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Ford Recalls 1.4 Million Cars For Potential Steering Wheel Detachment

Ford Motor Co. announced a major safety recall involving about 1.4 million cars in North America over concerns that the steering wheel could come off the steering column, causing drivers to lose control. The Ford recall affects certain model-year 2014 through 2018 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars. Most of the recalled cars – about 1.3 million – are in the U.S. Another 62,000 vehicles in Canada and 14,000 in Mexico are included in the recall. Ford announced the recall after company officials found that the cars have “potentially loose steering wheel bolts that could result in a steering wheel ... Read More

OSHA Settles Whistleblower Retaliation Case With Ohio Co

A whistleblower who lost his job after reporting his concerns about unsafe working conditions at an Ohio-based environmental remediation and emergency-response company will receive $21,000 in back wages, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said. The agency ordered Environmental Management Specialists Inc. (EMS) of Steubenville, Ohio, to compensate the worker for the lost work and to erase from his employment record his termination and all references to it that could harm his ability to find other employment. The worker, a field technician, claimed that EMS fired him after he filed whistleblower complaints with OSHA alleging EMS violated occupational ... Read More

Fatal Amputation Injury Leads to Heavy Fines For Alabama Co

A fatal amputation injury at an Alabama plastics manufacturing company has led to nearly $200,000 in proposed fines for violations the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says could have been prevented with the proper safety measures in place. OSHA says it cited ABC Polymer Industries LLC of Helena for multiple safety violations including one willful violation – the agency’s most serious – for failing to prevent workers from suffering amputation and other injuries in its industrial machinery. According to AL.com, Catalina Estillado, aka Eva Saenz, died Aug. 16 at the ABC Polymer Industries plant after she was pulled into ... Read More

Natural Gas Explosions Rock Dallas Community, Killing 12-Year-Old Girl

Three natural gas explosions in the same Dallas neighborhood in two days, including a blast that killed a 12-year-old girl the morning of Feb. 23 and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents, are being investigated by federal authorities. The Friday explosion in the Northwest Dallas community just north of Dallas Love Field International Airport killed 12-year-old Linda Rogers, known to her friends and family as Michelita, and injured four of her family members. The explosion also destroyed the home, covering surrounding homes with rubble and debris. According to the Associated Press, firefighters arrived at the scene Friday night to ... Read More

Accidental Finger Amputation Triggers Max Penalty For Auto Parts Maker

An accidental finger amputation at a Georgia auto parts manufacturer prompted a federal safety investigation that led to proposed maximum penalties for safety lapses. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that an employee of HP Pelzer Systems Automotive Inc. had been removing a gearbox from an energized scissor lift when it suddenly rotated, causing the amputation of part of the employee’s finger. OSHA cited the company for one repeat violation for its failure to train employees on energy control procedures to prevent machines from powering on unexpectedly during servicing and maintenance. Because OSHA had warned HP Pelzer Systems ... Read More

New Lithium-Ion Battery Transport Rules on the Horizon

New rules restricting the ways lithium-ion batteries are transported are among a handful of regulatory changes the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is expected to make in 2018. According to Occupational Health and Safety, the proposed rule-making is one of five rules governing the handling of hazardous materials the DOT is expected to pass and publish as final rules before the fall of 2018. The new rules, Enhanced Safety Provisions for Lithium Batteries Transported by Aircraft, will put the U.S. in step with international requirements for lithium-ion battery rules already in effect. The new safety rules were proposed by the ... Read More

Job-site Amputation Performed on Texas Construction Worker

A construction worker had to undergo an emergency leg amputation on a Frisco, Texas, job site after he became caught in the blades of a trench digging machine Feb.1, local authorities said. Kevin Haines of the Frisco Fire Department told CBS Dallas Fort Worth that the worker’s leg was entangled in the machine to the point where they didn’t think he could be extricated with just tools. The accident happened in a field where workers were laying pipe for the construction of a housing development. Emergency workers assessing the problem also determined that the trenching machine, which resembles a giant ... Read More

Deadly Oklahoma Rig Explosion Likely Caused By Blowout Preventer Failure

Federal officials said they will open a full investigation of the rig explosion that killed five workers in eastern Oklahoma last month as early indications show the failure of a critical piece of equipment may have contributed to the deadly blast. The Chemical Safety Board, an independent non-regulatory federal agency charged with investigating large industrial chemical accidents, said it sent two investigators to the rig explosion site near Quinton, Oklahoma on Jan. 24 to begin the probe. The rig, owned by Houston-based company Patterson-UTI, exploded about 9 a.m. on Jan. 22 when an uncontrolled release of natural gas from a ... Read More

Anadarko Cited For Another Deadly Colorado Gas Explosion

Anadarko Petroleum and three other companies have been cited for safety violations in connection with a natural gas explosion that killed one worker and left three others with severe burn injuries. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulators responded to a gas explosion in Mead, Colorado, about 35 miles north of Denver, in May 2017. The deadly explosion occurred at an Anadarko construction site where workers were merging two tank batteries into a single tank battery. According to OSHA, explosive vapors and gases emitted by pipes connected to a crude oil tank accumulated in the work area and ignited when ... Read More

Oklahoma Gas Rig Explosion Kills Five

A massive natural gas rig explosion that killed five men and burned another in Eastern Oklahoma Monday, Jan. 22, was caused by an uncontrolled release of gas from a well during drilling operations, state regulators said. The accident – the deadliest drilling rig explosion to occur since BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010 – happened around 9 a.m. at a well site operated by Patterson-UTI in Pittsburgh County, Oklahoma. Of the 22 workers on the well site at the time of the rig explosion, 17 were able to escape. Five others on the rig were classified as missing until about ... Read More