Wisconsin manufacturer faces nearly $143K in Fed-OSHA penalties

When a Wisconsin explosive component manufacturer started a new production line at its Spooner facility, the company failed to comply with federal safety standards to protect its employees from the dangers of exposure to lead used in the production process, federal investigators say. Fed-OSHA alleges that the employer exposed about 40 employees to lead. Personal […]

Tap water in Philadelphia contains unhealthy amount of cancer-causing chemical, report shows

Chromium-6, a cancer-causing carcinogen, has been found at higher-than-recommended levels in the tap water supplying two-thirds of all Americans, according to a report from the Environmental Working Group. In Philadelphia, the nonprofit research organization found an average of 0.39 parts per billion, much higher than the group recommends. Chromium-6 is produced naturally in the environment […]

Fed-OSHA cites roofing contractor for dangerous conditions at Florida worksite

A Florida roofing contractor has been cited for exposing employees to dangerous conditions at its Mandarin worksite. Fed-OSHA issued four citations to Carlson Enterprises, alleging that the employer failed to provide employees with a fall protection system when working at heights up to 9 feet and did not ensure employees wore eye protection equipment when […]

Buffalo-area worker dies in crane accident

A Town of Tonawanda, New York man, 27, was killed early Thursday afternoon in an accident involving a crane in an industrial section of the Old First Ward bordered by the grain elevators. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Buffalo News

Hotel workers seek new safety measures after freezer death

Federal regulators and hotel employees are calling for new safety measures after a worker was found dead inside a walk-in freezer at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta. Investigators believe the woman spent about 13 hours at temperatures below minus 10 Fahrenheit. Her frozen body was found after her husband called the hotel to […]

Fed-OSHA fines Indiana landscaping firm for heat-related death in Missouri

Fed-OSHA has cited an Indiana tree-trimming company after a 23-year-old employee died of heat exposure in southeast Missouri. The Daily American Republic reports that the agency proposed penalties of $12,471 for Townsend Tree Service LLC. The worker became overheated in July as the heat index climbed to 112 degrees while he was working near Popular […]

Fed-OSHA investigating burn injury at Idaho sugar plant

In Twin Falls, Idaho, an Amalgamated Sugar Company employee who was burned by hot sugar syrup on Monday has been released from the hospital, and Fed-OSHA says it’s awaiting investigation findings from the sugar company to ensure a similar accident doesn’t happen again. The 28-year-old employee reportedly may have suffered a “medical incident” before she […]

Tire explosion that injured employee preventable: Fed-OSHA

After investigating a tire explosion which caused serious injuries to an employee of a Woburn, Massachusetts-based company, Fed-OSHA says the incident was preventable. Fed-OSHA announced Thursday that while he was servicing a tire at Crown Equipment Corp. in Woburn on July 13, the rim of the tire struck the employee causing serious head injuries. The […]