Workers dig 11’ trench with no cave-in protection

Colorado contractors cited for trenching hazards
March 20, 2014

A Colorado company and the framing subcontractor it used to locate a damaged water pipe have both been cited for safety violations, after OSHA inspectors found their workers in a trench that exceeded 11 feet in depth with no cave-in protection.

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MSHA's Main reaches out to National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association

March 18, 2014

In a meeting earlier this month with the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph A. Main updated NSSGA's board of directors on recent actions taken by the Mine Safety and Health Administration to improve miner safety and health.

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Schwan’s hit with 32 serious safety violations

Workers exposed ammonia, damaging noise, unguarded machines
March 18, 2014

An OSHA inspection at Schwan's Global Supply Chain Inc. resulted in dozens of citations against the frozen food manufacturer, along with Cimco Refrigeration Inc. and Adecco USA Inc., the companies who provide it with maintenance services and temporary employees.

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Company installs machine guarding to comply, then removes it

Gaspar Inc. gets SVEP status
March 17, 2014

Workers at an Ohio boiler manufacturer were required to operate press brakes and a horizontal boring machine that had the machine guarding removed, according to OSHA investigators, who issued two willful citations for the hazard.

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BP again allowed to do business with federal government

EPA lifts suspension and debarment of company
March 14, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency and BP yesterday executed an agreement resolving all suspension and debarment actions against BP that barred the company from doing business with the federal government following the company’s guilty plea in the Deepwater Horizon disaster of April 2010. The administrative agreement will be in place for five years.

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Severe violator cited yet again

NJ company has “active and ongoing disregard for its workers’ safety”
March 12, 2014

A company inspected in January as part of OSHA’s Local Emphasis Program on fall hazards in construction was cited for two repeat and two serious safety violations for failing to provide required protective equipment and to protect workers from serious fall hazards.

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Can workplace violence risk be reduced in prisons?

Miss. company ordered to increase staffing, fix cell door locks
March 11, 2014

A company that operates 50 correctional facilities in the U.S. has agreed to take steps to reduce the potential for its employees to be injured  -- or worse -- by workplace violence, under a corporate-wide settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor.

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OSHA funding on a downward trend

Agency has fewer inspectors, many more workplaces to inspect than three decades ago
March 7, 2014

OSHA had fewer health and safety inspectors in 2011 than in 1981 – the first year of the Reagan administration -- even though the number of workplaces doubled to 9 million from 4.5 million, and the number of workers rose from 73.4 million to 129.4 million.

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What can be done to reduce falls?

March 7, 2014

Employers must set up the work place to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls. OSHA requires that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry and eight feet in longshoring operations.

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Severe injury at Texas manufacturing co. was only the latest

OSHA charges company with creating a “dangerous work environment”
March 6, 2014

An OSHA inspection into an incident in which a worker’s arms being crushed while he was operating an unguarded machine uncovered information about two other incidents at the same facility; both of them involving severe injuries to employees while operating similar machinery.

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