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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

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

Explosion in Georgia Chemical Plant Kills Welder, Injures 2 Others

Federal and local authorities are investigating the cause of an industrial explosion at an Augusta, Georgia, chemical complex that killed one worker and injured two others Wednesday, Sept. 27. According to The Augusta Chronicle, the deadly explosion occurred at the DSM Chemical plant, a unit of the Dutch multinational chemical manufacturer that produces powder-coat paint resins. The explosion killed 29-year-old Steven Gonsalves of Beech Island, South Carolina. According to The Augusta Chronicle, Mr. Gonsalves was not an employee of DSM but he was in the plant performing welding work with the other workers who were injured. A spokesperson for the ... Read More

Resolution Repealing OSHA’s worker Injury Recordkeeping Requirements Passes House

A resolution that seeks to repeal an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule clarifying the responsibilities of large employers in the most dangerous industries to keep complete and accurate worker injury records has cleared the House and is now under review by the Senate. The OSHA clarifying rule under attack, writes Debbie Berkowitz, former chief of staff and senior OSHA adviser, “does not impose any new costs or obligations on employers, nor does it affect small businesses. The rule only covers larger employers in the most dangerous industries. This rule does not kill jobs, it prevents jobs from killing ... Read More

Oil Well worker Crushed To Death in Well Malfunction Near Houston

A contract oil well worker was crushed to death Tuesday, March 14, by malfunctioning oil rig equipment at a Denbury Resources well in Alvin, Texas. The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 43-year-old Antonio Perez of El Campo, Texas. Mr. Perez was a long-time employee of Pryor Packers, a company based in Laurel, Mississippi. Lieutenant Varon Snelgrove told ABC 13 Eyewitness News Houston that Mr. Perez was an experienced well worker who had worked on the type of wells such as the one that killed him many times in the past. The Associated Press described Mr. Perez as ... Read More

Feds Shine Spotlight on Worker Suffocation deaths In Grain Facilities

According to federal safety regulators, suffocation from engulfment in grain is the leading cause of death in U.S. grain bins. But despite past efforts to draw awareness to this danger, the number of suffocation deaths in grain facilities continues to rise. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a new campaign to drive down the number of grain bin suffocation deaths. This program, called “Stand-Up for Grain Engulfment Prevention” – aims to unite employers and workers in enhancing worker protections, reducing injuries, and preventing grain-engulfment fatalities. A record 51 grain engulfment incidents were reported to OSHA in ... Read More

Oklahoma Truck Bed Plant Hit With Massive Fine For Unsafe working conditions

A worker’s complaint of unsafe working conditions at a well-known Oklahoma truck bed fabricator triggered a federal inspection of the plant that uncovered two dozen safety and health violations that put employees at risk of injury and death, federal regulators said. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that its inspection of Madill, Okla., based BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc., which does business as CM Trailers and CM Truck Beds, uncovered 20 serious safety violations, three repeat violations, and one willful violation. OSHA assessed fines of more than $535,000 for the violations. “CM Truck Beds has created an environment where ... Read More

Mother of Woman Killed By Robotic Machine Sues Alabama Hyundai Supplier

The mother of an Alabama woman crushed to death by a robotic machine in June has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Cusseta, Ala. automotive supplier where she worked and a staffing agency. Regina Allen Elsea, 20, of Five Points, Ala., was employed at the Ajin USA manufacturing facility, which makes parts for Hyundai and Kia. On June 8, Ms. Elsea and three coworkers were sent to reactivate a robotics machine that had become jammed. The machine abruptly restarted during the cleaning process with Ms. Elsea inside the operation zone. Ms. Elsea was taken to East Alabama Medical Center and ... Read More