Fed-OSHA Fines Hartford medical clinic $24,750 for mishandling bloodborne pathogens

Community Health Services, a Hartford, Connecticut clinic that serves some of the city’s neediest patients, has been fined $24,750 by Fed-OSHA for substandard infection-control practices involving bloodborne pathogens, records show. Fed-OSHA’s Hartford office last month issued four citations, for two serious and two repeat violations. Over the last 18 months, several employees of the clinic, […]

New Hampshire highway worked killed while equipment was moved

A town employee died Thursday morning following an accident at the Northfield, New Hampshire Highway Department, according to police. Workers were moving equipment outside of the building at the time of the incident, according to a statement from the police chief. The employee was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries […]

Suit seeks $350K in New Jersey chemical leak

Students and faculty inhaled a toxic chemical at Paulsboro, New Jersey schools for two days before the refinery blamed for a chemical leak reported the hazard to school officials, according to a lawsuit seeking $350,000 in damages. On March 18, 2015, the school closed early and 16 students and two teachers were sent to an […]

Fed-OSHA cites Georgia boat builder for repeat violation

Fed-OSHA issued citations to Chaparral Boats on July 18 for one repeated and two serious safety violations. The agency initiated the follow-up inspection prompted by serious citations the agency issued in July 2013. Fed-OSHA issued the repeat citation for exposing employees to dust particulates above the permissible exposure limit. The agency cited the company for […]

No injuries at Wyoming refinery after leak from abandoned gas line

Vapors leaked from an abandoned gas line Thursday at the Sinclair refinery in Evansville, Wyoming, the company said. No injuries have been reported, and the seepage has since stopped, according to a company official. Workers were excavating on the refinery property when they discovered the unused line. During an attempt to remove the line, employees […]

Central Florida prison cited, again, for unsafe working conditions

Federal officials have cited Central Florida’s Coleman Federal Prison, the largest in the country, for the second time in six months for creating an unsafe and unhealthful working condition. Fed-OSHA gave the prison a repeat violation for not requiring the officers to wear puncture-resistant gloves and for not having enough for all of the officers […]

Injuries from wet cement bring settlement

A Vermont man recently won a $450,000 settlement for skin injuries he suffered from coming in contact with wet cement, according to his lawyer, who says his client received third-degree burns on his kneecaps. VTDigger

Auto parts supplier for Hyundai, Kia fined $106K for safety violations

A Korean-based auto parts supplier has been cited for safety violations at its Auburn, Alabama plant. Pyongsan America along with the temporary workers agency Surge Staffing were cited $106,020 in fines for exposing workers to amputation and crushing hazards by Fed-OSHA. Opelika-Auburn News

North Dakota delegation fights Fed-OSHA policy change

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, along with Sen. Deb Fisher of Nebraska, have introduced a bipartisan bill called the Fertilizer Access and Responsible Management (FARM) Act that would force the Fed-OSHA to withdraw its retail exemption policy change. Fed-OSHA issued the change in July 2015, which would have required retail facilities selling anhydrous ammonia to […]