Court quashes warrant to inspect poultry plant

A U.S. District Court judge has thrown out a warrant obtained by Fed-OSHA to inspect the Mar-Jac poultry plant in Gainesville, Georgia for worker-safety violations. The ruling is a blow to Fed-OSHA’s new Regional Emphasis Program unveiled last fall as a way to improve worker safety in poultry plants through outreach, education and increased inspections […]

Fed-OSHA investigating Texas industrial tank accident

Fed-OSHA is investigating a Port Arthur, Texas industrial accident that killed a man and injured his father late last week, a spokesman confirmed on Monday. The 34-year-old man was cleaning an 18-wheeler tank at FreeFlow Services on Friday morning with his father when the two men became trapped, according to a news release from the […]

Maryland workers fall after scaffold collapses

A construction worker is recovering from potentially life-threatening injuries after falling 20 feet at a Wheaton, Maryland construction site, according to fire officials. Four workers reportedly were on a scaffold, which was about 40 feet up, and when it collapsed, they fell to a floor about 20 feet off the ground. MOSH is investigating. Your4State

Fed-OSHA launches amputation prevention initiative in four states

Fed-OSHA has launched an enforcement initiative to emphasize the prevention of amputation hazards among workers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, the agency announced November 1. Starting immediately, inspectors will examine operations, working conditions, recordkeeping, and safety and health programs in these states for compliance, the agency stated. OSHA also will look at employers in […]

Ohio company faces fines after Fed-OSHA citations

An Etna Township, Ohio business that manufactures lining systems for truck bodies and trailers exposed its workers to the risk of amputation and other serious injuries, according to Fed-OSHA. The company is facing proposed penalties totaling $214,857. Newark Advocate

West Virginia chem spill case settled for $151M

Two companies named as the defendants in a class action stemming from a 2014 chemical spill and water emergency have agreed to settle with the plaintiffs for $151 million. Under the terms of the settlement, West Virginia American Waters will pay $126 million in damages related to the spill of the chemical methylcyclohexanemethanol; Eastman Chemical, […]