Those working outdoors struggle to stay hydrated

Triple-digit temperatures are baking Lawton again this week and no one feels the sweltering Oklahoma heat more than those who work outside. The best way to avoid heat-related illness is to stay inside. Those who work in landscaping or construction don’t have that option. Fortunately, they have enough experience in this environment to know how […]

Increased Fed-OSHA penalty structure now effective

This past November, Congress passed a budget that included legislation requiring federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. In response, the Department of Labor is adjusting penalties for its agencies, including Fed-OSHA. The new civil penalty structure for violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act regulations go into effect August […]

Fed-OSHA cites Chicago-area company 5 months after man falls to death

A Chicago-area company has been cited by Fed-OSHA five months after one of its workers fell to his death while on the job in west suburban Addison in February. The 42-year-old worker was dismantling equipment at a United Parcel Service facility when he fell about 22 feet, according to Fed-OSHA. The company, which is based […]

Feds raid Houston tortilla plant, issue 25 violations

Exposed live wires. Cutting tools without safety guards. Locked emergency exit doors. Unprotected ceiling fans looming seven feet above the floor. Those are only a handful of the 25 occupational safety violations Department of Labor investigators say they found at a tortilla plant in northwest Houston in mid-June. The company faces $106,000 in penalties. Houston […]

Fed-OSHA slams major Dallas city contractor’s safety record, issues six-figure fine

One of Dallas City Hall’s biggest contractors has incurred the wrath of federal officials — and a possible six-figure penalty. Roanoke-based Oscar Renda Contracting was slapped with a $124,300 proposed Fed-OSHA fine for a drainage project in Houston. Oscar Renda officials denied wrongdoing. The company has won more than $450 million in business in the […]

Georgia car wash cited after worker’s fingers amputated

A company that runs several car washes in Georgia has been cited by federal regulators after an Athens worker had two fingers cut off in a workplace accident. Cited violations include They exposing employees to unguarded machine parts and equipment, exposing workers to falls with missing safety rails, not providing eye protection from hazardous chemicals, […]

Fed-OSHA finds hazards at Dollar General stores in Kansas

Fed-OSHA says it has found hazards at two Kansas Dollar General stores. Inspectors say a Wichita store had blocked exit routes and materials stored near electrical panels. Fed-OSHA is proposing a penalty of $88,000 for this store. KWCH (Wichita)

Arkansas steel company cited by Fed-OSHA after employee dies

Fed-OSHA has cited a steel company in Blytheville, Arkansas after one of its workers was killed in April, officials say. The man was killed after a sling broke and a 14,000-pound bolt struck him at Nucor-Yamato Steel Inc. The agency has proposed a total of $56,000 in penalties. KARK (Little Rock, Ark.)

Fraser Shipyards workers react to Fed-OSHA findings

News of the findings in an Fed-OSHA investigation into lead exposure at Fraser Shipyards has reached many of the workers affected. The agency has proposed $1,395,000 in penalties for the shipyard operator, after the investigation sampling found that 14 workers had lead levels up to 20 times the exposure limit. One worker said at its […]

Preventing tractor accidents

Statistical reports show tractor accidents are the leading cause of deaths and disabling injuries on farms nationwide and in North Carolina. The same is surely true for Wilkes County, where another such serious injury occurred Saturday when a tractor overturned down an embankment deep in the woods. Wherever they occur, overturns are the most common […]