Safety and OSHA News

Company fined $1.3M, named Severe Violator for variety of willful, serious violations

OSHA fined an Ohio metal heat treatment company more than $1 million for a variety of willful and serious violations and placed it in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.  [Read more…]

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Judge throws out $2.38M in fines to Tesoro in explosion that killed 7 workers

A judge’s decision to vacate $2.38 million in fines against a Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, WA, came as a shock to state safety officials who now say they’ll appeal the ruling.  [Read more…]

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Lack of maintenance, poor communication fouled water for 300,000

What can go wrong when an aboveground tank used to store harmful chemicals isn’t inspected for 10 years?  [Read more…]

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Repeat violations add up: Company faces $654K in OSHA fines

Getting fined by OSHA once is bad enough. Get caught violating the same regulations again, and the fines just get more expensive. This company learned that the hard way. [Read more…]

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Were they employees or contractors? OSHA fine hangs in balance

A maintenance man was fined $5,600 when two handymen he hired violated OSHA regs. OSHA claimed the maintenance guy was their employer, so he was responsible. The maintenance man appealed, saying the two men were hired contractors. What did the court say?  [Read more…]

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Worker falls into acid vat; OSHA fines company $177K

A maintenance worker fell into a vat of acid at a manufacturing plant, suffering severe burns. OSHA says the company knew about the hazards the worker faced but did nothing to prevent an injury like the one that happened.  [Read more…]

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Employee complaints lead to $182K in OSHA fines for amputation hazards

OSHA says this company violated some basic federal safety regulations. The federal agency got tipped off by company employees.  [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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Different location, same violation: $140K in repeat fines

OSHA is increasing the amounts some companies pay for fines by extending its repeat violation policy to more situations. Now, the same violation at a different location within five years counts as “repeat.”  [Read more…]

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OSHA fine hinges on whether painting is same as construction

If asked, most people could give definitions of construction and maintenance. But when it comes to OSHA regulations, things like definitions aren’t that simple. [Read more…]

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