Free Whitepaper: “10 Tips To Implementing A Lockout / Tagout Program”

10 Tips to Implementing a Lockout/Tagout Program Your LOTO program must address the hazards that workers face when they place any part of their body near a machine’s point of operation, power transmission apparatus, pinch points, or other moving parts during maintenance and servicing activities. If the machine is not properly shut down and secured, … Continue reading Free Whitepaper: “10 Tips To Implementing A Lockout / Tagout Program”

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Northern Steel Castings Cited by OSHA at Wisconsin Plant for Silica Dust Exposure

Posted by VOICE Staff on November 28, 2011 The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Northern Steel Castings for two safety and four health violations at its Wisconsin Rapids carbon steel foundry, including for overexposing workers to crystalline silica, a known respiratory hazard, according to a Nov. 28 press release. … Continue reading Northern Steel Castings Cited by OSHA at Wisconsin Plant for Silica Dust Exposure

Imperial Sugar, OSHA settle explosion case

Imperial Sugar has agreed to pay more than $6 million in fines for safety violations at two of its U.S. plants, including the Georgia refinery where a dust explosion killed 14 workers in 2008, federal regulators said Wednesday. The settlement with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration comes nearly two years after regulators first … Continue reading Imperial Sugar, OSHA settle explosion case

60 killed in grain elevators in Kansas since 1980

Video:Man survives a near-drowning in sunflower seeds in silo. Over the past three decades, more than 680 Kansans have been killed on the job. Nearly one in 10 died while working at a grain elevator. The 60 grain elevator deaths include three painters who fell 125 feet from the top of an elevator in Jetmore … Continue reading 60 killed in grain elevators in Kansas since 1980

OSHA Blasts Chicago Sandblasting Firm for Inadequate PPE, Lead Exposure, More

OSHA has cited ERA Valdivia Contractors Inc., an industrial painting and sandblasting company in Chicago, with $130,300 in proposed penalties for exposing workers to dangerous lead materials. Based on a November 2009 inspection, OSHA has cited the company with two willful violations and a proposed $112,000 penalty for failing to provide adequate personal protective equipment … Continue reading OSHA Blasts Chicago Sandblasting Firm for Inadequate PPE, Lead Exposure, More

Truck Parts Distributor Cited for Repeat PPE Failures, Other Violations in Willowbrook, Illinois

OSHA has cited Fleetpride Inc. in Willowbrook, Ill., with $61,500 in proposed penalties for alleged serious and repeat violations of federal workplace safety standards. As a result of a February inspection, the agency cited the nationwide truck parts distributor with three alleged serious violations for damaged, inoperable emergency lighting; exit signs not illuminated; and a … Continue reading Truck Parts Distributor Cited for Repeat PPE Failures, Other Violations in Willowbrook, Illinois

Cal-OSHA fines bakery where workers lost limbs

California occupational-safety officials have issued one of their agency's largest group of fines ever -- $230,535 -- to Bimbo Bakeries for failing to fix safety violations that led to amputation of workers' limbs. Officials said that 20 alleged violations were documented at three factories belonging to the company, which produces brands that include Oroweat and … Continue reading Cal-OSHA fines bakery where workers lost limbs

OSHA Finds Illinois Airport Tower Trafficking in Unsafe Conditions

OSHA has notified officials at the Evansville Regional Airport (Evansville, Ill.) that a recent inspection has found four serious and four repeat safety and health violations in its air traffic control tower. The agency began its safety and health inspection in August 2009 as a planned inspection under its Airport Air Traffic Control Tower Monitoring … Continue reading OSHA Finds Illinois Airport Tower Trafficking in Unsafe Conditions

OSHA alleges company exposed workers to hazards – Freeport, Texas

Federal regulators have cited Gulf Chemical & Metallurgical Corp. in Freeport, alleging it exposed workers to hazardous airborne contaminants. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed penalties of $50,400 after an October inspection found 16 alleged serious violations of workplace safety and health standards. OSHA alleged this week that Gulf Chemical & Metallurgical failed to … Continue reading OSHA alleges company exposed workers to hazards – Freeport, Texas

Connecticut Humane Society Fined $6,800 From OSHA

A federal agency has cited the Connecticut Humane Society for workplace safety violations and fined the organization $6,800. Society representatives met Friday with officials from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but did not reach a settlement, said Ted Fitzgerald, an OSHA spokesman based in Boston. The society has until Friday to agree to … Continue reading Connecticut Humane Society Fined $6,800 From OSHA

Exit Access, Fire, & Crushing Hazards Add Up to $233K Fine for NY Retailer

OSHA has cited Home Goods, a national chain that sells bedding, furniture, and housewares, for 16 alleged violations of workplace safety standards. The retailer faces a total of $233,500 in proposed fines, chiefly for exit access, fire, and crushing hazards at its Commack, N.Y., store. Responding to an employee complaint, OSHA found exit routes obstructed … Continue reading Exit Access, Fire, & Crushing Hazards Add Up to $233K Fine for NY Retailer

Chocolate factory fined for fatal fall into vat in Camden, Pa.

Federal safety officials fined a Camden chocolate plant $39,000 yesterday for safety violations following the death of a factory worker who fell into a vat of chocolate last summer. Inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Moorestown-based Lyons & Sons Inc. and Cocoa Services L.P. for failing to install railings above the tanks … Continue reading Chocolate factory fined for fatal fall into vat in Camden, Pa.

ConAgra agrees to reduced penalties at plant in Garner, NC

ConAgra Foods and the North Carolina Labor Department have agreed to reduced financial penalties and stiffer safety policies in a settlement of a fatal explosion last June at the company’s Slim Jim plant in Garner, N.C. In the settlement, released Tuesday, the Omaha-based packaged foods giant agreed to a reduced fine of $106,440, which is … Continue reading ConAgra agrees to reduced penalties at plant in Garner, NC

Chicago Contractor fined nearly $180,000, cited by OSHA for health violations

The U.S. Dept. of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Chicago-based contractor nearly $180,000 after being cited for violating federal workplace health standards. Era Valdivia Contractors Inc., a Chicago-based industrial painting subcontractor doing bridge sandblasting and painting on I-294 and I-55, was cited by OSHA with alleged willful and serious violations of … Continue reading Chicago Contractor fined nearly $180,000, cited by OSHA for health violations

OSHA Sends Message with $1.4 Million Filing

OSHA today issued 71 citations against CES Environmental Services Inc., a familiar foe in recent years to safety and environmental federal authorities. This time, the proposed penalties total $1.4 million. CES Environmental Services Inc. is in a federal agency's enforcement crosshairs again. This time, OSHA has issued penalties totaling $1,477,500 to CES in connection with … Continue reading OSHA Sends Message with $1.4 Million Filing