4 Vital Steps Manufacturers Should Follow to Achieve Workplace Safety

As a manufacturer, you play a critical role in ensuring the safety and well-being of your employees. You should prioritize workplace safety to prevent accidents, injuries, and illnesses among employees. A safe workplace increases employee morale and engagement, leading to improved job satisfaction and lower turnover rates.   What does this look like in practice? Dow, […]

2 Connecticut Men Arrested in Fatal Trench Collapse

Two Connecticut men have been arrested following a fatal trench collapse last summer and face charges of first-degree manslaughter and first-degree reckless endangerment, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced March 17. OSHA inspectors investigated the July 22, 2022, collapse of an 8-foot-deep trench in Vernon, Connecticut, that killed an employee of Botticello Inc., […]

BP Faces $156K OSHA Fine in Refinery Explosion

On March 16, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced citations and penalties following an investigation into two workers’ fatal burns at an Oregon, Ohio, refinery’s crude unit operated by BP Products North America Inc. The agency cited BP with 10 serious violations and one other-than-serious violation and proposed penalties totaling $156,250. As workers […]

Master Class Offers the Latest on OSHA Compliance and Recordkeeping

Get caught up on the latest changes to OSHA policies and regulations and equip yourself with the skills you need to keep your company in continued compliance with these notoriously tricky regulations! This master class will provide best practices, information, and regulatory compliance guidance for navigating the inspection and enforcement process, assessing and mitigating hazards, […]

Dollar General Facing $1 Million in New OSHA Fines

Discount retailer Dollar General faces over $1 million in new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for violations at four stores in Florida and Georgia, the agency announced March 13. OSHA inspected stores in Ocala, Florida, and Columbus, Georgia, finding repeat violations, including blocked exits and fire extinguishers, locked exit doors, and improperly stacked […]

Labor OIG: OSHA Inconsistent in Handling Complaints

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been inconsistent in addressing safety and health complaints and referrals and did not regularly enforce hazard abatement timelines, according to an audit performed for the Labor Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The Lopez Group, LLP, an independent certified public accounting firm, conducted the audit for […]

Federal Panel Vacates Postal Service Heat Citations

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission recently vacated four Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for letter carriers in Benton, Arkansas; Houston and San Antonio, Texas; and Martinsburg, West Virginia, exposed to excessive heat. The commissioners concluded that OSHA failed to identify economically and technically feasible prevention […]

Georgia Manufacturer Faces $423K OSHA Fine

A LaFayette, Georgia, insulation manufacturer faces Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines totaling $423,432 after a line operator suffered severe head trauma after being caught in a machine’s roller, the agency announced March 6. OSHA cited Bonded Logic Inc. for 2 willful, 2 repeat, and 10 serious violations. Agency inspectors found the employer willfully […]

Back to Basics: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the importance of having a diverse safety culture. There are many factors beyond basic safety compliance that go into building a strong safety culture. One of […]

El Paso Employer Facing $292K OSHA Fine for Corrosives Exposures

An El Paso, Texas, jewelry metal-plating finisher faces Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines totaling $292,693 for failing to protect employees working with dangerous acids and other chemicals from potentially permanent eye injuries, the agency announced February 28. The agency cited Arizona Traders Co., doing business as Siltec, Inc., with 12 serious workplace safety […]