Feds knew of workplace hazards years before raiding Houston tortilla plant

While investigating a Houston Heights tortilla factory in 2012, federal Homeland Security investigators learned that a confidential informant at the factory witnessed the plant’s owners pay off an employee who had lost parts of three fingers on the job, to persuade her not to call police. Yet only in June, ten months after ICE agents […]

Texas-based Schlitterbahn facing scrutiny after boy killed at Kansas water park

In the midst of the summer vacation season, Schlitterbahn Waterparks is trying to regain its footing after a 10-year-old boy was reportedly decapitated while riding a huge water slide at the company’s Kansas City park. The death was not the only major recent injury at a U.S. amusement park. Houston Chronicle

Fed-OSHA investigates Sunoco Logistics fire that injured 7, four critically

Fed-OSHA investigators were on-site Saturday at the Sunoco Logistics terminal in Nederland, Texas to discover how a welding contractor might have touched off a flash fire late Friday on a crude oil pipeline connection under construction, a Sunoco Logistics spokesman said. Seven contract workers were injured in the flash fire, four of them critically. Beaumont […]

Fed-OSHA seeks warrant to review poultry plant after worker injury

A judge has recommended a warrant be quashed to inspect the Mar-Jac poultry plant in Gainesville, Georgia for potential worker-safety violations. The recommendation calls into question the legal authority of a new oversight program of Fed-OSHA. Gainesville Times

Missouri man electrocuted in Kansas

A Missouri construction worker has died after being electrocuted at a Kansas worksite on Friday. Fed-OSHA says the man suffered fatal injuries when the lift truck he was operating came into contact with overhead power lines. Columbia Daily Tribune

Worker dies at Iowa Tyson plant

Iowa OSHA is investigating the death of a plant worker. Investigators were called to the Tyson plant in Columbus Junction Thursday for a report of an employee who had passed away. ourQuadCities.com

Fed-OSHA investigating liquid asphalt accident near Boston

Fed-OSHA investigating an accident last week that left two men with second-degree burns after being sprayed with hot liquid asphalt in Framingham, Massachusetts. The workers were transferring the approximately 400-degree liquid asphalt from one vehicle to another to be used on roadwork at the time of the accident. WickedLocal Framingham

Virginia Goodyear plant confirms fourth death within a year

Goodyear has confirmed that an employee has died in an industrial accident at its Danville, Virginia plant Friday morning. This makes the fourth death in a year at the plant, which is Danville’s largest employer. WDBJ (Roanoke, Va.) [with video]

Maine worker fatally crushed by debris

A man was killed Friday morning in a workplace accident in Waterboro, Maine. An official said the 49-year-old man was crushed when material came tumbling out of a trailer that was holding excavation debris, including large tree trunks. WMTW (Portland, Maine)

Maine Department of Labor to help employers avoid higher Fed-OSHA fines

Maine’s labor department is offering services to employers to help them avoid Fed-OSHA fines that increased nearly 80 percent on August 1. The Maine Department of Labor’s SafetyWorks! training and consultation program offers support services to help businesses with workplace health and safety compliance. Fed-OSHA’s maximum penalties had last been adjusted in 1990. They will […]