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Missouri glass company hit with safety fines after worker’s finger amputation

Federal safety regulators have cited a Missouri glass manufacturer for 21 health and safety violations after a worker lost a finger while repairing a machine at the company’s Park Hills, Missouri facility in March. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed fines of $137,400 for the violations, several of which inspectors deemed serious for the substantial risk of physical injury or death they posed. OSHA investigators said that Piramal Glass USA Inc. had not properly disengaged the machine from its power source while it was undergoing maintenance. “An employer’s failure to power off energy sources before conducting equipment maintenance ... Read More

California grower faces steep fines after worker loses leg on the job

A California grower plans to contest $39,000 in fines proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for safety violations investigators allege caused a harvester to lose her leg on the job. According to the Modesto Bee, Turlock, Cal.-based Dan Avila & Sons said it will fight the proposed fines before a regional OSHA board early next year despite having a checkered safety history that includes $75,000 for other safety violations and disputes with county officials over some of the land he uses to grow watermelons and sweet potatoes. On Oct. 17, 2012, 32-year-old Anaberta Nunez was working on ... Read More

Contractor fined after roofing workers suffer on-the-job injuries during Alabama thunderstorm

CORDOVA, Ala. – Federal officials have cited an Alabama steel erection and roofing contractor for fall hazards and several other safety violations following the hospitalization of three workers who were injured while performing roof work in Cordova. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said Russellville-based roofing contractor Marcus Borden failed to provide workers with adequate fall protections while they worked within six feet of an open ledge, as federal safety rules require. OSHA investigators considered the contractor’s lack of proper fall protections to be a willful violation, one that is committed with intentional or voluntary disregard for worker safety ... Read More

Trench collapse in Georgia kills two workers, triggers OSHA investigation

COLUMBUS, Ga. –Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials continue to investigate the collapse of a construction trench at an apartment complex that killed two workers last week. James Jackson, 50, and Allen Thomas, 46, died when the walls of a trench they and four other men were working in caved in and buried them under tons of dirt. The men, who were related, worked for Allen Development Group, which is performing excavation work for an expansion project underway at Summit Pointe Apartments in Columbus. The four men who survived the cave-in tried to help the buried men, even using ... Read More

Coal company ordered to withdraw retaliatory lawsuit against whistleblower miner

A federal judge has ordered Armstrong Coal to withdraw its lawsuit against a miner who filed a safety discrimination complaint against the company’s management. The judge’s decision deals a harsh blow to Armstrong Coal’s legal team, which may have overreached in taking its action against the miner, and helps preserve the rights of miners to file safety complaints when they believe their life and the lives of their coworkers are endangered by company policy and poor working conditions. The case stems from Reuben Shemwell, 32, a Kentucky miner who worked as a welder in one of Armstrong’s Western Kentucky coal ... Read More

Louisiana chemical plant explosion kills one, injures 73 others

GEISMAR, LA — An explosion at a Louisiana chemical plant killed one person and injured 73 others Thursday morning while forcing the evacuation of several hundred workers and setting off a fire that jeopardizes the safety of other nearby factories. According to the Associated Press, the explosion occurred at 8:37 a.m. at a chemical plant owned by Williams Companies Inc. southeast of Baton Rouge. The plant produces 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene, both of which are extremely flammable. The petrochemicals are a key ingredient in plastic production and a number of other ... Read More

Maryland parking garage collapse kills one worker, severely injures another

BETHESDA, MD — One construction worker is dead and another severely injured after a “key portion” of a parking garage being built at a Maryland mall collapsed Thursday afternoon. An investigation of the collapse is underway. According to a news release from the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, a new 16-screen movie theater was being built on top of the parking garage when the structure collapsed. There were about 20 construction workers on the site at the time of the collapse. Montgomery County fire officials reported that around 1:47 p.m. a beam weighing 25 tons fell from the third floor ... Read More

Salon industry workers often exposed to toxic levels of formaldehyde

Formaldehyde, a highly volatile and toxic compound that poses a substantial threat to human health, is commonly found in and released by certain hair-smoothing products used by salons. But despite the known dangers and the federal laws designed to protect salon workers from the dangers of formaldehyde, regulators are finding salon workers are regularly exposed to the substance. “We want to make sure that salon owners are aware that if they use these products, they have to implement protective measures such as air monitoring and training,” said Dr. David Michaels, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Assistant Secretary of ... Read More

Oregon plant where worker fell into meat grinder has history of safety violations

Federal and Oregon state authorities are investigating the horrific death of a worker who fell into a running blender at a meat processing plant Friday, April 26, near Portland. The worker, identified by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office as Hugo Avalos-Chanon, 41, of Southeast Portland worked for DCS Sanitation Management, a cleaning company contracted by Interstate Meat Distributors to clean industrial equipment at the meat processing facility. According to the Oregonian, paramedics and sheriff’s deputies received a call around 11:45 p.m. Friday, after Mr. Avalos-Chanon fell in the blender and became entangled in it. The machine was equipped with an emergency ... Read More

Is lack of corporate safety amounting to a ‘terror’ all its own?

If lawmaking proponents of deregulation have their way, Americans won’t have to worry about being harmed by random foreign terrorists so much as they will by the danger and catastrophe presented by many of our own factories, oil rigs, mines, and other places of work. That may sound like an exaggeration, a complete overreach. But is it? Think of all the time and resources law enforcement and intelligence devoted to catching the two Boston bombers who detonated bombs near the finish line of the marathon. Think about all the media attention lavished on that manhunt. All that time, money, and ... Read More