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Chili’s Restaurant Employee Falls into Vat of Scalding Water

A Florida Chili’s restaurant worker was badly burned after falling into a vat of scalding hot water and now the restaurant faces more than $62,000 in penalties for workplace safety violations that may have contributed to the accident. According to documents published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), on Oct. 2, 2018, an employee of a Miami-area Chili’s restaurant was working on an elevated platform above a Frymaser Rethermalizer full of 185-degree water. The appliance is an industrial kitchen machine used to heat frozen and chilled pre-packaged foods. OSHA doesn’t describe the employee’s injuries in detail, but it’s ... 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

OSHA Orders Salon To Pay Employee Fired For Whistleblower Complaint

A Pennsylvania hair salon will have to pay a former employee $40,000 in back pay after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found the salon owners unlawfully fired the employee in retaliation for contacting OSHA with health and safety concerns. OSHA said the U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against Blown Away Dry Bar and Salon in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, on behalf of the hairstylist. The lawsuit was prompted by a complaint the hairstylist’s husband reported to OSHA. Business Insurance fills in some of the details of the case, announced by OSHA on Feb. 19. In March 2017, ... Read More

Texas Food Plant Worker’s Amputation Accident Triggers Lawsuit

A worker who underwent an amputation of two fingers after her hand became mutilated in a food manufacturing machine is suing her employer, a Houston, Texas-based company that manufactures and distributes prepared Indian foods. The plaintiff, Edith Alcantara-Tobar, filed the personal injury lawsuit in a Harris County district court Feb. 14 against Satyam Foods and Snacks, Inc, a wholesale manufacturer and distributor of pani puri and chaat puri. According to the SE Texas Record, Ms. Alcantara-Tobar alleges her supervisor at Satyam Foods told her to clean a pani puri manufacturing machine. While she was cleaning the semi-automatic machine, a band ... Read More

California Pipeline Co. Fined $242K for Deadly Trench Collapse

A California pipeline company faces penalties of $242,500 for a deadly trench collapse it could have prevented had it followed basic safety rules. According to Cal/OSHA, on July 27 of last year, Platinum Pipeline Inc. of Livermore ordered its employees to grade the bottom of an unsecured 14-foot-deep trench even when it identified the soil as unstable. The workers, who were given no protection from a possible trench cave-in, were digging trenches to install two storm drain pipes at a residential construction site in Daly City. Three of the five workers were trained and competent in excavation processes and hazards, but ... Read More

Whistleblowers Awarded $160,000 in Retaliation Case

A Connecticut awning manufacturer that wrongfully fired two employee whistleblowers for reporting safety and health violations on the job must pay the discharged workers a total of $160,000, a federal court has ruled. Two employees of Eastern Awning, which manufactures retractable fabric patio awnings in Watertown, Connecticut, filed complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after they became ill while working in the plant’s powder coat room in June 2009. OSHA investigated the whistleblower complaints and cited the company in December 2009 for willfully exposing the workers to inhalation hazards and for lack of adequate ventilation. While OSHA’s ... Read More

Construction Worker Undergoes Leg Amputation After Work Site Accident

A construction worker who underwent an amputation of his leg after it was crushed on the job at a Pennsylvania amusement park job site has settled a personal injury complaint for $2.75 million. Plaintiff Anthony Dos Santos, who was 23 at the time of the 2014 accident, sued WhiteWater West Industries, a company that specializes in water park construction. WhiteWater had been contracted by the Dorney Park amusement park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to construct and install a waterslide complex. WhiteWater subcontracted Mr. Dos Santos’ employer, KP Construction, to complete part of the job. According to a court memo, Mr. Dos ... Read More

ACS Translator May Sue NYC over House Call Stabbing Attack

A translator who was nearly stabbed to death on a New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) house call may file a personal injury lawsuit alleging the social worker she accompanied repeatedly stoked a tense situation until it turned violent. Anna Yuen, who translates Cantonese for Accurate Communication Inc., went to the home of Feng Quanyi, 61, in the Sunset Park district of Brooklyn Nov. 8 with an ACS social worker who was checking on the wellbeing of Quanyi’s two grandchildren following a report of neglect. Ms. Yuen and the ACS employee were following up with the family from ... Read More

Construction Worker Suffers Arm Amputation At Florida Job Site

A South Florida construction worker suffered an accidental amputation of his full arm on a job site in Hillsboro Beach on the morning of Nov. 29. According to Miami’s WSVN Channel 7 News, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said witnesses reported that the 44-year-old construction worker was working with an auger, a machine used to bore holes into the ground, when his arm became entangled in the machine’s drill bit. “The mechanical force of the drill-bit caused a complete amputation of his right arm just below the shoulder,” Broward Battalion Chief Michael Kane said in a news release. A Hillsboro ... Read More

Workers Suffer Amputation, Burn Injuries at Alabama Food Plant

Burn injuries and amputations are a couple occupational hazards that no workers should face in the workplace, yet two employees of a Pike County, Alabama food producer were hospitalized within a week of each other after being injured in separate accidents. In a Nov. 23 announcement, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said the workplace accidents occurred in the facilities of Southern Classic Food Group LLC. The Brundidge-based manufacturer produces a line of dressings, sauces, confections, beverages, and other products, including Dreamland “Bar-B-Que” sauce and Dale’s marinade. According to OSHA, on Thurs., Aug. 2, one employee suffered burn ... Read More