Safety News Articles

3 Dead, 2 Injured in Car Dealership Fire

A flash fire claimed the lives of three workers at a car dealership. OSHA says failure to implement a hazard communication program resulted in the loss of lives.  OSHA cited Carl Cannon Inc. for safety violations after three employees died and two were injured at its Jasper, AL, facility. Fines associated with the violations total $152,099. The agency investigated following a flash fire. Inspectors found employees were… Read more »

OSHA’s top 10 violations for 2017

Which OSHA regulations do inspectors cite most often?  It’s an annual tradition at the National Safety Council’s Congress & Expo: OSHA reveals its preliminary data on the top 10 violations for the federal fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30. The top five most-cited violations remain unchanged from FY 2016. The new entry on the top-10 list is Fall Protection Training Requirements which comes in at… Read more »

Florida Companies Fined for Lack of Fall Protection

OSHA says these two companies failed to provide employees with the training, protection, and tools required to safeguard them from the leading cause of death in construction: falls.  The agency issued five violations to two companies, D.R. Horton Inc. and Garcia Carpentry LLC, after an inspection at a work site in Ocala, FL. OSHA inspectors observed employees installing roofing sheathing without fall protection. D.R. Horton… Read more »

Fatal Trench Collapse in Boston

Two employees died on Oct. 21, 2016, in Boston, when the approximately 12-foot deep trench in which they were working collapsed, breaking an adjacent fire hydrant supply line and filling the trench with water in a matter of seconds. An OSHA investigation found that their employer, Atlantic Drain Service Co. Inc., failed to provide basic safeguards against collapse and did not train its employees – including… Read more »

Contractor Fails to Properly Protect Employees from Fall and Silica Hazards

EVANSTON, Ill. – A Burbank contractor failed to provide employees remodeling a home in Evanston with adequate protection from falls and the personal protective equipment and training needed to work safely with silica and portland cement. OSHA found JW Construction & Plastering, Inc. exposed workers to fall hazards of up to 25 feet, and allowed them to apply stucco without adequate personal protective equipment. OSHA issued… Read more »

Top OSHA Violations of 2016

The most cited OSHA violations of 2016 cover a wide range of workplace safety topics, from falls to chemicals, from PPE to forklifts.  According to Safety News Alert, Patrick Kapust, Deputy Director of Enforcement Programs for OSHA, revealed the list at the National Safety Council’s 2016 congress in Anaheim, CA. These numbers are preliminary. The totals will become final sometime in November. Fall protection (1926.501, 6,929… Read more »

Faulty Lockout/Tagout Leads to Worker’s Death

OSHA issued two violations to Carlson Tool & Manufacturing Corp. of Cedarburg, WI totaling $137,180 after a worker became entangled in a machine’s moving parts and was killed. The violations included: a willful violation because machine guarding wasn’t provided to protect operators from hazards created by point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips and sparks ($124,709), and a serious violation because a… Read more »

Worker Dies During Routine Fire Extinguisher Check

OSHA fined TimkenSteel Corporation following the death of a worker in March of this year. The employee was found dead in an elevator control room at the company’s Canton, OH, plant. He’d been performing monthly fire extinguisher checks.  An investigation determined that on March 20, 2016, nitrogen leaked into the control room resulting in an oxygen-deficient atmosphere. Oxygen levels were measured at just 4%. Suffocation can occur… Read more »

Amputation at Tyson Foods Exposes Hazards

DALLAS – A gruesome employee injury led federal workplace safety inspectors to discover the nation’s largest meat and poultry processor endangered workers by exposing them to amputation hazards, high levels of carbon dioxide and peracetic acid without providing personal protective equipment. Responding to a report of a finger amputation at the Tyson Foods Inc. chicken processing facility in Center, Texas, OSHA inspectors identified two repeated and… Read more »

Workers Exposed to Asbestos at Pittsburgh Coke Facility

PITTSBURGH – OSHA has found the United States Steel Corp. guilty of giving seven employees tasks that exposed them to asbestos, a widely recognized hazard associated with serious and fatal health risks including lung cancer. In February 2016, at the company’s coke production facility in Pittsburgh, five workers removed and replaced packing material containing asbestos at the direction of the company. In March 2016, OSHA found two other employees… Read more »

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 »