Safety News Articles

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 »

OSHA Announces Recommended Practices for Workers’ Safety

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health today released Recommended Practices for staffing agencies and host employers to better protect temporary workers from hazards on the job. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels made the announcement today at the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association annual conference in National Harbor, Md…. Read more »

2 Workers Injured by Machine Hazards

HICKSVILLE, Ohio – FWT LLC has been cited for one repeat and one serious safety violation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after two employees were injured in separate incidents at the company’s Hicksville facility, which manufactures telecommunication towers. OSHA has proposed penalties of $45,500 for exposing the workers to amputation hazards. The injured employees were at the facility and operated cranes… Read more »

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 »