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Worker’s Deadly Fall Leads To $112K Fines for Lumber Mill

A Washington lumber mill faces $112,000 for critical safety violations following the death of a worker who fell from an improperly guarded elevated platform in April. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) said 41-year-old Andrew Ward died on the job at Sierra Pacific Industries after a section of permanent yellow guardrail had been removed from the 17-and-a-half-foot-high platform and replaced with yellow caution tape. According to investigators, Sierra Pacific removed the section of guardrail so that a crane could better move some equipment. At some point after the guardrail was removed, Mr. Ward went to the edge of the ... Read More

Ironworker Awarded $1.5 Million Verdict for On-the-job injury

An ironworker in New Jersey has been awarded a $1.5 million verdict over a fall off a ladder while at work five years ago. Marco Moreira, 38, was on the job at a construction site on Dec. 1, 2012, when he was required to climb a tall ladder. Once he reached about 10 feet up, the fell from the ladder onto the concrete floor. NJ.com reports that Moreira’s injuries included a fractured elbow, ruptured Achilles tendon, and many other traumas that required multiple surgeries. The lawsuit was filed against JSM at Fairways, the company responsible for the construction on the ... Read More

Widow of Construction Worker Who Fell to His Death Files Lawsuit

The widow of a construction worker who died on the job due to a fall has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the construction company, two subcontractors and the property owner. The Mercury News reports that Irma Vargas, the wife of Jose Luis Delgado Lopez, 34, has filed the lawsuit against Level 10 Construction, Webcor Builders, Alamillo Rebar Inc, and Central Wolfe LLC in Sunnyvale, California. According to the lawsuit, Delgado died last November as a result of a 76-foot fall from a new clover-shaped building that has plans to be leased by Apple, Inc. Delgado was employed by Alamillo Rebar, who performs contract work ... Read More

OSHA Calls Idaho Construction Worker’s Fatal Fall A “Tragic Reminder” of Employer Negligence

Brandon Horine’s first day at work removing shingles from a residential roof in Nampa, Idaho, was also his last. Without required fall-protection equipment in place, the 42-year-old worker fell to the ground on Sept. 12, 2016 – suffering severe brain trauma that ended his life several days later. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated the circumstances surrounding Mr. Horine’s death. OSHA authorities found his employer, RP Construction, had violated critical safety rules on the job site, which likely jeopardized Mr. Horine’s life. According to OSHA, RP Construction failed to ensure its workers used fall-protection equipment, and failed to train new ... Read More

The High Price of Injury in America

Injuries of all kinds, whether they’re sports-related, caused by a workplace accident, the result of a traffic accident, or caused by a violent crime, cost the U.S. $671 billion in 2013, according to federal health authorities. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports showed that nonfatal injuries cost the U.S. more than $457 billion in 2013, while fatal injuries amounted to $214 billion. Injuries, whether accidental or violence-related, are the main cause of death for some U.S. citizens. In 2013, injuries accounted for 59 percent of all deaths among people ages ... Read More

Alabama Contractor Sentenced For Lying About Worker Safety

An Alabama steel and roofing contractor has been sentenced to three years of supervised probation, 30 hours of community service, and penalties totaling $55,000 for lying to federal investigators conducting a probe into worker safety after a work site incident that seriously injured three workers. Marcus Borden, who runs his contracting company from Russellville, Ala., pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to federal authorities on May 13, 2015. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in March 2013, Mr. Borden was supervising a five-man crew on a roofing project In Cordova, Ala., when a severe thunderstorm ... Read More

OSHA fines Wireless Horizon for tower collapse that killed two workers

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Wireless Horizon Inc. with two willful and four serious safety violations following an investigation of a March 25 cell tower collapse that killed two workers in Kansas. The deaths of the workers, two technicians ages 25 and 38, bring the number of U.S. communication tower deaths to 11 so far this year. There have been 24 deaths among cell tower workers since the beginning of 2013, according to OSHA records. The Wireless Horizon workers were dismantling a tower in Blaine, Kansas, using a gin pole, a special load-lifting device. The ... Read More

OSHA orders back pay, damages, and job reinstatement to railroad employee

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) LLC, the second-largest freight railroad network in North America, retaliated against a North Dakota worker in December 2013 for reporting a work-related injury and submitting a physician’s treatment plan to his employer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) concluded in an investigation. OSHA ordered Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF to pay the worker more than $30,000 in back wages and damages and to take other corrective actions. The former employee submitted a whistleblower complaint to OSHA alleging BNSF violated the anti-retaliation provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act, which prohibit employers from retaliating against workers who ... Read More

Wyoming fracking site blast kills one worker, injures three others

One worker has died and three others were seriously injured after an explosion ripped through a storage tank Wednesday at a natural gas production facility operated by fracking giant EOG Resources Inc. in southwestern Wyoming. The worker who was killed was contracted to clean natural gas storage tanks at the EOG site south of LaBarge, Wyo., alongside another contract worker and two EOG employees. A company representative told Reuters that the site contained one natural gas well and two gas storage tanks. “The tank stores natural gas, and was undergoing cleaning when the explosion occurred,” the Lincoln County Homeland Security ... Read More

IKEA recalls children’s swing due to fall hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), along with IKEA North America Services LLC, announced on Tuesday that more than 2,000 GUNGGUNG child’s swings, sold in IKEA stores nationwide and online have been recalled. The hazard associated with this product involves the swing’s suspension fittings breaking, causing a child to fall from the swing, which can lead to serious injury. The IKEA GUNGGUNG Swing is intended for children between the ages of 3 and 7, and is built for both indoor and outdoor use. The swing is made of green polyester fabric and hangs from a plastic suspension fitting, which ... Read More