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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

Forklift accident at San Francisco building supply company claims worker’s life

A San Francisco building supply company has been ordered to pay a $62,000 fine for several safety violations that led to the death of a worker in a forklift accident last November. In an area called the Dogpatch neighborhood, the accident occurred on Nov. 21 at Good View Roofing & Building Supply Co that killed Ruan Qiang, a resident of South San Francisco. Qiang was moving a load of building supplies from the company’s warehouse to a customer’s car using a forklift, a 5-ton vehicle the company often uses for heavy lifting. According to Cal-OSHA, a bag of mortar mix fell from the load and landed ... 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

Worker’s Tragic Wood Chipper Death Highlights Tree-Care Industry Risks

ALBANY, N.Y. — Federal investigators are probing the death of a 23-year-old man who became caught in the blades of a wood chipper May 5 while helping a tree-removal company on a job in suburban Guilderland, N.Y. Justus Booze took the day job with Countryside Tree Care expecting to be paid $65, which he intended to put toward rent on an apartment he shared with his fiancée, Kristen Hickey, and her three children. Tony Watson, Countryside’s owner, told the Times Union that he is present at every job “100 percent of the time” and usually operates the wood chipper. For ... Read More

Worker’s Six-Finger Amputation Exposes Safety Violations At Illinois Metal Plant

A 21-year old worker suffered permanent, debilitating injuries in a South Elgin, Ill., aluminum products plant because his employer did not take basic safety steps to prevent its workers from being maimed by dangerous machinery, federal authorities said Thursday. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that the worker had been employed by Custom Aluminum Products just four weeks when his hands entered the “danger zone” of metal press he was feeding. The machine amputated six of his fingers – the ring, middle, and index fingers on each hand plus part of his right pinky finger. Under new ... Read More

Safety Violations Caused Worker’s Burn Injuries At Georgia Power Plant

Federal safety regulators hit Georgia Power and wiring subcontractor ABB Inc. with nearly $123,000 in fines after investigating the utility company’s Bowen  power generating facility in response to an electrical accident that left an employee with severe burn injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched an investigation of Georgia Power plant on Oct. 27, 2015, after an electrical arc flash occurred inside an electrical cabinet where a 48-year-old electrician was working. The man, an employee of ABB Inc., sustained second- and third-degree burns to his torso, arms, and hands. Arc flashes occur when a fault between high-voltage electrical ... Read More

Former Paper Mill Worker Awarded $235,000 In Whistleblower Retaliation Case

A federal judge in Idaho has ordered a paper manufacturer to pay a former employee $235,000 in back pay and damages after ruling that the company violated federal whistleblower protections when it unlawfully fired the employee for reporting unsafe working conditions. Clearwater Paper Corp. of Spokane, Wash., fired Anthony Tenny, an employee of its Lewiston, Idaho, sawmill, in 2010, less than a month after Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials inspected the mill in response to a complaint Mr. Tenny filed stating concerns about high levels of wood dust in the mill. Inadequate or improper ventilation can allow unsafe ... Read More

World’s Largest Sauerkraut Maker Fined After Worker Falls Into Cabbage Vat

Federal officials have cited a Wisconsin sauerkraut manufacturer for multiple safety violations after a worker was seriously injured by falling into a deep sauerkraut vat. GLK Foods of Bear Creek, Wis., faces fines of $143,550 for multiple violations that endanger its workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said. The April 13 citation was the fourth time in five years OSHA has cited the company for its noncompliance with federal safety rules and standards. OSHA said it investigated GLK Foods after a 35-year old worker fell more than 17 feet into an empty vat used for making industrial-size batches ... Read More

Former Massey Energy CEO Off to Prison In Wake Of Deadly Mine Blast

Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, was sentenced to a year in federal prison and ordered to pay a $250,000 fine for conspiring to willfully violate mine health and safety standards, which contributed to the catastrophic 2010 Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in West Virginia. Mr. Blankenship, an outspoken foe of safety, government regulations, and worker unions who often called some congressional leaders “greeniacs” and “crazy” for supporting environmental protections, received his sentence after a federal jury returned a guilty verdict on Dec. 3, 2015. During his trial, U.S. prosecutors called 27 witnesses to testify, many of whom were coal miners who worked ... Read More

Scrap Metal Processor Pleads Guilty To Workplace Safety Violations After Worker Death

A Rockford, Ill., scrap metal processor has pleaded guilty to willfully violating federal workplace safety regulations that caused the death of a plant worker. Behr Iron & Steel Inc., which recycles metals contained in automobiles, refrigerators, and other junked items, faces maximum fines of $500,000 and five years of probation in addition to paying restitution to the victim’s family, which would be decided by the court. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Behr failed to provide lockout/tagout protection and confined space protection in its South Beloit, Ill., Plant. The agency said the company’s failures amounted to critical ... Read More