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Finger Amputation at Delaware Poultry Plant Leads to $40K Penalty

A Delaware poultry processing company faces nearly $40,000 in fines for safety violations uncovered after a plant worker suffered an accidental finger amputation on a packaging machine. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it investigated a Mountaire Farms Inc. poultry processing plant in Selbyville, Del., in June after receiving a report that a worker operating a packaging machine suffered an accidental finger amputation. OSHA authorities inspecting the Mountaire Farms plant found serious violations associated with electrical and process safety management hazards, as well as violations of lockout/tagout rules meant to prevent machines from accidentally starting up. OSHA said ... Read More

Lawyers allege C.R. Bard’s IVC filters are ‘ticking time bombs’

Claims by patients across 16 different states have been consolidated into a class action lawsuit against C.R. Bard for the injuries and deaths allegedly caused by inferior vena cava (IVC) filters made by the medical device manufacturing giant. The lawsuit covers many Bard IVC filter products, including the Recovery Filter System, G2, G2 Express, Eclipse, G2X System, Meridian, and Denali. The patient injuries reportedly linked to the device include hemorrhaging, severe and persistent pain, and perforations of the tissue, vessels and organs. The filters are each based off the model made before – the Meridian’s design came from the Eclipse, which ... Read More

Unreported Finger Amputation Leads to $75K in Fines For Penn. Window Manufacturer

A safety complaint filed against a Pennsylvania window manufacturer alleging the company failed to report the accidental amputation of a worker’s finger led to a federal safety inspection and nearly $75,000 in fines. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it received a complaint about an amputation injury that happened in January 2016 at the Crystal Window and Door Systems plant in Dalton, Penn., but went unreported. A new rule adopted by OSHA requiring employers to report amputations and any other workplace injuries that result in hospitalization went into effect in January 2015. The agency also said it responded ... Read More

Circus Operator Reaches Settlement With U.S. Over Deadly Tent Collapse

A Florida-based circus operator has reached a settlement with federal safety regulators over the deadly 2015 collapse of an improperly installed tent during a thunderstorm in Lancaster, N.H. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Walker International Events in February 2016 with 14 serious violations of federal workplace safety rules after investigating the accident, which resulted in the deaths of Robert Young, 41, and his daughter Annabelle, 6, of Concord, Vt. More than 50 other people were injured, including two circus workers. OSHA investigators found that Walker chose to proceed with its scheduled outdoor circus performance despite repeated warnings ... Read More

Trench Excavation Deaths More Than Doubled In 2016

In June, 33-year-old James Rogers  was crushed to death as he was digging in a 12-foot trench in Washington Township, Ohio, after the trench walls caved in and buried him under tons of dirt. His death was a part of an “alarming and unacceptable” trend in trench deaths, which have more than doubled since last year, federal regulators say. It took hours for rescue workers to recover Mr. Rogers’ body. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) probed the circumstances surrounding Mr. Rogers’ death and that investigation revealed some disturbing evidence that his employer, KRW Plumbing LLC, showed little regard ... Read More

OSHA Finds Unchecked Amputation Hazards In Ohio Bakery

An Ohio commercial bakery faces nearly $147,000 in penalties for exposing workers to repeated safety violations that resulted in one employee suffering a partial amputation of his arm in May. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed that Klosterman Baking Co. of Cincinnati pay $146,979 for three safety violations inspectors found at its St. Bernard, Ohio, facility. OSHA said it sent inspectors to the Klosterman plant on July 7, five weeks after a 28-year-old maintenance worker lost half of his right arm just below the elbow in an improperly guarded bread-wrapping machine, only to find another worker exposed to ... Read More

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

NJ Aluminum Company Faces Safety Fines After Workers Suffer Amputations

As New Jersey aluminum products manufacturer faces more than $89,000 in civil penalties for workplace hazards that expose employees to amputations and other serious injuries. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that it sent investigators to Aluminum Shapes LLC of Pennsauken, N.J., in response to an April 2016 report that a worker had suffered a partial finger amputation. The agency also said it received a report of the amputation at a time when it was engaged in a National Emphasis Program on Amputations, a special regulatory effort to identify and reduce machinery and equipment hazards that have ... Read More

Star Wars Set Accident: Disney Film Unit Fined $2 Million Over Harrison Ford Injury

British authorities have fined a Disney film production unit £1.6 million ($2 million U.S.) for health and safety violations after actor Harrison Ford’s leg was shattered by a hydraulic metal door while filming a scene on the Millennium Falcon for a Star Wars movie. Judge Francis Sheridan hit Disney’s Foodles Production Ltd. with the penalty after concluding the company took a “crazy approach” to the health and safety of those working on the set. Harrison Ford was reprising his role as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in a Buckinghamshire studio when a remote-controlled metal door slammed down ... Read More

Feds Cite Indiana Landscaping Company After Worker’s Fatal Heat Stroke

Federal investigators have cited an Indiana landscaping company in the death of a 23-year-old ground crewman who died from heat-related injuries July 22 after working more than nine hours in direct sunlight when the heat index topped 110 degrees. Townsend Tree Service Company of Muncie, Ind., faces penalties of $12,471 for its failure to implement a heat-prevention and acclimatization program for workers exposed to excessive heat, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said. The agency investigated the death of the worker, who fell unconscious at a job site in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and cited the company on Sept. 20. ... Read More