Fed-OSHA cites Connecticut tape manufacturer for electrical hazards

Fed-OSHA has fined a Windsor, Connecticut adhesive-tape manufacturer 78,000 after inspectors found 17 serious violations of safety standards, many involving electrical hazards. The agency said inspectors found the company required untrained, unqualified employees to troubleshoot, reset, and repair electrical controls and circuits with exposed, live parts or guards to prevent contact. Journal Inquirer (Manchester, Conn.)

Fed-OSHA cites company for trenching dangers

For the sixth time in a decade, Fed-OSHA has found that a pipeline, well and wastewater treatment plant contractor working in Houston violated federal trenching standards. Oscar Renda Contracting faces a total of $124,300 in fines from 14 citations. Houston Chronicle

Illinois factory worker dies from blunt head trauma

A 56-year-old man who was killed in a Madison County, Illinois factory Friday morning has been identified. The worker died of blunt head trauma, according to the local coroner. Belleville News-Democrat

Comments on 2011 proposed SNURs prompt proposal regarding hierarchy of controls

On July 28, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed changes to the existing regulations governing significant new uses of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to align these regulations with revisions to the Fed-OSHA’s Hazard Communications Standard, as well as changes to the Fed-OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard and the National Institute […]

Fed-OSHA proposes $104,000 in fines for San Antonio business

A San Antonio food business is facing $104,000 in Fed-OSHA for 21 cited violations. The agency said Bluebonnet Foods, which makes slow-roasted, fried and grilled meats for retail and food industries under the name Good Heart Specialty Foods, failed to establish procedures for control of hazardous energy sources, install emergency eyewash stations, or provide protective […]

Fed-OSHA proposes $62K in penalties to Nebraska grain facility

Fed-OSHA is proposing nearly $62,000 in penalties for the New Alliance grain facility in Bridgeport, Nebraska after finding several violations during February and March inspections. Cited violations include a lack of guardrails to prevent falls of up to 15. Additionally, due to to accumulation of grain dust, Fed-OSHA says workers at the facility were exposed […]

Massachusetts power plant electrical fire caused by arc flash explosion

A brief explosion created by an arc flash from a 600-volt electrical panel that seriously injured a Ware River Power Inc. employee was accidental, investigators from the Massachusetts fire marshal’s office have concluded. Another employee suffered serious injuries, and a third worker, although hospitalized, returned to the scene the day of the April 17 electrical […]