City of Des Moines fined $3,500 after whistleblower complaint

Iowa OSHA has fined the city of Des Moines $3,500 after safety inspectors found a lack of training and records related to public works employees who were involved in unsafe operations or accidents. An unidentified worker complained last November that public works employees were reporting fewer injuries because they were being written up after getting […]

Fed-OSHA investigating October accident at Tampa power plant

Fed-OSHA is investigating an October accident at Tampa Electric Co.’s Big Bend Power Station that injured two contractors who were repairing a leak for the cooling system of one of the plant’s boilers. The men have filed lawsuits alleging that excessive pressure caused the leaking door to blow off and send a column of water […]

Victim of Tennessee silo collapse identified

The man who died Saturday when a silo collapsed at a Johnson City, Tennessee hardwood flooring plant has been identified. The worker had been using a boom lift to spray sawdust off the inside walls of a silo when the sawdust reportedly collapsed on him. Johnson City Press

Majority of worksites could be violating electronic recordkeeping rule

Bloomberg Environment has reported that close to 200,000 jobsites neglected to file their 2016 annual injury and illness log summaries by December 31, in violation of Fed-OSHA’s new electronic recordkeeping rule. Some experts say the low compliance rate for Form 300A could be because some employers thought they were exempt based on their size or […]

Fed-OSHA cites Ohio plastic bag manufacturer

Fed-OSHA has fined an Ashland, Ohio manufacturer of plastic bags more than $155,000 for alleged hazards discovered after an employee lost part of his thumb cleaning out a jam on a bag-sealing machine. The citations allege failure to adequately train employees on lockout/tagout procedures, and failing to complete required annual audits of the company’s safety […]

Fed-OSHA cites aircraft manufacturer for hexavalent chromium exposures

Fed-OSHA recently cited a Kansas-based defense contractor more than $194,000 for allegedly exposing employees to airborne concentrations of hexavalent chromium at nearly two times the permissible exposure limit, among other alleged violations related to engineering and work practice controls. Reliable Plant