Transportation, equipment contact lead fatal work injury categories

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 5,250 fatal work injuries in 2018, a 2 percent increase from the prior year’s 5,147 total, but notes that the rate for such incidents last year remained unchanged at 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers. Data are from the agency’s just-released Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) for 2018, and indicate:

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FedEx Ground safety hawk, Army legal veteran on track to lead OSHA

Sources: White House Press Office; CP staff

President Donald Trump will nominate Pittsburgh-based FedEx Group Vice President for Safety, Sustainability and Vehicle Maintenance Scott Mugno to be Assistant Secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health. He transitioned to his present role after serving at Memphis headquarters as managing director, FedEx Express Corporate Safety, Health and Fire Protection, where he twice earned the company’s top honor, Five Star Award, for safety leadership. Prior to the shipping and delivery business, Mugno was Westinghouse Electric Corp. Waste Isolation Division counsel and Eastern Region U.S. Army Military Traffic Management Command deputy staff judge advocate.

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Asphalt contractor’s tab for firing hours of service-wise staff nears $1M

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff

Finding Asphalt Specialists Inc. violated the Surface Transportation Assistance Act by terminating a foreman and two truck drivers who had expressed hours of service compliance concerns, OSHA has ordered the Pontiac, Mich., paving contractor to pay $954,000 in back wages plus compensatory and punitive damages.

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