Popular quartz countertops pose a risk to workers

As sleek “engineered stone” countertops grow in popularity, safety experts are warning that workers who handle them are at particularly high risk from an old workplace hazard, silica, the mineral tied to silicosis, a debilitating and potentially deadly lung disease. When slabs of engineered stone are cut and finished to fit a kitchen or bathroom, […]

DuPont closing Texas plant where 4 died

DuPont will not reopen a Texas plant where four workers died in a gas leak in 2014. The pesticide plant in La Porte, in southeast Texas, was idle following the incident. A DuPont spokesman in a statement Friday said the chemical company determined “significant changes in market conditions during the period of the shutdown will […]

Pilgrim’s Pride plant in Waco, Texas fined $122K for safety violations

Poultry giant Pilgrim’s Pride has been fined $122,500 for allegedly allowing the release of anhydrous ammonia at its Waco, Texas plant in September, Fed-OSHA has announced. Fed-OSHA issued the two repeat citations to for failing to implement proper standard operating procedures with accurate information on safety systems and how they worked. Waco Tribune

Lead concerns halt Wisconsin shipyards project

The presence of lead paint has halted work on a project at Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wisconsin. When work resumes on the project, additional safety precautions will be used, including air monitoring testing, HEPA vacuum spot clean up, improved ventilation and additional personal protective equipment. Superior Telegram

Roofing contractor sentenced to prison for lying to Fed-OSHA about worker death

A Pennsylvania-based roofing contractor who lied to Fed-OSHA in the aftermath of an employee death was sentenced March 29 to 10 months in prison. In June 2013, one of James McCullagh’s employees fell 45 feet from a roof bracket scaffold and died. During an investigation, Fed-OSHA determined the employer did not provide fall protection equipment […]

Fed-OSHA cites Russell Stover after ammonia release shuts plant

Federal officials are seeking $193,600 in penalties from Russell Stover Candies after a hazardous chemical was released at an eastern Kansas plant. Fed-OSHA also announced Thursday that it was placing the candy maker in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program. The company’s Iola, Kansas plant closed for more than two hours in September when an air-conditioning […]

Trench that caved in wasn’t reinforced, Fed-OSHA says

Fed-OSHA said inspectors probing a construction site where a 28-year-old worker was killed when trench dirt collapsed on him found no evidence the wall of the trench was reinforced. Cleveland.com reported that Fed-OSHA officials say inspectors didn’t find a trench box or shoring material to protect workers at the site in Mentor, about 25 miles […]