“Pain, increasing shortness of breath, increasing fear, increasing terror, and awareness of impending death.” That’s how a medical expert described the asphyxiation deaths of two workers at a commercial laundry. Now a court has upheld an almost $3.37 million award to the families of the two victims.
Cal-OSHA is investigating the deaths of two brothers who were working at a compost center in Lamont, CA. They were overcome by fumes in a confined space.
This tragic story provides an important reminder to workers about confined spaces: If they don’t have the proper equipment and training to perform a rescue, they’re risking their own lives by going in to help a co-worker.
It’s a message that can’t be repeated too often to employees who work anywhere near a confined space: Don’t try to be a hero if you’re not trained to be an emergency rescuer.
Indictments have been returned against United Oil Recovery Services and three of its managers in connection with a worker’s death in 2008.
Farmer deaths in hog manure pits now total four this month in the Midwest. In two incidents, a father and son died from exposure to fumes.
It’s a story that’s still told too often: A confined space emergency turns into a multiple-death tragedy when workers try to rescue a colleague without the proper training or equipment.
An independent accreditation institute created by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will debut this summer.
Cal/OSHA has issued 16 citations totaling $166,890 to a recycling company in connection with the deaths of two brothers in a storm drain system.
Tyson Foods has agreed to pay the maximum penalty for a willful violation of an OSHA standard resulting in the death of an employee.
The former president of a Texas company that produced and sold caustic materials to paper mills will go to prison in connection with the deaths of two employees who weren’t properly protected from hazardous chemicals.
An employee of this company died of asphyxiation. The company argued it didn’t deserve to be fined because once OSHA approved its participation in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), its processes were, in effect, also approved. What did a court think?
A former company president faces prison and hefty fines in connection with two workers’ deaths due to hydrogen sulfide exposure.
Citing initial findings from a fatal explosion in July, a federal safety agency has issued a warning to companies with storage tanks.
OSHA has begun to refer more cases to the Justice Department for investigation and possible criminal charges, according to two labor and employment lawyers based in Washington DC.
The former owner of a business where two workers died within a four-month period faces years in prison and hundreds of thousands in fines following an indictment by a federal grand jury.
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