Safety and OSHA News

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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General duty clause violation or unpreventable employee misconduct?

You’ve provided safety training and your workers perform hazard analyses before starting jobs. Then an employee’s action leads to his death. Is it an OSHA violation or unpreventable employee misconduct? [Read more…]

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OSHA: Lack of lockout/tagout led to worker’s death

OSHA has cited ATW Automation in connection with a worker’s fatal blunt force trauma injuries at the company’s facility in Dayton, Ohio. [Read more…]

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Worker crushed to death in machine: $540K OSHA settlement

A food manufacturer in Massachusetts has agreed to pay $540,000 in OSHA fines in connection with a fatality. An employee was crushed to death in a machine used to make hummus. [Read more…]

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Safety News Summary, October 8, 2012

Distracted driving; bicycle helmets; a stiff fine for lockout/tagout hazards; injuries to nonprofit volunteers and workers’ comp; and we’ve seen NFL replacement refs, how about replacement workers’ comp magistrates? It’s all in this week’s Safety News Summary. Click “more” to read on. [Read more…]

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Electrocution leads to OSHA inspection, $189K fine

An employee was electrocuted while working to restore power to a pumping station. OSHA heard about the fatality and investigated. The agency says workers lacked safety gear. [Read more…]

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Worker crushed to death in machine: $702K OSHA fine

Saying the employer knew workers had to be trained on lockout/tagout, OSHA has issued $702,300 in fines against a food manufacturer in connection with the death of an employee who was crushed to death in a machine used to make hummus. [Read more…]

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Fines reduced 90% after citations reevaluated as serious

“We trust the Commission will act before the decade is out,” the U.S. District Court wrote earlier this year regarding OSHA fines that date back to 1993. Action has been taken, and the result could affect how much OSHA can charge for violations. [Read more…]

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Court to OSHA: Violations weren’t ‘willful’ — reduce the fine 90%

A federal court says because a company made some effort to comply with an OSHA standard, safety violations weren’t willful. That will reduce the OSHA fines, which were originally almost $7.5 million, by at least 90%. [Read more…]

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