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OSHA Orders Salon To Pay Employee Fired For Whistleblower Complaint

A Pennsylvania hair salon will have to pay a former employee $40,000 in back pay after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found the salon owners unlawfully fired the employee in retaliation for contacting OSHA with health and safety concerns. OSHA said the U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against Blown Away Dry Bar and Salon in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, on behalf of the hairstylist. The lawsuit was prompted by a complaint the hairstylist’s husband reported to OSHA. Business Insurance fills in some of the details of the case, announced by OSHA on Feb. 19. In March 2017, ... Read More

California Pipeline Co. Fined $242K for Deadly Trench Collapse

A California pipeline company faces penalties of $242,500 for a deadly trench collapse it could have prevented had it followed basic safety rules. According to Cal/OSHA, on July 27 of last year, Platinum Pipeline Inc. of Livermore ordered its employees to grade the bottom of an unsecured 14-foot-deep trench even when it identified the soil as unstable. The workers, who were given no protection from a possible trench cave-in, were digging trenches to install two storm drain pipes at a residential construction site in Daly City. Three of the five workers were trained and competent in excavation processes and hazards, but ... Read More

Whistleblowers Awarded $160,000 in Retaliation Case

A Connecticut awning manufacturer that wrongfully fired two employee whistleblowers for reporting safety and health violations on the job must pay the discharged workers a total of $160,000, a federal court has ruled. Two employees of Eastern Awning, which manufactures retractable fabric patio awnings in Watertown, Connecticut, filed complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after they became ill while working in the plant’s powder coat room in June 2009. OSHA investigated the whistleblower complaints and cited the company in December 2009 for willfully exposing the workers to inhalation hazards and for lack of adequate ventilation. While OSHA’s ... Read More

Construction Worker Undergoes Leg Amputation After Work Site Accident

A construction worker who underwent an amputation of his leg after it was crushed on the job at a Pennsylvania amusement park job site has settled a personal injury complaint for $2.75 million. Plaintiff Anthony Dos Santos, who was 23 at the time of the 2014 accident, sued WhiteWater West Industries, a company that specializes in water park construction. WhiteWater had been contracted by the Dorney Park amusement park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to construct and install a waterslide complex. WhiteWater subcontracted Mr. Dos Santos’ employer, KP Construction, to complete part of the job. According to a court memo, Mr. Dos ... Read More

ACS Translator May Sue NYC over House Call Stabbing Attack

A translator who was nearly stabbed to death on a New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) house call may file a personal injury lawsuit alleging the social worker she accompanied repeatedly stoked a tense situation until it turned violent. Anna Yuen, who translates Cantonese for Accurate Communication Inc., went to the home of Feng Quanyi, 61, in the Sunset Park district of Brooklyn Nov. 8 with an ACS social worker who was checking on the wellbeing of Quanyi’s two grandchildren following a report of neglect. Ms. Yuen and the ACS employee were following up with the family from ... Read More

Workers Suffer Amputation, Burn Injuries at Alabama Food Plant

Burn injuries and amputations are a couple occupational hazards that no workers should face in the workplace, yet two employees of a Pike County, Alabama food producer were hospitalized within a week of each other after being injured in separate accidents. In a Nov. 23 announcement, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said the workplace accidents occurred in the facilities of Southern Classic Food Group LLC. The Brundidge-based manufacturer produces a line of dressings, sauces, confections, beverages, and other products, including Dreamland “Bar-B-Que” sauce and Dale’s marinade. According to OSHA, on Thurs., Aug. 2, one employee suffered burn ... Read More

Widow Sues Honeywell Over Husband’s Gas Explosion Death

The widow of a utility worker who was killed in a July 2017 gas explosion in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Honeywell International and other defendants, alleging their errors claimed the life of her husband. Richard Bouder, 54, was part of a three-worker UGI crew responding to reports of a gas odor at a house in Manor Township when a gas explosion leveled the house and rocked the surrounding neighborhood. Mr. Bouder was killed in the blast and the other two workers were seriously injured. Kim Bouder’s complaint, filed in Philadelphia County Court, includes claims ... Read More

NY Helicopter Crash Kills Two Workers, Injures Two

Federal investigators are looking into a helicopter crash that killed two utility workers and injured two others in upstate New York last week during a routine inspection. The helicopter crash occurred Tuesday, Oct. 27 in Beekmantown, New York, just a few miles south of the Canadian border while a crew working for Northline Utilities was conducting an aerial inspection of power lines in the area. According to CBS News, the Aerospatiale AS355F2 helicopter became caught in some power lines about 40 feet above the ground, triggering electrical shorts and explosions. All four men jumped from the burning helicopter, plunging about ... Read More

Toxic Lead Exposure blamed for Sickening Georgia Battery Plant Worker

Federal authorities are investigating a Georgia-based lead battery manufacturer after a woman complained that her husband is being exposed to dangerously high lead levels on the job. Lakecia Demmons told Augusta, Georgia’s WRDW Channel 12 that blood tests showed her husband Timothy Demmons has levels of lead in his system that are considered toxic by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Mrs. Demmons told Channel 12’s I-Team that her husband works at the U.S. Battery plant in Augusta, where he routinely lifts and stacks pieces of lead on his work release from prison. OSHA confirms it is investigating ... Read More

Worker Suffers Arm Amputation at Pennsylvania Toy Factory

Workplace amputation accidents continue to leave U.S. workers with debilitating, lifelong injuries that can adversely impact their ability to work and earn an income, despite federal and state efforts to raise awareness among employers about the work-related hazards that cause these crippling injuries. One of the latest examples of an on-the-job amputation accident occurred at an Elysburg, Pennsylvania toy manufacturing facility when a worker cleaning a machine suffered an arm amputation. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an employee of The Toy Factory became stuck in a machine when the amputation occurred. Although OSHA doesn’t elaborate ... Read More