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Two Workers Suffer Burns, Electrocution in Omaha Construction Accident

Two construction workers suffered serious burn injuries and other trauma at a construction site near downtown Omaha, Nebraska, when the bucket lift they were in made contact with power lines. Omaha’s WOWT 6 News said a police report on the March 11 accident listed the men as employees of Ronco Construction, an Omaha-based company that carries out construction projects throughout the Midwest. A witness told investigators at the scene that the boom truck made contact with a power line as the men were in the raised bucket. One of the men was ejected from the bucket and fell four stories ... Read More

California Pipeline Co. Fined $242K for Deadly Trench Collapse

A California pipeline company faces penalties of $242,500 for a deadly trench collapse it could have prevented had it followed basic safety rules. According to Cal/OSHA, on July 27 of last year, Platinum Pipeline Inc. of Livermore ordered its employees to grade the bottom of an unsecured 14-foot-deep trench even when it identified the soil as unstable. The workers, who were given no protection from a possible trench cave-in, were digging trenches to install two storm drain pipes at a residential construction site in Daly City. Three of the five workers were trained and competent in excavation processes and hazards, but ... Read More

Partial Building Collapse Injures Man in Harlem

New York City authorities are investigating a partial building collapse in Harlem that trapped and injured a man Thursday. The building collapse occurred at an old three-story church at 316 W. 135th Street just before noon on Nov. 29. Authorities said the church structure had been in a state of disrepair for a long time and was undergoing a planned, controlled demolition when the first floor suddenly collapsed into the basement. No workers were in the church at the time of the building collapse but a man on a motorcycle in the parking lot was covered with debris. The man ... 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

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

Whistleblower will be compensated by roofing contractor for Wrongful Termination

A whistleblower who lost his job with a Georgia roofing contractor because he cooperated with federal safety authorities investigating the company will receive back wages and other compensation. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) filed a lawsuit against Jasper Contractors Inc. of Kennesaw, Georgia on behalf of a former safety director who claimed he was fired after he cooperated with an OSHA investigation by providing the agency with a statement and safety documentation. The federal agency was investigating safety-related issues concerning work the company was performing in Florida. OSHA alleged the roofing company violated the whistleblower or anti-retaliation ... Read More

Anadarko Cited For Another Deadly Colorado Gas Explosion

Anadarko Petroleum and three other companies have been cited for safety violations in connection with a natural gas explosion that killed one worker and left three others with severe burn injuries. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulators responded to a gas explosion in Mead, Colorado, about 35 miles north of Denver, in May 2017. The deadly explosion occurred at an Anadarko construction site where workers were merging two tank batteries into a single tank battery. According to OSHA, explosive vapors and gases emitted by pipes connected to a crude oil tank accumulated in the work area and ignited when ... Read More

Fall Prevention Training Debuts on OSHA Top 10 Violations List

Every year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) processes the information culled from its inspections of U.S. workplaces and derives a list of the Top 10 most frequently cited violations. Other than changing rank, the entries on the Top 10 list seldom change. But in fiscal year 2017, a new entry made its way onto the OSHA list for the first time: Fall Protection – Training Requirements. These are violations of regulations mandating how workers at risk of falling hazards on the job should be properly and adequately trained in fall prevention. OSHA reported that there were 1,724 violations ... Read More

Deadly Jobsite Trench Collapse Leads To Manslaughter Charges

The state of Washington has charged the owner of a Seattle construction company with second-degree manslaughter for the death of a worker killed in a trench collapse accident. The charges against Phillip Numrich, the owner of Alki Construction, could signal the state’s intentions to get tougher on employers whose willful negligence puts the lives of workers at risk. According to the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), the action marks the first time a workplace fatality has prompted a felony charge in Washington state. Mr. Numrich also faces a gross misdemeanor charge for violating a labor safety regulation with ... Read More