Facility Safety

Flood of lawsuits, not clean water, in wake of W. Virginia chemical spill

U.S. attorney is investigating company’s actions
January 15, 2014

The company responsible for the chemical spill that caused the loss of water service to thousands of West Virginia residents is the target of 18 lawsuits – so far – and a temporary restraining order that prohibits it from destroying or removing evidence from its facility.


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No eyewash stations, PPE at NJ furniture liquidator

Company cited for failing to label hazardous chemicals, as well
January 9, 2014

OSHA has cited Complete Liquidations, doing business as The Furniture Exchange, with four repeat and 13 serious violations at the company’s warehouse in New Brunswick. OSHA’s July investigation began in response to a complaint, and resulted in proposed penalties totaling $71,280.


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All about OSHA process safety reform

January 9, 2014

As a result of perceived poor industry process safety performance over the past decade, and due to recent notable accidents (West, TX and Richmond, CA), the White House issued Executive Order 13650 - Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security on August 1, 2013. The EO set up an OSHA/EPA/DHS Working Group to develop action plans over the next six months.


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At long last, OSHA’s combustible dust rule to move forward in 2014

January 8, 2014

A rule to establish standards for combustible dust that’s been in the works since 2009 is scheduled to move closer to completion in 2014, with a proposed draft regulation due this spring. Worker safety advocates and agencies like the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) have expressed frustration over OSHA’s failure to make faster progress in making a combustible dust regulatory change.


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NYC tenth grader in critical condition after lab accident

CSB: “a preventable accident”
January 6, 2014

An explosion during a chemistry class science experiment last week sent two students from a Manhattan high school to the hospital with burns to their face, hands and neck. One of them, 16-year-old Alonzo Yanes, is in critical condition in the burn unit of a local hospital. The other sustained first degree burns.


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Snack maker exposes workers to amputations

Correcting hazards not enough, says OSHA
January 6, 2014

Terrell's Potato Chip Co. Inc. faces $115,500 in OSHA fines after being cited for 23 violations of workplace safety standards at its manufacturing plant in Syracuse, NY. The inspection was conducted under the agency's Site-Specific Targeting program.


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CSB to vote on “safety case” plan for Calif. refinery industry

Oil companies would have to focus on ALARP
January 5, 2014

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) will vote on the draft regulatory report of the August 6, 2012, fire at the Chevron refinery that endangered 19 workers and sent more than 15,000 residents to the hospital for medical attention at its public meeting on January 15.


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Top ten Facility Safety stories of 2013

West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion is biggest story on ISHN.com
December 24, 2013

The West Fertilizer plant explosion in Texas garnered a great deal of attention from ISHN.com visitors. Also on their reading list: temp worker safety, confined space tragedies and arc flash hazards. Here are the most-read Facility Safety stories of the year:


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No safer after multiple inspections: Texas worker struck by machine part

Two inspections 2011, three in 2013
December 23, 2013

OSHA has cited Houston-based Piping Technology and Products Inc. for four repeat and three serious violations after a worker was injured in June from being struck by a broken die piece on a mechanical press. Proposed penalties total $199,800.


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20’ crack in a mine roof, other hazards found during MSHA impact inspections

Same facility had falling rock hazards
December 23, 2013

Despite the government shutdown the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) did manage to conduct special impact inspections at nine mines during October that resulted in 120 citations and ten orders being issued.


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