threaten lawsuits over vaccine requirement

Sep. 16, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

Two dozen Republican attorneys general warned the White House on Thursday of impending legal action if a proposed coronavirus vaccine requirement for as many as 100 million Americans goes into effect. “Your plan is disastrous and counterproductive,” the prosecutors,...

Small agency, big job: Biden tasks OSHA with vaccine mandate

Sep. 16, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn’t make many headlines. Charged with keeping America’s workplaces safe, it usually busies itself with tasks such as setting and enforcing standards for goggles, hardhats and ladders. But...

Company probes whether procedures were followed after deaths

Sep. 14, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An eastern North Carolina industrial operation said it is investigating whether safety procedures were followed after an accident that killed two workers over the weekend. Two Valley Proteins workers were found unresponsive Sunday afternoon at...

Biden's vaccine rules to set off barrage of legal challenges

Sep. 11, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s sweeping new vaccine requirements have Republican governors threatening lawsuits. His unapologetic response: “Have at it.” The administration is gearing up for another major clash between federal and state rule. But while...