Second worker fatality in five months at marine company

Untrained worker drowns while diving
February 7, 2014

Following the drowning death of an untrained worker, Lucas Marine Acquisition Co. LLC has been cited for 22 safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The employee died while doing surface supplied-air diving during underwater construction activities for the City of Fort Pierce Marina storm protection project on Aug. 6, 2013.

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Temp staffing agency cited along with employer for safety violations

Ga. automotive manufacturer exposed workers to thermal burns, amputation
February 4, 2014

OSHA has cited HP Pelzer Automotive Systems Inc. of Thomson and staffing agency Sizemore Inc. for 22 safety and health violations following a July, 2013 initiated in response to a complaint alleging hazards at the automotive manufacturing facility. Proposed penalties total $207,100.

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Brooklyn, NY, recycler cited by OSHA for heat-related death

Company failed to train workers about heat hazards
February 3, 2014

OSHA has cited Cooper Tank & Welding Corp., doing business as Cooper Tank Recycling, for eight serious health and safety violations following the heat-related death of a 64-year-old worker at the Brooklyn recycling facility on 222 Maspeth Ave.

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Noise control/hearing conservation noncompliance

February 3, 2014
Throughout 2014, ISHN will report in each issue on one of the 12 most frequently cited OSHA standards, for fiscal year 2013, ending September 30, 2013.

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Unguarded ripsaws and tripping hazards at Florida rehab center

January 30, 2014

A Florida rehabilitation offering help to people struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism exposed its workers to a variety of hazards, according to an OSHA investigation.

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OSHA's overlooked gift to the chemical industry

January 30, 2014
A recent blog post by labor lawyer Steven Wodka highlights a concerning change in how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires chemical companies to classify cancer-causing chemicals

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Temp worker crushed to death at Ill. concrete company

Dukane Precast had previous confined space violations
January 27, 2014

An Illinois concrete company has been cited for safety violations by OSHA following the death of a temporary worker who was fatally crushed while working alone in a permit-required confined space on July 20, 2013.

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Worker killed in 40’ fall at Missouri feed company

A “terrible” tragedy
January 23, 2014

MFA Inc. has been cited for 13 serious safety violations by OSHA after a worker was fatally injured on Aug. 26 at the Aurora-based milling plant. The worker landed on a first floor concrete area after falling about 40 feet from a man lift used to transport materials in the facility.

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Out of balance: safety inspections vastly outnumber health inspections

January 23, 2014

FYI - Another "health" disadvantage:  OSHA inspections used to count 1:1; therefore, the agency conducted more safety inspections to save time (22 hrs safety inspection vs 34 hrs. health inspection). OSHA's 2014 FY budget propose 31,400 safety inspections vs 7,850 health inspections.

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VA hospital workers exposed to infectious diseases

-But OSHA can't issue fines to a government agency
January 22, 2014

Workers at a Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Oregon were potentially exposed to infectious diseases and sharps injuries, according to OSHA inspections conducted at the facility in April as part of a Local Emphasis Program. The agency has issued a notice of unsafe and unhealthful working conditions for 17 violations found at the VA's White City Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics facility.

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