Blowtorch used to tank valve ignited fumes from paving mixture, fire chief says

Workers using a blowtorch to heat a holding-tank valve ignited the vapors of liquid asphalt, causing the explosion and fire that injured three people at Mohawk Asphalt Emulsions, according to the Thomas Corners, New York fire chief. Monday’s explosion, which sent two people to the hospital with serious burns, is under investigation by Fed-OSHA. Albany […]

Cleveland etching plant faces $256K in fines

After learning that a 40-year-old machine operator without protective gear received third-degree chemical burns to his foot after falling into an acid-etching tank heated to 170 degrees, Fed-OSHA is recommending that a Cleveland etching company face $256,000 in penalties for safety and health violations. Inspectors allege workers were found climbing on top of the same […]

Fed-OSHA blames Chicago-area company for worker’s death on I-90 bridge

Fed-OSHA has fined an Elgin, Illinois demolition company $152,000 for safety violations leading to a worker’s death on a Jane Addams Tollway bridge in Des Plaines, Illinois this spring. The employee was standing in a lift cutting bracing between two beams to be removed from the bridge when one rolled off a concrete support April […]

Florida concrete firm fined nearly $25K following death of employee

Fed-OSHA has fined a Lehigh Acres, Florida concrete company following the death of an employee. According to the employee’s mother, he went into one of the cement mixers to retrieve something when the mixer turned on and killed him. Oldcastle Coastal was fined $24,942 by Fed-OSHA for two serious violations. NBC2

Fact sheet focuses on root cause analysis as part of incident investigation

Fed-OSHA and the Environmental Protection Association are urging employers to perform a root cause analysis after an incident or near miss occurs at a facility, in a recently released fact sheet. The fact sheet defines a root cause analysis as a “fundamental, underlying, system-related reason why an incident occurred that identifies one or more correctable […]