Multiple repeat safety violations for Kansas City company

Five were for confined space hazards
December 16, 2013

Rail Car Services LLC has been cited by OSHA for 11 safety and health violations, including eight repeat, at its Kansas City rail car refurbishing facility. An inspection began following a complaint about previously cited violations that resurfaced and involved fall protection and permit-required confined space hazards.

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Ladder un-safety gets Florida roofing company cited, fined

No eye protection for workers using nail guns, either
December 13, 2013

OSHA has cited North Florida Roofing & Repair of Jacksonville with one willful, one repeat and two serious safety violations following an inspection at a job site on Ashbourne Trail in Jacksonville. The agency initiated the inspection in August as part of its local emphasis program on fall hazards.

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Combustible materials not stored safely at NJ company

OSHA investigates under PSM NEP
December 12, 2013

OSHA has cited Welco Acetylene Corp. for 19 serious safety violations following an inspection of its repackaging facility in Newark. The inspection began in May under OSHA's national emphasis program for process safety management for covered chemical facilities. Proposed fines total $49,200.

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Louisiana wants oil and gas companies to repair flood-protection zones

Lawsuit says pipelines put New Orleans at risk
December 11, 2013

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East (SLFPA-E) has filed a lawsuit alleging that approximately 100 companies cut at least 10,000 miles of oil and gas canals and pipelines through the state’s coastal lands – lands that protect most of the greater New Orleans area from catastrophic flooding.

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Whistleblowers can now file complaints online with OSHA

December 9, 2013

Workplace safety whistleblowers will now be able to file complaints with OSHA online, by visiting Until now, complainants had to file a written complaint, call the agency's 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) number or visit an OSHA regional or area office.

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Workers exposed to lead during bridge demolition

No respiratory protection, hand washing stations
December 9, 2013

An Illinois company faces $100,000+ in fines after a sharp-eyed OSHA inspector noticed workers without PPE conducting demolition operations on a Chicago bridge that was coated with lead-based paint.

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Safety complaints get worker fired

Former employer must pay back wages after retaliation lawsuit
December 6, 2013

A worker at a Maine stone-crushing plant who was fired for making safety complaints will receive $6,000 in back wages, under a settlement reached between his former employer and the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.

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Texas worker dies in accident while being trained

Company cited for 16 safety violations
December 6, 2013

OSHA has cited Coastal Plating Co. with 16 safety violations at its Corpus Christi facility. In May, an employee learning how to operate a blast cabinet was struck by a gas compressor power cylinder when it exited a cabinet. The worker died from his injuries.

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NJ fireworks firm fails to keep track of hazmats

No emergency exit plan for workers, either
December 5, 2013

OSHA has cited pyrotechnics manufacturer and fireworks display firm Garden State Fireworks for 12 safety violations, after an inspection in May under its Process Safety Management Covered Chemical Facilities National Emphasis Program

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Company fails to train workers on propane HazCom

No hearing conservation, respiratory protection programs either
December 5, 2013

OSHA has cited plastic pipe manufacturer Endot Industries Inc. for 18 health and safety violations found at the company's facility in Rockaway, NJ. OSHA's inspection began in July based on a referral and as part of the agency's Site-Specific Targeting Program, which directs enforcement resources to high-hazard workplaces with the highest rates of injuries and illnesses.

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