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.
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.
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.
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.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is requesting the U.S. Department of Labor investigate the conduct of OSHA investigator Lara Padgett, alleging she violated the ethics code for government employees, according to a report by CNN. Padgett investigated SeaWorld for safety violations after the death of a veteran trainer killed by a 12,000-pound orca in February, 2010, according to CNN.
County Materials Corp. cited multiple times since 2001
March 5, 2014
An amputation at a job site has resulted in 18 serious safety citations against a Wisconsin precast concrete product manufacturer – many of them for violations of OSHA’s standards on cranes and derricks in construction.
After danger was known, company didn’t move other workers out of area
March 4, 2014
An aluminum plant worker sickened by hazardous chlorine gas while changing cylinders brought OSHA inspectors to Beck Aluminum Alloys Ltd., which operates Beck Aluminum Racine, for a close look at the company’s Racine, Wisc. plant.
It’s a Saturday night December 21st and the plant is running on a skeleton crew. Operations decides to get a head start on annual preventative maintenance by knocking out several permit required confined space entries before the majority of the work is to be done when the regular shifts return after the New Year.
Korean-style sauna exposed workers to excessive heat
March 3, 2014
Super King Sauna NJ LLC has agreed to correct all hazards found through a July 2013 investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a 68-year-old employee died while working in a Bulhanjeungmok, a Korean-style sauna known for extremely high temperatures.
A Missouri roofing company cited for fall hazards in four separate inspections since 2010 has continued to endanger its employees, according to OSHA, which has cited Andres Roofing Co. Inc. for four repeat safety violations with proposed penalties of $52,800.