Chicken processor faces $317K penalty for workplace safety violations

An Exeter Township, Pennsylvania chicken processing plant is facing a nearly $320,000 penalty for workplace safety violations, federal regulators said Wednesday. Birdsboro Kosher Farms Corp. did not provide proper safety equipment, protect employees from noise or take precautions to prevent injuries from the sudden start-up of machinery, according to Fed-OSHA, which launched the inspection in […]

$90 billion whistleblower suit filed against chemical companies

Four of the country’s largest chemical companies have been accused of selling billions of dollars worth of harmful isocyanate chemicals but intentionally concealing their dangers to consumers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the past several decades. According to Fed-OSHA, exposure to isocyanate can irritate the skin and mucous membranes, cause chest tightness and […]

Tactical grenade explosion injures worker at Pennsylvania business

An employee of a Mercer County, Pennsylvania weapon manufacturer is recovering from an injury received when a tactical grenade exploded in his hand on Thursday. The grenade, which is designed to be less lethal, contains rubber pellets and is used to control crowds. WFMJ (Youngstown, Ohio)

Florida worker shocked by power lines

A 50-year-old man was shocked while painting a building in the north Riverside area of Jacksonville, Florida. Police say he was using a cherry-picker lift when the top of his head made contact with the power lines and he was shocked. FirstCoast News (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Michigan laborer found dead in was electrocuted: Report

A 37-year-old man who was recently found dead last week in Clinton Township, Michigan was electrocuted, MIOSHA and township police said. The man, a laborer for a gutter installation company, was found unresponsive inside a box truck at a residence on September 6, The Macomb Daily reported. The death was the 23rd worker fatality in […]

Michigan worker electrocuted on driveway project

A construction company worker has been electrocuted at a jobsite southeast of Grand Rapids in western Michigan. The man was part of a crew installing a driveway on Thursday when a pole he was holding touched a power line and a metal ground stake. MIOSHA is investigating. Alpena News

Idaho worker pinned by forklift at cheese factory

A worker reportedly was pinned between a forklift and a rack at the Sorrento Lactalis cheese factory in Nampa, Idaho, and was transported to the hospital Thursday morning. Fed-OSHA is expected to investigate. Idaho Statesman

Iowa ag secretary says Fed-OSHA’s anhydrous rule needs reworking

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture is asking Fed-OSHA to delay enforcement of its new requirements for storage of anhydrous ammonia. NASDA wants Fed-OSHA to delay the enforcement to July of 2018. Iowa State Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says the whole rule needs to be thrown out and redone. He says it was […]

Fed-OSHA to investigate explosion at Texas asphalt plant

Fed-OSHA’s Corpus Christi office opened an investigation Wednesday into the explosion that killed a man at an asphalt plant, officials said. About 4 a.m. firefighters responded to Haas-Anderson Construction, where a 53-year-old man died from multiple internal injuries that he sustained in a diesel tank explosion, according to an investigator. Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Fed-OSHA cites youth home for failing to protect workers from assaults

In the past several months, workers at a Reading, Pennsylvania facility for children and youth in crisis became victims in at least 10 incidents of workplace violence, federal workplace safety and health inspectors have found. In one incident, a Children’s Home of Reading worker suffered serious injuries after being kicked twice in the face, head […]