Safety News Articles

Safety Stand-Down Puts the Brakes on Injuries at Georgia Road Sites

ATLANTA – The Federal Highway Administration, the state of Georgia and local government organizations are partnering with OSHA to sponsor a one-hour Safety Stand-Down at construction sites in Georgia in conjunction with National Highway Work Zone Awareness Week from March 23-27. Employers will voluntarily stop work on one designated day at construction sites that week from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. EDT to provide work zone… Read more »

Advance Auto Parts Exposes Workers to Asbestos and Mold

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A worker accused Advanced Auto Parts of the existence of asbestos, mold and hygiene hazards which lead to an inspection of Kansas City store, where OSHA found one repeated and 10 serious safety and health violations with fines of $60,000. “Exposure to asbestos is a dangerous workplace issue that can cause loss of lung function and cancer, among other serious health effects. When Advance Auto… Read more »

Garda Armored Car Fails to Train Drivers on Fire Extinguisher Use

ST. LOUIS – Garda Armored Car failed to train its employees to use portable fire extinguishers, despite being cited by OSHA for the same violation in March 2013. Responding to a complaint, OSHA inspected the armored car company on Oct. 20, 2014, and found that the business had not trained employees as instructed. “Garda needs to follow through on its statements and provide OSHA with documentation that… Read more »

Warehouse Workers Face ‘Electrical Nightmare’ in NJ

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – An inspection of Xpedited Services LLC lead OSHA to find tangled extension cords, overloaded power outlets in wet locations, blocked exits, faulty forklifts, machines without safety guards and damaged floors. These are only a handful of the many hazards to which warehouse employees were being exposed. After the inspection last August the Jersey City-based trucking company received 14 serious citations with $63,000… Read more »

Construction Fatality at Florida State University

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – An employee of Miller’s Plumbing and Mechanical Inc. has died after being struck and crushed by a material/personnel elevator carriage while he was working on a six-story residential project at Florida State University. He was 25 years old. OSHA had investigated this company in July of 2014 and found the employer had allowed a window-frame opening in a building under construction to be uncovered, which exposed workers to… Read more »

OSHA Cites Dollar Tree Stores for Exposing Workers to Serious Hazards

NEW CASTLE, Del. – OSHA has cited Dollar Tree Stores Inc. for the second time in Delaware since late 2013 after inspectors saw an employee struck by falling boxes during a visit to its New Castle store in June 2014. They have been cited for willfully and repeatedly exposing workers to serious hazards. OSHA has proposed penalties totaling $103,000. The incident is the latest on a long list of… Read more »

OSHA Urges Retail Safety During Holidays

WASHINGTON – The holiday season is here and OSHA is encouraging retail employers to exercise safety measures to prevent workplace injuries during major sales events, including the recent Black Friday. If the right retail safety measures are not taken there can be disastrous consequences and unnecessary risk to workers, especially during this busy season. In 2008, a retail worker was trampled to death when shoppers rushed through the store to… Read more »

4 Workers Die, 1 Hurt in Texas Chemical Plant Leak

Four workers were killed Saturday after a chemical leak at a DuPont plant in La Porte, Texas located on the eastern outskirts of Houston. A fifth employee was exposed to the chemical and was hospitalized, but is expected to make a full recovery. The company speculated that the community around the DuPont plant was never at risk. Causes for the leak are still under investigation. The… Read more »

Machine Operator Fatally Crushed at Cleveland Track Material

CLEVELAND – A machine operator was crushed to death while he adjusted a set screw on a rolling mill at Cleveland Track Material in August of this year. He was 45 years old. OSHA has found workers to be exposed to dangerous rotating machinery parts at the facility that rolls steel for railroad industry use. Seven serious violations have been issued as a result of the investigation. “A son… Read more »

Frozen Bread-Maker Exposed Workers to Amputation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures. OSHA has cited them with 14 violations, along with a $47,600 penalty. Two repeat violations, with a penalty of $14,000, were cited for worker exposure to housekeeping hazards, including ice accumulation on a freezer ceiling and floor… Read more »

Maui Zip-line Owner Cited for Employee Death

HONOLULU – OSHA is charging the owners and operators of a Maui zip-line course the maximum amount allowed for the death of a new employee who fell from a platform while at work in May 2014. OSHA investigators found that Patricia Rabellizsa died because of inadequate safety measures in place on the platform at the Pi’iholo Ranch Zip-Line Course where she received riders arriving from the previous platform. The operator’s policy… Read more »

Employees Exposed to Potentially Fatal Fall Hazards in CT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – A roofing company in New Haven exposed employees to potentially fatal falls at a work site due to their employer’s negligence to supply required fall protection equipment. The Bridgeport Area OSHA found employees of Xtreme Restoration & Waterproofing LLC working without fall protection at the top of a two-story residential roof in June of this year. “Some workers lacked any fall protection, while others had safety… Read more »

Worker Caught In Machinery at Kloeckner Metals Corp.

CINCINNATI – An employee was critically injured when he became caught in unguarded arbor rollers at Kloeckner Metals Corp. in April of this year. OSHA has cited the Cincinnati manufacturing plant with one repeat and three serious safety violations, carrying proposed penalties of $56,000. “This worker suffered a catastrophic injury because Kloeckner Metals failed to observe basic safety procedures,” said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA’s area director. “The company knew how dangerous… Read more »

Workers Exposed to Asbestos in Chicago

CHICAGO – While renovation was being done to a historical 1887 firehouse in Chicago workers were exposed to asbestos and electrical hazards. The inspection done by OSHA found that Structure Development Midwest LLC had failed to properly collect and dispose of asbestos-containing material. Asbestos must be disposed in sealed, labeled and waterproof bags. The Chicago real estate and management company was issued one willful and seven serious citations carrying… Read more »

Employee Dismissed for “Whistleblowing”

NORTH JACKSON, Ohio – A lawsuit has been filed by the U.S. Department of Labor against North Jackson Specialty Steel claiming they terminated a furnace operator for reporting unsafe working conditions. The case states that the company violated the whistleblower protection provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. They are seeking restoration of lost pay and benefits, compensation for punitive damages, and compensation for attorney and other… Read more »

51 Year Old Worker Fatally Engulfed in Grain

LAKE PRESTON, S.D. – A 51 year old worker was fatally injured when he became consumed in flowing grain in a railcar load-out elevator at Prairie Ag Partners. The worker was attempting to remove a jam from a chute while the auger operated. OSHA has cited the Lake Preston-company for one willful, two repeat and eight serious safety violations, many involving OSHA’s grain handling, permit-required confined space and fall protection safety regulations. “A worker… Read more »

Worker Crushed by Machinery in Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – OSHA has cited Vallourec Star for 22 serious safety violations after receiving information that a worker suffered from severe injuries after being crushed between two machines back in February of this year. The machine operator sustained multiple fractures to his pelvis and has been unable to return to work. The investigation found that Youngstown steel mill workers were exposed to crushing, amputation and fall hazards. Proposed penalties… Read more »

Connecticut Manufacturer Cited for 24 Violations

HARTFORD, Conn. – Staff at Superior Plastics Extrusion Co. Inc., doing business as Impact Plastics, were exposed to twenty-four safety and health hazards, including a risk of falls and other mechanical hazards. OSHA has proposed penalties over $65,000 for the violations at the Putnam, Connecticut, manufacturing plant. “This inspection uncovered a wide range of safety and health hazards, which could injure, sicken or even kill employees,” said Warren Simpson, OSHA’s area director… Read more »

Heartland Workers Center Establishes Alliance with OSHA

OMAHA, Neb. – An alliance is being formed between the Heartland Workers Center of Omaha and OSHA to provide staff, immigrant workers and others with education, guidance and access to training resources on protecting the health and safety of employees. The alliance is also hoping to increase the understanding of workers’ rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and employers’ responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Safety… Read more »

McDowell Federal Prison Exposed to Bloodborne Pathogens

WELCH, W. Va. – A January 2014 investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed that correctional officers and other staff at McDowell medium-security federal prison in Welch were allegedly exposed to bloodborne pathogens and other workplace safety and health hazards. OSHA issued notices to the Federal Correctional Institution at McDowell, a part of the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons…. Read more »