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Worker Suffers Hand Amputation At New York Food Plant

A worker’s accidental hand amputation triggered a safety inspection and more than $300,000 in penalties for an Upstate New York food ingredients manufacturer and distributor. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it launched an inspection of Marshall Ingredients LLC in Wolcott, New York, in July 2017 after being notified that plant worker suffered an accidental hand amputation while using a machine. According to the company’s website, Marshall Ingredients manufactures all-natural dried fruit and vegetable products for use in human and pet food. The worker’s hand amputation occurred when she reached into the rotating airlock of a food dryer ... Read More

Trump Admin ‘illegally withholding’ OSHA Reports, Public Citizen Says

Rolling back workplace safety regulations, downsizing its already overstretched crew of inspectors, and now concealing workplace injury and illness records … the news coming out of Trump’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) these days may signal darker times ahead for U.S. workers. The government watchdog group Public Citizen said it has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Labor and OSHA, alleging the federal agencies are violating the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule, which was finalized in 2016, by illegally denying requests for injury and illness data it made under the Freedom of Information Act. According ... 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

OSHA Cites Tampa Electric After Deadly Release of Molten Slag

Federal authorities have cited Tampa Electric Co. and Gaffin Industrial Services Inc. after a workplace accident involving a release of molten slag fatally injured five workers and left another with severe burn injuries. The deadly workplace accident occurred on Thursday, June 29, at Tampa Electric’s Big Bend River Station in Apollo Beach when the workers were performing routine maintenance on a slag tank, which holds molten coal waste after it’s burned. Slag is a lava-like substance that forms when burning coal is mixed with water. “We had employees that were working to unplug a blockage in that tank,” Tampa Electric President ... Read More

Workplace Accidents Often Trigger PTSD in Workers

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness typically associated with combat and violence, but any frightening or disturbing experience that overwhelms a person, no matter who and where they are, can trigger PTSD. Much news is focused on workers who suffer some form of physical injury in the workplace, but seldom do we hear about the mental and emotional injuries that on-the-job trauma causes. For instance, workers who witness an amputation on the job, a crushing or falling incident, an explosion, or some other horrific workplace accident that results in a coworker’s severe injury or death. According to the ... Read More

Biloxi Construction Worker Dies in Likely Electrocution Accident

Police in Hattiesburg, Mississippi are investigating a construction worker’s possible electrocution death at a shopping complex under construction in the city. According to the Hattiesburg American, Forest County Coroner Lisa Klem identified the construction worker as Paul Anthony Lawnicki of Biloxi. Jackson, Mississippi’s WHLT says that Mr. Lawnicki was 45 years old. The apparent accident occurred about 9:00 Friday morning at The District at Midtown. Emergency workers arrived at the work site in the 2900 block of Hardy Street to find Mr. Lawnicki in a crane that had made contact with a power line. He was declared dead at the ... Read More

OSHA Fines Alabama Dealership After Deadly Flash Fire

Federal authorities cited a Jasper, Alabama, car dealership for willful and serious workplace safety violations after a flash fire broke out in its facility in June 2017, killing three employees and leaving a fourth with critical burn injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that employees of Carl Cannon Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership were using a flammable brake wash to scrub the floor of the service pit. A flame or other heat source met the floor, erupting in a massive flash fire that instantly consumed the service facility. The flash fire fatally burned three workers, Jake Jennings, Javan Robinson ... Read More

Corn Mill Gets Record OSHA Fine After Deadly Dust Explosion

A Wisconsin corn milling plant was hit with more than $1.8 million in federal penalties in the wake of a massive explosion that killed five workers and injured 12 others, including a 21-year-old worker who suffered a double leg amputation in the blast. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that the deadly May 31, 2017, explosion at the Didion Milling plant in Cambria, Wisconsin, could have been prevented had the company adhered to observed workplace safety rules designed to protect workers. The $1,837,861 penalty the company now faces is the largest proposed penalty for a single inspection in ... Read More

Parents of Worker Killed At ExxonMobil Refinery File Lawsuit

The parents of a worker killed at the ExxonMobil refinery in Beaumont, Texas, have filed a lawsuit seeking compensation and damages from the companies whose negligence they allege caused the workplace fatality of their daughter. Yesenia Espinoza, 31, was working as a pipefitter assistant at a construction project at the ExxonMobil plant Dec. 1 when she was struck by a piece of piping and killed, according to the Beaumont Enterprise. Ms. Espinoza’s parents filed their lawsuit in Jefferson County court Dec. 4 against ExxonMobil, the construction and engineering firm Bechtel, and Echo Maintenance, the Port Arthur, Texas, company that employed ... Read More

Verla Plant Explosion Kills One Worker, Injures 125

A federal safety inspection of a New York cosmetics plant last year foretold a Nov. 20 explosion and fire that killed one worker and injured 125 others. According to the (Middletown, NY) Times Record-Herald, cosmetics manufacturer Verla International LLC was hit with a multitude of safety violations between 2013 and 2016, most of which the agency classified as serious. One 2016 violation involved the New Windsor company’s failure to properly store and ground flammable-liquid containers and their pouring nozzles to prevent static electricity and the potential for sparks, which could ignite the volatile chemicals. And that is what happened on ... Read More