The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Wednesday announced its intention to issue a proposed rule requiring two-person train crews on crude oil trains and establishing minimum crew size standards for most main line freight and passenger rail operations.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued a Program Information Bulletin reminding the mining community of the process for submitting a corrective action program for MSHA approval and the tools MSHA makes available to assist mine operators in monitoring compliance.
Interlake Mecalux Inc., a manufacturer of storage and racking systems, has been cited by OSHA for 17 serious safety violations, many of which expose workers to amputation hazards*. OSHA has proposed penalties of $71,700, following the October 2013 complaint inspection of the Melrose Park-based plant.
A New York paper manufacturer exposed its workers to falls, electrical hazards and combustible dust, according to OSHA, which has fined Burrows Paper Corp. $298,100 for safety violations found at two of the company’s work sites.
A New York manufacturing company exposed its workers to fire, explosion hazards and a potential occupational carcinogen, according to OSHA, which has levied a $51,800 fine against Salko Kitchens, Inc. "These workers face both immediate and long-term health and safety hazards from on-site conditions," said Kimberly Castillon, OSHA's area director in Albany.
Our personal risk tolerance is directly influenced by the severity of the outcome. If there is a high cost associated with a risk, we are more prone to comply with the rules set in place. While writing this post, I am reminded of today’s airline industry.
Exposure occurred during renovation of former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center
April 7, 2014
Cleaning up a site in preparation for a tour by potential investors has resulted in a $2,359,000 for Olivet Management LLC, a real estate development and management company that owns the former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Dover Plains, N.Y.
A Florida construction company employee suffered severe burns to his legs and feet after becoming tripped in hot liquid asphalt – an incident which earned his company OSHA citations for ten serious safety and health violations. Proposed penalties are $63,360.
According to its website, Diversified CPC International, Inc. “believes that all injuries, occupational illnesses, and safety incidents are preventable.” Furthermore, the company “is committed to the protection and promotion of employee health and safety.”
U.S. Minerals cited for confined space, LOTO hazards
March 26, 2014
OSHA has cited U.S. Minerals LLC with 11 safety and health violations following a September 2013 inspection at the company’s Harvey, La. facility – but that wasn’t the agency’s first visit to one of the company’s facilities.