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Corn Mill Gets Record OSHA Fine After Deadly Dust Explosion

A Wisconsin corn milling plant was hit with more than $1.8 million in federal penalties in the wake of a massive explosion that killed five workers and injured 12 others, including a 21-year-old worker who suffered a double leg amputation in the blast. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that the deadly May 31, 2017, explosion at the Didion Milling plant in Cambria, Wisconsin, could have been prevented had the company adhered to observed workplace safety rules designed to protect workers. The $1,837,861 penalty the company now faces is the largest proposed penalty for a single inspection in ... Read More

Verla Plant Explosion Kills One Worker, Injures 125

A federal safety inspection of a New York cosmetics plant last year foretold a Nov. 20 explosion and fire that killed one worker and injured 125 others. According to the (Middletown, NY) Times Record-Herald, cosmetics manufacturer Verla International LLC was hit with a multitude of safety violations between 2013 and 2016, most of which the agency classified as serious. One 2016 violation involved the New Windsor company’s failure to properly store and ground flammable-liquid containers and their pouring nozzles to prevent static electricity and the potential for sparks, which could ignite the volatile chemicals. And that is what happened on ... Read More

Soy-based Wiring Turns Subarus Into Rodent Attraction, Lawsuit Contends

A Maui woman is suing the Hawaii distributor for Subaru vehicles claiming that the car manufacturer’s use of soy-based wiring attracts mice, rats and other rodents, leaving owners with damaged, unsafe vehicles and costly repairs. The lawsuit, filed by Joy Diane Shuey in Hawaii’s Second Circuit Court in Maui, seeks class-action status to cover other owners of Subaru vehicles sold or distributed by Servco Subaru Hawaii between Nov. 22, 2013, and the present. Ms. Shuey alleges that Subaru uses wiring coated with a soy-based insulation not just because it is biodegradable and better for the environment, but because it is ... Read More

Tire Blowout Kills Florida Couple in Everglades

Authorities in South Florida say a tire blowout appears to have caused a Ford Expedition SUV to crash Sunday afternoon in Alligator Alley, killing a Tampa couple and their dogs. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that the treads on the left rear tire of the Ford SUV separated, causing Kevin Livingston, 42, to lose control of the vehicle. The Ford veered off Interstate 75 near Mile Marker 32 and plummeted into a canal on the right side of the highway. I-75 runs through the Everglades, connecting Fort Lauderdale with Florida’s southwestern Gulf Coast. Mr. Livingston and his wife Michele Makiyama Livingston, ... Read More

FMCSA: Georgia Trucking Firm Had Deadly Disregard For Safety

Federal transportation authorities shuttered a Georgia-based commercial trucking firm after a deadly crash triggered an investigation that turned up scores of serious safety violations. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) description of Keep on Trucking LLC, a Decatur, Georgia, trucking firm, the company was an accident waiting to happen. On Aug. 11, 2017, a Keep On Trucking truck operated by company co-owner Dwight Anthony Preddie was traveling on I-95 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, when it failed to reduce speed from an estimated 63 mph as it entered a construction work zone. Mr. Preddie’s truck collided into the ... Read More

Worker’s Severe Burn Injuries Lead to Hefty Fines For Employer

An employee of a Wyoming construction company suffered severe third-degree burn injuries when compressed oxygen triggered a fire inside the underground duct where the employee was working. The May 5 accident prompted an investigation that led to nearly $250,000 in fines for the construction company and a Montana-based general contractor. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the accident was tied to safety failures that exposed workers to burn injuries and a multitude of other hazards at a Glendive, Montana work site. An OSHA investigation found that Coleman Construction Inc. of Rock Springs, Wyoming, which employed the injured worker, ... Read More

MLB Pitcher Roy Halladay Killed in Florida Plane Crash

A plane crash Tuesday, Nov. 7, killed former major league pitcher Roy Halladay, who pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays for 16 consecutive seasons until 2013, officials in Pasco County, Florida, confirmed. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said in a Tuesday news conference that Mr. Halladay, 40, was killed when his single-engine ICON A5 airplane went down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Holiday, Florida around noon. It was unclear at the time of the press conference whether there were others aboard the small aircraft. Mr. Halladay proudly tweeted pictures of his 2018 A5 ... Read More

Worker Death Uncovers Potentially Unsafe Boeing Materials

A worker’s accidental factory death at one of Boeing’s Seattle-based suppliers has triggered multiple safety investigations, potentially uncovering serious safety deficiencies that encompass not just the workplace but Boeing aircraft as well. On May 30, a piece of machinery at the Vaupell Molding and Tooling plant fell and struck 32-year-old Acheni Selifis in the head. Mr. Selifis was hospitalized after the workplace accident but died on June 2 of his injuries. His death prompted multiple investigations of the Vaupell plant, which manufactures plastic aircraft parts for Boeing using high-heat injection molding equipment. Tokyo-based Sumitomo Bakelite Group bought Vaupell in 2014 ... Read More

EMS Workers More At Risk For Job-Related Injuries

Emergency medical services (EMS) workers are injured on the job at significantly higher rates than the general workforce and have three times the number of missed workdays due to their injuries, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) said. Analyzing data compiled from a four-year study of EMS workers, NIOSH developed a fact sheet for EMS worker injuries to help bring awareness to some of the occupational hazards these workers face while providing emergency services to others in need. According to NIOSH, more than 22,000 EMS workers are treated in emergency rooms every year for work-related injuries. Worker ... Read More

Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Workplace Safety Violations in 2017

Federal safety officials announced the top 10 occupational safety standards most often violated by employers in fiscal year 2017 last month at the National Safety Council’s annual Congress & Expo in Indianapolis Patrick Kapust, the Deputy Director of Enforcement Programs for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), showed at the meeting that 2017’s preliminary list of top 10 violations closely resembles last year’s, with the top five most-frequent violations remaining the same. Violations of the general requirements required of employers to protect their workers from being seriously injured or killed by falling have occupied the number-one position on the ... Read More