Workplace Safety

Work resumes at Indiana GM plant after fatal explosion

July 2, 2014
Associated Press
Employees have returned to work at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Marion following a chemical explosion that killed a contractor and injured several others.
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Judge dismisses wrongful death suit against Kroger

May 23, 2014
Scott Olson
The mother of an Indianapolis man shot at a Kroger by a store manager in what police said was an attempted robbery filed the suit in 2012.
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Feds find numerous issues at state workplace-safety agency

March 5, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration uncovered problems in several areas of Indiana's workplace safety program during an investigation. In a report issued Wednesday, OSHA issued 22 recommendations for the state agency.
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Workers not owed for changing time, Supreme Court rules

January 27, 2014
Bloomberg News
Companies in many cases don’t have to pay workers for the time they spend putting on and taking off safety gear, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, siding with U.S. Steel Corp. in a lawsuit by 800 workers.
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OSHA finds unsafe conditions at Crane base

October 28, 2013
Associated Press
The Crane Army Ammunition Activity about 70 miles southwest of Indianapolis learned last month the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration would issue 36 notices for unsafe working conditions.
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Indiana sees two-decade low in workplace deaths

August 23, 2013
Associated Press
Almost half of Indiana's 2012 worker deaths were transportation-related. Twenty deaths happened at construction sites, while there were 10 manufacturing deaths.
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Feds probing Indiana's workplace safety agency

April 12, 2013
Associated Press
The federal government's workplace safety agency is investigating its Indiana counterpart—a department that documents indicate is trying to boost its inspections without hiring new staffers.
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Report: IOSHA loses its teeth as workplace safety watchdog

February 24, 2013
Associated Press
The state agency inspects fewer than a third of the businesses it did in the 1980s, issues fines for serious violations that average less than half the national rate and issued violations at a lower rate than the national average the past decade, according to a newspaper report.
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Glass company faces more fines for safety violations

January 29, 2013
Dan Human
The state wants to fine Pilkington North America $231,000 following another round of safety concerns at a Shelbyville factory. This is at least the third time in less than a year, and fourth time since 2010, that the state has stepped in to address problems at the plant.
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Head of Indiana safety agency resigns after 7 years

January 2, 2013
Associated Press
The head of Indiana's workplace safety agency has stepped down after seven years in the job, during which the department issued some of the largest safety fines in the state's history.
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Bill would crack down on convenience store safetyRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Stores with crime problems that wanted to remain open overnight would have to do one of the following: have two employees working, install a bulletproof enclosure, have a security guard or conduct business through a pass-through trough.
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Glass factory's safety under state's lens yet againRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Dan Human
Union leaders say working conditions are improving at the Pilkington glass factory in Shelbyville, but an employee’s injury in October has led to another visit from state safety officials and possibly more fines.
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Farm fatalities fall in Indiana; no children die

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
A new Purdue University report says farm-related deaths in Indiana fell to 16 last year and none involved children for the first time in 13 years.
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Indiana workplace deaths up slightly last year

September 24, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A new report says the number of people dying on the job rose slightly in Indiana last year, to 122, the Indiana Department of Labor said Monday.
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Lawsuit tests Indiana's 'take your gun to work' law

September 22, 2012
Associated Press
New provisions of Indiana gun laws that allow people to keep guns in their cars at work and prohibit employers from asking about gun possession will get their first test in a lawsuit filed by an Indianapolis man.
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Shelbyville factory in trouble again, faces record IOSHA fines

August 23, 2012
Dan Human
Pilkington North America faces $453,000 in proposed penalties after state inspectors detected 29 new safety violations at the plant, according to agency documents.
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Violations persist after fatality at Shelbyville glass factory

August 18, 2012
Dan Human
A Shelbyville glass factory has had almost two years to address safety violations resulting from a worker’s death, but the state says the plant still has a lot of the same problems. Pilkington North America faces $150,000 in fines after an Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection in March and April.
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Flavor-maker under siege fights back in courtRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Greg Andrews
Locally based Sensient Flavors LLC is fighting back with a fury in federal court, following months of intense federal and state scrutiny of the health risks at its Indianapolis plant.
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Closed meeting angers wounded store clerk's family

January 11, 2012
Associated Press
The family of a convenience store clerk critically injured in an October shooting harshly criticized an Indiana agency's decision to hold a closed-door meeting Wednesday with trade groups on efforts to boost safety at the 24-hour facilities.
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Fatal shooting creates human resources issue for Kroger

December 28, 2011
Associated Press
Kroger officials are reviewing the actions of a manager who fatally shot a would-be robber inside a grocery store while it was busy with customers.
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State scrutinizing Village Pantry for workers' safetyRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Greg Andrews
The Oct. 21 shooting of a clerk at a north-side Village Pantry came just four months after the convenience-store chain settled allegations by state inspectors that another of its Indianapolis stores failed to establish and maintain “reasonably safe” working conditions.
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Avon security company beefing up work force

October 31, 2011
Nolan Security & Investigations said it plans to add as many as 300 part-time and full-time workers to serve new clients.
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Indiana workplace injury, illness rate remains flat

October 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana workplaces reported 4.3 injuries and illnesses per 100 workers last year. It marked the 13th straight year when the statewide rate didn't increase.
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Workplace fatalities fall to record low in Indiana

August 25, 2011
In 2010, 115 workers died on the job in Indiana, a decrease of eight from 2009, according to the state Department of Labor.
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Can't stand the heat? Get off the job site

July 11, 2011
Andrew Smith
The combination of rising temperatures and humid air have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory for central Indiana through 8 p.m., but some area workers can’t stay out of the elements.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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