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Finger Amputation At Candy Factory Uncovers Safety Violations

The partial amputation of a candy factory worker’s index finger could have been prevented had the company complied with federal safety rules, federal regulators said Wednesday. MJR, a Boston staffing company that does business as Snelling Staffing Services, provided the worker to Cambridge Brands Inc.’s production facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cambridge Brands is a subsidiary company of Chicago-based Tootsie Roll Industries. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the temporary worker was operating a candy wrapping machine on Jan. 6, 2016, when his left index finger was mechanically severed. The accident prompted OSHA to investigate the Cambridge facility. ... Read More

Machine Amputates Worker’s Fingertips At Wisconsin Cereal Plant

A 30-year-old employee of organic food manufacturer Nature’s Path Foods Inc. severed three of his fingertips while cleaning an improperly guarded machine at the company’s Sussex, Wis., plant. Federal investigators said the accident would have been avoided had the cereal manufacturer complied with key safety rules. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the machine had not been fully powered down before the worker cleaned it. The machine powered back up accidentally when the worker’s fingers were near the rotating airlock blades. OSHA said it cited the company for the same violation in 2012. “Training workers to isolate energy, ... Read More

Worker’s Tragic Wood Chipper Death Highlights Tree-Care Industry Risks

ALBANY, N.Y. — Federal investigators are probing the death of a 23-year-old man who became caught in the blades of a wood chipper May 5 while helping a tree-removal company on a job in suburban Guilderland, N.Y. Justus Booze took the day job with Countryside Tree Care expecting to be paid $65, which he intended to put toward rent on an apartment he shared with his fiancée, Kristen Hickey, and her three children. Tony Watson, Countryside’s owner, told the Times Union that he is present at every job “100 percent of the time” and usually operates the wood chipper. For ... Read More

Houston Coffee roasting facility Fined After Worker’s Death Reveals Safety Deficiencies

Federal investigators said a Houston, Texas, coffee roasting facility failed to train its employees in responding to workplace emergencies, and that was one of the reasons why a shift manager was asphyxiated on the job by a deadly carbon monoxide leak. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspected the Atlantic Coffee Solutions facility where the accident occurred on Nov. 12, 2015, and cited the company for nine serious safety violations. Atlantic Coffee Industrial Solutions is a subsidiary of ECOM Atlantic Inc., which is an affiliate of Ecom Agroindustrial Corp., the world’s leading coffee merchant. The company is also one ... Read More

Worker’s finger amputation leads to OSHA fines for Georgia battery manufacturer

While federal regulators were investigating unsafe working conditions at a Salina, Kansas, battery manufacturing plant, the middle finger of a 32-year-old worker was amputated by an unguarded machine, prompting a second probe. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Milton, Georgia-based Exide Technologies with one willful and 10 serious safety and health violations based on its findings from a Dec. 3 injury inspection. Exide specializes in smart-battery development and advanced materials and process design at research facilities in the U.S., Germany, Italy and Spain. The company employs about 620 workers at the Salina facility and 5,000 globally. OSHA’s December ... Read More

Public Citizen Pushes OSHA To Expand, Lower Beryllium Exposure Limits

Public Citizen, a pro-regulatory watchdog group dedicated to challenging the “abusive practices” of major industries nationwide, is urging federal safety regulators to expand and finalize a new rule proposed last summer reducing the level of beryllium to which workers may be legally exposed. Last August, the U.S. Occupational Safety Administration (OSHA) first proposed a rule to lower the beryllium exposure limit 90 percent from 2 micrograms per cubic meter of air over eight hours to 0.2 micrograms. However, some industry groups argue that even the lower limit would leave tens of thousands of workers in some industries to be exposed ... Read More

Cardboard Manufacturer Fined For Violations Following Worker’s Finger Amputation

Federal safety officials investigating the amputation of a 23-year-old worker’s three fingertips at a Wisconsin cardboard manufacturer found the accident would have been prevented had the company trained workers in how to safely clear a jam from a chopping machine. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Arcadia, Wisconsin-based Industrial Packaging Corporation for one willful and eight serious safety violations, with proposed penalties of $118,000 after investigating the accident. The agency said that energy sources to the chopping blade were not properly isolated when the worker attempted to clear a jam with his hand inside the machine where blades were located. This violation ... Read More

Worker’s Six-Finger Amputation Exposes Safety Violations At Illinois Metal Plant

A 21-year old worker suffered permanent, debilitating injuries in a South Elgin, Ill., aluminum products plant because his employer did not take basic safety steps to prevent its workers from being maimed by dangerous machinery, federal authorities said Thursday. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that the worker had been employed by Custom Aluminum Products just four weeks when his hands entered the “danger zone” of metal press he was feeding. The machine amputated six of his fingers – the ring, middle, and index fingers on each hand plus part of his right pinky finger. Under new ... Read More

Safety Violations Caused Worker’s Burn Injuries At Georgia Power Plant

Federal safety regulators hit Georgia Power and wiring subcontractor ABB Inc. with nearly $123,000 in fines after investigating the utility company’s Bowen  power generating facility in response to an electrical accident that left an employee with severe burn injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched an investigation of Georgia Power plant on Oct. 27, 2015, after an electrical arc flash occurred inside an electrical cabinet where a 48-year-old electrician was working. The man, an employee of ABB Inc., sustained second- and third-degree burns to his torso, arms, and hands. Arc flashes occur when a fault between high-voltage electrical ... Read More

Minor’s Death At Savannah Car Shipping Company Exposes Child Labor Violations

A Savannah, Ga., motor vehicle shipping facility’s disregard for federal labor laws resulted in the tragic death of a 17-year-old worker who was crushed by a car that had fallen off a hydraulic lift. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Marco Rosales, and employee of Cars Loading LLC, was crushed to death on Nov. 30, 2015, when a sedan he was working on fell off of a hydraulic lift. Rosales was found pinned between the vehicle and the vertical arm of the lift. Cars Loading contracts with customers who need to have their vehicles shipped overseas. The firm completes ... Read More