Security guard dies in workplace incident at JFK Airport

A security guard died at a John F. Kennedy International Airport cargo building on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Port Authority. The details of the guard’s death were not immediately released. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Fox 5 (New York City)

Grain dust explosions rise in 2018

An increase in grain dust explosions were reported at U.S. grain handling, feed manufacturing and biofuel facilities in 2018, but resulting injuries and fatalities were down from the previous year, according to Purdue University researchers. In last year’s explosions, the probable ignition source in three cases was hot machine bearings and sparks, while in nine cases the source could not be confirmed. Grain dust was positively identified as the fuel source in three of the explosions. Baking Business

Feds fine Mississippi paper maker more than $303K

A Mississippi paper manufacturer faces more than $303,000 in fines after a Fed-OSHA inspection allegedly found employees exposed to electrical hazards; lack of machine guarding; combustible dust to accumulating on surfaces; failing to lockout machinery to control hazardous energy; exposing employees to arc-flash; and allowing slip, trip, and fall hazards. magnoliastatelive

Chefs wave off safety gloves in kitchen

In addition to verbal abuse, sexual harassment, addiction and wage theft, kitchen workers also have to cope with physical danger at a rate that rivals highway construction and transportation equipment manufacturing. Much to the annoyance and puzzlement of the safety glove industry, professional chefs largely have refused to use cut-resistant gloves for finger protection. Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.)

Montana plant where workers found to have arsenic poisoning shuttered

State officials ordered an Anaconda, Montana slag plant to close after two workers have been found with arsenic poisoning. According to the state’s cease and desist letter, during onsite visits to the facility in 2018, health department personnel observed conditions “likely contributing” to employees’ elevated arsenic levels including lack of showering or operational hand-washing facilities; no changing room where employees could change out of dirty work clothes; no policies requiring workers to keep contaminated clothing at the site; and a lack of appropriate respirator usage. Montana Standard

U.S. Department of Labor and Montana Construction Contractor Sign Partnership to Enhance Employee Safety and Health

February 22, 2019

BILLINGS, MT – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and general contractor Langlas & Associates Inc. have established a partnership to protect employees and enhance workplace safety and health at the Lockwood High School construction project in Billings, Montana.

During the two-year partnership, OSHA and Langlas & Associates will provide training and outreach on workplace safety hazards, including falls, struck-by, electrical, amputations, and trenching and excavations. The partnership will also raise awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives to prevent workplace hazards in the construction industry.

The OSHA Strategic Partnership Program works with employers, employees, professional and trade associations, labor organizations, and other interested stakeholders to establish specific goals, strategies, and performance measures to improve worker safety and health.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for American working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues $164,802 in Penalties to Wholesaler After Employee Injury at Georgia Distribution Center

February 21, 2019

ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Hilti Inc. – a hardware merchant wholesaler – for exposing employees to struck-by hazards after an employee was injured while operating a forklift at a distribution center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Plano, Texas-based company faces penalties of $164,802.

OSHA inspectors determined that Hilti failed to provide forklift operator training and instructions to employees operating the vehicles, and ensure that employees performed daily forklift inspections. The company also exposed employees to corrosive materials; failed to provide eyewash stations and showers in the work area; failed to develop a written hazard communication program and data sheets for forklift battery electrolytes; and failed to notify OSHA within 24 hours of any incident that leads to an employee’s hospitalization, as required.

“Developing, implementing, and maintaining a safety and health program, and ensuring safety standards are followed can significantly reduce the chance of unfortunate incidents such as this one,” said OSHA Atlanta-East Area Director William Fulcher.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.

U.S. Department of Labor Renews Alliance to Improve Workplace Safety For Southwest Illinois Industrial and Utility Employees

February 21, 2019

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed an alliance with Teksolv-American Allied Safety Council (AASC), Southwestern Illinois Building Trades Council (SIBTC), and the Council of Owners and Construction Associates Inc. (COCA) to prevent exposures to hazards in the industrial and utility sectors.

The five-year alliance will develop awareness and education programs that address electrical, fall, struck-by, caught-in/between, fire, explosion, lockout/tagout, and confined spaces hazards at major industrial and utility firms in southwestern Illinois.

“Workplaces are safer when everyone commits to following safety protocols to correct hazards,” said OSHA’s Fairview Heights Area Office Director Aaron Priddy. “OSHA’s alliance with the industrial and utility sectors allows us to share best practices, educate employers and employees, and ensure safety is a priority on the job.”

The OSHA Alliance Program fosters collaborative relationships with groups committed to worker safety and health. Alliance partners help OSHA reach targeted audiences, such as employers and workers in high-hazard industries, giving them better access to workplace safety and health tools and information.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.