Safety News Articles

Peanut processing plant cited for serious safety violations

ROCHELLE, Ga. – McCleskey Mills Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 28 safety and health violations for exposing workers to amputations, falls and other safety hazards. The agency initiated the February 2014 inspection at the peanut processing plant in Rochelle after receiving a complaint. Proposed penalties total $72,553. “McCleskey Mills cannot continue to expose its employees… Read more »

Houston machine shop cited by OSHA

HOUSTON – Dimensional Machine Works LLC has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 13 safety violations, including seven repeat, for continuing to expose workers to possible amputation hazards by failing to guard rotating machinery parts and implement lockout/tagout procedures to protect workers who service or maintain machines. Proposed penalties total $57,750. The inspection began in July under OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations. “By failing… Read more »

OSHA to hold meeting of National Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has scheduled a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health’s Temporary Workers Workgroup. The meeting will be held July 28, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The workgroup is meeting to continue its discussion of issues regarding protecting temporary workers and develop recommendations for NACOSH’s consideration. The issues include gaps in workplace protection for temporary workers,… Read more »

Massachusetts employer sued by US Department of Labor

BOSTON – Donald Pottern, doing business as Crown Furniture, will pay a former employee $12,500 and take other corrective action to resolve an anti-discrimination lawsuit filed in May by the U.S. Department of Labor. The department sued the West Springfield furniture retailer after an investigation by its Occupational Safety and Health Administration found merit to the worker’s complaint that he had been fired by his employer on May… Read more »

Burgos Construction Corp. cited by OSHA

TAMPA, Fla. - Burgos Construction Corp. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for four willful, one repeat and two serious safety violations after OSHA inspectors observed employees performing residential construction without using a fall protection system at four work sites in Lithia, Tampa, Riverview and Land O’ Lakes. The company was hired to build a new apartment complex… Read more »

OSHA urges increased safety awareness in advance of July 4 celebrations

WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is urging the fireworks and pyrotechnics industry to be vigilant in protecting workers from hazards while manufacturing, storing, transporting, displaying and selling fireworks for public events. “As we celebrate the July 4 holiday with fireworks and festivities, we must also be mindful of the safety of workers who handle pyrotechnics,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety… Read more »

Texas A&M University football stadium contractors cited by OSHA

AUSTIN, Texas – Lindamood Demolition Inc. and Texas Cutting & Coring were both cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a total of five violations, including two willful, following the death of a skid-steer loader operator during the redevelopment of Kyle Field Stadium at Texas A&M University. OSHA’s December 2013 investigation found that the Lindamood employee was operating a skid-steer… Read more »

OSHA cites Flambeau River Papers

PARK FALLS, Wis. –- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Flambeau River Papers for failing to protect workers from hazards associated with exposure to sulfur dioxide at the Park Falls paper mill. Sulfur dioxide is used in treating wood pulp for paper manufacturing and can cause numerous adverse effects to the respiratory tract when vapors are inhaled. OSHA cited eight… Read more »

OSHA and the American Staffing Association form alliance to protect temporary workers

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today signed an alliance with the American Staffing Association to work together to further protect temporary employees from workplace hazards. All workers have the right to be safe, regardless of how long they have been on the job. “We want to make sure that at the end of every work shift, all temporary workers in the United States… Read more »

National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

OSHA will hold a National safety stand-down to prevent falls in construction from June 2 – 6, 2014. The purpose of this National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to increase awareness of preventing fall hazards mainly in construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 269 of the 775 construction fatalities recorded in 2012. Those deaths… Read more »

Dollar Tree fined 143K by OSHA for exposing workers to serious hazards

WILMINGTON, Del. – National discount chain Dollar Tree Stores has been cited for exposing employees to safety hazards at a store located at 2603 Silverside Road in Wilmington. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company for three safety violations-including two willful-following an October 2013 inspection initiated in response to a complaint alleging that emergency exits were blocked and boxes were… Read more »

Houston contractor fined $70,000 for fall hazards

HOUSTON – Amalda Enterprises Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration with one willful violation for exposing workers to fall hazards while installing gutters at a construction site in Houston. The proposed penalty is $70,000. OSHA’s Houston North Area Office began the March inspection under a regional enforcement initiative to prevent deaths among workers in the construction industry. In 2011,… Read more »

OSHA schedules hearing on crane operator certification deadline

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today scheduled an informal public hearing to discuss OSHA’s proposed rule to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement and the existing phase-in requirement that employers ensure that their operators are qualified to operate the equipment. The hearing will be held May 19, 2014, in Washington, D.C. On Feb. 10, 2014, OSHA issued a Notice… Read more »

OSHA cites cabinetry manufacturer for combustible dust

ALBANY, N.Y. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found that workers at Salko Kitchens Inc. were exposed to fire and explosion hazards and a potential occupational carcinogen due to deficient required safeguards. Proposed fines total $51,800. “These workers face both immediate and long-term health and safety hazards from on-site conditions,” said Kimberly Castillon, OSHA’s area director in Albany. “The combustible… Read more »

OSHA announces final rule revising standards

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that it would be issuing a final rule* to improve workplace safety and health for workers performing electric power generation, transmission and distribution work. “This long-overdue update will save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries annually,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “Electric utilities, electrical contractors and labor… Read more »

OSHA forms alliance with Concerned Beauty Professionals

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has formed an alliance with the Georgia Concerned Beauty Professionals in Atlanta to provide hair salon owners and workers with information, guidance and training to protect employees from exposure to products that contain hazardous chemicals, such as formaldehyde. The agreement will be signed between OSHA and the Concerned Beauty Professionals at noon on Monday,… Read more »

OSHA continues public engagement on silica proposal

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today began holding public hearings for the notice of proposed rulemaking on occupational exposure to crystalline silica. This marks the beginning of an intensive three weeks of public comment on the proposal, with hearings scheduled through Friday, April 4. “We look forward to receiving feedback from our stakeholders on our proposal, and we’re grateful for the continuing high level… Read more »

OSHA releases new educational bulletin

OSHA today released a new educational resource that focuses on requirements for injury recording of temporary worker injuries and illnesses. The bulletin explains the requirements for both the staffing agency and the host employer. The new Recordkeeping Bulletin addresses how to identify who is responsible for recording work-related injuries and illnesses of temporary workers on the OSHA 300 log. OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative is an… Read more »

OSHA cites RI company for combustible wood dust

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On Aug. 20, 2013, a combustible wood dust explosion and fire occurred at Inferno Wood Pellet Inc. in East Providence Rhode Island.  Combustible dusts are fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in air in certain conditions.  The explosion injured a worker and demolishing part of the building. The ignition of wood dust in the plant’s production room migrated to a retention… Read more »

OSHA schedules Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee meeting

WASHINGTON – OSHA will hold a meeting of the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee March 11, in Washington, D.C. WPAC work groups will meet March 10. WPAC was established to advise and make recommendations to the secretary of labor and the assistant secretary for occupational safety and health on ways to improve the fairness, efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of OSHA’s whistleblower protection activities. The tentative agenda includes remarks… Read more »