Safety Photo of the Year: “Why Lock-Out, Tag-Out IS Vitally Important”

Caution: Somewhat Graphic Photo - Note: This Photo is the property of Jack Benton, and may not be used without written consent. Note: I dont know all of the details of this incident and only know that this accident was caused by failure to follow LOTO procedures. Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Introduction "Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)" … Continue reading Safety Photo of the Year: “Why Lock-Out, Tag-Out IS Vitally Important”

OSHA Cites Fox Valley Systems for 26 Safety Violations After 3 Workers Seriously Injured In Explosion & Fire At Cary, Illinois Plant

Region 5 News Release: 13-1794-CHI Sept. 5, 2013 Contact: Scott Allen Rhonda Burke Phone: 312-353-6976 Email: allen.scott burke.rhonda OSHA cites Fox Valley Systems for 26 safety violations after 3 workers seriously injured in explosion and fire at Cary, Ill., paint plant Proposed fines total $262,000, company placed in Severe Violator Enforcement Program CARY, Ill. – … Continue reading OSHA Cites Fox Valley Systems for 26 Safety Violations After 3 Workers Seriously Injured In Explosion & Fire At Cary, Illinois Plant

Wisconsin Cheese Company Worker Loses Fingers To Unguarded Machinery

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Gilman Cheese Corp. for 10 safety violations totaling $126,700 in proposed fines. A worker had two fingers amputated by an unguarded cheese packing and labeling machine at the Gilman factory. A January inspection was prompted by a referral. OSHA found that another worker … Continue reading Wisconsin Cheese Company Worker Loses Fingers To Unguarded Machinery

Judge Strikes OSHA’s Expansion of the PPE Standard – OSHA Ignores the Judge

  By Eric J. Conn, Head of the OSHA Practice Group The deadline passed last week for OSHA to appeal a recent decision by an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) that struck down OSHA’s attempt to expand its Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”) standard by way of an enforcement memorandum that mandated oil and gas employers ensure … Continue reading Judge Strikes OSHA’s Expansion of the PPE Standard – OSHA Ignores the Judge

OSHA Places Chicago Company in Severe Violator Enforcement Program

  The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited specialty metal forgings producer A. Finkl & Sons Co. with 26 safety violations at the company's Chicago facility, including two willful violations that involve failing to provide fall protection around open pits and rectify multiple hazards found in crane inspections. Proposed penalties … Continue reading OSHA Places Chicago Company in Severe Violator Enforcement Program

OSHA Levies Penalties After Explosion at Austin, Texas Recycling Plant

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Electronic Recycling and Trading Co. with 14 serious violations after two workers were injured from a combustible dust explosion at the company's work site in Austin, Texas. Proposed penalties total $60,060. "Employers must ensure their workplaces are evaluated for hazards and take … Continue reading OSHA Levies Penalties After Explosion at Austin, Texas Recycling Plant

Urbana, Illinois Company Owned by Jacksonville Jaguars Owner Cited by OSHA

By Patrick Wade URBANA, ILL. The company owned by Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is facing $57,000 in fines after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found “serious” violations affecting workers at one of its plant. Workers at Flex-N-Gate Corp.’s plant in Urbana, known as Guardian West, were exposed to dangerous chemicals and did not … Continue reading Urbana, Illinois Company Owned by Jacksonville Jaguars Owner Cited by OSHA

Job Opening! – Safety Manager – Des Moines, Iowa Area

Note: Please contact Recruiter Directly – I am posting this as a favor to them! Safety Manager JOB DESCRIPTION: Like living in a smaller rural community working for an excellent company? If so, we have an immediate opening for a Safety Manager who will be responsible for directing, supervising, and administering the company's safety program. … Continue reading Job Opening! – Safety Manager – Des Moines, Iowa Area

Safety & Human Resources: Working Together – How An FMLA Request Might Be A Recordable Injury

A worker’s application for FMLA leave may send a signal that a work injury or illness is OSHA 300/301 recordable. And it’s a signal you’d do well to heed, judging by a recent legal case in Washington state. What happened: A U.S. Postal Service worker complained of severe allergic reactions that she thought were being … Continue reading Safety & Human Resources: Working Together – How An FMLA Request Might Be A Recordable Injury

OSHA Fines LaBolt, SD, Farmers Grain Company $95,000 for Exposing Workers to Unsafe Grain Bin Working Conditions

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued LaBolt Farmers Grain Company, Inc. in LaBolt, S.D., 13 citations for exposing workers to unsafe conditions at its grain handling facility where a worker was caught in a moving bin sweep auger and suffered severe injuries to his leg and arm. Proposed penalties … Continue reading OSHA Fines LaBolt, SD, Farmers Grain Company $95,000 for Exposing Workers to Unsafe Grain Bin Working Conditions

OSHA Inspection Detail Definitions – If You Ever Get Inspected, These Definitions Might Help You to Understand the Inspection Report

OSHA Inspection Detail Definitions This page provides descriptions for the information contained on the OSHA inspection detail page. Inspection Information This section provides information regarding the establishment being inspected, and other basic information collected for every inspection. Activity Nr Provides a unique identifier for the inspection. Report ID Identifies the OSHA office or organizational unit … Continue reading OSHA Inspection Detail Definitions – If You Ever Get Inspected, These Definitions Might Help You to Understand the Inspection Report

Draft House Republican Budget Would Block Prevention Program, I2P2, MSD Reporting Rules

Wednesday, October 05, 2011 - from Occupational Safety & Health Reporter™ House Appropriations Committee's Draft Labor-HHS-Education Bill for FY 2012 Key Provisions: House Republican bill provides $7.1 million more for OSHA, but blocks I2P2 and musculoskeletal disorder reporting rules and enforcement against small employers. Potential Impact: Two of the administration's signature rulemakings could be defunded … Continue reading Draft House Republican Budget Would Block Prevention Program, I2P2, MSD Reporting Rules

OSHA Quick Takes – April 1, 2011

In this issue  OSHA seeks small businesses input on proposed column for employer injury and illness logs Judge upholds OSHA citation against Wal-Mart in crowd management fatality case Maritime advisory committee welcomes new members at meeting to address protecting workers from shipyard hazards Michaels testifies before Congress on construction worker safety Joint OSHA-NIOSH products describe … Continue reading OSHA Quick Takes – April 1, 2011

OSHA Cites US Minerals Facility in Baldwin, Illinois for Failing to Lock Out Equipment & Protect Workers From Falls, Levied Fines Total $83,000

OSHA has issued seven citations to the U.S. Minerals LLC facility, in Baldwin, Illinois, for allegedly failing to develop and implement procedures to control hazardous energy, install guard rails where necessary and maintain equipment. The company faces penalties totaling $83,000 following an inspection that began during September 2010. "U.S. Minerals' failure to develop and implement … Continue reading OSHA Cites US Minerals Facility in Baldwin, Illinois for Failing to Lock Out Equipment & Protect Workers From Falls, Levied Fines Total $83,000

OSHA Probing Glenbrook Hospital Construction Site Death – Glenview, IL

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigators were at Glenbrook Hospital today looking into the death of a worker killed at a hospital construction site. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office ruled the death of 43-year-old Kenneth Puplava of Portage, IN, accidental. "This incident will be thoroughly investigated by the appropriate organizations and the contractor … Continue reading OSHA Probing Glenbrook Hospital Construction Site Death – Glenview, IL

OSHA Fines Wisconsin Power Company Nearly $200,000 for Worker Death

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited North Central Power Co. Inc. of Radisson, Wis., following an investigation into the death of a lineman who was electrocuted while working to repair a 7,200-volt power line on Aug. 8, 2010, near Winter, Wisconsin. The company has been issued citations for willful … Continue reading OSHA Fines Wisconsin Power Company Nearly $200,000 for Worker Death