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OSHA Finds ‘Astounding’ Number of Safety Violations At Texas Filter Factory

Federal authorities were inspecting the circumstances the led to an employee of Texas manufacturer PECOFacet being seriously injured in May when they found themselves investigating another accident that left a worker with debilitating injuries just three days into the initial investigation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that on May 3 it was investigating the finger amputation of a worker in training at the PECOFacet plant in Mineral Springs, Texas, to determine how part of a metal plate being fabricated fell onto the newly hired worker’s hand. In the course of that investigation, on May 6, a 1,300-pound ... Read More

Florida Construction Company Faces Heavy Penalties For Endangering Workers

Federal safety regulators have hit a Jacksonville, Fla.-area construction company with nearly $200,000 in penalties for “willfully exposing” workers to hazards that could easily lead to serious injury and death. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it conducted two separate inspections of Chris Sawdo Construction job sites in Northeast Florida – one in St. Augustine and another in St. John’s. Inspectors at the job sites observed construction workers installing roofing sheathing and doing other roofing work without any protection from falls. The observations prompted formal inspections under the agency’s Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction. The ... Read More

Company With Poor Safety Record Cited After Death of Texas Construction Worker

DALLAS, Tex. – Construction worker Jorge Carrion Torres, 44, died after falling from a third-story balcony of an apartment complex in Dallas where he was working last May. Mr. Torres, who had been on the job for just one month, was applying a stucco underlayment to the balcony walls when he fell. According to federal regulators, his Phoenix, Arizona-based employers, Design Plastering Inc. and Design Plastering West LLC, had neglected to install protective scaffolding or provide Mr. Torres and his coworkers with fall protection equipment. The deadly incident marked the eighth time the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ... Read More

Texas company hit with heavy fine for refusing workers fall protection

After asking for a safety harness, a temporary worker without the proper fall-protection equipment plummeted 12 feet through a roof at a construction site, resulting in multiple fractures to his arms and a number of severe contusions. Federal safety regulators who investigated the case also found that the worker’s employer, Cotton Commercial USA of Katy, Texas, waited three days to report the injury when federal law requires employers to report injuries within 24 hours. “Falls kill workers, but they are preventable,” said Dr. David Michaels of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). “Cotton Commercial denied its workers the safety ... Read More

Construction companies fined for exposing workers to falls, eye injuries

Federal safety inspectors cited a pair of Jacksonville, Fla., construction companies for endangering workers with lax safety measures, including insufficient fall prevention and improper eye protection. In February and April, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent compliance officers to construction sites as part of its Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction, which identified areas with a higher than average number of construction accidents and targeted them for improvement. The agency said that in the course of these inspections, officials from OSHA’s Jacksonville office observed employees of Transformers Construction Services Inc. and Buildtronix LLC exposed to safety ... Read More

National  safety event aims to drive down construction falling deaths

Federal safety regulators hope to raise awareness of falling risks among construction workers with the second annual national safety event, Fall Safety Stand-Down, which will run from May 4-15 this year. “Every day in this country, construction workers fall,” the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) noted in a statement about the event. “One wrong step and they’re tumbling down a steeply pitched roof, sliding or dropping off an unstable ladder, or left hanging from a scaffold. The difference between an unexpected stumble and tragedy is simple: fall protection.” Indeed, every week federal safety regulators respond to complaints and accident ... 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

Companies must report all employee amputations, eye loss, death to OSHA under new rule

Under a new federal safety rule that will take effect Jan. 1, all employers will be required to notify the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) whenever an employee is hospitalized for an on-the-job injury, suffers an amputation, or loses an eye at work. OSHA regulators originally proposed the new rule change three years ago to enhance current requirements, which mandate that employers notify OSHA when a work-related accident kills an employee or injures and hospitalizes three employees. “Hospitalizations and amputations are sentinel events, indicating that serious hazards are likely to be present at a workplace and that an intervention ... Read More