Safety News Articles

New Jersey Hospital Exposes Employees to Bloodborne Pathogen Hazards

OSHA has issued citations to Cooper Hospital (located in Camden, NJ) for nine serious and six other safety and health violations. The investigation was started on October 22, 2015 after a compliance officer investigating a separate complaint reviewed the hospital’s OSHA 300 logs and found there was an unusual amount of needle-stick and bloodborne pathogens exposure. Inspectors issued serious citations after determining the hospital failed… Read more »

Demolition Contractors Sentenced in Salvation Army Building Collapse

At the beginning of the year, the PA District Attorney’s Office announced that Griffin Campbell was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison, and Sean Benschop 7 .5-15 years for the death of 6 people and injury of 14 others when the Market Street Salvation Army collapsed in June of 2013. Their sentences reflect the nature of their crimes and the suffering of the victims. “I cannot… Read more »

Fall Protection Could Have Prevented Death in Nebraska

A newly hired, 39-year-old worker in Lincoln, Nebraska fell through a roof in October 2015 and later died. OSHA found that his death could have been prevented if his employer provided the required fall protection. The man, just two weeks on the job, was installing metal roofing sheets on a commercial building in Raymond for Custom Contracting Inc., his Lincoln-based employer, when he fell more than 20… Read more »

Crane Drops 1,000lbs of Equipment Injuring Worker

A crane’s safety latch failed and 1,000 pounds of equipment fell on a man below and injured him as he worked on the factory floor of TimkenSteel Corp in Canton, Ohio. For the second time in a year, OSHA found struck-by, fall and amputation hazards at the company’s two Canton plants. OSHA issued TimkenSteel’s Gambrinus plant one willful, one repeated and two serious safety citations on Oct…. Read more »

Ashley Furniture Cited for Repeat Machine Guarding Hazards

Ashley Furniture, the nation’s largest retailer of home decor, faces $431,000 in proposed federal safety and health fines for failing to protect workers from moving machine parts at its Whitehall upholstery factory. This penalty is in addition to more than $1.8 million in fines issued earlier this year during inspections at other company facilities in Wisconsin. OSHA issued Ashley Furniture one willful, five repeated and two… Read more »

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 »