Facility Safety

No LO/TO gets NJ manufacturer severe violator status

December 20, 2012

OSHA has added Pandrol USA in Bridgeport, NJ to its Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) after the company was cited for 25 safety and health violations – including three willful. Proposed penalties total $283,500.


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Candles and cooking cause holiday home fires

December 18, 2012

How many strands of mini string lights can you safely connect? How many inches should you cut from the base of a fresh-cut Christmas tree before placing it in water? Not really sure? Then it’s time to sharpen your holiday fire safety smarts with information and resources from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).


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Metro’s new state-of-the-art facility designed to meet increased demand for quality American-made products

December 17, 2012

The Metropolitan Vacuum Cleaner Company, maker of Air Force® Blaster® brand personnel blow-off systems, has announced the opening of a new 60,000 sq. ft. facility strategically located at 5 Raritan Rd., Oakland, NJ 07436-2709. The building will become Metro’s new corporate headquarters and provide double the administrative, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution capability.


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Company cited previously for hazard that killed worker

December 13, 2012

OSHA has cited ATW Automation Inc. for nine safety violations after a worker sustained blunt force trauma injuries at the company's machine manufacturing facility in Dayton, Ohio. The worker was caught and pinned by a conveyor that had lowered during a "power down" process, and he died from his injuries a few days later.


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NTSB heads to pipeline rupture in W. Virginia

December 12, 2012

A 10-member go-team from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) arrived in Sissonville, W. Virginia last night, ready to investigate the natural gas transmission pipeline rupture on Tuesday that destroyed four homes and sent several people to the hospital for smoke inhalation.


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Report: Disaster preparedness lessons from Hurricane Sandy

December 11, 2012

Omnilert®, LLC today released results from a post-event survey featuring insights and lessons learned after Hurricane Sandy. The survey respondents represented schools, businesses, non-profits, and government agencies from the company's customer base. The online survey was conducted on November 2-15, 2012 with a sample of 164 customers participating.


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Grain bin workers exposed to sweep augers

December 11, 2012

A company in Nebraska that allowed workers to enter grain bins while sweep augers were operating has been cited by OSHA for three safety violations. CPI-Lansing LLC, a grain storage facility in Red Cloud, was inspected in May under OSHA’s grain handling local emphasis program. Proposed penalties total $144,400.


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"A global supply chain of death traps"

Tragedies will continue "until workers' health and safety actually come first"
December 10, 2012

Words fail at times like this – another garment factory fire in Bangladesh; 112 dead and 150 injured; another round of despair and anguish for the workers and their families; another round of denials by international garment brands that they bear any responsibility; another round of promises by the brands and their contractors that they will “do better” while refusing to acknowledge that it is their “profits first and foremost” production system that has led to fire after fire after fire.


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Kansas grain company cuts workplace injury rates in half

December 7, 2012

A Kansas grain operation that was experiencing higher-than-national-average injury and illness rates has achieved a sharp reduction in those rates -- with some assistance from the Kansas Department of Labor.


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Toxic chemical release gets Ohio company 47 violations, SVEP status

December 6, 2012

After an unexpected release of hazardous materials that led to the temporary shut-down of Dover Chemical Co. and an adjacent highway in Ohio in May, OSHA has cited the company for 47 health and safety violations. Although no injuries were reported as a result of the incident, OSHA opened an investigation focused on the agency's standards for process safety management, known as PSM, at facilities that use highly hazardous chemicals.


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