Plastic Recycling worker’s death ruled an accident

The death of a 31-year-old man last week at an Indianapolis recycling facility has been ruled an accident. The man was crushed to death when he was caught inside a machine at Plastic Recycling Inc. about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Indianapolis Star

Families disappointed no criminal charges will be filed in deadly grain elevator blast

Officials of Kansas City-based Bartlett Grain will not face criminal charges in the aftermath of a 2011 explosion at the company’s Atchison, Kansas elevator that killed six workers, the U.S. attorney for Kansas said Thursday. The announcement came just as family members of the workers who were killed emerged from a nearly two-hour meeting at […]

Nebraska facility faces $500K in fines over worker’s death

Working to clear crusted corn from the sides of a grain bin, a 52-year-old maintenance employee found himself engulfed last May in hundreds of pounds of grain as a wall of corn collapsed and resulted in his death two days later. The ensuing investigation found multiple violations of Fed-OSHA standards for grain handling at Prinz […]

Workplace drug testing: What’s reasonableness got to do with it?

An employer may not discriminate against an employee who reports an injury or illness. Fed-OSHA has highlighted the following examples of policies that are potentially discriminatory: disciplinary policies, post-incident drug testing policies, and employee incentive programs. Employers should evaluate their drug testing policies to be sure they conform to Fed-OSHA’s expectations. It appears that post-incident […]

911 call shows Universal Studios employee tried to revive coworker

Emergency 911 calls released Friday evening by the Orlando Fire Department revealed that a Universal Orlando employee used an external defibrillator to try to resuscitate a 60-year-old co-worker who was found without a pulse in the rafters of a ride early Tuesday. Orlando Sentinel

Fed-OSHA launches four more investigations at Arbour psychiatric hospitals

Fed-OSHA has launched investigations into four Boston-area psychiatric hospitals owned by the largest private provider of mental health care services in the U.S. The hospitals facing new scrutiny are run by Arbour Health System, which has been under fire by state and federal regulators in recent months for patient-care violations and concerns over the safety […]

New Jersey employer exposed workers to chemical, other hazards: Fed-OSHA

A Union County, New Jersey cleaning products manufacturer is being fined $83,375 and cited for 11 serious and one other-than-serious violation by Fed-OSHA. The citations include that the employer Failed to properly label hazardous chemicals and Lacked forklift training and maintenance. Westfield Patch