“Weird Noise Coming From the Chipper” as Employee is Dragged to his Death

This article by Elizabeth Floyd Mair of the Altamont Enterprise is a rare summary of a court case involving an employer challenge of an OSHA citation. This case resulted from an employer’s contest of a citation for violations related to the gruesome death of a day laborer who was dragged into a wood-chipper in Guilderland, New…

OSHA Enforcement Update: Large Cases, More Press Releases.

At a Congressional hearing last month, Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta extolled the virtues of compliance assistance, cooperation over confrontation and the Voluntary Protection Program. But he also repeated several times that the agency’s compliance assistance program “has to be balanced by a vigorous enforcement program” and especially when the employer engages in repeated and willful…

Hurricane Recovery Workers Face Safety, Health and Wage Problems According to Report

Substandard conditions in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey have impacted workers’ health and safety on the job, as well as their wages according to a devastating new report from from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and University of Illinois Chicago that surveyed 360 workers. The report also offers recommendations for improving working conditions…

Mugno Faces Senate Confirmation Hearing on Tuesday

Scott Mugno, President Trump’s choice to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, will go before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee next Tuesday at 10:00 am for his confirmation hearing.  Mugno is Vice President for Safety, Sustainability and Vehicle Maintenance at FedEx Ground in Pittsburgh and was formerly Managing Director for FedEx Express…

New Safety Idea?

When you’re working outdoors, it’s important to know what the weather is. Several years ago, OSHA produced a very useful “Heat App” The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple “click,” you can get reminders about…

FedEx Fatalities: Mugno Has Some Explaining To do

Scott Mugno, nominated by President Trump to be the next head of OSHA has a problem. Several problems actually. Last Thursday morning, Thanksgiving Day,  at 12:30 am, the body of Ellen Gladney was found under a motorized mobile conveyor belt system at the FedEx Memphis hub.  Gladney, a FedEx “Team Leader” was described by friends as…