Safety and OSHA News

Chipper fatality: Employer can’t show it provided safety training, faces $23K fine

Injuries from a wood chipper claimed the life of a 24-year-old employee who was the father of two children. Following an investigation, the employer now faces safety violations and fines.  [Read more…]

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Orchard worker dies from bee swarm stings; Cal/OSHA fines employer $41K

Here’s an important reminder for outdoor workers and their employers: Insect stings can kill. Since that’s a recognized hazard, employers may face fines in cases such as this one:  [Read more…]

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13 workers injured in formwork collapse; 3 companies receive $147K in safety fines

The injuries employees received in this structure collapse could have been much worse. The only thing that prevented worse injuries from their 20-foot falls?  [Read more…]

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Chevron agrees to $21 million settlement in 2012 refinery fire

Chevron has agreed to pay a $1 million fine in a settlement with California regarding the August 2012 Richmond Refinery fire. On top of that, the oil producer will also spend at least $20 million upgrading equipment and procedures beyond what’s required by state regulations.  [Read more…]

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2 workers lose consciousness in confined space: $73K fine

After one worker collapsed inside a confined space, a second one rushed in and also lost consciousness. Now the company faces $73,105 in fines.  [Read more…]

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Worker almost killed by meat grinder: $74K OSHA fine

An industrial meat grinder was just moments away from breaking a worker’s neck before it was shut off. Now Cal/OSHA has issued fines to two companies in connection to the incident.

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Off-road vehicle injury: Will OSHA fine stick, or was this unpreventable misconduct?

An employee blatantly violates one of your safety rules and causes an injury. Should you have to pay an OSHA fine for that?  [Read more…]

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Companies ignore stop-work order; now they face $305K in fines

When Cal/OSHA inspectors found an 11-foot unshored excavation at a construction site, the agency issued a stop-work order the same day. Three weeks later, work restarted despite failure to correct the hazards. Now two companies face large fines.  [Read more…]

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Owner and manager face manslaughter charges in worker’s deadly fall

The owner of a construction company and a foreman have pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges in connection with the Dec. 2012 falling death of a carpenter.  [Read more…]

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Window washer falls 11 stories and survives: Cal/OSHA issues fines

A window cleaning company faces citations and fines in connection with an incident in which a window washer fell 11 stories from the roof of a building and survived.  [Read more…]

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