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‘LA’s Finest’ Stunt Accident Seriously Injures Show Producer

An accident on the set of the television series LA’s Finest that injured two of the show’s executives last month has resulted in a partial leg amputation. According to Deadline Hollywood, executive co-producer Brandon Sonnier and co-showrunner Brandon Margolis were rushed to Los Angeles area hospitals after a stunt being filmed for a car crash scene in San Pedro, California, resulted in a real crash. A source told Deadline that a stunt car crashed into a cargo crate, which sent the container and the car hurtling into the area behind the crate where the producers and director were watching the ... Read More

OSHA’s Severe Injury and Death Reporting Program Slammed in Audit

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) received a dismal report card from its parent agency’s investigative arm Sept. 13, faulting it for failing to ensure it receives complete information on work-related deaths and severe injuries, as well as its inconsistency in citing employers that do not file the workplace accident reports required by law. The Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General prefaced its OSHA report – OSHA Needs to Improve the Guidance for Its Fatality and Severe Injury Reporting Program to Better Protect Workers – with a reference to changes the agency made to its reporting requirements that ... Read More

OSHA Says Incompetence Played a Role in I-95 Worker Deaths

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said incompetence played a role in the deaths of two construction workers on an I-95 highway project in Miami earlier this year. Abel Orlando Zuniga-Fajardo, 37, and Osman Aldubin Montalvan-Ardon, 33, were crushed to death Feb. 4 when a section of concrete highway barrier collapsed into a trench in the center median where they were working to remove a storm drain system. Miami Fire and Rescue declared both men dead at the scene of the deadly collapse, according to the Miami Herald. OSHA investigators proposed that Archer Western Construction, which employed the ... Read More

BAE Systems Fire in Virginia Critically Injures Two Workers

Three workers were injured when a flash fire broke out at a BAE Systems-managed government ammunition plant in Radford, Virginia, Monday, June 12. According to the Associated Press, the workplace accident occurred at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, also known as the Radford Arsenal, which serves as the main ammunition and explosives manufacturing facility for the U.S. Department of Defense. The sprawling facility, which occupies thousands of acres in southwestern Virginia, is owned by the U.S. government but is operated by major defense contractor BAE Systems. Plant official Charles Saks told Roanoke, Virginia’s WDBJ Channel 7 that “nitrocellulose material in ... Read More

Foundry Worker Meets Amputation Team That Saved His Life

A California foundry worker who underwent a double-leg amputation on the job after being caught in a screw conveyor in August 2017 was recently reunited with the emergency team that helped extricate the man from the machinery and save his life. According to the University of Southern California News, Hector Ruiz had climbed into a confined space to unjam a screw conveyor at the Alhambra iron foundry where he worked. He had finished the job but crawled back into the space to retrieve a tool. At the same time, another worker powered on the machine. “It was too late” Mr. ... Read More

Worker’s Double-Leg Amputation Proves Costly for SoCal Foundry

An Alhambra, California, foundry faces fines of more than $280,000 for occupational safety and health violations that contributed to a worker suffering a double leg amputation on the job last year. As with so many persistent industrial amputation accidents across the country, the accidental amputation at Alhambra Foundry Co. occurred due to inadequate lockout/tagout procedures, which are intended to prevent machinery from powering on when workers maintaining, servicing, or cleaning the machine. According to Cal/OSHA, on Aug. 28, two workers at the foundry were cleaning and unjamming a 38-foot-long auger screw conveyor at the bottom of an industrial air filtration ... Read More

OSHA Cites Tampa Electric After Deadly Release of Molten Slag

Federal authorities have cited Tampa Electric Co. and Gaffin Industrial Services Inc. after a workplace accident involving a release of molten slag fatally injured five workers and left another with severe burn injuries. The deadly workplace accident occurred on Thursday, June 29, at Tampa Electric’s Big Bend River Station in Apollo Beach when the workers were performing routine maintenance on a slag tank, which holds molten coal waste after it’s burned. Slag is a lava-like substance that forms when burning coal is mixed with water. “We had employees that were working to unplug a blockage in that tank,” Tampa Electric President ... Read More

Worker’s Finger Amputation Leads To $822K Fine

A worker’s finger amputation on the job proved to be a costly accident for Pennsylvania manufacturer Lloyd Industries, and the way the company handled the situation likely made things worse. An administrative law judge on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission upheld proposed citations against Lloyd Industries of $822,000 after a worker using a machine without the required safety guards suffered an amputation of three fingers on his hand. Whistleblower Retaliation Instead of helping the injured worker, the company, a leading manufacturer of fire dampers and HVAC products, fired the worker immediately after the incident, according to the ... Read More

New Orleans Worker death Blamed On Multiple Safety Violations

A tank-cleaning service company with a long history of exposing its workers to potentially deadly working conditions has been cited for multiple safety violations following one worker death and the hospitalization of two others from a lack of oxygen inside a rail tanker. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that an air quality test and proper tethering could have prevented the tragedy for the three employees of Dedicated TCS LLC, a New Orleans-based company with about 55 employees in New Orleans and Illinois. Some of the citations issued against Dedicated TCS included two that OSHA said demonstrated a willful ... Read More

Accident At Georgia Automotive plant Leaves Worker with severe burn injuries

Combustible dust problems at a Japanese automotive supplier’s Georgia plant and an “indifference toward safety” contributed to a workplace accident that left a 33-year-old maintenance technician with severe burns, federal safety regulators said. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that worker at Nakanishi Manufacturing Corp’s Winterville, Ga., plant was operating a dust collector on Sept. 23 when the airborne dust around him ignited and exploded, engulfing the man in flames. The employee sustained extensive third-degree burns on his upper body and he continues to recover from his injuries months later. “Every day, workers depend on their employers to ... Read More