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Trench collapse kills worker, but company doesn?t learn its lesson: $714K in fines
You’d think after an employee died in a trench collapse a company would follow good practices during excavation projects. That wasn’t the case with this company.  OSHA says Arrow Plumbing LLC failed to provide trench collapse prevention and didn’t train its employees about excavation hazards. The employee died on Dec. 15, 2016, when a 12-foot trench […] [MORE]
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:00:39 +0000

Son killed, father injured in confined space; $249K fine
One worker died and his father was seriously injured in a confined space case in Texas. Now OSHA has fined a tank cleaning company almost a quarter of a million dollars.  Freeflow Services LLC of Port Arthur, TX, faces $249,564 in fines for 30 violations. According to OSHA, on Nov. 4, 2016, an employee opened the […] [MORE]
Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:00:32 +0000

Worker pulled into machine, crushed to death; $226K in fines
Jonathan Gilmore, 26, was killed when he was pulled into a machine and crushed. Now OSHA has issued the employer more than $226K in fines.  The death occurred at Gulf Cable LLC in Milton, FL, on Nov. 29, 2016. The company manufactures electrical cable. Gilmore was trying to guide electrical wiring cable into a re-spool machine when he was […] [MORE]
Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:00:05 +0000

OSHA delays new recordkeeping rule
Larger employers and those in certain high-risk industries that were supposed to electronically submit injury records to OSHA by July 1 will get a break from that deadline.  On OSHA’s Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements webpage, an update has been added that states: “OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness […] [MORE]
Thu, 18 May 2017 15:29:36 +0000

Worker loses part of arm in shredder; OSHA fines company $570K
Just over a year ago, OSHA cited this company for machine hazard violations. Eight months later, a man lost part of his arm due to similar hazards, and the company faces a half-million dollar fine.  Autoneum North America, an auto insulation manufacturer near Toledo, OH, faces $569,463 in proposed fines after an OSHA investigation. OSHA […] [MORE]
Mon, 15 May 2017 10:00:39 +0000

3 amputations in 2 months: $484K in OSHA fines
This company corrected violations found in a previous OSHA inspection, but didn’t apply the fixes to other pieces of equipment. Now, three employees have suffered amputations, and the company’s wallet is a lot lighter.  OSHA conducted three inspections last fall at Napoleon Spring Works Inc. in Archbold, OH, and fined the company $484,007 for two […] [MORE]
Thu, 11 May 2017 10:00:03 +0000

Report: OSHA should do more to ensure correction of violations
The Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) says OSHA didn’t ensure employers took adequate measures to require correction of violations in 16% of citations in FY 2015.  Based on a random sample of 200 violations, in 28 cases, OSHA didn’t ensure employers abated hazards, according to OIG. Of the 28 citations: abatement wasn’t completed […] [MORE]
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:00:15 +0000

Nearly $1.5M in fines for 2 worker deaths in unprotected 12-foot deep trench
Imagine this: You’re working in an unprotected trench when, not only does it collapse but a nearby fire hydrant instantly floods the excavation with water. Two men met their deaths in Boston that way, and now their employer faces a seven-figure fine.  OSHA has fined Atlantic Drain Service Co. Inc. $1,475,813 for 18 willful, repeat, serious […] [MORE]
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:00:11 +0000

Repeat violations add up: $261K in OSHA fines
One OSHA inspection with violations can be expensive enough. But follow-up visits from the agency can be even more costly when violations are labeled “repeat,” as this manufacturer found.  OSHA conducted a follow-up inspection of A & D Wood Products Inc. in Elida, OH, a container and pallet manufacturer, on Oct. 5, 2016. The agency […] [MORE]
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:00:18 +0000

OSHA delays implementation of silica rule for construction
It’s a short delay, but OSHA wants more time to develop employer guidance for the new silica rule.  Originally scheduled for June 23, 2017, enforcement will now begin Sept. 23, 2017. OSHA wants to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. The agency determined additional guidance is necessary due to the unique […] [MORE]
Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:00:55 +0000

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