Dole contests citations for hazards at Ohio plant

Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. is contesting two citations, including one classified as repeat, that Fed-OSHA issued to the company after an employee at its Springfield, Ohio plant was exposed to an amputation hazard while inspecting a pulley and belt on a centrifuge dryer last August. Proposed fines total more than $82,000. Springfield News Sun

A decade later, repercussions of Imperial Sugar tragedy continue

On February 7, 2008, eight workers died and six more eventually succumbed to the burns they suffered when combustible dust exploded at the Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, Georgia. Dozens of others were injured. The company agreed in 2010 to pay more than $4 million for safety violations as part of a companywide settlement […]

Struck-by incidents lead North Carolina work-related deaths

The North Carolina Department of Labor last week released data showing that struck-by incidents, followed by falls, caused the largest number of work-related deaths in the state in 2017. The Mountaineer (Waynesville, N.C.)

Times Union editorial: ‘Scaffold Law’ is New York’s business

Even though it’s fair to question whether New York’s 133-year-old Scaffold Law is still promoting safety on construction sites and protecting workers, or if it’s hurting more than it’s helping, a state representative’s attempt to use Congress to circumvent the state legislature is not representative governance, argues the editorial board of the Albany Times Union. […]

Oregon: Free seminars focus on farmworker safety

Free safety safety seminars sponsored by SAIF and designed for people working in agriculture are taking place in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley this month. Topics include mechanical hazards, ergonomics, safety leadership and communication skills, and the difference between safety and compliance. Statesman Journal (Salem, Ore.)

University of Arizona gets $1.6 million mine safety training grant

The University of Arizona’s public health college and its mineral resources institute plan to use a three-year, $1.6 million National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health grant to help improve mine safety training. The new training methods, which include computer “games,” are designed to simulate a real-life mining environment. Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Ariz.)

Pallet manufacturer fined more than 90K for 11 violations

Fed-OSHA has fined a New Lenox, Illinois pallet manufacturer more than $91,000 for violations cited after an employee was injured while conducting maintenance on equipment. Cited hazards include failure to install adequate machine guards, implement energy control procedures to prevent equipment from unintentional operation, and train workers about noise hazards; and accumulated combustible dust. Woodworking […]

Advice to cut down on winter work hazards

Employee risk factors that can contribute to cold stress are wetness/dampness, inadequate dressing for cold weather, and exhaustion. Employers and employees need to take extra steps to guard against the risky winter conditions, and it makes good business sense. Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton, Mich.)

Neighbors of planned fragrance plant cite safety, other concerns

Hundreds of people attended a Morris Plains, New Jersey planning board meeting earlier this week to voice their concerns about a fragrance manufacturer’s plans to relocate to the borough. Several noted that one of the company’s plants in Milford, Ohio, was cited and fined by Fed-OSHA in 2013 for respiratory equipment issues and failure to […]