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Food Plant Fined After Third Accidental Amputation in Three Years

A food processing plant in Pasco, Washington, faces more than $90,000 in fines for serious repeated safety violations after a worker had his finger partially amputated by moving machinery. The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) said that it cited Freeze Pak, a division of Oregon Potato Co., for six safety violations with fines of $92,400. The fines were issued after a plant worker’s accidental finger amputation triggered an inspection. The amputation was the third time in three years that a worker suffered an accidental amputation at the plant. Three of the safety violations involved serious violations for which ... Read More

Worker Sues Food Manufacturer After Double Arm Amputation

A Missouri man who suffered a work-related double arm amputation has filed a lawsuit against his former employer and other parties, seeking damages for the debilitating injuries. According to the St. Joseph (Missouri) News-Press, Brent Sherman of Cameron, Missouri, worked at the Hillshire Brands food processing facility as a sanitation worker responsible for cleaning blenders and other meat-processing equipment. On Feb. 5, 2015, Mr. Sherman was washing the doors of a meat blender made by Cozzini Inc. with a hot water hose when the machine suddenly turned on without warning. Mr. Sherman’s forearms and the hose and its nozzle became ... 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

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

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

Common Halloween Hazards, and How to Avoid Them

Halloween is upon us, where hazards go hand-in-hand with delightfully frightening festivities. Although the eerie entertainment may seem innocent enough, dangers lurk in surprising places. The State Department of Public Health is now issuing warnings regarding the risks of using decorative contact lenses. They are often referred to as “decorative” or “fashion” lenses, but the wearer is encouraged to consult an eye doctor before use to prevent injury. “Advertised as color, cosmetic, fashion and theatrical contact lenses, decorative contact lenses are especially popular around Halloween,” says Dr. Karen Smith, State Public Health Officer. “Wearing any kind of contact lens, including ... 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

EMS Workers More At Risk For Job-Related Injuries

Emergency medical services (EMS) workers are injured on the job at significantly higher rates than the general workforce and have three times the number of missed workdays due to their injuries, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) said. Analyzing data compiled from a four-year study of EMS workers, NIOSH developed a fact sheet for EMS worker injuries to help bring awareness to some of the occupational hazards these workers face while providing emergency services to others in need. According to NIOSH, more than 22,000 EMS workers are treated in emergency rooms every year for work-related injuries. Worker ... Read More

Amputations Continue To Plague Workers At BWAY’s Chicago Plant

Accidental amputations, a crushed hand, and a series of other debilitating injuries prompted federal safety regulators to hit a Chicago container manufacturer with more than half a million dollars in penalties. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated a BWAY Corporation facility after receiving four separate reports of worker injuries at the manufacturing facility. The investigation resulted in OSHA citing the Atlanta-based company for five repeated violations and five serious safety violations related to machine safety procedures. OSHA found one worker suffered two broken bones in his hand after it was crushed by a piece of improperly guarded equipment. ... Read More

Double-Amputation Performed To Free Worker From Foundry Machine

Rescue workers had to perform a double leg amputation in order to free a worker who became caught up in a machine last week in an Alhambra, California manufacturing facility. Alhambra Fire Department paramedics arrived at the Alhambra Foundry Co. around 1 p.m. in response to a call for emergency help. The metals manufacturer and fabricator has been operating in Alhambra, about five miles south of Pasadena, since 1923. The paramedics were able to stop the worker’s bleeding and stabilized him, treating him with fluids and pain medication, MyNewsLA.com reported, but ultimately they were unable to free him from the ... Read More