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Fryer Explosion in Maine Restaurant Leaves Workers With Burn Injuries

Two workers suffered serious burn injuries when a propane-powered deep fryer exploded in the kitchen of a popular southern Maine restaurant Oct. 11. The accident occurred just before 11 a.m. in the kitchen of Rick’s All Seasons Restaurant in York, Maine, when the fryolator suddenly burst into “a ball of fire,” according to Seacoast Online. A sprinkler system quickly put out the fire, but the explosion and hot oil left employees BreeAnne McDowell and Marianne Porter with serious burn injuries. According to Seacoast Online and the Bangor Daily News, York Village Fire Department Chief Chris Balentine said one of the employees ... Read More

California’s Lax Lead-Poisoning Laws Leave Workers Unprotected

California’s lack of a lead-poisoning benchmark for workers and the reluctance of state agencies to adopt tougher rules governing lead exposure in the workplace have become a serious occupational hazard, the Los Angeles Times reports. Unlike the majority of other states, California hasn’t adopted the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) standard for lead, which sets a “red line” of 25 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. Under the standard, any reading above that level automatically triggers an OSHA inspection of the workplace. California, however, lacks a lead-poisoning benchmark that would prompt an inspection by the California Division ... Read More

Needlestick Injury a Growing Occupational Hazard for Waste Workers

Needlestick injuries among workers in the waste and recycling industries are a serious workplace hazard, with an estimated 2.7 incidents per 100 workers occurring, a new report from the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). The waste workers most at risk of being affected by a needlestick injury are workers in material recovery facilities, especially line workers who sort solid waste for recycling. Researchers analyzed 2016 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and found the injury rate at material recovery facilities, including injuries that didn’t involve needlesticks, was 6 per 100 ... Read More

Cedar Point Amusement Park Fined After Worker Falls Through Roof

Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, faces penalties of more than $142,000 for safety violations that federal investigators said contributed to the serious injury of a park employee. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the injury occurred on April 11 when a three-person crew was working on top of a structure to remove insulating blankets and covers from the roof. One of the employees crashed through a skylight on the roof and fell 13 feet to the concrete floor below. OSHA didn’t say what the nature of the worker’s injuries was but described them as ... Read More

Truck Driver Awarded $5.4 Million After Amputation Accident

A federal jury in West Virginia ordered two trucking companies to pay a commercial truck driver more than $5.4 million after his foot was severely crushed on the job and he was forced to undergo a partial leg amputation. According to Land Line mag, plaintiff Richard Edwards Jr., a commercial truck driver, was helping his boss, David McGowan, to load metal pipes onto his truck with a forklift. Mr. Edwards drove trucks for McElliotts Trucking, a Huntington, West Virginia-based trucking firm owned by Mr. Edwards. Mr. McGowan first secured the forks of the forklift to a strap that wrapped around ... Read More

Safe + Sound Week focused on safety in the workplace

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored a nationwide Safe + Sound Week event Aug. 13-19, to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that combine management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in the workplace. Organizations of any size and in any industry were encouraged to participate as a way to show workers, customers, the public or supply chain partners their commitment to safety in the workplace. Nearly 5,200 workers were killed on the job in 2016, which translates to more than 99 per ... Read More

Deadly Flash Fire at Alabama Auto Dealer Leads to $114K Penalty

A deadly flash fire that broke out inside a Jasper, Alabama auto dealership in June 2017 was the result of serious safety lapses, federal regulators said. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it reached a settlement agreement with Carl Cannon Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership Aug. 1, resolving citations and penalties issued in the wake of the deadly fire, which killed three employees and seriously injured two others. The agreement requires the auto dealer to pay $114,074 in penalties for safety violations OSHA investigators found after the fire. The investigators found that company employees were using a highly flammable ... Read More

Workplace Amputation Leads to Serious Penalties for Georgia Post Manufacturer

After a worker at the DuPont Yard manufacturing facility in Homerville, Georgia, suffered a partial hand amputation and other injuries, federal safety inspectors launched an investigation of the facility, looking for occupational hazards. On July 16, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited DuPont Yard for multiple safety violations that put workers of the wooden post manufacturing facility at risk of injury and death. Total proposed penalties for the safety violations amounted to nearly $110,000. OSHA didn’t say how the plant worker’s partial hand amputation occurred, but it indicated that it was the result of the company’s failure to ... Read More

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Leads To Steep Penalties for Illinois Company

An Illinois pallet manufacturer whose employees were sickened with carbon monoxide poisoning on the job earlier this year faces more than $216,000 in fines for safety and regulatory lapses that expose its workers to the risk of injury and illness. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Cleary Pallet Sales Inc. of Genoa, Illinois, for multiple safety violations after inspecting its facility in January. The inspection was prompted when 10 employees required emergency medical treatment for carbon monoxide exposure, OSHA said. Some of the sickened workers were hospitalized. OSHA’s inspection of the plant found that workers were exposed ... Read More

Giant Hogweed Plant Leaves Virginia Teen With Third-Degree Facial Burns

A Virginia teen is recovering from third-degree burn injuries he developed after coming in contact with a Giant Hogweed plant while working a landscaping job. Alex Childress, 17, of Spotsylvania, was clearing vegetation on the job July 12 when he thought he was feeling the effects of a sunburn on his face. He continued working throughout the day, not realizing the actual danger he was in, Newsweek reports. When he returned home, he took a shower and found the skin on his face and arm was peeling away, much like it would after a severe sunburn. His mother, a nurse ... Read More