Connecticut electroplating company facing $48K in fines

In Bristol, Connecticut, Plainville Plating Co., Inc. is facing more than $48,000 in Fed-OSHA penalties after the electroplating company was found to be exposing employees to chemical and mechanical hazards. The repeat citations stem from hazards similar to those identified during a 2010 inspection, specifically not guarding the operating parts of machinery against employee contact […]

Fed-OSHA fines Pier 1 Imports for safety violations at Forth Worth warehouses

fined Pier 1 Imports $86,100 for safety violations at two Fort Worth, Texas-area distribution centers. Fed-OSHA said it cited the Fort Worth-based home furnishings retailers for two serious violations at its Fort Worth distribution center on Trinity Boulevard. According to the citations, forklift operators were not trained, evaluated or certified. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Texas: Practice facility set to open 5 months after deadly collapse

Less than half a year after back-to-back tragedies at the site, the Argyle Independent School District’s newest facility is ready to open. On April 2 in the hours before school started for the day, the skeletal structure of the facility collapsed to the ground, killing a construction worker and injuring three other workers. Then, just […]

Shocking undercover video at Texas chicken facility prompts federal complaints

Undercover video from an East Texas chicken processing plant has prompted official complaints filed against a major U.S. food supplier. The Animal Legal Defense Fund released footage shot by an employee of a Tyson Foods facility in Carthage, Texas, and announced complaints filed over animal and worker treatment with three federal agencies. Houston Chronicle

Breathing death

This chemical is found in most hardware stores and kills suddenly. The solvent is common in paint strippers, widely available products with labels that warn of cancer risks but do not make clear the possibility of rapid death. In areas where the fumes can concentrate, workers and consumers risk asphyxiation or a heart attack while […]

Illinois-based food processor cited for safety violations

Fed-OSHA has cited Downers Grove, Illinois based Hearthside Food Solutions with safety violations in its Ohio McComb facility. According to the agency, the citations resulted from an investigation that was conducted after a 55-year-old worker lost part of his right middle finger while unjamming a dough-cutting machine. Inspectors found that the machine lacked adequate guarding […]

Arkansas woman killed in industrial accident at paper mill

An equipment helper was killed in a railcar accident at a paper mill in Ashdown, Arkansas on Friday. The county coroner says the 52-year-old woman was dead at the scene of the accident at Domtar Corporation’s plant. THV 11 (Little Rock, Ark.)

Worker injured in fall at Massachusetts building project

A construction worker fell 14 feet from a wooden beam and injured his back Thursday on the site of the West of Chestnut building project in Quincy, Massachusetts. A fire official said that the worker was walking on a beam on the fourth floor of the building when the beam rolled, causing the man to […]

Retailer’s guide to defending against workplace violence

Violence is a leading cause of workplace deaths in the last 15 years and causes 48 percent of worker deaths in the retail industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Protecting retail stores is particularly challenging because they are open, public, high-traffic spaces with cash on hand, sometimes late-night operations, and with high employer […]

Federal mine safety chief opens rescue center in Kentucky; outlines plans for safer mines

The federal mine-safety agency opened a new Kentucky center Friday aimed at improving its capacity to handle rescues, with a response truck, communication systems and portable, high-tech equipment to test for poisonous and explosive gases. The center, in Madisonville, Kentucky, is the fourth in the nation but the first in the state, and in the […]

Fatalities from on-the-job injuries tick up across the U.S.

Last year, 54 Nebraska workers died as a result of on-the-job injuries, up from 39 worker deaths in 2013, according to a preliminary report released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Omaha World-Herald