Ammonia leak at Texas grocery warehouse spurs penalties

Fed-OSHA fined Brookshire Grocery Co. more than $63,000 following an ammonia leak at the company’s distribution center in Tyler, Texas. Sixteen people were injured in the September 1 incident. The original penalty was reduced to $33,867 on January 5 after the company was able to produce evidence contesting the citations, a company spokeswoman said. Tyler […]

Employees killed in Kansas grain elevator identified

Two Gavilon Grain employees, one 28 years old and the other 32, died last Tuesday in a grain elevator accident southwest of Wichita. The men were buried under 20 to 25 feet of grain in a concrete grain elevator and were not recovered by emergency responders for nearly two hours. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Wichita Eagle

OR-OSHA enforcing new pesticide rules

Oregon OSHA has begun enforcing most of a set of updated pesticide rules to protect farming and forestry workers, among others. The updated rules affect areas including notifications to workers, frequency of training and trainer qualifications. Changes made by the Environmental Protection Agency that were already in effect in the state include respiratory protection, hazard […]

Fed-OSHA offers tips to guard against snow-removal hazards

As winter weather grips much of the country, Fed-OSHA is urging workers and employers to be aware of and prepare for the potential hazards involved in shoveling and removing snow. Hazards specifically identified by the agency include roof falls and electrical/power line exposures, among others. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Renovation contractors fined for hazards at Chicago’s old main post office

Fed-OSHA has fined three contractors that performed renovations at Chicago’s old main post office more than $220,000 in combined penalties, following inspections prompted by reports that an employee doing sandblasting work had an elevated level of lead in his blood. The companies were cited for failing to comply with regulations around respiratory protection, failing to […]

VOSHA recognizes electric co-op

The Vermont Department of Labor has certified Johnson-based Vermont Electric Cooperative as part of the Green Mountain Voluntary Protection Program following a substantive review of its four district facilities and its safety program. The co-op is the only power distribution utility in New England to earn the recognition so far and one of only five […]

MIOSHA fines demolition contractor $101K in civic center fatality

Following an inspection spurred by the death of a 38-year-old worker in a floor collapse August 1 at the Holland Civic Center, Michigan OSHA has fined a demolition contractor $101,000 for seven cited violations. A second worker was seriously injured in the incident. MLive

Michigan school superintendent killed in tree-trimming incident

Just after Christmas, the Mendon, Michigan Community Schools superintendent fell from a ladder and died while trying to trim trees at a golf course. He apparently was on a metal, extendable ladder, using a chain saw above a large tree limb that he was cutting at the time of the accident. MLive

Fire departments taking steps to remove fire byproducts from gear

Dayton, Ohio-area fire departments are employing or pursuing measures to reduce exposures to dangerous chemicals, including onsite decontamination of firefighters and responding police with body wipes, issuing a second set of gear for firefighters to change into so they are not wearing dirty gear, and washing “contaminated” gear after a fire, among others. Dayton Daily […]

Michigan manufacturing plant worker fatally struck by coil

Michigan OSHA is investigating a December incident that occurred at a Holland automotive parts manufacturer and caused the death of a 56-year-old man, eight days after he was struck by a steel coil. Holland Sentinel

Fed-OSHA fines Pennsylvania fireworks company in injury accident

Fed-OSHA has fined a Slatington, Pennsylvania fireworks company nearly $15,000 after an employee suffered severe injuries to both hands in a workplace explosion in June. The 38-year-old employee was inserting a match fuse into a fireworks charge when it exploded, and flying shrapnel burned and damaged both of her arms. Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) [with […]