Safety News Articles

Lack of Fall Protection Leads to Death in Texas

Jose Miguel Charles (subcontractor and employer) and Blazer Building Inc. have been cited by OSHA for failing to provide adequate fall protection for a worker. The worker fell 36 feet from a 4th floor apartment complex which was under construction. Charles was cited with a willful violation for failing to secure scaffolding properly. Other citations also include failing to train workers on scaffolding and forklifts, develop… Read more »

Heat Stress Claims Life in Louisiana

OSHA’s Baton Rouge office has cited JV Industrial Cos. Ltd. for failing to implement a heat management program for workers. Their employees were exposed to excessive heat while wearing chemical resistant encapsulating suits. The inspection, which began in March 2015, was started after receiving a notice that a 45 year old pipe fitter had died on the job while cutting pope outdoors in four layers… Read more »

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. is Fined for Hand Injuries

OSHA has fined Wegmans Food Markets Inc. almost $200K after two employees were injured earlier this year. The fines were reached high levels after they were classified as repeat offenses.  A sanitation crew member suffered a severed fingertip while he was cleaning the pinch point of an operating conveyor back in March. One month later, a mechanic suffered a first degree burn on his wrist from steam… Read more »

Worker Suffers Severe Burns at Ohio Plastic Company

OSHA issued eight serious and two other-than-serious safety and health violations to Wilbert Plastic Services, a plastic injection molding company in Belmont, Ohio on July 28. The company manufactures parts for Ford and Whirlpool and employs about 3,000 workers company-wide and 325 at the Ohio site. OSHA initiated an investigation after a 36-year-old employee suffered burns to his face, eyes, and hands while troubleshooting and… Read more »

Chicago Metal Shop Exposes Workers to Machine Hazards

OSHA’s Chicago North Area Office initiated a follow-up inspection of Midwest Metal Forming earlier this year. The sheet metal manufacturer was cited in 2014 for exposing workers to amputation hazards from unguarded machinery and failed to provide OSHA with information detailing how the company had abated the safety hazards. The latest investigation lead OSHA to issue one willful and two other-than- serious safety violations. Investigators found the… Read more »

OSHA Publishes New Restroom Guide

WASHINGTON – OSHA has published a Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers. The publication provides guidance to employers on best practices regarding restroom access for transgender workers. The guide was developed at the request of the National Center for Transgender Equality, an OSHA Alliance partner that works collaboratively with the agency to develop products and materials to protect the safety and health of transgender… Read more »

Lack of PPE for Republic Steel Plant Electrician Results in Burns

BUFFALO, New York – An electric technician at the Republic Steel Corp. steel manufacturing plant in Blasdell was removing wiring from a fan motor in an overhead crane on October 16, 2014, when an ungrounded electrical conductor touched a grounded surface causing an arc flash. The electric technician sustained third degree burns on her hand and first degree burns on her face. An investigation by… Read more »

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 »