New report finds ‘Erin Brockovich’ chemical in US drinking water

Dangerous levels of chromium-6 are contaminating tap water consumed by hundreds of millions of Americans, according to a national report released Tuesday. Chromium-6 is the carcinogenic chemical that was featured in the popular 2000 movie “Erin Brockovich.” The US Environmental Protection Agency has never set a specific limit for chromium-6 in drinking water. There is […]

Fed-OSHA fines poultry processor $89K

Fed-OSHA has cited Illinois-based Koch Foods for violations at its chicken processing plant in Morton, Mississippi. The agency is proposing fines of $88,632. Fed-OSHA says it began investigating after a worker cut a finger on a conveyor in March and another worker broke two fingers on a rotating shaft in April. Daily Herald

Pennsylvania foundry ordered to pay $19K fine after fatal sand mixer accident

A Quarryville, Pennsylania foundry where a mechanic died in a sand mixer accident in February has been cited with safety violations and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in penalties. Fed-OSHA charged Buck Co. with several serious violations on July 29, ordered the company to fix the issues and issued $30,000 in penalties. The fine […]

Fed-OSHA to employers: No gagging whistleblowers!

On September 9, Fed-OSHA published new guidelines for approving settlements between employers and employees in whistleblower cases to ensure that those agreements do not contain terms that could be interpreted to restrict future whistleblowing. The guidance provides that Fed-OSHA will not approve settlement agreements that contain provisions that discourage (or have the effect of discouraging) […]

Kansas worker loses leg after stepping into spinning grain auger

The leg of a 28-year-old Ellsworth, Kansas man was amputated Monday morning after he stepped into the auger well of a grain bin while the auger was moving. It took rescuers an hour and 40 minutes to free the employee from the auger, using electric saws and heavy hydraulics, according to a fire official. Salina […]