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BMW Contractor Fined Little After Worker’s Death

After a worker was killed at a South Carolina BMW Manufacturing plant in March, state safety regulators cited the man’s employer, Lodige USA, for four violations and assessed penalties amounting to just under $7,000. As Columbia, South Carolina’s The State notes, the $6,975 in fines amount to less than one-sixth the average value of a new BMW like the ones being made at the German automaker’s Spartanburg, South Carolina facility where the deadly accident occurred. Proposing such inconsequential fines for serious safety violations – those that threaten workers with the risk of injury or death – offer little to no ... Read More

OSHA Fines Patterson-UTI for Deadly Oklahoma Gas Rig Explosion

Safety failures triggered a massive explosion at a Patterson-UTI drilling site in eastern Oklahoma earlier this year, causing five workers to die of severe burns and blast injuries. Now federal regulators have assessed penalties of more than $118,000 for UTI-Patterson and two other companies involved with the drilling site. The explosion and subsequent fire occurred Jan. 22 on a Patterson-UTI drilling rig near Quinton, Oklahoma. It was the largest and deadliest drilling blast to occur since BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. The remains of the five workers who died in the explosion were ... Read More

Worker deaths, serious burn injures lead to OSHA fines

After the tragic workplace deaths of five employees working at a power plant, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations to Tampa Electric Co. and Gaffin Industrial Services. The total projected fines owed by these companies are just over $160,000. Immediately following the reports of the five fatalities, which took place at the Big Bend River Station power plant in Apollo Beach, Florida, OSHA opened an investigation. During the investigation, OSHA officials concluded that the employees were fatally burned when the door inside a fiery furnace broke loose and sprayed massive amounts of scolding ... Read More

Construction worker dies in wall collapse, another injured

One construction worker died and another was seriously injured when a retaining wall they were building collapsed on them. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) cited Onekey LLC, a development and construction management company based out of New Jersey, for exposing the employees to crushing hazards. The company’s lack of adherence to OSHA’s workplace safety regulations led directly to the unfortunate death of an employee working for one of Onekey’s subcontractors, OSHA determined. After the incident was reported, OSHA opened an investigation to determine the exact cause of the event, as well as what could have been ... Read More

Worker’s Accidental Death Blamed On Illegal Lift

New York City authorities are investigating a worker’s accidental death inside a Brooklyn food market April 2. The accident occurred at the KP Farm Market on Nostrand Ave. in East Flatbush and involved an illegal makeshift lift that was used to move deliveries between the upper and lower levels of the store. Authorities said that a delivery worker was killed when the makeshift lift collapsed on him. According to New York 1 News, preliminary reports from investigators indicate the rigged hoist used a system of chains and pulleys to move the lift between the basement level and the market floor. ... Read More

Worker’s Deadly Fall Leads To $112K Fines for Lumber Mill

A Washington lumber mill faces $112,000 for critical safety violations following the death of a worker who fell from an improperly guarded elevated platform in April. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) said 41-year-old Andrew Ward died on the job at Sierra Pacific Industries after a section of permanent yellow guardrail had been removed from the 17-and-a-half-foot-high platform and replaced with yellow caution tape. According to investigators, Sierra Pacific removed the section of guardrail so that a crane could better move some equipment. At some point after the guardrail was removed, Mr. Ward went to the edge of the ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Driver Sought In Hit-And-Run Death of Highway Worker

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Illinois State Police are on the hunt for a tractor-trailer driver involved in a hit-and-run that killed a Tri-State Tollway worker in Alsip, Illinois Monday as he cleared debris from the roadway. David M. Shwarz, 48, had worked for the Tollway for 25 years as an equipment operator laborer. On Monday he was walking back to his vehicle after picking up debris along the shoulder of the Tollway (I-294) near 127th Street in Alsip in the Chicago Metropolitan Area when a tractor-trailer sideswiped him and his vehicle, the Illinois State Police said. The tractor-trailer struck Mr. Schwarz just before 12:30 ... Read More

Manufacturing Plant to Pay Nearly $26,000 Over Worker Death

A New York manufacturing plant has been fined $25,803 by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration over an accident that led to the death of a worker. On Oct. 18 at Fort Miller Fab3 Corporation in Greenwich, New York, 45-year-old Daniel J. Ingram was killed when he became pinned by a 7,000-pound steel box, the Post Star reports. According to the report by OSHA, the box was on a forklift 10 to 18 inches off the ground while workers were removing its wheels to prepare it for delivery. When Ingram stepped out of the forklift through a door, the load became ... Read More

NTSB Report: Fatigue Led To Deadly Tugboat Disaster

Crewmember fatigue stemming from a crew shortage was largely to blame for a tugboat accident in the Hudson River just north of New York City last year that left three people dead. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators found the Specialist tugboat sank almost instantly after crashing into a construction barge March 12, 2016, near where construction workers are building the new Tappan Zee Bridge. All three men aboard the Specialist tugboat, owned by New York Marine Transport, died. They were identified as Paul Amon, 62, of Bayville, New Jersey; Timothy Conklin, 29, of Westbury, New York; and Harry Hernandez, ... Read More

Worker Death at Deadly Detroit-Area Steel Plant Under Investigation

A 32-year-old worker fell to his death May 22 while working at U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Steel mill in Ecorse, Michigan, just outside Detroit. The death was the fourth to occur at the plant in less than four years. Ecorse authorities have released little information about the worker’s death, saying only that the man fell 20 feet to his death and that city police and fire services were not called because the company keeps its own emergency personnel. The Southgate News Herald reported that Ecorse police “confirmed that a man working at U.S. Steel was killed at about 3:30 a.m. Monday ... Read More