Safety and OSHA News

OSHA fines reduced 74% on appeal – now penalty is $209K

Two years ago, OSHA issued 24 violations with $822,000 in fines to a small employer after an employee lost three fingers in a machine. On appeal, a judge has significantly reduced the penalty.  [Read more…]

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Repeat violations add up: Company faces $654K in OSHA fines

Getting fined by OSHA once is bad enough. Get caught violating the same regulations again, and the fines just get more expensive. This company learned that the hard way. [Read more…]

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Forklift runs over worker’s foot: After amputation, can he get comp and sue?

A truck driver’s foot was run over by a forklift while he was making a delivery. His leg was amputated, and he got workers’ comp from his employer. Can he also sue the company where he was making the delivery?  [Read more…]

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Auto parts maker fined $3.43M, named ‘severe violator’

An Ohio auto parts manufacturer is facing $3.43 million in fines after OSHA hit the company with a staggering 57 safety violations. OSHA chief David Michaels said the company has shown a “total disregard for its workers.”  [Read more…]

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Ashley Furniture agrees to pay $1.75M in OSHA fines; finger amputations triggered case

Ashley Furniture has agreed to pay $1.75 million in fines and open its safety program to federal scrutiny in a corporate-wide settlement agreement with OSHA. The company’s problems started when a worker lost three fingers while operating a machine without a proper guard.  [Read more…]

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OSHA fines company $189K for third worker death in five years

Saying “safety is simply not a priority” for this company, OSHA has fined a Missouri firm $189,000 after it experienced its third worker death in five years. The most recent death involved a motor vehicle.  [Read more…]

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Teen loses leg in work injury: Company’s fines now total $1.4M

A 17-year-old working at a chicken processing plant had his left leg amputated from the knee down while he was cleaning a machine. Now the plant and the contracting company that employed him both face significant OSHA fines.  [Read more…]

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Hand injuries costs company $188K in OSHA fines

OSHA has fined Wegmans Food Markets Inc. $188,200 for five violations, following two employee injuries. The fines reached into six digits because three of them were categorized as repeat.  [Read more…]

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OSHA fines company $244K, says it tried to hide hazards

Q: How do you hide an entire production line from OSHA?  [Read more…]

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2 amputations in 3 months: New OSHA reporting rules prompt $125K fine

Two workers lost fingers at this manufacturing plant in the span of three months. In the inspection that followed, OSHA inspectors found 22 violations related to hazards that caused the injuries and other safety issues. The company faces $125,165 in fines.  [Read more…]

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