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Explosion at waste facility leaves worker permanently disabled

Pipe being cut with torch wasn’t vented
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Two workers in St. Augustine, Fla. suffered injuries while cutting into a gas supply pipe with a torch when residual gas ignited inside the pipe and exploded due to the pressure. The March 2014 incident at Indianhead Explorations LLC, doing business as Indianhead Biomass Services, permanently disabling one employee and left the other with a leg injury.


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Georgia peanut processor exposed workers to falls, amputations

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McCleskey Mills Inc. has been cited by OSHA for 28 safety and health violations for exposing workers to amputations, falls and other safety hazards. The agency initiated the February 2014 inspection at the peanut processing plant in Rochelle after receiving a complaint. Proposed penalties total $72,553.


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Rust-Oleum workers exposed to silica dust, other hazards

OSHA proposes nearly $189,000 in penalties
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Rust-Oleum Corp., doing business as Synta Inc., was cited by OSHA for 33 serious safety and health violations for exposing full-time and temporary workers to crystalline silica dust, amputation and electrical hazards. OSHA initiated its inspection in February 2014, following a complaint alleging improper storage of material and inadequate forklift training. The proposed penalties total $188,500.


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Georgia film tragedy shows need for tougher penalties, says group

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Last week’s decision by OSHA to cite the producers of “Midnight Rider” for willful and serious violations shows that tougher penalties are needed to prevent workplace deaths, according to the National Council of Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH).


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Different settings, same hazard

Workplace violence injures employees, causes lost work days
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Two recent cases of OSHA enforcement illustrate how workplace violence can pose a threat to workers in vastly different industries. Corizon Health Inc., which provides medical, dental and psychiatric services to inmates at the Rikers Island correctional facility in New York City, was cited by OSHA for knowingly failing to protect its employees adequately against workplace violence and assault.


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West Virginia prison employees risk bloodborne pathogen exposure

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Correctional officers and other staff at McDowell medium-security federal prison in Welch, West Virginia were potentially exposed to bloodborne pathogens and other workplace safety and health hazards, according to OSHA, which has issued notices to the Federal Correctional Institution at McDowell, a part of the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons.


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Disciplining an injured employee for violating a safety rule

By Mark S. Dreux and Matt Thorne

Disciplining employees for violating safety and health rules is a critical component of any good safety and health program. OSHA's recent policy on employee discipline for violating safety and health rules undercuts the use of such discipline and encourages employees to consider possible claims for retaliation.


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Ohio workers unjammed still-running machines

Company culture “does not value safety”
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Packaging Corporation of America has been cited by OSHA for eight — including five repeat — safety violations for failing to protect workers from amputation and other serious hazards. OSHA initiated an inspection Jan. 21, 2014, after receiving a complaint that workers were reaching in to unjam machines without turning off the machinery.


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Companies bidding on federal contracts must self-report violations

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An Executive Order (EO) signed by President Obama July 31st requires companies competing for new federal contracts to self-report safety and other labor law violations.


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OSHA reveals most citations for collision repair industry

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Respiratory protection violations were at the top of a recently-published list of the five most common citations issued by OSHA to collision repair shops in 2013.


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