N.Y. asphalt firm pays $17K for two explosion-related deaths

An Albany, New York asphalt company based will pay a reduced penalty of more than $17,000 for violations related to the deaths of two employees in an explosion last fall. The accident occurred as the employees were offloading a kerosene diesel-fuel tar mix. Two employees were transferring the liquid asphalt from a storage tank to […]

IOSHA fines Perdue Foods plant

Following an inspection of Perdue Foods’ Washington, Indiana plant, IOSHA has announced that it is fining the company more than $11,000 for three alleged violations. According to the agency, employees were exposed to a crushing hazard due to not locking out a turkey leg processor before attempting to unjam the machine. Washington Times Herald (Washington, […]

Congressman wants to speed up line speeds at poultry plants

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia is pushing an increase in poultry processing plants’ line speeds to the new U.S. agriculture secretary. According to a press release, Rep. Collins says poultry producers in South America, Asia, Canada and Europe “are safely operating at line speeds that outpace the maximum speeds allowed in American facilities.” Workers […]

Farming can be very dangerous, but safety regs often don’t apply to it

Official statistics show that the farming industry consistently has some of the highest risks for injury and death from work-related accidents. A ReSource review of data on agriculture-related deaths shows that from 2011 to 2015, Ohio had 101 fatalities, the fifth highest such number in the nation. Kentucky had 65 fatalities over those five years, […]

Employee killed in Colorado oil tank fire identified

A 32-year-old construction worker who was killed when an oil tank battery caught fire near Mead, Colorado last week has been identified by the county coroner. The death is the third linked to Anadarko-owned oil and gas properties in Colorado in the past two months. Denver7

Many employers unaware of new slip & fall regs

Fed-OSHA last year issued updated safety standards that are intended to prevent dozens of deaths and thousands of injuries related to slip and fall accidents annually, but employers may only now be getting up to speed on the new regs, which list 15 different areas that require fall protection. The new rules cover as many […]

Company sued by widow, cited by Fed-OSHA in employee’s death

Fed-OSHA has fined an Ohio landfill owner more than $10,000 in connection with a violation that allegedly resulted in the death of a 62-year-old New Philadelphia man last November. The employee’s widow also has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owner of the Dover landfull where the industrial accident occurred. Fed-OSHA says the company […]

Owner of W.V. gas company one of two killed in explosion

Fed-OSHA has determined that one of the two individuals killed last week in an explosion at a Moatsville, West Virginia company that cleans and decommissions old odorant tanks was the owner of the company. The Inter-Mountain (Elkins, W.V.)