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Beasley Allen

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Employees Killed by Hydrogen Sulfide Gas in well

USA Fanter, a construction company based out of Saipan, Northern Marina Islands, received citations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following the deaths of three employees who were exposed to high levels of hydrogen sulfide gas. USA Fanter now faces projected fines of nearly $60,000. In July of 2017, USA Fanter employees were working near an unidentified well on a jobsite. Construction industry requirements state that wells must be identified and labeled as areas of confined space. While working near the well, one of the employees became exposed to toxic fumes while down in ... Read More

Worker deaths, serious burn injures lead to OSHA fines

After the tragic workplace deaths of five employees working at a power plant, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations to Tampa Electric Co. and Gaffin Industrial Services. The total projected fines owed by these companies are just over $160,000. Immediately following the reports of the five fatalities, which took place at the Big Bend River Station power plant in Apollo Beach, Florida, OSHA opened an investigation. During the investigation, OSHA officials concluded that the employees were fatally burned when the door inside a fiery furnace broke loose and sprayed massive amounts of scolding ... Read More

Florida Framing Contractor Cited for Fall Protection Violations

Desouza Framing Inc., a residential framing contractor based out of Jacksonville, Florida, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing its employees to potentially dangerous fall hazards. The company now faces projected penalties of nearly $200,000. After some of its employees were spotted engaging in construction activities on a roof more than 11 feet tall without proper fall protection, OSHA officials conducted an investigation and found that the company was exposing its employees to fall hazards regularly. Just a couple months after the investigation, OSHA began another inspection at a worksite ... Read More

Construction worker dies in wall collapse, another injured

One construction worker died and another was seriously injured when a retaining wall they were building collapsed on them. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) cited Onekey LLC, a development and construction management company based out of New Jersey, for exposing the employees to crushing hazards. The company’s lack of adherence to OSHA’s workplace safety regulations led directly to the unfortunate death of an employee working for one of Onekey’s subcontractors, OSHA determined. After the incident was reported, OSHA opened an investigation to determine the exact cause of the event, as well as what could have been ... Read More

Nursing home employees report abuse – from residents

Pioneer Health Care Center is a nursing home and elderly living establishment located in Rocky Ford, Colorado. It provides residential services to its clients, which consist mainly of long-term care as well as mental health services. In February, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) cited the company for its failure to keep employees from being exposed to violence in the workplace. According to the Denver Post, investigators learned nursing home residents “grabbed, kick, bit and punched at staff members,” causing injuries including “cuts and bruises” as well as sprains, bruising, and injuries to the head ... Read More

Contractor fined for subjecting employees to fall hazards

Omar Garcia, a framing contractor based out of Auburn, Alabama, has been cited by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for subjecting its employees to eye safety and fall hazards. Omar Garcia faces projected penalties of just over $113,000. The company was working on a project in Pike Road, Alabama when it was observed that some of the employees were performing framework in a residential area with a complete lack of fall protection. Following this observation, OSHA opened an investigation into the company to determine whether this was the only regulation it was neglecting. ... Read More

Fiberglass manufacturer cited for workplace safety hazards

RPS Composites Alabama, Inc., a fiberglass pipe manufacturer based out of Mobile, Alabama, received multiple citations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violations of workplace safety regulations that led directly to an amputation of an employee’s finger. The company now faces projected penalties of $74,833. Following the reported incident in which an employee suffered a finger amputation, OSHA opened an investigation to determine why this happened and whether it could have been prevented. During the investigation, OSHA inspectors found that the employee’s hand that had a safety glove on it got caught in ... Read More

OSHA: employee death at plastics manufacturer was ‘preventable tragedy’

ABC Polymer Industries LLC, a plastics manufacturer based out of Helena, Alabama, was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) when one of its employees died on the job. The worker was pulled in the company’s plastics recycling machine in August 2017. The agency says this unfortunate disaster was the result of the lack of compliance to the workplace safety regulations put in place by OSHA to prevent incidents such as this. The company is now facing $195,144 in projected fines and penalties. Following this tragedy, OSHA began an investigation to determine whether the incident was preventable and ... Read More

Paperboard company cited in violation of 60 OSHA regs

Carthage Specialty Paperboard, Inc., a paper milling company based out of Carthage, New York, has reached an agreement with the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that calls for vast improvements in the company’s workplace safety. The agency has cited the company for violations including lack of proper fall protection, dangerous energy control, proper emergency response, and its failure to prevent harmful incidents regarding machine guarding. The projected penalties incurred are just over $175,000. OSHA cited the company for more than 60 workplace health and safety violations in June of last year. According to the ... Read More

Workers exposed to carcinogen at Kansas aircraft factory

Spirit Aerosytems Inc., an aircraft manufacturer based out of Wichita, Kansas, was found to have exposed its employees to the harmful carcinogen known as hexavalent chromium. The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) cited the company for this violation of workplace safety regulations as well as several other serious violations. Spirit Aerosystems now faces projected penalties of just over $194,000. After an investigation was conducted by OSHA officials, it was determined that the company had exposed many of its employees to almost two times the acceptable concentration of airborne hexavalent chromium. This chemical compound has ... Read More