As meatpackers grapple with safety, ’embarrassingly low’ fines add to risk

The workplace for the hundreds of thousands of people who prepare beef, pork and poultry in this country is a hazardous place. Workers use a mix of hydraulic saws, industrial blenders, marinade pumps, steel hooks, metal chains, and conveyor belts to disassemble cattle, chickens and hogs, turning whole animals into cuts of meat. Line employees […]

Working ‘the chain,’ slaughterhouse workers face life-long injuries

The chain is the heartbeat of any meat processing plant, the mechanized driver of eviscerated hogs, cattle and chickens, hung up on hooks and quickly moving down a line at these massive meat factories. Workers disassemble the animals into the cuts consumers prefer – tenderloins and chicken tenders, beef chuck and pork chops. The workers, […]

Companies cited in trench collapse that lead to Nebraska worker’s death

Two companies have been cited in the March 21 death of a 61-year-old Nebraska man who died after a trench collapsed at a construction site in Alliance on March 21. The worker had been installing pipe at the time of the cave-in and became trapped in the bottom of an eight-foot trench. In addition to […]

Fed-OSHA suggests $92K fine for power plant; man lost fingers in accident

Fed-OSHA on Tuesday issued citations to Dynegy’s Baldwin Energy Complex in Illinois in connection to an accident last year that resulted in a worker losing four of his fingers. The plant received one willful citation and seven serious citations on Thursday. Belleville News-Democrat

Pennsylvania manufacturer faces $285K in federal safety fines

Fed-OSHA recently levied fines that could total as much as $285,000 on a Berks County, Pennsylvania cosmetics manufacturer over alleged safety violations, most involving the handling and storage of flammable liquids. The agency said it found four willful violations and six serious violations at the facility during an inspection sparked by a Dec. 8 accident […]

Connecticut: Roundtable to discuss guidelines on crystalline silica

Recently-issued Fed-OSHA guidelines on the acceptable exposure limit of crystalline silica will be the topic of the Breakfast Roundtable Discussion Group next week in Wethersfield, Connecticut. The guest speaker will be Ana Ellington of Business & Legal Resources, which specializes in writing federal and state regulatory summaries and develops compliance and educational materials for safety […]

Fed-OSHA schedules meeting about hazards in tree care industry

Fed-OSHA has scheduled an informal stakeholder meeting to discuss the hazards associated with tree care operations, as it considers creating a proposed rule to protect workers in the industry. The meeting is slated for July 13 in Washington, D.C. Individuals interested in participating must register by July 1. To encourage group interaction, formal presentations by […]