A 36-year-old employee of a Verona, Virginia steel company died in a workplace accident on Tuesday when he was trying to slide tandem axles on a flatbed trailer and became pinned. VOSH is investigating. WVIR (Charlottesville, Va.)
A large pile of bricks at a historic home in Madison Heights, Virginia that has a long history of complaints from neighbors, is causing concern for health and environmental officials, and VOSH has been called to investigate. One man connected to the property faces littering charges. WSET
Fed-OSHA has cited a Georgia peach farm for exposing employees to struck-by hazards after investigators found a 56-year-old employee was fatally caught between the load on a forklift and a metal railing while performing maintenance last August. The agency has fined $128,000 in penalties. WMAZ (Macon, Ga.) [with video]
Fed-OSHA is investigating after a man suffered life-threatening injuries while working on a conveyor belt at a UPS facility in Kansas City, Missouri. KSHB (Kansas City)
“Had it not been for unions, work weeks would be longer, pay less, and the standard of living lower. However, past good doesn’t negate current troublesome activities,” specifically, legislation like California’s AB 5 and the national H.R. 2474, writes Erik Sherman in Forbes.
Can employees cite the coronavirus outbreak as a reason not to carry out their ordinary duties? Fortune
Even with acts of workplace violence on the rise in the US, most employees are not thinking about this when they arrive at work. Thomas Brady, of the Homeland Security Training Institute at College of DuPage, discusses the responsibilities employers have to protect their employees from workplace violence. Daily Herald