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Crown Furniture Owner Sued Over OSHA Whistleblower Complaint

Posted By Elizabeth Fuhrman | Posted: 05/20/2014 8:31AM

Donald Pottern, owner of Crown Furniture, West Springfield, MA, has been sued by the U.S. Department of Labor for allegedly firing a worker who filed a safety complaint with the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


Canyon Creek Cabinet Wins Environmental Practices Award

Posted By Elizabeth Fuhrman | Posted: 05/16/2014 6:30AM

Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. won the Association of Washington Business Environmental Excellence Award, for Leading Environmental Practices such as reusing sawdust, wood shavings and solvents.


Amish Woodshop Denied Town Permit

By Alex Keown Posted: 04/30/2014 9:43AM

An Amish furniture maker is looking for a new location for his woodshop after he was denied a permit to operate a sawmill in an area zoned for agricultural use by Jackson County officials earlier this month.


EPA Fines Lowe’s $500,000 for Remodeler Lead Dust Violations

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/17/2014 7:18PM

Lowe’s Home Centers agreed to company-wide lead abatement training for its remodeling contractors and will pay a record $500,000 civil penalty, largest ever for violating the federal Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule.




Custom Cabinet & Countertop Firm Cited for ComDust Violations

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 04/03/2014 9:18AM

Custom cabinet and countertop maker Salko Kitchens Inc. faces fines of $51,800 for combustible dust and potential carcinogen exposure violations.


Effort To Exempt OSHA from ALERT Act Fails in House

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/18/2014 10:12PM

An amendment to exempt OSHA from a proposed federal rule-making accountability bill, the ALERT Act, aimed at protecting businesses from government meddling, was voted down by the House. The amendment's sponsor felt OSHA ComDust rule formation would be restricted by the bill.


U.S., U.K. Stairways Trade Groups in Joint Standards Venture

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 03/12/2014 11:53AM

Stair manufacturers in the U.K. and United States will collaborate on technical standards, operational efficiency and best practices, to reduce accidents and promote better staircase builders through a certification program.


Ohio Law Would Ban LEED v4 on State Projects

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/06/2014 10:16PM

A ban on LEED v4 for state projects has been passed by the Ohio senate and has moved on to the state legislature. Ohio follows other states, including Maine and Georgia, where LEED has been restricted by governmental action.


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