Williams explores sale of its Geismar, Louisiana olefins plant

Williams Partners L.P. said Tuesday it is exploring a sale of its indirect ownership in its Geismar, Louisiana olefins plant and complex. In 2015, Williams Partners placed in service an expansion of the facility that increased its ethylene production capacity by 600 million pounds per year, for total production of 1.95 billion pounds of ethylene […]

TransAm Trucking denied appeal in alleged retaliation case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has denied a trucking company’s request to overturn a decision that said it retaliated against a former employee who left a trailer on the side of the road. The plaintiff was a driver for TransAm when sub-freezing weather conditions caused his brake lines to freeze. He […]

Fed-OSHA cites Wisconsin manufacturing plant after death of employee

Fed-OSHA is citing Carlson Tool & Manufacturing Corp. following the death of a 36-year-old employee, a lathe operator who became entangled in the machine’s operating spindle and suffered injuries that led to his death two days later. Fed-OSHA is citing the company for one willful, and one serious violation of machine safety standards, as a […]

Fed-OSHA corrects typos in silica rule

Fed-OSHA has published an amendment to correct typographical errors in the formulas in its final rule aimed at protecting workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule, which was released March 25 and went into effect June 23, establishes a new PEL of 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air. […]

New regulations on tank small retailers of fertilizer

In a July 2015 memo, Fed-OSHA revised a 23-year-old definition of “retailers” that are exempt from its process safety management standards on anhydrous ammonia. Under the new definition, some 3,800 smaller dealers would be considered wholesalers, and like manufacturers will be subject to the regulations. A bipartisan group of lawmakers that includes the congressman whose […]

Long Island worker killed in forklift accident

A 64-year-old man died of a head injury after falling off a forklift at a Hauppauge, New York business Friday afternoon, Suffolk Police said. It’s the third fatal accident involving a forklift on Long Island this year. Commack Patch

Maine construction worker killed by bulldozer identified

A 54-year-old construction worker was killed Thursday in Rockport, Maine when he was run over by a bulldozer, according to fire officials. Officials said the job site was shut down following the accident. WMTW (Portland, Maine)