News Digest 8-2-2022

Contesting an OSHA violation

  • Employers have about three calendar weeks to formally contest an OSHA issue beginning on the first business day after receipt of the citation.
  • The chief administrative law judge schedules a hearing as close as possible to the site of the violation. Employers can represent themselves at the hearing.
  • Once the judge issues a decision, both parties have 30 days to file an appeal of that decision.
  • Employers can appeal the case before a federal appellate court, and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court.

Read more

N.J. construction projects shut down

  • The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development issued stop-work orders at two separate construction sites — Lincoln Elementary School in Edison and Darlington Golf Course in Mahwah.
  • NJDOL delivered four stop-work notices to Modern Technology and The Kemmerer Group for wage and other laws relating to workers’ rights and safety.
  • Modern Technology Inc. and Zenith Construction Services Inc. were each cited and assessed penalties of $2,500 for hiring an unregistered subcontractor.
  • The Kemmerer Group Inc. and Gorilla Netting L.L.C. were fined $2,500 each for failure to register.

Read more

N.C. roofer has fatal fall

  • N.C. OSHA opened an investigation after a roofer died after falling off the top of a library near the North Carolina coast.
  • The victim was identified Miguel Trinidad Delgado, 36, of Beulaville, N.C., about 90 miles southeast of Raleigh.
  • Delgado worked for A-D’s Metal Roofing Co., which started a repair project on the roof days before his death.
  • A-D’s Metal Roofing Co. has not commented on the depth and the investigation is ongoing.

Read more

Ohio steel firm being investigated after worker killed

  • The Ohio steel plant where a maintenance worker was recently killed has been investigated by OSHA five times since 2017.
  • OSHA found no violations following two of those investigations, and one investigation that opened in July 2022, is incomplete.
  • However, AK Steel, now owned by Cleveland-Cliffs, was fined more than $70,000 for two violations in 2017 and 2019s.
  • A worker performing planned maintenance was killed at Middletown Works and the cause of death has not been released.

Read more