South Carolina businessman accused of mishandling lead from shooting ranges

Truckloads of bullets collected from shooting ranges were shoveled into the caldron nestled in a wooded area near Fair Play, South Carolina. A kerosene jet heater was used to melt the bullets. Then workers with Welch Group Environmental would use one-gallon paint cans to scoop molten lead into molds, creating 25-pound ingots that the company […]

Authorities probe death of trucker crushed by load of pipes

In Limerick, Pennsylvania, local and federal authorities are investigating the death of a 62-year-old truck driver who was killed when a load of pipes he was carrying fell onto him. Police say the truck operator began unloading a delivery of PVC pipes, but the load shifted and fell onto him. He was pronounced dead at […]

Man working on crane killed when cable snaps at Florida port

A broken cable sent a north Florida port worker plummeting to his death. Fire officials say the 58-year-old man was doing electrical work on the crane Friday at the Port of Fernandina when it appears a cable snapped, causing the operations cab he was in to fall about 100 feet. The Florida Times-Union reports he […]

Worker dies at New Mexico water treatment plant

Fed-OSHA is investigating after a worker died at a Ruidoso, New Mexico water treatment plant. Plant managers say the worker was trying to clear a build-up of grease and foam in one of the basins where sludge is treated when he lost his footing and fell in. Current-Argus (Carlsbad, N.M.)

Chemical Breakdown: Part 4

Reactive chemical incidents, defined as runaway reactions that can trigger explosions, fires or releases, killed someone, on average, every two months in the United States for the 21 years ending in 2001. Then the government stopped tracking. But ever since, the CSB has called for stronger regulation of reactive hazards, and it remains a critical […]

NIOSH: New York lieutenant overcome in high-rise rire

The NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program has released the line of duty death report of a New York lieutenant killed during a search in a high-rise apartment fire on July 5, 2014. The 40-year-old male career lieutenant was overcome by extreme fire conditions while attempting to find the seat of the fire. FirefighterNation

Georgia: ​Safety inspectors visit some employers more than others

One of Newnan, Georgia’s largest employers is awaiting the results of an investigation by federal safety inspectors in the wake of an explosion last month that injured seven workers. Since 1972, Fed-OSHA, has made 28 visits to Bonnell Aluminum, site of the June 29 blast. Some were planned inspections while others were in response to […]

Pueblo, Colorado steel company faces $103K Fed-OSHA fine

Fed-OSHA issued one repeat and 10 serious citations to Pueblo, Colorado’s Evraz, Inc., on Friday after an inspection earlier this year. The February inspection revealed the steelmaking company failed to not make repairs to overhead cranes. A similar citation was issued for the company at its facility in Delaware, according to Fed-OSHA. The company was […]

Officials say Wyoming rig worker died after 76-foot fall

Authorities continued their investigation Friday into the death of a 28-year-old oil worker who fell to his death while working on a rig near Midwest, Wyoming. The man fell 76 feet Thursday and died instantly, officials said. Safety equipment was in place at the time of the incident, according to the coroner’s office. Casper Star […]

No employees injured, but New Jersey company facing $87K in safety citations

A heat and brazing company is facing $87,500 in fines Fed-OSHA inspections found 30 safety and health violations at its Newark facility. The citations allege that the company exposed employees to hazards like potential 9-foot falls and improperly stored compressed gases. The company also did not label anhydrous ammonia properly, didn’t give the appropriate protective […]

Fed-OSHA cites serious violations at Missouri workshop

Kingdom Projects Inc. in Fulton, Missouri has until July 19 to correct three workplace safety violations or face additional fines from Fed-OSHA. The business also has the option of appealing the citations. A 42-year-old male recycling sorter died in April at the sheltered workshop when he was pinned between two vehicles at the facility. Columbia […]

Answers to common questions on Fed-OSHA’s forklift standard

The Fed-OSHA powered industrial truck (PIT) standard, 1910.178, is one of the more commonly cited standards for general industry. It should come as no surprise that employers often don’t understand what is required under this standard. While the standard does a good job at specifying many safeguards and procedures, it leaves many questions. Many of […]