Safety and OSHA News

Family received comp for horrific death; can they also sue?

In the case of a “horrific industrial accident,” which OSHA says was caused by unguarded machinery and lack of lockout/tagout, a state supreme court has clarified when an exception to the exclusive remedy of workers’ compensation can be used.  [Read more…]

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Icee/SuperPretzel maker agrees to pay $153K OSHA fine, hire safety pros

The maker of some well-known snack foods has reached a region-wide settlement agreement with OSHA which includes paying a fine and upgrading its safety program at eight facilities.  [Read more…]

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Worker died inside kiln; company agrees to pay $545K in OSHA fines

A failure to abide by OSHA’s lockout/tagout and confined space regulations resulted in the death of a plant manager inside a kiln. Now the company has to pay a huge fine.  [Read more…]

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15 injuries in 5 years, including 3 amputations: $503K OSHA fine

A manufacturer faces $503,380 in OSHA fines following four separate reports of workers suffering injuries at the facility.  [Read more…]

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Fatal fall while changing light ballast: $175K OSHA fine

This incident shows even the most routine workplace tasks can prove deadly.  [Read more…]

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OSHA’s top 10 citations of 2016

The most cited OSHA violations of 2016 cover a wide range of workplace safety topics, from falls to chemicals, from PPE to forklifts.  [Read more…]

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OSHA proposal: Warnings/delays no longer acceptable lockout/tagout alternatives

To address a federal court ruling, OSHA is proposing to take one word out of its Control of Hazardous Energy standard that could cause some companies to have to redo their lockout/tagout programs.  [Read more…]

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Worker pulled into machine, choked to death: Company to pay $350K to family

A scrap metal processor has agreed to pay $350,000 to the family of a worker who was killed when he was pulled into a shredder.  [Read more…]

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Worker pulled into machine by his jacket: $175K fine in connection with death

A lack of safety training played a part in the death of an employee at a manufacturing plant, according to OSHA.  [Read more…]

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Conveyor belt breaks bones in worker’s hand and arm: $140K OSHA fine

A Rochester, NY, commercial bakery was investigated after an employee broke bones in her hand and arm while cleaning a conveyor belt. It’s the third time in the past five years the bakery has been fined for lockout/tagout (LOTO) violations.  [Read more…]

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