Four employers cited in fatal Colorado tank battery explosion

Fed-OSHA has cited four employers, including Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest oil and gas producer in Colorado, for exposing employees to health and safety hazards in connection with a May 2017 explosion at a tank battery construction project that left one employee dead and three others with third-degree burns. Workers were merging two tank batteries […]

IOSHA slashes fines issued to auto parts company

Indiana OSHA has axed the fines that it had issued in November to Swiss-based Autoneum North America Inc., from $224,000 to $14,000, after finding that some of the violations were either not valid or as serious as originally believed. The citations were issued following the October death of a 44-year-old woman who died of blunt […]

Koch Foods handed more than $200K in Fed-OSHA penalties

Fed-OSHA has cited Koch Foods for multiple alleged violations at its processing plant in Gainesville, Georgia. Proposed penalties total nearly $209,000. One citation alleges a repeat violation for potential amputation hazards due to lack of machine guarding. WTVM (Columbus, Ga.)

Tank explosion injures Texas worker

A man was seriously burned and airlifted to a local hospital when an oil tank exploded Wednesday afternoon in Karnes County, Texas. The man reportedly was a worker from out of town and had been checking the tank when the explosion occurred. San Antonio Express-News

Sudden illness at New Hampshire hospital remains unexplained

Even after an “exhaustive” internal investigation, the cause of a sudden illness that sickened 19 Exeter Hospital workers last August and forced a partial evacuation will remain a mystery. Fed-OSHA has completed its review of the case and found no violations on the part of the hospital. New Hampshire Union Leader

Cintas Corp’s Austin-area plant earns VPP Star

Cintas Corp.’s Round Rock, Texas uniform rental site has earned Voluntary Protection Program Star certification from Fed-OSHA. Since 2011, a total of 70 Cintas facilities have been recognized under the VPP program, and the company currently is ranked second in the nation for companies with VPP sites, according to company officials. Round Rock Patch

NIOSH, Fed-OSHA and BLS asked to create ‘smarter’ injury surveillance system

NIOSH, Fed-OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics should team up to enhance occupational safety and health surveillance programs, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine states. The report is the result of a yearlong study conducted at the request of the agencies and recommends that they employ advanced analytical […]