The idea of having the state take over enforcement of workplace safety rules is getting some support in the Kansas House, despite hesitation in the state Senate.
Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee pulled back from the idea after they were told it couldn't be used to reduce the number of regulations.
The idea may still be alive in the House though, largely because the state's business community strongly supports it.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the Tyson Foods plant in Hutchinson for more safety violations.
OSHA labeled the plant a severe violator, meaning future inspections will ensure the violations have been corrected.
OSHA also recommended a $147,000 fine for four violations found during a recent inspection.
A worker's hand was severed in June while he and three others were cleaning a conveyor belt; his arm was pulled into the equipment.
An engineering firm wants to appeal a decision by federal regulators.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration--or OSHA--found in favor of a whistleblower at Wolf Creek Plant in Burlington, Kan.OSHA found the engineer was fired for reporting unsafe working conditions at the nuclear plant.Georgia-based Enercon Services owns the Wolf Creek plant. OSHA says Enercon violated whistleblower protections when it retaliated against an employee for raising concerns during construction work.