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Ill. worker dies from heat stress his first day on the job

Company cited for lack of heat stress program
December 3, 2013

OSHA has cited Aldridge Electric Inc. for a serious safety violation after a 36-year-old worker died from heat stroke on his first day on the job at the company's Chicago job site. The company was installing electrical conduit in an uncovered trench on the Chicago Transit Authority's Dan Ryan Red Line project.


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Concrete co. worker dies in storage silo

Confined space requirements violated
December 3, 2013

Central Ready Mix LLC has been cited for 10 serious safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a 39-year-old plant operator was fatally engulfed in a fly-ash storage silo on Aug. 6 at the Middletown gravel company.


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Workplace fire uncovers flammable liquid, other hazards

November 27, 2013

A fire in August at Rick’s Auto Body of Missoula, Montana did not, fortunately, result in any injuries or fatalities, but it did get the attention of OSHA inspectors, who found nine serious violations at the workplace.


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Fatal fall leads to citations for construction company

No fall protection, no fall protection training
November 26, 2013

A construction company in American Samoa that routinely neglected to ensure workers were anchored or tied off to body harnesses came in for scrutiny by OSHA after a worker suffered a fatal fall in May.


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Contractors cited in Philadelphia building collapse that killed six

OSHA demolition standards violated
November 22, 2013

The fatal June, 2013 collapse of a four-story building in Philadelphia has resulted in OSHA violations against the contractors hired to demolish the building. Griffin Campbell, doing business as Campbell Construction, and Sean Benschop, doing business as S&R Contracting, were cited for three willful per-instance violations, following the incident, which killed six people and injured 14.


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LOTO fatality results in citations, SVEP status

Company cited for same hazard in 2012
November 21, 2013

White Cedar Shingles Inc. has been cited for nine safety violations by OSHA after a worker was fatally injured May 21 while servicing machinery that had not been locked out to prevent unexpected startup.


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OSH Act violation sends company president to federal prison

Two workers died from exposure to hydrogen sulfide
November 20, 2013

The former president of Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services LLC (PACES) has been sentenced for occupational safety crimes which resulted in the death of an employee. Matthew Lawrence Bowman, 41, of Houston, was sentenced last month to 12 months in federal prison, after pleading to violating the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) and making a false statement.


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Five workers injured in blast at ammunition company

Process Safety Management standards violated at facility
November 15, 2013

An OSHA investigation at Crane Army Ammunitions Activity in Indiana following an explosion and fire that sent five workers to the hospital has resulted in 36 notices of unsafe or unhealthful working conditions at the company.


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Ark. temp worker dies in confined space

Penalties against company total $113,400
November 14, 2013

An Arkansas trucking company has been cited for asphyxiation hazards by OSHA following the death of a temporary employee in April. The worker, who was cleaning the inside of a tanker trailer without proper training, was found unconscious and later died from an oxygen-deficient atmosphere.


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OSHA’s “Top Ten” citations: A case of failing to write doable regulations

November 14, 2013

This is the time of year when OSHA announces their top ten citations of the past fiscal year.  There are few changes in this top- ten list year after year.  Even though the list is of the complete standard’s name, it is usually only one or two sections of a standard that repeatedly makes this list. 


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