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Offshore oil platform discharges oil, chemicals into Gulf

Owner to pay $1 million in penalties

A company charged with violating both the Clean Water Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) has agreed to pay a $1 million civil penalty and take corrective actions to prevent future discharges of oil and chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico.


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New worker killed at Mississippi lumber mill

Safety guard had been removed

A Graham Lumber Co. employee was killed after he became entangled in a conveyor belt at the company's lumber mill in Fulton. The worker, employed at the company for less than two weeks, was cleaning up sawdust and bark around an unguarded conveyor when the entanglement occurred.


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Aluminum plant showed 'total disregard for worker safety and health'

Employees at Matalco US Inc. in Canton were exposed to amputation, fall hazards and unsafe crane operations, according to an OSHA inspection which resulted in two willful, one repeat and two serious safety violations, carrying proposed penalties of $130,200.


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Construction worker dies after being struck-by an excavator bucket

OSHA cites Van Kirk Sand and Gravel for 2 serious violations after fatal incident

Two workers were injured, one fatally, after being struck-by an excavator bucket while installing stormwater drainage in a trench in Holdrege, Nebraska on July 17, 2014. OSHA cited Van Kirk Sand and Gravel, which operates as Van Kirk Brothers Contracting, for two serious safety violations related to the incident.


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Crane tips over and falls, killing two at Mass. site

Employer failed to ensure proper crane operation and employee training

The deaths of two workers in a crane tip-over April 12, 2014, in Bourne, Massachusetts could have been prevented if their employer, Massachusetts Bay Electrical Corp., had set up and operated the crane according to the manufacturer's instructions and trained employees in its proper operation, an inspection by OSHA found.


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MSHA: Operator failures lead to double fatality at West Virginia coal mine

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released the findings of its investigation into an accident in May at Brody Mine No. 1 that killed two miners. The underground coal mine, located in Boone County, West Virginia, is operated by Brody Mining LLC, a subsidiary of Patriot Coal Corp.


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Georgia paint manufacturer exposed workers to amputation, electrical hazards

Plaid Enterprises Inc. was cited by OSHA for six safety violations that involved amputation, electrical and other safety hazards following an April 2014 inspection at the company's craft paint production facility located on Mellon Court in Decatur.


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DTSC warns companies about manifest mistakes

Eight manifest mistakes to avoid in California

Hazardous waste generators in California recently received an alert from the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) by mail. The DTSC’s letter addresses a growing problem with Hazardous Waste Manifests: DTSC finds mistakes on many of the roughly 500,000 Manifests it receives and compiles in the Hazardous Waste Tracking System (HWTS) each year.


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Stericycle Inc. fired supervisor for reporting safety concerns

A supervisor who raised safety concerns after a driver was told to pull a trailer without a valid license plate was wrongfully terminated, according to OSHA, which has ordered Stericycle Inc.of Wichita, Kansas to reinstate the employee.


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More than 40 safety and health violations found at Va. Sawmill

Wayne Lumber and Mulch Inc. put its employees at risk for hearing loss “over and over again,” according to OSHA’s Prentice Cline, commenting on one of the hazards found at the company's sawmill in Wayne, Virginia – violations which earned the company $85,080 in proposed penalties.


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