Safety and OSHA News

CSB: Corroded pipe caused refinery explosion; 5 injured, 676K pounds of hydrocarbons released

Safety professionals know wear and tear on equipment could lead to unsafe conditions if not regularly monitored and repaired. But sometimes even regular inspections don’t catch everything, potentially leading to disaster. [Read more…]

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Manufacturer faces $320K fine for exposing employees to amputation and other hazards

OSHA has cited Sabel Steel Service Inc., based in Montgomery, AL, for exposing employees to amputation, fall and other hazards at four of its facilities.  [Read more…]

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5,190 worker deaths in 2016, highest since 2008

More U.S. workers were killed on the job in 2016 than in any of the previous seven years.  [Read more…]

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Can dead worker’s relatives sue employer for wrongful death?

It’s difficult for relatives of a deceased worker to sue an employer for wrongful death because workers’ comp is considered the “exclusive remedy.” But this state has an exception to that rule. Did this case fit the exception?  [Read more…]

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Bayer to pay $5.6M in double-fatal explosion and fire

Bayer CropScience LP has agreed to pay $5,657,000 in a settlement with the federal government for violations of chemical safety laws in connection with a fire and explosion at its Institute, WV, plant in 2008 that killed two people.  [Read more…]

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Did boss’s ‘threats’ cause PTSD? Will employee get workers’ comp?

A manager told an employee he’d “shave her dog, sugar her gas tank and burn her house down.” The boss thought the employee was gossiping to his wife about an alleged improper relationship. How did all this turn into a workers’ comp case?

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2 dead, 17 injured in building collapse and fire

A fatal building collapse and fire in Omaha, NE, poses a safety question: What would your workers do during an emergency if the lights went out, sending them into pitch darkness? Would they be able to escape? [Read more…]

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20 years after 25 deaths: How is state’s safety plan doing?

Twenty years ago, 25 workers died in a chicken plant fire in North Carolina. The tragedy caused a large upgrade of the state’s occupational safety agency. How is North Carolina OSHA doing now? [Read more…]

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OSHA fines company $787K after explosion/fire

OSHA has issued stiff fines against an Eau Claire, WI, company, in connection with a June 29, 2010 explosion and fire at its facility. The agency says WRR Environmental Services Co. didn’t implement an adequate safety program following a 2007 fire that destroyed its plant. [Read more…]

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Safety procedure wasn’t in writing: One dead, 22 injured, OSHA issues fine

Here’s a reminder about why it pays to document safety procedures. [Read more…]

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