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Generator Explosion Injures Mobile Power Washing Worker

A generator explosion inside a mobile power-washing vehicle injured a worker on the job Sunday, Sept. 23, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. West Michigan’s WWMT Channel 3 reports that the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety responded to an emergency call reporting a commercial truck fire at a Schupan Aluminum and Plastic Sales warehouse around 12:30 p.m. Investigators said a worker who was power washing near the truck when the explosion occurred suffered non-life-threatening burn and blast injuries. According to WWMT, the worker was hit by shrapnel and suffered burns to his legs. He was taken to a hospital in Bronson, Michigan, for ... 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

Deadly Flash Fire at Alabama Auto Dealer Leads to $114K Penalty

A deadly flash fire that broke out inside a Jasper, Alabama auto dealership in June 2017 was the result of serious safety lapses, federal regulators said. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it reached a settlement agreement with Carl Cannon Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership Aug. 1, resolving citations and penalties issued in the wake of the deadly fire, which killed three employees and seriously injured two others. The agreement requires the auto dealer to pay $114,074 in penalties for safety violations OSHA investigators found after the fire. The investigators found that company employees were using a highly flammable ... Read More

BMW Contractor Fined Little After Worker’s Death

After a worker was killed at a South Carolina BMW Manufacturing plant in March, state safety regulators cited the man’s employer, Lodige USA, for four violations and assessed penalties amounting to just under $7,000. As Columbia, South Carolina’s The State notes, the $6,975 in fines amount to less than one-sixth the average value of a new BMW like the ones being made at the German automaker’s Spartanburg, South Carolina facility where the deadly accident occurred. Proposing such inconsequential fines for serious safety violations – those that threaten workers with the risk of injury or death – offer little to no ... Read More

Letterkenny Army Depot Blast Kills One, Injures Four Others

Investigators are working to determine what caused an explosion that killed one person and injured four others inside the Letterkenny Army Depot in south-central Pennsylvania last week. The explosion occurred in what Letterkenny depot officials called the “production paint kitchen” of the sprawling facility, where the Army has stored ammunition, missiles, and other weapons since 1942. According to a WHTM ABC27 reporter in Harrisburg, two employees on fire ran “out of a building screaming” and one suffered from chemical burns. The three employees were airlifted to a hospital for treatment, where one who sustained severe burn injuries in the explosion ... Read More

Workplace Amputation Leads to Serious Penalties for Georgia Post Manufacturer

After a worker at the DuPont Yard manufacturing facility in Homerville, Georgia, suffered a partial hand amputation and other injuries, federal safety inspectors launched an investigation of the facility, looking for occupational hazards. On July 16, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited DuPont Yard for multiple safety violations that put workers of the wooden post manufacturing facility at risk of injury and death. Total proposed penalties for the safety violations amounted to nearly $110,000. OSHA didn’t say how the plant worker’s partial hand amputation occurred, but it indicated that it was the result of the company’s failure to ... Read More

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Leads To Steep Penalties for Illinois Company

An Illinois pallet manufacturer whose employees were sickened with carbon monoxide poisoning on the job earlier this year faces more than $216,000 in fines for safety and regulatory lapses that expose its workers to the risk of injury and illness. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Cleary Pallet Sales Inc. of Genoa, Illinois, for multiple safety violations after inspecting its facility in January. The inspection was prompted when 10 employees required emergency medical treatment for carbon monoxide exposure, OSHA said. Some of the sickened workers were hospitalized. OSHA’s inspection of the plant found that workers were exposed ... Read More

Giant Hogweed Plant Leaves Virginia Teen With Third-Degree Facial Burns

A Virginia teen is recovering from third-degree burn injuries he developed after coming in contact with a Giant Hogweed plant while working a landscaping job. Alex Childress, 17, of Spotsylvania, was clearing vegetation on the job July 12 when he thought he was feeling the effects of a sunburn on his face. He continued working throughout the day, not realizing the actual danger he was in, Newsweek reports. When he returned home, he took a shower and found the skin on his face and arm was peeling away, much like it would after a severe sunburn. His mother, a nurse ... Read More

California Investigating Tesla For Unsafe Working Conditions

Tesla Inc. is under investigation by California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health following whistleblower allegations that the company was underreporting serious workplace injuries at its Fremont, California, plant. The whistleblower, Justine White, a former Tesla safety manager, told the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal that she was inspired by CEO Elon Musk and wanted to work for him. But what she and her colleagues endured were, in Reveal’s words, “a chaotic factory floor where style and speed trumped safety.” According to Reveal, Ms. White oversaw safety for thousands of workers on Tesla’s general assembly line. She was in charge ... Read More

Worker Safety Group Names 12 Most Unsafe Employers

A national worker safety watchdog group has announced its annual list naming the companies it says put workers and communities in danger with their unsafe workplace practices. The list, compiled by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) in observance of Workers’ Memorial Week, names 12 employers that the group calls “The Dirty Dozen” for exposing their workers to injury, illness, and death. “It’s heartbreaking to see workers lose their lives when we know these tragedies could have been prevented,” said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of National COSH. “Time and again, employers are warned about unsafe conditions. ... Read More