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OSHA investigating two fatal workplace accidents in Boston

BOSTON, Mass. — Federal safety officials arrived at a Boston steel fabrication plant Tuesday, Dec. 10, to launch an investigation of an employee who was crushed to death Monday night by a falling steel beam. Boston Bridge & Steel Inc., which produces structural steel for buildings, bridges, and other large-scale industrial purposes, said it was “deeply saddened” by the death of 46-year-old Marco Antonio Huezo Mancea, who immigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador. Mr. Mancea was in the country on a work visa to support his wife, son and two daughters, all of whom reside in El Salvador. Investigators ... Read More

Protesters rally around Texas worker fired after reporting construction injury

The injury of a Texas construction worker who was nearly killed on the job and then fired for reporting the incident sparked a protest Saturday, as workers and workers-rights groups gathered to draw attention to incident and the plight of whistleblowers throughout the state. Wilmer Lopez Sanchez told the nonprofit Workers Defense Project (WDP) that he was hit in the back with rebar when a load of the bars fell from a crane at a high-raise apartment project in downtown Austin Nov. 8. He and at least two other workers were injured by the falling rebar. Mr. Sanchez was treated ... Read More

More than 675 Ohio workers suffer amputation injuries each year

Earlier this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) responded to multiple complaints brought by workers at a plant that manufactures garage door hardware, who alleged they were exposed to numerous safety hazards whenever they were on the job. Last month, OSHA announced it had investigated the workers’ complaints and inspected working conditions at Archbold-based Napolean Spring Works Inc. That investigation resulted in 16 citations for 15 serious safety violations and one bad enough to be deemed “willful” by the agency. OSHA fined Spring Works $147,600 for the infractions, some of which posed significant risk of amputation to the ... Read More

Construction worker’s death results in penalties for Florida company

MIAMI, Fla. – A South Florida masonry company received a $77,000 fine for safety violations that led to a worker falling to his death at a Miami construction site, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said. An OSHA investigation triggered by the worker’s death in May resulted in Pompano Beach-based Coastal Masonry being hit with one willful and serious safety violation. According to the agency, the worker was helping to build interior and exterior walls for a multilevel condominium building on Brickell Bay Drive in Miami when he fell 70 feet while attempting to straighten a piece of ... Read More

Retailers urged to implement crowd safety controls during ‘Black Friday’ holiday sales

In an effort to prevent trampling deaths and injuries from occurring in stores offering “doorbuster” holiday sales this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding U.S. retailers to take adequate precautions and be prepared to properly manage crowds that gather in anticipation of major sales events. Black Friday injuries and deaths have been of particular concern to federal safety regulators since the a Walmart employee was trampled to death in 2008 after he opened the doors early on Black Friday to an anxious crowd. Several others, including a pregnant woman, were injured in the stampede that literally ... Read More

Truck drivers fired for reporting safety concerns to be rehired, compensated

A North Carolina-based trucking company has been ordered to pay more than $1,070,000 in back wages, interest, compensatory and punitive damages to four truck drivers who alleged they were fired in violation of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act’s (STAA) whistleblower protection provisions, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said. According to the whistleblower complaint, Gaines Motor Lines Inc. allegedly fired the four drivers after they participated in a safety inspection audit of the company’s facility in Hickory, N.C. The inspection was conducted by the Transportation Department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the federal agency that regulates the ... Read More

Texas chemical company exec gets prison for employee deaths

Former owner and president of a Texas chemical company has been sentenced to one year in federal prison and $5,000 in fines for committing occupational safety crimes that caused the deaths of two employees, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced. Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services (PACES) LLC owner Matthew Lawrence Bowman, 41, of Houston, pleaded guilty May 9 to violating the Occupational Safety and Health Act and for making a false statement in connection with an investigation of the employee deaths. According to court documents, Mr. Bowman was president and owner of PACES, located in Port Arthur, Texas, ... Read More

Surgeons perform emergency leg amputation on Washington worker caught in auger

SPOKANE, Wash. – Doctors trying to extricate a 29-year-old mill worker whose leg became caught in an industrial auger on an external catwalk six stories above ground had to perform an on-site amputation in order to free the man. Rescue workers who were called to the scene at a Purina Mill in an industrial section of Spokane, Wash., had to climb several stories to access the man, but could not free his leg from the machine. Grain dust swirling around the equipment complicated rescue efforts, Spokane fire officials told the Spokesman Review. Police picked up orthopedic and vascular surgeons and transported ... Read More

Missouri glass company hit with safety fines after worker’s finger amputation

Federal safety regulators have cited a Missouri glass manufacturer for 21 health and safety violations after a worker lost a finger while repairing a machine at the company’s Park Hills, Missouri facility in March. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed fines of $137,400 for the violations, several of which inspectors deemed serious for the substantial risk of physical injury or death they posed. OSHA investigators said that Piramal Glass USA Inc. had not properly disengaged the machine from its power source while it was undergoing maintenance. “An employer’s failure to power off energy sources before conducting equipment maintenance ... Read More

California grower faces steep fines after worker loses leg on the job

A California grower plans to contest $39,000 in fines proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for safety violations investigators allege caused a harvester to lose her leg on the job. According to the Modesto Bee, Turlock, Cal.-based Dan Avila & Sons said it will fight the proposed fines before a regional OSHA board early next year despite having a checkered safety history that includes $75,000 for other safety violations and disputes with county officials over some of the land he uses to grow watermelons and sweet potatoes. On Oct. 17, 2012, 32-year-old Anaberta Nunez was working on ... Read More