Recycling is a feel good activity, but not for workers hurt or killed on the job

Recycling may be good for the environment, but working conditions in the industry can be woeful. Recycling encompasses a wide range of businesses, from tiny drop-off centers operating out of strip malls and parking lots, to sprawling scrapyards and cavernous sorting plants, where cardboard, plastic and metal destined for places like China and Turkey are […]

Popeyes spice company cited for safety violations

Diversified Foods and Seasonings LLC has been cited by the federal government for exposing workers to hazardous chemicals, electrical dangers and fall hazards, according to Fed-OSHA. The agency said it discovered 25 serious violations during an inspection of the company’s Madisonville, Louisiana-area facility. Inspectors visited the plant after it was evacuated Oct. 16 for an […]

Bulldozer runs over operator contracted with mining company

A Williston, Florida, man was killed Monday afternoon in an industrial accident, authorities said. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as a 61-year-old heavy machine operator. He reportedly was trapped in the track of a machine. news4Jax [with video]

Teacher slaps student: A case of classroom stress?

A teacher has been charged with assault after a video showed her slapping a student, which students say was uncharacteristic. What can be done to mitigate teacher stress? Christian Science Monitor

IOSH fines company after worker death

A 30-year-old employee died Jan. 6 after firefighters worked for several hours in an attempt to rescue him from a collapsed trench at a construction site in Altoona. Now, JRS Excavating must pay $4,500 to Iowa OSHA for violations that caused dangerous conditions for its workers. Des Moines Register

Fed-OSHA cites Breedlove for violations, possible $50K penalty

Fed-OSHA has cited Breedlove Foods Inc. in Lubbock, Texas for 12 serious safety violations after an employee suffered the amputation of a hand while working on a machine. Cited violations include not having an emergency stop on equipment, lacking a lockout/tagout program or procedures to power down machines before cleaning or maintenance, and allowing machines […]

North Carolina worker fatally struck by large disc

One person died in an industrial accident Sunday morning at a metal manufacturer in Pineville, North Carolina, according to officials. The worker reportedly was hit and killed by a large disc. WSOC (Charlotte, N.C.)