CDC warns coffee workers of hazardous chemicals

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted a warning to people who work in the coffee processing business: their occupations could be exposing them to dangerous levels of chemicals known to cause lung damage. The notice is directed at workers in facilities that roast, grind or flavor coffee, cautioning that two compounds […]

Safety violations found at Pennsylvania company where worker was killed

Fed-OSHA found several serious safety violations at Timet Corp. near Morgantown, Pennsylvania in its investigation of a boiler explosion that killed a worker in March, officials announced Monday. The explosion was the result of damaged equipment that the company knew about from a previous incident but did not remedy, according to the agency. Fed-OSHA has […]

Fed-OSHA issues fine to Ohio food manufacturer

An Allen County, Ohio food manufacturer has been fined $30,600 by Fed-OSHA for safety violations stemming from July and August inspections at its manufacturing site. The violations included employees not being given proper safety training for dealing with workplace injuries and the company neglecting to install safety guards on certain equipment. Toledo Blade

Alabama fire marshal: exothermic reaction caused explosions

Thursday’s explosions at the Ultratec Special Effects fireworks plant in Owens Cross, Alabama has prompted an investigation by state and federal authorities. Sheriff’s deputies say the explosions were minor and no one was hurt. Alabama Media Group

Judge affirms Fed-OSHA violations against Alabama manufacturer after amputation accident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Review Commission has affirmed seven citations against Matsu Alabama following an incident at its Huntsville facility that left a worker permanently disabled. Matsu Alabama, a division of Matcor Automotive, was originally issued eight safety citations, with $75,000 in proposed penalties, last year by OSHA after a temporary employee’s right […]

Michigan firefighter’s firing prompts lawsuit

A former Benton Harbor, Michigan firefighter is suing the city and its public safety director, claiming he was wrongfully fired in November 2014 in retaliation for raising concerns about fire safety policy and training. According to the federal lawsuit, former firefighter Jimmie Knight sent an email to city commissioners in October 2014, raising concerns about […]

3 of 4 injured in Houston-area plant fire released from hospital

Three of the four people injured in a fire and explosion at SunEdison plant in Pasadena, Texas have been released from area hospitals, according to a company spokesman. A fire official said the incident involved a chemical leak and identified the chemical as silane. Houston Chronicle

Deadliest workplace: The farm

At nearly all workplaces in America today, regulators, insurers and workers themselves demand safeguards to make it less likely for a careless mistake to become a tragedy. Coal mines, factories and construction sites are safer as a result. Not the family farm. Minnesota and other Midwestern states allow small farmers to rely on their own […]

Farm safety key in nation’s most hazardous industry

Unfortunately, thousands of farm workers are injured every year and hundreds more die in farming accidents. According to the National Safety Council, agriculture is the most hazardous industry in the nation. It doesn’t help that hospitals and emergency medical care are typically not readily accessible in rural areas near farms. Fed-OSHA notes that farm safety […]

Strategies for reducing injury and illness in healthcare

U.S. hospitals recorded nearly 58,000 work-related injuries and illnesses in 2013, amounting to 6.4 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees — almost twice as high as the overall rate for private industry. In June, Fed-OSHA announced it was targeting some of the most common causes of workplace injury and illness in the […]