Massive explosion at Canada’s largest oil refinery

A massive explosion at Canada’s largest oil refinery on Monday morning caused 100-foot flames to shoot into the sky, according to witnesses. The plant can refine as much as 320,000 barrels a day of gasoline, diesel heating oil, jet fuel and other petroleum products. Daily Mail [with video]

Meat packer injured when hand pulled into machine

A meat-packing plant has been fined more than $221,00 in Fed-OSHA fines for equipment violations the agency says led to an employee’s hand injuries. JBS Green Bay, a part of JBS USA and Brazilian meat processing giant JBS S.A., was cited for one willful and 10 serious violations in late September. Miami Herald

U.K.: Amazon warehouse staff forced to work in freezing temps

Employees at an Amazon facility in Dundee, U.K. were forced to work in below-freezing conditions, according to new information released this week. Additionally, workers’ injuries including fractures, head wounds and collisions with heavy equipment have doubled in just four years. The Sun

Fatally injured Michigan worker identified

A 51-year-old journeyman lineworker who died while performing electric utility work near Travers City, Michigan was identified Saturday by authorities. MIOSHA is investigating. Record-Eagle

Fed-OSHA says roofing company violated regs before fatal Idaho accident

Fed-OSHA has concluded that the employer of a 43-year-old Boise, Idaho construction worker who fell to his death June 26 while working on a roof at an Ammon residence was in violation of several fall hazards regulations at the time. The agency issued a $7,760 fine for the combined violations in late July. Post Register

NIOSH releases beta version of new respirable crystalline silica monitoring software

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Mining Program has released a beta version of monitoring software that will help mines more effectively monitor worker exposure to hazardous respirable crystalline silica. The field-based tool, called “FAST” (Field Analysis of Silica Tool), works with FTIR analyzers to quickly determine a worker’s exposure to RCS dust […]