No guarding on abrasive grinder wheel at Illinois company

One of 20 violations
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OSHA has cited aluminum castings producer Trio Foundry Inc., which operates as Sandwich Castings and Machine, with 20 health and safety violations, including one willful and one repeat violation.

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Georgia company cited for nearly two dozen violations

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OSHA has cited Quail International Inc. with 23 safety and health violations at the company's Greensboro plant following an inspection that was initiated in January based on a complaint. Proposed penalties total $92,115.

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Kentucky coal company hit with $500,000+ in fines for 2011 fatality

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The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has proposed $594,100 in fines to Manalapan Mining Co. Inc.'s P-1 Mine in Harlan County, Ky., for four violations. The proposed penalties were assessed as a result of an investigation into the June 2011 death of a miner who was fatally injured when a large section of rock fell from the underground coal mine's wall, or rib, and knocked him into a dolly.

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BP to pay $13 million in penalties for Texas City refinery explosion

Solis: Settlement will help establish "a culture of safety" at BP
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The long saga of the BP-OSHA struggle to resolve issues arising from the 2005 tragedy at the company’s Texas City refinery may finally be drawing to a close.

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Recent legal decisions reaffirm miners’ rights to raise health, safety concerns


Two recent decisions by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission have affirmed the legal rights of miners to be protected against discrimination in the workplace, according to MSHA head Joseph Main.

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Labor Department settles with company that fired asbestos whistleblower

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The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into an agreement with CMM Realty Inc., a South Carolina-based real estate management company headquartered in Columbia, and owner C. Michael Munson, resolving a lawsuit filed by the department alleging the illegal termination of a maintenance employee who raised workplace and environmental concerns regarding asbestos at a work site.

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Worker buried in trench collapse survives with broken hip

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OSHA has cited two Florida companies, Major Plumbing LLC and MAPP Construction LLC, for trenching hazards. OSHA opened an inspection after receiving a complaint in January that an excavation sidewall had collapsed and buried a worker, who sustained a broken hip and was hospitalized.

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Worker injury last year doesn’t bring changes; NY company cited again

“Almost half of the violations were never corrected while others were allowed to recur”
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OSHA has cited Simtek Inc. for alleged repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards as well as failing to correct eight hazardous conditions cited during a 2011 OSHA inspection that was prompted by a worker injury.

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Combustible dust hazards found at Dallas feed company

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OSHA has cited Southwest Feed Mills Inc. with 12 serious safety violations for exposing workers to combustible dust, falls, unguarded machines and other hazards at the company's Dallas facility. A December 2011 inspection was initiated as part of OSHA's Regional Emphasis Program on Grain Handling Facilities. Proposed penalties total $45,000.

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OSHA moves ahead on head protection rulemaking

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OSHA has issued a direct final rule and a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise the personal protective equipment (PPE) sections of its general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring, and marine terminals standards regarding requirements for head protection.

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