Fed-OSHA fines Alabama car parts plant

Fed-OSHA has fined an Auburn, Alabama auto parts manufacturer nearly $50,000 for allegedly exposing workers to electrical and amputation hazards. According to the agency, the plant had had inadequate machine guarding, failed to implement lockout/tagout procedures during machine maintenance and servicing, failed to implement safety procedures for entering a robotic cage; and exposed employees to […]

Worker injured at El Paso school construction site

Fed-OSHA has confirmed that a worker at an El Paso, Texas middle school construction site was injured last week when he was caught in between two pieces of equipment. KVIA (El Paso, Texas) [with video]

IOSHA fines employer after struck-by death

Indiana OSHA has fined a Bloomington masonry construction company $11,200 after a 35-year-old construction worker was killed in April while working on a major renovation project at Indiana University Bloomington. The fatal accident occurred when a section of limestone that was being lifted above a doorway fell and struck him. RTV6 (Indianapolis)

Akron chemical plant that exploded has history of violations

Emerald Performance Materials, the company that owns an Akron, Ohio chemical plant where an explosion last week led to an evacuation, has a history of non-compliance and health and safety violations. In a 2013 inspection, the Environmental Protection Agency said the company failed to timely report the release of flammable butadiene. WKYC (Cleveland) [with video]

Small explosion seriously injures five at Army depot in Pennsylvania

A small explosion Thursday morning in a vehicle shop at an Army depot in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania injured five workers, three of them seriously. Fire officials said they suffered burns. The Army and Fed-OSHA are expected to investigate. Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

Utility worker’s widow files wrongful death suit against employer

The June 2016 electrocution of a 44-year-old private utility contractor has resulted in a lawsuit by the man’s widow against the Wilton, Connecticut construction company, alleging that the power line should have been de-energized. Fed-OSHA, which investigated the incident, found that the worker was preparing a worksite for installation of a new utility pole when […]

One dead in New Mexico tank battery fire

An oilfield worker was killed and another was injured after a tank battery caught fire Wednesday near Loving, New Mexico. The facility contains a saltwater disposal well for oil byproducts from extraction operations, along with injection pumps and storage tanks. Carlsbad Current-Argus