Texas: Formosa workers released from hospital after chlorine leak

Five workers and one Formosa Plastics employee hospitalized after a chlorine gas leak were released from care as of Saturday. About 10:30 a.m. , October 5 at the Point Comfort, Texas plant, a contract employee was painting a piece of equipment and a tube detached, resulting in chlorine going into the wastewater tank, according to […]

Kosher poultry plant hit with $317K fine

Fed-OSHA is seeking to fine a Pennsylvania kosher poultry manufacturer $317,477 for a string of safety and health violations. Birdsboro Kosher Farms was cited by Fed-OSHA last month for maintaining unsafe and unsanitary practices at its production plant. Fed-OSHA began the inspection in April after an employee lost a thumb while operating a mixing machine. […]

South Carolina OSHA providing assistance as state recovers from hurricane

South Carolina OSHA employees will be in areas affected by Hurricane Matthew to provide assistance with safety practices and to hand out safety supplies, free of charge, to emergency workers, employers, employees and the public to help them be safer as they recover from the impact of the hurricane, according to the agency. SCNow Morning […]

Worker dies, longshoreman hurt in crashes at Port Everglades

A cargo company supervisor driving a golf cart died Monday at Port Everglades, Florida, when the cart and a truck collided, one of two accidents at the port that day, an official said. The intersecting path that both vehicles were using isn’t regulated by traffic control devices such as stop signs or traffic signals. Sun-Sentinel […]

Whistleblower lawsuit: Hyundai supplier to reinstate worker

Hyundai supplier Lear Corp. has agreed to stop suing a former employee, give her back her job and compensate other employees that were suspended during a long legal battle over health and safety claims at their Selma, Alabama plant. The U.S. Department of Labor announced the deal Tuesday, and the two sides filed a joint […]

NIOSH updates list of hazardous drugs for health care workers

NIOSH has added 34 drugs to its list of drugs that have the potential to be hazardous to an estimated 8 million U.S. health care workers. The newly added drugs are presented in three categories: antineoplastic drugs, non-antineoplastic hazardous drugs, and drugs with reproductive effects. A drug’s toxicity, how the drug can enter the body, […]

Fed-OSHA’s walking-working surfaces final rule expected soon

Last week, Fed-OSHA’s proposed rule for Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) in General Industry (Subpart D and Subpart I) cleared the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), signaling the forthcoming final publication by Fed-OSHA. National Law Review

Georgia recycling firm fined again

For the third time in the past decade, a Dalton, Georgia, recycling company is being fined for what regulators say is a pattern of serious worker safety violations at its 460-employee plant. Columbia Recycling Corp., which extrudes textile and plastic wastes to make reprocessed pellets for injection molding in the automotive industry, is being slapped […]

Fed-OSHA fines contractor in tree worker’s death

Fed-OSHA has issued three citations and fined the Westminster, Massachusetts-based Affordable Landscaping and Tree Service $12,600 for several workplace violations that resulted in the death of one its workers last April. The 26-year-old man died after falling more than 50 feet from a cherry-picker bucket just after cutting off the top of a pine tree […]