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Ride Inspector Suffers Hand Amputation at Carolina Amusement Park

A worker suffered an accidental hand amputation while inspecting a ride at Carowinds amusement park, a sprawling Charlotte, North Carolina theme park that straddles the North Carolina and South Carolina state lines. Authorities investigating the accidental hand amputation say it occurred March 6 while the worker was inspecting the 300-foot-tall Windseeker ride in the York County, South Carolina side of the park. The man was at the top of the tower when his hand reportedly became caught up in the ride’s pulley system. The Flint Hill, South Carolina Fire Department received a call reporting the emergency around 9 a.m. and ... Read More

OSHA Addresses Nebraska’s Alarming Workplace Amputation Trend

Work-related amputation injuries are on the rise in Nebraska workplaces, and so is the number of employers failing to report these debilitating accidents as required by federal law, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said in a recent advisory. An OSHA review of Nebraska workers’ compensation claims found 42 employees suffered amputation injuries statewide in 2018, and employers failed to report more than 65 percent of those injuries to OSHA within 24 hours, as workplace rules and regulations stipulate, the agency said. Farming, meat processing, and other agricultural industries are the cornerstone of Nebraska’s economy, and worker exposures ... Read More

Partial Building Collapse at Amazon Facility Kills Two Workers

Two workers were killed when an Amazon sorting facility in Baltimore partially collapsed during severe weather Friday, Nov. 2. Amazon workers told Baltimore’s WBAL Channel 11 that it was business as usual until they heard loud noises, which one worker described as “bombs dropping everywhere.” The power went off and suddenly parts of the facility started to collapse. Baltimore City Fire Department Chief Roman Clark told the Baltimore Sun that a 50-foot wall at the Amazon facility collapsed when a severe storm blew though the area. According to WMAR Channel 2 Baltimore, emergency responders pulled one worker from the debris ... 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

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

Employee Settles Amputation Lawsuit with Norwegian Cruise Line

A Norwegian Cruise Line employee who went to the onboard ship doctor for nausea but got an arm amputation instead has settled with the cruise company for $3.3 million. Ilija Loncar, a waiter aboard Norwegian’s Breakaway, sued the Bermuda-based cruise company in June 2016 for negligence, alleging the ship’s doctor grossly mistreated his flu-like symptoms with a potent drug and caused him a debilitating injury that led to his arm amputation. According to his lawsuit, Mr. Loncar admitted himself to the ship’s infirmary in March 2016 with nausea and other flu-like symptoms. Dr. Sebastian Campuzano injected him with a massive ... Read More

Utah Teen Faces Amputation After Work Accident

A Utah teen who was electrocuted while working with a tree removal company in Salt Lake City may have to undergo a limb amputation, his family said. Seventeen-year-old Jared Hernandez was on the job with a tree removal crew Friday, Aug. 3, when he noticed a fire had broken out next to the crane the crew was using to remove a tree, a GoFundMe page set up to help cover his medical bills said. The teen tried to warn the men in the crane but they couldn’t hear him, so he decided to climb onto the crane to warn them, ... Read More

Two Workers Suffer Burn Injuries in Utah Gas Plant Explosion

Two workers suffered severe burns and other injuries when a natural gas compression facility in Eastern Utah exploded on the morning of July 28. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the blast at the compression plant, located near the town of Cisco, Utah, about 50 miles west of Grand Junction, Colorado. Lt. Beau Edic of the Lower Valley Fire Protection District told The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel that despite their burns and other significant injuries, the men “removed themselves” from the blast site and drove to I-70, where they were evacuated to hospitals by helicopter. One of the ... 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

Florida Framing Contractor Cited for Fall Protection Violations

Desouza Framing Inc., a residential framing contractor based out of Jacksonville, Florida, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing its employees to potentially dangerous fall hazards. The company now faces projected penalties of nearly $200,000. After some of its employees were spotted engaging in construction activities on a roof more than 11 feet tall without proper fall protection, OSHA officials conducted an investigation and found that the company was exposing its employees to fall hazards regularly. Just a couple months after the investigation, OSHA began another inspection at a worksite ... Read More