Latest Workplace safety News

California adopts stricter workplace pandemic safety rules

Nov. 19, 2020 10:14 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California officials on Thursday approved new regulations requiring employers to implement safety measures aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, the latest state to adopt stricter rules. The state’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board heard...

FILE - In this May 2020 file photo, Tyson's Fresh Meat workers file in for a tour of safety measures put into place after the plant in Waterloo, Iowa, had to shut down due to a COVID-19 outbreak.  Lawyers for the estates of dead workers allege that the top official at Tyson Foods’ largest pork plant created a pool for managers to bet on how many workers would get infected during a coronavirus outbreak.   (Brandon Pollock/The Courier via AP, File)

Tyson suspends Iowa plant managers amid virus betting claim

Nov. 19, 2020 6:08 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Tyson Foods suspended top officials at its largest pork plant on Thursday and launched an investigation into allegations that they bet on how many workers would get infected during a widespread coronavirus outbreak. The company's president and CEO, Dean Banks, said he was...

Medical staff work at a COVID-19 testing site at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn., on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.  An increase in demand for coronavirus testing in advance of Thanksgiving has led to hours-long lines across Connecticut as providers scramble to add capacity and hire new workers.  (Mark Mirko/Hartford Courant via AP)

Virus testing centers see hourslong lines as demand spikes

Nov. 19, 2020 5:48 PM EST

An increase in demand for coronavirus testing in advance of Thanksgiving has led to hourslong lines across Connecticut as providers scramble to add capacity and hire new workers. That comes despite the recent addition of 60 new testing sites in the past few weeks, bringing the total to 260 sites across the state....

New Mexico ski resorts will delay opening amid pandemic

Nov. 17, 2020 3:06 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Multiple ski resorts in New Mexico have delayed their scheduled openings this month in response to state-mandated COVID-19 lockdown orders that went into effect Monday. The regulations ordered by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham are expected to continue through Nov. 30. Ski...

Cal/Osha fines Farmer John for hundreds of COVID-19 cases

Nov. 16, 2020 5:13 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's huge Farmer John meatpacking plant on the edge of Los Angeles has been assessed more than $58,000 for safety violations state officials say exposed more than 300 workers to COVID-19 infections, including three who were hospitalized. The state Department of...

Labor, civil rights groups: Iowa failed to protect workers

Nov. 13, 2020 5:52 PM EST

Eight Iowa labor and civil rights groups filed a federal complaint Friday alleging the state has failed to protect workers in meatpacking, dairy, construction, transportation, health care facilities, nursing homes and other industries. The complaint filed with the federal Occupational Safety and Health...

20 farms fined for not protecting workers from COVID-19

Nov. 13, 2020 3:34 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Three Mid-Columbia farms are among those receiving the biggest fines in the state from the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries for serious violations of agriculture regulations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. More than 20 farms have been cited for...

Company pleads guilty to charge related to worker death

Nov. 9, 2020 4:02 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, Ala. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered an auto parts manufacturer to pay $1.5 million after admitting violating federal safety standards before a worker was crushed to death by a robotic machine. The Department of Justice announced the company pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor criminal charge of...

Complaint: Judge ignores mask mandate in Oregon courtroom

Nov. 7, 2020 7:18 PM EST

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating reports that a circuit court judge is endangering the health of workers and jurors by ignoring a statewide mask mandate in his courtroom. The Oregonian/OregonianLive reports in a story on Saturday that...

Supporters of President Donald Trump rally outside the Maricopa County Recorder's Office, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Increasingly normal: Guns seen outside vote-counting centers

Nov. 7, 2020 8:17 AM EST

The most turbulent and norm-breaking presidential election of a lifetime has led to an extraordinary spectacle in the United States over the past three days: armed protesters gathering nightly outside offices where workers are counting the votes that will decide who wins the White House. Some carry shotguns. Some...