Safety and OSHA News

Was employee fired for series of workers’ comp claims?

A worker says he was wrongfully fired after filing three workers’ comp claims in an eight-year period. The company says he was fired for violating a lockout/tagout policy. Can the company get the worker’s lawsuit thrown out?

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Topics involving OSHA rank No. 1 and No. 3 in our survey of safety pros

We asked safety pros to rate which of 21 safety topics are most important to them. Ones involving OSHA ranked at the top of the list.  [Read more…]

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Ashley Furniture’s OSHA fines now total almost $2.3 million in 2015

For the third time this year, OSHA has issued citations and fines to Ashley Furniture. The focus this time: failing to protect workers from moving machine parts.  [Read more…]

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Half-million in OSHA fines – violations include combustible dust problems

OSHA has issued $477,900 in fines to Alfa Laval Inc. for 50 violations at its Broken Arrow, OK, plant. OSHA says the company has failed “to make needed changes to its safety program.”  [Read more…]

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OSHA cites poultry processor for ergonomic violations

Here’s proof that OSHA can issue citations involving ergonomics despite not having a specific regulation on musculoskeletal injuries.  [Read more…]

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American Apparel to pay $1M in death of employee

The retailer American Apparel has agreed to a $1 million settlement involving the death of an employee who was mangled by a knitting machine at a California plant. [Read more…]

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Worker stuck up to his knees in hot tar: $63K OSHA fine

OSHA has issued 10 serious citations and $63,360 in fines against a Florida company following an investigation into an incident in which an employee became trapped up to his knees in hot, liquid asphalt. [Read more…]

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Nearly $700K in OSHA fines following struck-by fatality

OSHA says if a company hadn’t disabled a machine guard, a 32-year-old worker who was struck and killed by a part would be alive today. Now the company faces a huge fine due to per-instance citations. [Read more…]

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Is lack of lockout/tagout to blame for worker’s death in elevator shaft?

Firefighters who responded to a Florida resort to recover the body of a worker crushed by an elevator noticed a key safety step may have been missed while the employee was in the elevator shaft. [Read more…]

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Worker crushed to death on first day on the job

“A worker’s first day at work shouldn’t be his last day on earth,” said OSHA administrator David Michaels about a 21-year-old temporary worker who was crushed to death his first day on the job. (Updated Feb. 14 with statement from Bacardi.) [Read more…]

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