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Construction Worker Undergoes Leg Amputation After Work Site Accident

A construction worker who underwent an amputation of his leg after it was crushed on the job at a Pennsylvania amusement park job site has settled a personal injury complaint for $2.75 million. Plaintiff Anthony Dos Santos, who was 23 at the time of the 2014 accident, sued WhiteWater West Industries, a company that specializes in water park construction. WhiteWater had been contracted by the Dorney Park amusement park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to construct and install a waterslide complex. WhiteWater subcontracted Mr. Dos Santos’ employer, KP Construction, to complete part of the job. According to a court memo, Mr. Dos ... Read More

Worker’s Double-Leg Amputation Proves Costly for SoCal Foundry

An Alhambra, California, foundry faces fines of more than $280,000 for occupational safety and health violations that contributed to a worker suffering a double leg amputation on the job last year. As with so many persistent industrial amputation accidents across the country, the accidental amputation at Alhambra Foundry Co. occurred due to inadequate lockout/tagout procedures, which are intended to prevent machinery from powering on when workers maintaining, servicing, or cleaning the machine. According to Cal/OSHA, on Aug. 28, two workers at the foundry were cleaning and unjamming a 38-foot-long auger screw conveyor at the bottom of an industrial air filtration ... Read More

Two Workers Suffer Critical Burn Injuries in Tyson Plant Accident

Four workers at an Iowa Tyson plant that processes pork suffered burn injuries on the job in an accident Monday, Jan. 2. Two of the workers are said to be in critical condition. According to KCCI Channel 8 Des Moines, Dallas County Chief Deputy Adam Infante said that two of the workers were flown to the University of Iowa Burn Treatment Center in Iowa City for the treatment of critical burn injuries to their heads, faces, and upper torsos. The other two workers were treated for lesser burn injuries at a health services department at the Tyson Pork Processing plant in ... Read More

Auburn Auto Parts Maker Fined For Exposing Workers To Crushing, Amputation Hazards

An Auburn, Ala., auto parts manufacturer faces $106,000 in penalties for a number of federal safety violations that put its workers at risk of amputation, struck-by injuries, and getting caught in machinery. Violations at the Pyongsan America Inc. facility in Auburn may also land the manufacturer in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Severe Violator Program, which would put it under greater regulatory scrutiny. OSHA devotes more of its time and resources to monitoring companies categorized as severe violators than it does with most other companies. According to OSHA, its January inspection of the Pyongsan facility, which makes heating, ventilation, ... Read More

Ohio Worker Crushed To Death in Hydraulic Press

COLUMBUS, OHIO — A worker employed by a metal plastics molding plant in Central Ohio was crushed to death by a hydraulic press Monday morning, Columbus police said. According to Columbus law enforcement authorities investigating the accident, Timothy Underwood, 60, was working in the press area at a Core Molding Technologies plant with a coworker early Monday morning when he fell into one of the hydraulic presses. Police said Mr. Underwood died from a “catastrophic injury to his head.” He was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Underwood had worked at the molding plant for about a year. The company, ... Read More

Unguarded Machinery Amputates Four Fingers Of Illinois Power Plant Worker

A feed machine at a power generation facility in Baldwin, Ill., turned on unexpectedly and amputated four fingers of a worker who was performing maintenance, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said. The injury was the third amputation to occur on the same machine since 2011. Federal safety inspectors investigating the accident found that Dynegy Midwest Generation LLC, a unit of Dynegy Inc. of Houston, Texas, failed to power down the machinery before it was serviced. According to OSHA, the worker tried to assist another employee with maintenance, putting his hand inside an access door on the machine when ... Read More

Finger Amputation At Candy Factory Uncovers Safety Violations

The partial amputation of a candy factory worker’s index finger could have been prevented had the company complied with federal safety rules, federal regulators said Wednesday. MJR, a Boston staffing company that does business as Snelling Staffing Services, provided the worker to Cambridge Brands Inc.’s production facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cambridge Brands is a subsidiary company of Chicago-based Tootsie Roll Industries. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the temporary worker was operating a candy wrapping machine on Jan. 6, 2016, when his left index finger was mechanically severed. The accident prompted OSHA to investigate the Cambridge facility. ... Read More

Labor Dept Sues Manufacturer Accused of Firing Workers injured on the job for reporting Safety Concerns

The U.S. Department of Labor said that this it is suing Lloyd Industries of Montgomeryville, Penn., a manufacturer of fire dampers and HVAC products, for firing a worker who was injured on the job and then firing another worker who cooperated with federal authorities investigating the incident. According to the Labor Department, on July 11, 2014, an unguarded machine crushed the hand of a Lloyd Industries worker, amputating three fingers. The company fired the injured worker immediately after the incident occurred. Four months later, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) received a complaint from the injured worker, prompting the ... Read More

Reconstruction project floorplan error leads to Southern Mississippi contractor’s death

A floorplan error turned a restaurant reconstruction project into a deathtrap for a Mississippi builder who was crushed while shoring up supports that held an overhead concrete form in place. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that 54-year-old builder Gary Berthelot and three workers employed by Great Southern Building Systems were placing additional supports beneath the concrete form when it collapsed onto them. Falling concrete and other debris struck and trapped Mr. Berthelot, a father of four, who had 30 years of construction experience and was the general contractor for the project, which involved rebuilding a restaurant ... Read More

Employer’s Safety Violations Resulted In Horrific Injuries For Two Texas Workers

Twice in a 14-month period, workers at the MooreCo Inc. furniture plant in Temple, Texas, have suffered gruesome injuries because the company ignored critical safety violations, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said. The accidents happened when workers made contact with inadequately guarded machines and were pulled in. In the most recent case, a machine removed the skin from a worker’s arm starting at the wrist all the up to the shoulder. In another incident, a machine skinned a worker’s wrist and hand and amputated the fingertips. Following an OSHA inspection, the agency last month cited MooreCo for ... Read More