Garage door hardware company fined $284K

Fed-OSHA has cited a garage door hardware manufacturer for willful and serious safety violations after a temporary employee’s arm was amputated. The company faces proposed penalties totaling $284,540. According to the agency, the company failed to implement lockout/tag out procedures to prevent equipment from moving unintentionally during production, train employees on lockout/tagout practices, and install […]

Ohio erosion control blanket manufacturer fined more than $213K

A Norwalk, Ohio manufacturer of biodegradable erosion control blankets faces more than $213,000 in Fed-OSHA fines, including for energy control hazards, after one of its employees suffered a crushed arm. The agency asserts that the machine began operating while the employee was removing product build-up at the facility. Norwalk Reflector

Poultry line speed waivers possible if producers meet new criteria

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health studies have found high rates of carpal tunnel syndrome among workers in the poultry industry, and safety advocates associate line speed with on-the-job injuries in the industry. However, it’s possible for a young chicken slaughter establishment to get a “speed waiver” to run an “evisceration line” at up […]

Minimizing fire and explosion hazards in dusty systems

Industrial operations are particularly familiar with the dangers of explosions, especially those that handle materials such as grain, sulfur, oil and gas, biomass, and wood pellets. Two recent incidents serve as sobering reminders of the significant financial and human costs associated with industrial explosions. Perhaps the most effective method of minimizing the risk of explosion […]

Beaumont Enterprise editorial: Chemical plants need fair safety guidelines

“Regardless of what happens in Congress, the Texas Legislature should consider better safety regulations in the upcoming session …. After the [2013] West explosion, the state fire marshal’s office still lacked authority to carry out basic safety inspections at some facilities.” Beaumont Enterprise