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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Leads To Steep Penalties for Illinois Company

An Illinois pallet manufacturer whose employees were sickened with carbon monoxide poisoning on the job earlier this year faces more than $216,000 in fines for safety and regulatory lapses that expose its workers to the risk of injury and illness. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Cleary Pallet Sales Inc. of Genoa, Illinois, for multiple safety violations after inspecting its facility in January. The inspection was prompted when 10 employees required emergency medical treatment for carbon monoxide exposure, OSHA said. Some of the sickened workers were hospitalized. OSHA’s inspection of the plant found that workers were exposed ... Read More

Meat packing plant slapped with fines following worker deaths, injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) slapped Fresh Mark, a Canton, Ohio-based meat packing plant, with more than $200,000 in fines and penalties following the death of an undocumented Guatemalan immigrant working at the facility and injuries to other workers whose body parts were ripped off by either working with unsafe equipment or in unsafe conditions. Two weeks after the fines were handed down, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided the business and arrested 146 people as part of a yearlong investigation into Fresh Mark’s hiring of undocumented immigrants. In December, Doming Ramos, a 49-year-old undocumented Guatemalan died after ... Read More

OSHA cites company for putting employees at risk for falls

Crown Roofing LLC, based in Sarasota, Florida, was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing employees to fall hazards at a Jupiter worksite. The company was investigated by OSHA as part of the Agency’s Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction. Crown Roofing was cited for a repeat violation for failing to utilize a guardrail, safety net, or personal fall arrest systems while working at heights greater than six feet. The violation carries a maximum penalty of $129,336. OSHA also cited the company for failing to have a competent person regularly inspecting ... Read More

ME man settles lawsuit against employer after amputation

A Maine man who lost two fingers during an accident at the ocean-based salmon farm where he was employed, has settled a lawsuit with the company for an undisclosed sum. Jesse Redman, 24, sued True North Salmon US Inc., and Cooke Aquaculture USA Inc., in October 2016 seeking more than $1 million in lost earnings, medical expenses and pain and suffering. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Bangor. The amount of compensation Redman received from the company wasn’t revealed, but all parties agreed that Redman suffered a significant workplace injury and that the settlement fairly compensates ... Read More

Mental health facility employees subjected to violent workplace

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) received a complaint stating that some of the employees of Premier Behavioral Health Solutions of Florida Inc. were forced to work directly with patients who had violent mental health conditions, and the proper protection for the employees was not implemented, In response to the complaint, OSHA cited Premier Behavioral Health Solutions of Florida Inc. and UHS of Delaware Inc., the sole operators of Suncoast Behavioral Health Center, were cited for their failure to protect their employees from being exposed to violence in the workplace. The total projected penalties owed ... Read More

Contractor fined for subjecting employees to fall hazards

Omar Garcia, a framing contractor based out of Auburn, Alabama, has been cited by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for subjecting its employees to eye safety and fall hazards. Omar Garcia faces projected penalties of just over $113,000. The company was working on a project in Pike Road, Alabama when it was observed that some of the employees were performing framework in a residential area with a complete lack of fall protection. Following this observation, OSHA opened an investigation into the company to determine whether this was the only regulation it was neglecting. ... Read More

Whistleblower will be compensated by roofing contractor for Wrongful Termination

A whistleblower who lost his job with a Georgia roofing contractor because he cooperated with federal safety authorities investigating the company will receive back wages and other compensation. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) filed a lawsuit against Jasper Contractors Inc. of Kennesaw, Georgia on behalf of a former safety director who claimed he was fired after he cooperated with an OSHA investigation by providing the agency with a statement and safety documentation. The federal agency was investigating safety-related issues concerning work the company was performing in Florida. OSHA alleged the roofing company violated the whistleblower or anti-retaliation ... Read More

OSHA: employee death at plastics manufacturer was ‘preventable tragedy’

ABC Polymer Industries LLC, a plastics manufacturer based out of Helena, Alabama, was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) when one of its employees died on the job. The worker was pulled in the company’s plastics recycling machine in August 2017. The agency says this unfortunate disaster was the result of the lack of compliance to the workplace safety regulations put in place by OSHA to prevent incidents such as this. The company is now facing $195,144 in projected fines and penalties. Following this tragedy, OSHA began an investigation to determine whether the incident was preventable and ... Read More

Paperboard company cited in violation of 60 OSHA regs

Carthage Specialty Paperboard, Inc., a paper milling company based out of Carthage, New York, has reached an agreement with the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that calls for vast improvements in the company’s workplace safety. The agency has cited the company for violations including lack of proper fall protection, dangerous energy control, proper emergency response, and its failure to prevent harmful incidents regarding machine guarding. The projected penalties incurred are just over $175,000. OSHA cited the company for more than 60 workplace health and safety violations in June of last year. According to the ... Read More

Worker Suffers Hand Amputation At New York Food Plant

A worker’s accidental hand amputation triggered a safety inspection and more than $300,000 in penalties for an Upstate New York food ingredients manufacturer and distributor. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it launched an inspection of Marshall Ingredients LLC in Wolcott, New York, in July 2017 after being notified that plant worker suffered an accidental hand amputation while using a machine. According to the company’s website, Marshall Ingredients manufactures all-natural dried fruit and vegetable products for use in human and pet food. The worker’s hand amputation occurred when she reached into the rotating airlock of a food dryer ... Read More