A workplace fatality that brought attention to the issue of crowd control in the retail industry appears to be – finally – headed toward a resolution, after Walmart recently withdrew its appeal of a $7,000 OSHA fine over the incident.
According to news sources, one worker was killed and two others injured Thursday when a ceiling collapsed on a film set for a movie directed by Martin Scorsese. All three victims were Taiwanese citizens.
A 25-year-old working on a six-story residential project at Florida State University died after being struck and crushed by a material/personnel elevator carriage not enclosed on all four sides. After an investigation of the July 28, 2014 fatality, OSHA found that Miller's Plumbing and Mechanical Inc. allowed a window-frame opening in a building under construction to be uncovered, thus exposing workers to the hazard of being struck and crushed by the elevator carriage as it passed within inches of the opening.
A 54-year-old worker at a Greeley, Colorado was fatally injured in June, 2014 when his hair and arm were caught in an unguarded conveyor system. His employer, JBS USA LLC, failed to protect workers from moving machine parts by properly guarding or de-energizing the equipment, an inspection by OSHA found.
A 21-year-old machine operator was killed at Ventra Belvidere LLC while reaching into a machine to align parts made for Chrysler vehicles. Following an investigation into the June 10, 2014 incident, OSHA, OSHA cited the Belvidere, Illinois facility for one willful and four serious safety violations for exposing workers to dangerous machinery and other hazards.
OSHA cites Van Kirk Sand and Gravel for 2 serious violations after fatal incident
October 13, 2014
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.
Employer failed to ensure proper crane operation and employee training
October 10, 2014
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.
Hazards at Boston Bridge & Steel Inc. include fall, electrical, chemical and mechanical hazards
June 11, 2014
A 46-year-old worker at a Boston steel fabrication shop died on Dec. 9, 2013, when a 12,000-pound steel bridge arch beam that he was spray painting fell and crushed him. An investigation by OSHA found that his employer, Boston Bridge & Steel Inc., failed to ensure that the fallen beam and three similar beams were adequately braced or supported to prevent them from falling while workers painted them.
First Choice Energy lacked “most basic” confined space protocols
May 2, 2013
OSHA has cited First Choice Energy of Minot with nine serious safety violations for exposing workers to unsafe conditions at an oil field drilling and fluid disposal operation in Stanley. The inspection was prompted after a worker was killed after being caught in the agitator of an oil field vacuum truck storage tank on March 14.