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3 Killed, 7 Injured in Paper Mill explosion

An explosion at Packaging Corporation of America in DeRidder, Louisiana, claimed the lives of three workers and injured seven more. Jody L. Gooch, 40, William Rolls Jr., 32, and Sedrick Stallworth, 42 were contractors working at the plant when one of the tanks holding “foul condensate” exploded during routine yearly repair work. The seven injured were treated at the local hospital and sent home. Piping in the pulp mill area of the Lake Forest-based plant was being worked on as part of the annual repair work when the 25-foot tank blew up. Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills in the U.S. lead ... Read More

New Lawsuit Filed Against C.R. Bard for alleged G2 IVC Filter Injury

The G2 IVC filter is a blood clot filter made by C.R. Bard intended to catch clots before they enter the heart or lungs, resulting in pulmonary embolism. It is a cage-like device inserted into the largest vein of the body, the vena cava. They are mainly used in patients who cannot tolerate blood thinners. Barry Tuttle of Ohio alleges the G2 filter proved to be life-threatening. After receiving it on Nov. 15, 2007, he alleged he received injuries connected to the device that led him to file a lawsuit against the device maker, Bard. The G2, a similar design to the Recovery ... 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

Alabama Demolition Worker Suffers Fatal Injuries After Floor Collapse In Old Mill

Federal officials and local police are investigating the death of a construction worker who died after the floor in an old mill where he was working gave way, causing him to plummet four stories to the concrete ground floor. The Lanett Police Department identified the worker as Cirilo Banuelos Reyes, a 50-year-old male from Alexander City, Alabama. Mr. Reyes was performing demolition and reclamation work inside the Dye Works building of the Old Lanett Mill on South Gilmer Ave. Tuesday, Feb. 14. when the flooring collapse occurred. Lanett Emergency Medical Services, the Lanett Police Investigations Division, and the Chambers County ... 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

Takata Airbag Explosion Injures Honda Fit Driver in Japan

A driver in Japan was injured by a Takata airbag that exploded in a Honda Fit, Honda Motor Co said Tuesday. Few details about the incident were given, but Honda said the explosion occurred late last month in the passenger-side airbag in one of its Fit compact multi-purpose vehicles. As with so many other Takata airbag malfunctions, the airbag in this incident reportedly behaved more like a bomb than a life-saving safety device, blasting metal shrapnel into the vehicle and causing slight burns to the driver’s leg. Fortunately the driver in this case was able to escape serious injury. Had ... Read More

Debilitating Injury at Ohio Plant Caused by poor safety compliance, OSHA finds

Federal authorities hit an Ohio manufacturer with nearly $275,000 in penalties after an investigation of the second debilitating injury to occur at its New Philadelphia, Ohio, plant in less than 18 months. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it identified 13 safety violations involving machine safety procedures at Lauren Manufacturing after a pneumatic bench cutter amputated a 27-year-old employee’s finger as she cut rubber material on June 22, 2016. Lauren Manufacturing makes molded and extruded polymer solutions and engineered products from organic, silicone, thermoplastics, and other specialty polymers. Inspectors found Lauren did not properly adjust the machine’s light ... Read More

DOL Sues Jerky Maker For Firing Whistleblower Who Tried To Help Injured Coworker

When a worker at a West Virginia beef jerky manufacturing plant accidentally suffered a thumb amputation on the job, a coworker rushed to assistance, applying pressure to the wound and using her cell phone to call 911. But instead of rewarding her quick action in helping her injured coworker, Lone Star Western Beef of Fairmont, W. Va., punished the worker. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that John M. Bachman, the company’s owner, ordered the worker to hang up her phone before responders could answer. He then collected the severed portion of the wounded worker’s thumb and told a ... Read More

New Rule Lowering Beryllium Exposures Aims To Protect Workers From Lung Disease

A new federal rule aimed at protecting workers in a number of manufacturing industries aims to dramatically reduce workplace exposure to beryllium, a strong, lightweight metal that can cause fatal lung cancer and other serious lung disease. Beryllium is a crucial to a number of industries, including aerospace, electronics, energy, telecommunications, medical, defense, construction, and ship building. The federal government’s new beryllium standards, announced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Jan.6, require employers to take additional, practical measures to protect workers from beryllium exposures. A number of manufacturing processes create highly toxic beryllium dust, fume, and mist, which ... 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