2021 OSHA News, injury Statistics and Federal Register Notices for OSHA and Health & Safety Issues

2021 OSHA News, injury Statistics and Federal Register Notices for OSHA and Health & Safety Issues

You can find all OSHA enforcement actions, violations, related news stories, below, in chronological order. Stories of broad or exceptional interest are highlight with a direct link and title.

OSHA Enforcement Actions and News

January 2021

  • 01/13/2021 - OSHA Trade Release - U.S. Department of Labor Announces Annual Adjustments to OSHA Civil Penalties
  • 01/08/2021 - OSHA National News Release - U.S. Department of Labor�s OSHA Announces $3,930,381 In Coronavirus Violations
  • 01/04/2021 - OSHA Trade Release - U.S. Department of Labor Reminds Specific Employers to Submit Required 2020 Injury and Illness Data by March 2, 2021

December 2020

November 2020

  • 11/27/2020 - OSHA National News Release - CORRECTED: U.S. Department of Labor�s OSHA Announces $3,301,932 In Coronavirus Violations
  • 11/25/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Announces OSHA�s Return To Normal Enforcement Operations After Hurricane Zeta
  • 11/20/2020 - OSHA National News Release - U.S. Department of Labor�s OSHA Announces $3,148,452 In Coronavirus Violations
  • 11/17/2020 - OSHA National News Release - UPDATED: U.S. Department of Labor�s OSHA Announces $2,851,533 in Coronavirus Violations
  • 11/12/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - Auto Parts Manufacturer Agrees to Implement Aggressive Safety and Health Policies in Plea Agreement with U.S. Department of Justice
  • 11/06/2020 - OSHA National News Release - U.S. Department of Labor�s OSHA Announces $2,496,768 In Coronavirus Violations
  • 11/04/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor�s OSHA Returns to Normal Enforcement Operations Following Hurricane Sally

October 2020

  • 10/30/2020 - OSHA National News Release - U.S. Department of Labor�s OSHA Announces $2,025,431 In Coronavirus Violations
  • 10/23/2020 - OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor�s OSHA Announces $1,603,544 In Coronavirus Violations
  • 10/19/2020 - Region 2 OSHA News Release - Target Corp. to Correct Exit and Storage Hazards, Enhance Safety At 200 Northeast U.S. Stores in U.S. Department of Labor Settlement
  • 10/16/2020 - OSHA National News Release - U.S. Department of Labor�s OSHA Announces $1,222,156 In Coronavirus Violations
  • 10/09/2020 - OSHA National News Release - U.S. Department of Labor�s OSHA Announces $913,133 In Coronavirus Violations
  • 10/02/2020 - OSHA National News Release - U.S. Department of Labor�s OSHA Announces $484,069 In Coronavirus Violations

September 2020

  • 09/16/2020 - OSHA National News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Massachusetts Dental Practice For Failing to Fully Implement Workplace Respiratory Protections
  • 09/11/2020 - Region 2 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Hackensack Meridian Health in North Bergen, New Jersey, For Failing to Protect Employees from Coronavirus
  • 09/11/2020 - Region 2 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites New Jersey Hospital For Failing to Protect Workers from the Coronavirus
  • 09/11/2020 - Region 8 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites JBS Foods Inc. for Failing To Protect Employees from Exposure to the Coronavirus
  • 09/10/2020 - Region 6 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Christus Shreveport-Bossier Health System For Failing to Protect Employees from the Coronavirus
  • 09/10/2020 - Region 8 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp. For Failing to Protect Employees from Coronavirus
  • 09/04/2020 - OSHA National News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Releases Work-Related Injury and Illness Data

July 2020

  • 07/30/2020 - Region 2 OSHA News Release - Administrative Law Judge Upholds U.S. Department of Labor Citations And Penalties to Manufacturer That Falsely Claimed Violations� Abatement
  • 07/21/2020 - Region 5 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Nursing Facilities for Failing to Fully Implement Respiratory Programs to Protect Employees from Coronavirus
  • 07/15/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Telecommunications Contractor For Exposing Employees to Excavation Hazards After Fatal Incident
  • 07/14/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Roofing Contractor For Exposing Employees to Falls
  • 07/10/2020 - Region 2 OSHA News Release - New York Company to Correct Hazards, Enhance Safety and Pay Penalties After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation, Litigation
  • 07/10/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Saw Mill for Exposing Employees To Electrical and Mechanical Hazards After Fatal Incident
  • 07/09/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Alabama Lumber and Flooring Manufacturer After Employee Fatality at Selma Facility
  • 07/08/2020 - Region 5 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Contractor Three Times For Exposing Roofing Workers to Falls
  • 07/07/2020 - Region 6 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Texas Company for Confined Space Hazards After Investigation into Two Employee Fatalities

June 2020

  • 06/29/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - Federal Court Orders Sanctions, Appoints Special Master in Contempt Ruling Against Contractors, Owner for Not Complying With Safety Standards
  • 06/29/2020 - Region 7 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Missouri Contractor After Employee Suffers Severe Injuries in Trench Collapse
  • 06/26/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Roofing Contractor for Repeatedly Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards at Boca Raton Worksite
  • 06/19/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites North Carolina-Based Electric Distributor For Exposing Employees to Excavation Hazards at Florida Worksite
  • 06/16/2020 - Region 2 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Fines New Jersey Manufacturer For Failing to Correct Machine Hazards
  • 06/15/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites South Carolina Shipyard After Employee Suffers Fatal Injuries at Worksite
  • 06/11/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Roofing Contractor After Employee Suffers Fatal Fall at Alabama Worksite
  • 06/10/2020 - Region 2 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Proposes $1.9 Million Fine to New Jersey Framing Contractor for Exposing Workers to Safety Hazards
  • 06/05/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Roofing Contractor For Failing to Protect Employees from Falls and Other Hazards
  • 06/01/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Two Construction Contractors After Employee Falls at Florida Worksite

May 2020

  • 05/28/2020 - Region 2 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites New Jersey Construction Companies For Exposing Employees to Fall, Other Safety Hazards
  • 05/28/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Contractor For Exposing Employees to Excavation Hazards
  • 05/27/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Contractor for Exposing Employees To Cave-In Hazards at Excavation Site in Jacksonville
  • 05/26/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Tower Company After Fatal Fall at Worksite in Mississippi
  • 05/26/2020 - Region 6 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Texas Chemical Manufacturer For Safety Hazards after Massive Explosion and Fire
  • 05/22/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Construction Contractors After Employee Suffers Fatal Fall from Aerial Lift
  • 05/21/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Glass Fabrication and Distribution Company for Unguarded Machinery and Other Safety Hazards
  • 05/20/2020 - Region 8 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites South Dakota Bull Stud Facility After Employee Asphyxiated While Handling Liquid Nitrogen
  • 05/19/2020 - OSHA National News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Adopts Revised Enforcement Policies For Coronavirus
  • 05/12/2020 - Region 6 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Steel Storage Tank Company For Exposing Employees to Repeat Safety and Health Hazards
  • 05/06/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Roofing Contractor For Repeatedly Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards
  • 05/04/2020 - Region 2 OSHA News Release - New Jersey Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Perjury After Lying During U.S. Department of Labor Investigation of Roof Workers� Injuries

April 2020

  • 04/23/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Contractor Following Worker Fatality Due to Chemical Inhalation
  • 04/22/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Construction Contractor For Exposing Employees to Cave-in and Other Hazards
  • 04/10/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Atlanta Contractor for Safety Hazards After Employee Fatality on I-285 Highway Project
  • 04/06/2020 - Region 7 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Skinner Tank Company After Employee�s Fatal Fall at St. Joseph, Missouri, Worksite
  • 04/03/2020 - Region 5 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Three Employers After Worker Injured at Northwestern University
  • 04/03/2020 - Region 6 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Engineering Firm, General Contractor, Steel Erector, Other Subcontractors After New Orleans Construction Collapse
  • 04/01/2020 - Region 2 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites New Jersey Manufacturer For Safety Lapse Again After Employee Amputation
  • 04/01/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Construction Contractors for Safety Violations After Worker Fatality and Injuries at I-4 Ultimate Project in Florida

March 2020

  • 03/30/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Manufacturer for Amputation, Noise and Other Safety and Health Hazards
  • 03/23/2020 - Region 2 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites U.S. Virgin Islands Concrete Factory For Exposing Employees to Crushing Hazards Following Fatality
  • 03/23/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Roofing Contractor for Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards at Port Saint Lucie Worksites
  • 03/23/2020 - Region 5 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Wisconsin Dollar Tree Store For Exposing Employees to Exit, Storage and Fire Hazards
  • 03/20/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Dollar Tree Store For Trip and Fall Hazards at Alabama Location
  • 03/19/2020 - Region 2 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites New Jersey Food Manufacturer For Repeat Violation After Worker Injury
  • 03/18/2020 - Region 3 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Extends Emphasis Program in West Virginia To Reduce or Eliminate Worker Exposure to Silica
  • 03/18/2020 - Region 3 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Extends Emphasis Program in the District of Columbia To Reduce or Eliminate Worker Exposure to Silica
  • 03/18/2020 - Region 3 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Extends Emphasis Program in Delaware To Reduce or Eliminate Worker Exposure to Silica
  • 03/18/2020 - Region 3 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Extends Emphasis Program in Pennsylvania To Reduce or Eliminate Worker
  • 03/17/2020 - Region 5 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Illinois Manufacturer For Exposing Employees to Machine Hazards
  • 03/14/2020 - OSHA National News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Issues Temporary Enforcement Guidance for Respirator Fit-Testing in Healthcare during COVID-19 Outbreak
  • 03/05/2020 - Region 1 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Dollar Tree Stores Inc. for Exposing Employees to Exit, Storage and Fire Hazards at Massachusetts Store
  • 03/03/2020 - Region 3 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Dollar Tree for Exposing Employees To Exit and Storage Hazards at Pennsylvania Store

February 2020

  • 02/28/2020 - OSHA Trade Release - U.S. Department of Labor Reminds Employers to Submit Injury and Illness Data to OSHA by March 2, 2020
  • 02/28/2020 - Region 7 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites R&R Contracting Services For Multiple Hazards Following Workplace Fatality
  • 02/28/2020 - Region 7 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Interstate Commodities After Employee Fatality in Grain Bin Engulfment
  • 02/27/2020 - Region 3 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Two Companies After Employee�s Fatal Fall in Media, Pennsylvania
  • 02/26/2020 - Region 3 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Extends Emphasis Program to Reduce Risks Of Amputation in Delaware�s Manufacturing Industry
  • 02/26/2020 - Region 3 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Extends Emphasis Program to Reduce Risks Of Amputation in West Virginia�s Manufacturing Industry
  • 02/26/2020 - Region 3 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Extends Emphasis Program to Reduce Risks Of Amputation in Pennsylvania�s Manufacturing Industry
  • 02/26/2020 - Region 7 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Charcoal Manufacturer For Multiple Hazards at Two Missouri Locations
  • 02/21/2020 - Region 3 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Fines Delaware Rail Car Tank Cleaning And Repair Facility $371,276 for Safety and Health Hazards
  • 02/21/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Residential Roofing Contractor For Exposing Employees to Safety Hazards At Two Alabama Worksites
  • 02/20/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Mulch Manufacturer For Exposing Employees to Amputation and Struck-by Hazards
  • 02/13/2020 - Region 2 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites New York Cookie Manufacturer For Exposing Employees to Falls and Other Hazards
  • 02/07/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Farm for Exposing Employees to Safety Hazards Following Fatality
  • 02/05/2020 - OSHA Trade Release - U.S. Department of Labor Revises National Emphasis Program to Reduce or Eliminate Worker Exposure to Silica
  • 02/04/2020 - Region 3 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Fines Pennsylvania Company $280,874 For Overexposing Employees to Toxic Hexavalent Chromium Fumes
  • 02/03/2020 - Region 4 OSHA News Release - Former Owner of Florida-Based SB Framing Services Sentenced For Willfully Violating Federal Fall Protection Standards

January 2020

  • 01/31/2020 - Region 1 OSHA News Release - U.S. Department of Labor Cites New Hampshire Stone Products Manufacturer for Hazards Following Employee Fatality

Top Enforcement Cases Based on Total Issued Penalty

Note: After issuance of the initial citation, the penalty amount may change throughout the settlement and litigation phase. The current penalty amount is available by clicking the inspection number.

Company Name Inspection # Issuance Date Total Issued Penalty
1 BP Products North America 311962674
308314640
10/29/2009 $81,340,000
2 BP Products North America 308314640
308314988
09/21/2005 $21,361,500
3 IMC Fertilizer/Angus Chemical 107607863
107607871
10/31/1991 $11,550,000
4 Imperial Suger 310988712
311522858
07/25/2008 $8,777,500
5 O&G Industries, Inc.* 109179937
314295460
08/03/2010 $8,347,000
6 Samsung Guam, Inc. 107329740
106196801
09/21/1995 $8,260,000
7 CITGO Petroleum 110416880 08/29/1991 $8,155,000
8 Dayton Tire 109061648 04/18/1994 $7,490,000
9 USX (aka U.S. Steel Corp.) 100504950
018252858
102873288
10/26/1989
11/02/1989
$7,275,300
10 Keystone Construction Maintenance* 109179952
314295445
08/03/2010 $6,623,000
11 Phillip 66/Fish Engineering 106612443
107365751
04/19/1990 $6,395,200
12 Hercules, Inc. 108662420
100490705
09/08/1993 $6,328,000
13 Arcadian 102281292
102281128
01/27/1993 $5,085,000
14 E. Smalis Painting 108753690 06/03/1994 $5,008,500
15 John Morrell 101456325 10/28/1988 $4,330,000
16 Bath Iron Works 101450336
101450294
11/04/1987 $4,175,940
17 Fraser Paper 102749868
102750395
09/17/1991 $3,982,500
18 Decoster Egg Farms (aka Maine Contract Farming, LLC) 122375512 07/12/1996 $3,555,500
19 Arco Chemical Co. 110318540 01/03/1999 $3,481,300
20 The Budd Company 18252510 12/12/1989 $3,345,600
21 McCrory Stores 113919278 11/07/1991 $3,188,000
22 IBP 100059591 05/11/1998 $3,133,100
23 BP North America Inc. and BP Husky Refining LLC's Refinery 311611081 03/08/2010 $3,042,000
24 Shell Oil Chemical Co. 103342093 11/22/1994 $3,017,000
25 Union Carbide 110398310 09/12/1991 $2,803,500

*The February 7, 2010 explosion at Kleen Energy Systems Natural Gas Power Plant resulted in $16.6 million in penalties. OSHA cited three construction companies and 14 subcontractors for 371 safety violations, including: $8.3 million to O&G Industries, ranked number 5 above; $6.6 million to Keystone Construction & Maintenance, ranked number 10 above; and $896,000 to Blue Water Solutions, not ranked above.

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