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California Investigating Tesla For Unsafe Working Conditions

Tesla Inc. is under investigation by California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health following whistleblower allegations that the company was underreporting serious workplace injuries at its Fremont, California, plant. The whistleblower, Justine White, a former Tesla safety manager, told the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal that she was inspired by CEO Elon Musk and wanted to work for him. But what she and her colleagues endured were, in Reveal’s words, “a chaotic factory floor where style and speed trumped safety.” According to Reveal, Ms. White oversaw safety for thousands of workers on Tesla’s general assembly line. She was in charge ... Read More

Worker Safety Group Names 12 Most Unsafe Employers

A national worker safety watchdog group has announced its annual list naming the companies it says put workers and communities in danger with their unsafe workplace practices. The list, compiled by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) in observance of Workers’ Memorial Week, names 12 employers that the group calls “The Dirty Dozen” for exposing their workers to injury, illness, and death. “It’s heartbreaking to see workers lose their lives when we know these tragedies could have been prevented,” said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of National COSH. “Time and again, employers are warned about unsafe conditions. ... Read More

Paperboard company cited in violation of 60 OSHA regs

Carthage Specialty Paperboard, Inc., a paper milling company based out of Carthage, New York, has reached an agreement with the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that calls for vast improvements in the company’s workplace safety. The agency has cited the company for violations including lack of proper fall protection, dangerous energy control, proper emergency response, and its failure to prevent harmful incidents regarding machine guarding. The projected penalties incurred are just over $175,000. OSHA cited the company for more than 60 workplace health and safety violations in June of last year. According to the ... Read More

Whistleblower Fired For Contesting Asbestos Violations Awarded $173,000

Federal authorities ordered a New York demolition and construction company to pay a whistleblower it allegedly fired for reporting asbestos safety concerns more than $173,000. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that it investigated Champagne Demolition LLC, an Albany-based company, and its owner Joseph Champagne in response to a worker’s complaint about improper asbestos removal practices at a New York school site. Although OSHA didn’t provide details about the alleged asbestos violations, companies that fail to follow specific procedures for proper removal not only endanger their workers but potentially expose others as well. On June 10, 2010, the ... Read More

OSHA: Safety Failures Led to Utility Worker deaths

Failure of their employers to follow required safety measures resulted in the deaths of three utility workers in Key Largo, Florida, January 16, federal investigators said. Elway Gray, a 34-year-old pipe layer, entered the manhole first and quickly became unresponsive, EHS Today reported. Louis O’Keefe, a 49-year-old laborer, entered the hole in an attempt to retrieve Mr. Gray when he, too, became unresponsive. Robert Wilson, a 24-year-old equipment operator, entered the hole to help his coworkers. All three men died. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), atmospheric testing inside the manhole after the accident revealed lethal levels ... Read More

OSHA Rolls Back Beryllium Safety Rule

Restrictions on beryllium use intended to protect workers in the maritime and construction industries from deadly lung disease were rolled back June 23 after regulators and other federal officials met with industry lobbyists. In 2015, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed a new rule lowering the federal exposure standard for beryllium in the workplace to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter of air from 2.0 micrograms – a standard that has gone unchanged since 1948 despite thousands of beryllium-related worker deaths. Beryllium and alloys that contain the mineral are used in a number of industries, but workers in ... Read More

Fraser Shipyards Settles Worker-Safety Claims With OSHA

Fraser Shipyards of Superior, Wisconsin, has struck a deal with federal safety regulators in the wake of a February accident that severely burned a worker and ultimately claimed his life. The company has agreed to pay a $7,530 penalty to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for “serious” violations related to the shipyard accident but will not be subject to a finding of wrongdoing in the case, the Duluth News Tribune reported. The penalty Fraser paid was reduced from the $12,500 penalty OSHA originally proposed after a post-accident inspection. Fraser employee John Burch, 53, suffered severe burn injuries Feb. ... Read More

New Beryllium Exposure Rule Delayed By Trump’s Regulatory Freeze

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it is pushing back the effective date of a beryllium safety rule “for further review and consideration.” The delay is part of a sweeping anti-regulation stance the Trump Administration has assumed, ordering the review of any new or pending regulations adopted before Trump took office. The new federal beryllium rule, which was supposed to take effect March 21, aims to protect workers in a number of manufacturing industries aims by dramatically reducing workplace exposures to beryllium, a strong, lightweight metal that can cause fatal lung cancer and other serious lung disease. In August 2016, OSHA first ... Read More

Unreported Finger Amputation Leads to $75K in Fines For Penn. Window Manufacturer

A safety complaint filed against a Pennsylvania window manufacturer alleging the company failed to report the accidental amputation of a worker’s finger led to a federal safety inspection and nearly $75,000 in fines. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it received a complaint about an amputation injury that happened in January 2016 at the Crystal Window and Door Systems plant in Dalton, Penn., but went unreported. A new rule adopted by OSHA requiring employers to report amputations and any other workplace injuries that result in hospitalization went into effect in January 2015. The agency also said it responded ... Read More

Trench Excavation Deaths More Than Doubled In 2016

In June, 33-year-old James Rogers  was crushed to death as he was digging in a 12-foot trench in Washington Township, Ohio, after the trench walls caved in and buried him under tons of dirt. His death was a part of an “alarming and unacceptable” trend in trench deaths, which have more than doubled since last year, federal regulators say. It took hours for rescue workers to recover Mr. Rogers’ body. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) probed the circumstances surrounding Mr. Rogers’ death and that investigation revealed some disturbing evidence that his employer, KRW Plumbing LLC, showed little regard ... Read More