Archive for the ‘Job Accidents’ Category

Unethical Employers Hiding Workplace Injury Records To Avoid OSHA Fines

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Dubious data clouds job safety gains

Executives at Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. were jubilant. The big packaging company, a self-proclaimed leader in workplace safety, had smashed its own record for lowest injury rates in its industry.

It was another milestone in Smurfit’s “incredible tradition of safety achievement,” said a February 2008 press release.

Yet the month before, Monterey County authorities filed criminal charges against two officials of a local Smurfit plant and a medical provider, accusing them of conspiring over several years to cover up injuries and discourage workers from filing workers compensation claims. The men pleaded not guilty, and the case is pending.
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Cal OSHA Fines Bimbo Bakery Where Workers Lost Limbs

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

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California occupational safety officials have issued one of their agency’s largest group of fines ever, $230,535 to Bimbo Bakeries for failing to fix safety violations that led to amputation of workers’ limbs.

Cal OSHA officials said that 20 alleged violations were documented at three factories belonging to the company, which produces brands that include Oroweat and Entenmann’s baked goods.

The food factories are in South San Francisco, Escondido and Montebello.
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Severe Violator Enforcement Program Targets Unsafe Employers

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

OSHA to zero in on repeat violators

To reduce on-the-job fatalities, the government is launching an enforcement program to target repeat safety offenders and increase penalties.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that beginning this summer it will focus its enforcement efforts on employers with previous violations, including those that fail to fix identified problems. It will also conduct follow-up investigations and inspect the other work sites of violators to find similar hazards.

OSHA has dubbed the move the “Severe Violator Enforcement Program.”
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Employee Loses Fingertips in Perris CA Industrial Accident

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

A worker lost two fingertips in an industrial accident Thursday morning in Perris, authorities said.

An injury involving a machine was reported about 8:15 a.m. at Four Slide Engineering, 4635 Wade Ave., said Capt. Scott Lane of the Riverside County Fire Department.

Sgt. Lisa McConnell of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Cal OSHA will investigate the incident, which involved a man doing machinist work.
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