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Bridge Coating Firm Fined for Lead

A Florida-based industrial coatings contractor is facing $58,800 in federal fines after receiving 13 serious citations alleging excessive lead exposures during abrasive blasting.


Respirator Serves Harsh Environments

3M's Personal Safety Division has expanded its Versaflo Respiratory Systems line with the Powered Air Purifying TR-600, designed for durable protection in harsh, hazardous environments.


Major Fine, Denials in Railcar Death

A cleaner who died inside a railcar had been sent in, unmonitored and without a harness, after atmospheric testing "triggered multiple sensor alarms" on a four-gas meter, federal authorities...


Coating Operation Fined $341K

Workers repeatedly inhaled, absorbed and even ingested toxic hexavalent chromium through a variety of coating tasks at an Oklahoma contractor, federal authorities are alleging.


Abrasive Blasting Draws 17 Citations

Allegations of worker overexposure to lead and silica as well as other health hazards have landed a Connecticut abrasive blasting contractor in trouble with federal authorities.


Blasting Helmet Lights the Way

Protective equipment maker RPB Safety has unveiled a helmet lighting system that offers blasters concentrated, hands-free illumination for work in confined spaces and other dark areas.


OSHA Cites Bad Bracing in Steel Fatality

A massive steel beam that fatally crushed a worker last year at a Boston steel fabricator was not properly braced, nor was its stability maintained, federal officials say.


OSHA Cites Silica at Coating Company

A Texas powder coating company allegedly exposed workers to toxic chemicals, including silica, and now faces $55,440 in proposed penalties, federal authorities say.


FL Tank Maker Fined $106K for Hazards

Painters, blasters and other temporary and full-time workers at a longtime manufacturer of tanks and pressure vessels are the focus of concern in 23 federal health and safety citations alleg...


Employers Call to Withdraw Silica Rule

Construction employers across the industry are urging the federal government to withdraw its proposed rule on silica exposure, saying the measure is “significantly flawed” and “will do littl...


High Court: No Pay for Donning PPE

Donning and doffing personal protective equipment and getting to and from the worksite are a normal part of a worker's day and do not merit extra pay, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decl...


Beryllium Rule Planned for 2014

New federal proposals limiting worker exposure to beryllium—a particular hazard in open-air abrasive blasting—are on track to roll out in April, Occupational Safety and Health Administration...


Cancer Study Backs Silica Plan

Millions of American workers, including abrasive blasters and construction laborers, could benefit from a federal proposal to limit silica exposure on the job, concludes a new study publishe...


GC, 5 Subs Fined on Power Plant Project

From shaky scaffolding to lead-paint hazards, more than 30 jobsite violations have landed six contractors from five states in trouble with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Foes Seek Extension on Silica Rule

Opponents of a proposed federal rule to limit worker exposure to silica are lashing out over the proposal's time frame, calling the Dec. 11 comment deadline “virtually impossible” to meet.


Railcar Finishing Work Nets $170K Fine

A New York manufacturer of rail and aircraft interiors is facing 24 federal health and safety citations and $170,100 in fines for coating, sanding and related hazards at its plant in Champla...


3M Adds to Respirator Line

3M has expanded its line of respirators with a new series designed for extreme conditions.


OSHA Publishes Proposed Silica Rule

Federal officials are now inviting public comment on a controversial proposal to limit worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica.


Battle Lines Drawn over Silica Rule

A showdown is quickly shaping up over a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, pitting a new group of construction employers against organized labor and safety ...


Machine Shop Cited for Lead Exposure

An industrial parts manufacturer is facing $188,300 in proposed penalties after workers were allegedly exposed to lead, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said.


2 Companies Held Liable in Tank Death

South Carolina health and safety investigators have fined a paper mill and its contractor in the asphyxiation of a worker who was cleaning a tank in January.


OSHA to Target Key Coating Chemical

Federal health and safety authorities have announced a new crackdown on worker exposure to a chemical widely used in protective and marine coatings.


Blasting Helmet Helps Keep Users Cool

A new blasting helmet from protective equipment maker Bullard offers wearers a lighter, cooler fit, the company says.


NIOSH Urges Nano Exposure Limits

Nanotechnology holds great promise for paints and coatings, but those microscopic carbon nanotubes and fibers may also carry large risks for workers exposed to them, federal health officials...


Producer Blamed in Death of Tank Diver

A California film studio is being held liable for the death of a water tank cleaner who drowned on a movie set last fall.


Firms Fined in Deadly Paint Dust Blast

Federal regulators are holding three contracting firms liable for a combustible-dust flash fire that claimed the lives of two workers in a paint booth at a Texas facility in August.


Chevron Fined $1M in Refinery Fire

Chevron's apparent decision to ignore its own inspectors' decade-old recommendation to replace a corroded, leaking pipe has triggered a record fine against the oil company in the blast and b...


OSHA Fines Firm in Blaster's Death

A fatal labeling error that led an abrasive blaster to hook his supplied-air hood to nitrogen gas rather than oxygen will cost a West Virginia employer $42,700 in federal health and safety f...


OSHA Corrects Record on U.S. Minerals

Abrasives maker U.S. Minerals has paid its $700,000 fine in full and has complied fully with the terms of its summer settlement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA s...


Abrasives Maker Settles 8 OSHA Cases

U.S. Minerals, one of the largest U.S. producers of coal slag products, has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle 141 federal health and safety citations stemming from egregious respiratory and o...


OSHA Seeks PPE for Sandy Cleanup Work

Federal regulators have asked the largest safety groups in the United States for donations of Personal Protective Equipment to aid crews and individuals who are working on Hurricane Sandy cl...


Fall Violations Lead OSHA’s Top 10

Fall-protection violations are now the leading cause of federal health and safety violations by employers, overtaking scaffolding violations for the first time in four years, new preliminary...


Tank Maker: Strike 2 on Confined Space

An Illinois tank maker slapped last year with 23 federal health and safety citations and a six-figure fine is facing more of the same for continuing confined-space and other life-threatening...


Port Firm Again in Hot Water with Feds

Failure to address long-standing chemical and training hazards has led to a host of extremely serious safety and health violations and nearly $90,000 in fines against a marine maintenance co...


OSHA Issues Defective Respirator Alert

Federal safety officials have alerted employers and workers to a “critical defect” in a commercial respirator used in chemical and wastewater plants, tunneling, confined spaces and other lif...


After Drop, Workplace Deaths on Upswing

More deaths in confined spaces and several large-scale disasters fueled an overall increase in fatalities on the job in 2010, according to new data by the Labor Department.


RPB Unveils ‘Ultimate’ Respirator

RPB Safety, a global provider of respiratory protection equipment, has introduced the Nova 3 series respirator, billed as the “ultimate heavy industry respirator” for abrasive blasting.


Subway Work Fined; Death Probe Underway

The dangers of New York subway construction are drawing closer federal scrutiny, with new citations issued against contractors for excessive silica exposure and a runaway rail car just weeks...


Painter Closes after OSHA Citations

A Florida aluminum coating and blasting operation has closed its door in the face of 37 new federal safety and health citations and a fine of nearly $140,000.


Painter Dangers Draw 2nd Shipyard Case

Accused for the second time in three years of endangering its painters, a Michigan shipyard is facing 32 new federal safety and health citations—including five repeats—and fines totaling nea...


OSHA Sets $118K Fine in Manhole Death

A Texas contractor failed to test atmospheric conditions, provide sufficient ventilation, or have rescue equipment ready before sending a worker into a sewer line, where he then died, federa...


MA Shipyard, Painter Fined $134,900

A painter who lost consciousness while spray painting inside a tugboat “very easily” could have died in the incident, say federal authorities who have fined the employer nearly $73,000 for t...


Tank Worker Hazards Draw $54K Fine

Allowing workers to clean tanks without precautions for confined-space work and other hazards has drawn an Ohio company 16 federal health and safety violations and fines totaling $53,900.


Paint Firm Fined $126K in PPE Case

A small metal painter in Wisconsin is facing nearly $126,000 in federal fines for allegedly failing to provide workers with protective equipment, exposing them to skin rashes and irritations...


WI Paint/Blast Shop Draws 42 Citations

A longtime Wisconsin painting and blasting contractor is facing 42 federal citations and $50,140 in fines for a wide variety of health and safety violations, including some first cited in 20...


Fabricator Paint Shop Draws $134K Fine

An Ohio structural steel fabricator is facing 17 federal health and safety citations and $134,400 in fines for recurring hazards in painting and other operations at its facility in Akron.


Tank Cleaner Fined $122K for Exposures

A large Midwestern tank cleaning company is facing federal accusations of exposing workers to respiratory and confined-space hazards while cleaning tanks at a job site.


2 Poisoned by Confined-Space Fumes

Federal authorities are investigating the deaths of two workers who were overcome by sewer gases while working in a sewage pump tank this week in Kennebunkport, ME


Trailer Maker, Coater Draws $950K Fine

Two Texas trailer manufacturers have been slapped with nearly $1 million in federal fines for a wide variety of noise, toxic exposure and electrical violations, including many in the facilit...


Ruling Mixed in AkzoNobel Birth-Defect Suit

A doctor should have been allowed to testify at trial that exposure to AkzoNobel solvents may have contributed to brain damage and birth defects in an employee’s child, the Supreme Court of ...


OSHA Fines Tank Services Company $114K

Lack of machine guards, excessive respirable dust and other alleged hazards have a Wisconsin tank company facing 11 federal safety and health violations and $114,000 in fines.


MSA Bows Abrasive Blasting Respirator

The Advantage 4000 Abrasi-Blast Respirator, new from MSA Safety Works, provides respiratory and upper body protection during abrasive blasting for workers in shipbuilding, the construction i...


New Guidance Targets Blast, Respiratory, Training Risks

Explosive atmospheres and respiratory hazards—two deadly industry dangers—are the focus of new guidance documents issued by international and federal agencies. A third initiative takes aim a...


Webinar to Tackle Respiratory Safety

The critical worker-safety issue of appropriate respiratory protection will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


OSHA Cites US Minerals for 6th Time

U.S. Minerals LLC has been hit with a sixth wave of federal health and safety citations—and the third round at one plant—leaving the embattled abrasives maker with seven new citations and an...


Free Webinar Tackles Fall Protection

Preventing falls—the leading cause of death in construction-related industries—will be the focus of a free webinar Thursday (Feb. 24) co-sponsored by JPCL and SSPC.


Webinar to Tackle Respiratory Safety

The critical worker-safety issue of appropriate respiratory protection will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


Plant Painting Draws OSHA Fine

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing $121,800 in penalties for 40 safety and health violations related in part to painting operations at two Alabama manufacturing p...


Castings Maker Fined $220K for Repeated Silica Exposures

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Oberdorfer LLC for 28 alleged violations of workplace health and safety standards, including failing to correct hazards cited duri...


3M’s New N95 Respirator Designed for Comfort

3M’s new Particulate Respirator 9211 is designed for optimum comfort while performing grinding, sanding, sweeping, bagging and other operations that create dust.


US Minerals: 5 Cases, 140 Citations, $1.4M Fine

Embattled U.S. Minerals LLC has been hit with a fifth wave of federal health and safety citations, leaving the abrasives maker to answer to a total of 140 citations and $1.4 million in propo...


OSHA Fines Abrasives Maker 3rd Time in 3 Months

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new wave of citations and proposed penalties against U.S. Minerals LLC related to its facility in Harvey, LA—the agency’s third...


MSA Introduces Air System Respirator Products

MSA has unveiled four new MSA Air System products designed to offer easy-to-use, portable solutions for completion of a breathing air system.


Fort Riley Water Plant Faces 19 OSHA Citations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued notices of one willful and 18 serious violations of OSHA standards to the U.S. Army Garrison in Fort Riley, KS.


New N95 Respirators Promise Comfort, Value

3M has introduced VFlex Particulate Respirators 9105 and 9105S, N95, designed for comfort and flexibility and priced affordably, the company says.


New Respirator Adhesive Seals Fit

A Minnesota company has introduced a “skin-friendly, medically tested” adhesive to improve the fit of most models of respirators.


MSA Unveils Half-Mask Respirator

MSA has rolled out the innovative Advantage 420 Respirator, with a comfortable half-mask design that allows users to quickly adjust the unit to individual needs.


MSA Offers Adjustable Respirator

MSA (Pittsburgh, PA) has introduced the Advantage 420 Respirator that allows users to quickly adjust the mask according to individual needs.


 
 
   

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