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Water Tank Worker Killed in Fall

VERONA, VA--Authorities are investigating the death of an engineering technician who perished after what his employer called a "short" fall while appropriately harnessed.


Alert, New App Flag Heat Dangers

WASHINGTON--Common sense is still failing to protect dozens of workers from dying and thousands from falling ill as summer's heat clamps down, federal officials say.


OSHA Card Fraudster May Get 5 Years

CAMDEN, NJ--A thriving enterprise peddling fake federal safety certifications on New Jersey job sites has shut down with a second guilty plea and the prospect of prison for one of the princi...


Subs Faulted in Maintenance Deaths

HONOLULU--"Common-sense steps" could have prevented the deaths of two maintenance workers who were struck by a seven-ton buoy at Pearl Harbor in December, federal investigators say.


Paint Shop Blast Draws $47k Fine

CUMMINGS, KS--Federal regulators have issued 11 citations in an explosion that sent nine railcar paint preparation workers to the hospital.


Painter Injured in Water Tower Fall

BARABOO, WI--Authorities are searching for more information into a fall this week that severely injured a painter inside a water tower.


New U.S. Guide Aids Transgender Workers

WASHINGTON--Caitlyn Jenner may be the world's most famous transgender face, but she's not the only one—and all transgender workers have federal protections, regulators are reminding employer...


Court Upholds Delayed Rescue Violation

CHICAGO—A concrete company that left a worker trapped in a sand silo for over an hour before calling 911 can't argue its way out of violations imposed by health and safety authorities, a fed...


Distributors Seek 11th-Hour Label Delay

ARLINGTON, VA—Days before a three-year-old federal chemical-labeling rule is set to take effect, the chemical industry is seeking a partial delay in enforcement.


Tank Maker Faces $161K for Hazards

ROTHSCHILD, WI—Combustible painting conditions and hazardous levels of hexavalent chromium have landed a Wisconsin storage-tank manufacturer in trouble with federal authorities.


Tackling a Disturbing, Deadly Trend

NEW YORK CITY—U.S. Air Force veteran Christian Ginesi survived a tour in Afghanistan before dying a month into a construction job.


2 Firms Cited in Tunnel Wall Collapse

TUMWATER, WA—Two contractors are each facing $2,050 in fines after a rebar wall collapse that injured five ironworkers, one critically, in February.


Study: Worker Safety 'Alarming' in NYC

NEW YORK CITY—Poorly regulated, unsafe construction sites in New York have become a "disturbing" trend that merits greater federal inspections and fines, a new report contends.


Covers Meet Confined Space Standards

MILWAUKEE—New confined space covers are designed to protect employees from the various dangers of confined spaces, says manufacturer Master Lock Safety Solutions.


Appeal Upholds Years of Chemical Fines

WASHINGTON, DC—Coating makers, chemical plants, refineries and other employers that use hazardous chemicals may be in for much larger, and longer-running, safety penalties than they realize,...


U.S. Fall Safety Campaign Underway

WASHINGTON, DC—Millions of American workers are participating in a nationwide effort this week and next to raise awareness about falls in construction.


Crane Operator Killed in Fall

NEW HAVEN, CT—A crane operator on a Connecticut road and bridge project has died after falling from his equipment.


Researcher: Build Safety on Openness

BOSTON—Construction sites are filled with dangers that change constantly, so why isn't that high-stakes ebb and flow passed to the crews at risk?


New Rule Issued on Confined Space

WASHINGTON, DC—Coordination of contractors, continuous monitoring and more rigorous inspection are among the requirements of the first new federal rule for confined-space work in constructio...


Vigils, Videos Mark Day of Memorial

WASHINGTON, DC—Every day, about 12 U.S. workers are killed on the job, while millions more each year suffer work-related injuries and illnesses—a toll that government and worker groups recom...


Subsidized Railcar Maker Racks Up Fines

ROCHELLE, IL—A railcar manufacturing facility recently enticed to its location by more than $11 million in government incentives is facing its second federal health and safety case in a year...


Painter Killed in Fall from Water Tower

DAMIANSVILLE, IL—A 31-year-old painter has died after falling 100 feet from the top of a water tower about 30 miles southeast of St. Louis, MO.


Bridge Painting, Blasting Cited Again

FALL RIVER, MA—Bridge painters and abrasive blasters on a Massachusetts project were exposed to 100-foot falls and high lead levels where they ate, changed and worked, federal investigators ...


OSHA Turns to Cell Tower Safety

WASHINGTON, DC—The rising death toll from maintenance and construction of communications towers is drawing new attention from federal health and safety regulators.


Cleaners Killed in Railcar Explosion

OMAHA, NE—Federal investigators are still combing an Omaha railyard for clues to a catastrophic railcar explosion that claimed the lives of two cleaners.


Hard Hat Rules Pit Religion v. Safety

A Pennsylvania lawmaker is challenging federal regulators on dueling rules that require Amish workers to wear hard hats in some industries but not others.


Fabricator Paint Shop Draws OSHA Case

Combustible liquids left in spray booths, electrical hazards in the Dip Tank Paint Building, respirator lapses, and an ersatz sprinkler system for the finishing operations head a list of 20 ...


Employers Challenge Silica Rule Cost

The U.S. government's plan to reduce worker exposure to deadly silica will cost about 10 times more than advertised, the proposal's critics contend.


Production Pressure Blamed in 2 Deaths

Unwilling to slow production, U.S. Steel managers directed employees to work on a high-pressure valve while a furnace was still running—causing an explosion that killed two workers and criti...


Policy Challenged after Worker Trapped

Trapped for more than an hour inside a dark submarine tank at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, abrasive blaster DeShaun Fuller thought he was going to die.


Arkansas Worker Killed in 11-Foot Fall

A 29-year-old steel erector has died after falling just 11 feet from a beam he was bolting into place on a job site in Little Rock, AR.


Feds Urge New Controls in Paving Work

After a decade of research, federal health and safety officials have announced recommendations to curb exposure to respirable crystalline silica for workers involved in asphalt pavement mill...


OSHA Eyes Update to PPE Rules

Construction workers, shipyard workers and others on hazardous jobsites will be better protected from eye and face injuries under new revisions to personal protective equipment requirements,...


Plant Blast Draws $110K Fine

A resin plant that has been the site of hazardous-waste sanctions and accidents that left three workers burned is facing its third federal case in four years.


U.S. Details Coating Label Reprieve

U.S. paint and coating makers who will miss the June 1 deadline for updating their product labeling and safety sheets must be prepared to produce evidence of "reasonable diligence" and "good...


Accidents Add Income Insult to Injury

If you shatter your leg (or worse) in a fall from a scaffold, who is going to shoulder the six-figure medical bills? And fill the income gap while you recover?


OSHA Unloads New Case on U.S. Minerals

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued new citations against U.S. Minerals Inc., alleging machine, fall and respiratory hazards at one of its newer facilities, in ...


Bridge Contractor Cited in Teen's Death

A 16-year-old worker who was directed to stand in a crane hazard area without a hardhat was too young to be on the job that took his life, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration h...


Unit Boasts Non-Spark Dust Collection

Nilfisk CFM has introduced a pneumatic industrial vacuum cleaner designed for collecting dry combustible dust and debris in manufacturing settings.


Yard's 3rd OSHA Strike Nets $243k Fine

Cited over and over for similar hazards, including one that cost a worker his arm, a Michigan shipbuilder must now answer to 18 new federal citations and $242,940 in penalties.


Scaffold Law Critics Gain Steam in NY

A longtime effort to revamp New York State's 19th-century Scaffold Safety Law is gathering new momentum, fueled by two new bills, 25 legislative sponsors, and a "Reform Day" in the capital t...


WY Work Safety Bills Die

One of the nation's perennial leaders in workplace deaths per capita will not stiffen the consequences against employers for those fatalities.


Tower Painter's Death Draws $115K Fine

A communication tower company faces $114,800 in penalties after a painter fell to his death—a fatality that could have been prevented if the company had provided adequate fall protection, fe...


EPA Floats Aerospace Coating Rule

U.S. environmental authorities are proposing to tighten emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coatings used in aviation and aerospace manufacturing or repair.


$840 Fine Set in 1 of 2 Worker Deaths

Oregon safety officials have fined a concrete contractor and the state's Department of Transportation for two unrelated worker deaths that happened a day apart.


Galvanizer Fined in 2nd Fatality

A second worker death in less than a year has drawn 10 serious citations and a fine for a Texas steel galvanizer.


Painter Tops Lead Cases with $287k Fine

After a dozen federal health and safety cases in 10 years, including a 14th citation for lead hazards, authorities are sending a Chicago painting contractor a six-figure message.


Tank Maker Held Liable in Fatal Fall

A nine-foot fatal fall from a faulty forklift has triggered a variety of federal safety citations against an Idaho tank manufacturer, including many related to its painting operation.


Painting Contractor Gets 2nd Case

An Ohio painting contractor is facing its second federal safety case in three years involving fall hazards and faulty machinery at its Toledo facility.


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.


Deadly Fall Racks up $511K in Fines

After a 22-year-old apprentice fell to his death, a structural steel subcontractor faces $511,000 in penalties—accused not only of failing to provide fall protection, but also of allowing wo...


Span Collapse Halts CA Project

A "full investigation" is underway into the massive collapse of a 150-foot-long viaduct under construction as part of an embattled freeway project in California.


Shipyard Fined for Waste, Collapse

A Mississippi shipyard will pay $144,545 to resolve a host of state environmental violations related to abrasive blasting and painting at its Pascagoula facility.


Worker Killed in OH Overpass Collapse

A construction worker has perished in the "catastrophic pancake collapse" of a Cincinnati overpass that was being prepared for demolition.


Paint Maker to Pay $950K in Death

Vista Paint Corp. has been ordered to pay $950,000 in the 2011 asphyxiation of two untrained workers in a paint mixing tank full of methylene chloride paint stripper vapors.


Chemical Maker Fined for Deadly Release

Tipped by a news report of an accident, federal regulators have levied $87,780 in new penalties against a Georgia coatings chemical plant with a decade-long list of health and safety violati...


N. America to Lead Silica Sand Boom

Uncle Sam may be worried about silica, but North American industry apparently is not, as the region prepares to lead the global growth of silica sand through 2018, according to a new market ...


Troubled Pipe Maker Fined Again

A pipe and pipe fitting fabricator deemed a "Severe Violator" after a spate of accidents in 2011 is facing a new round of six-figure fines for "callously" leaving hazards unaddressed.


Kiewit Fined $170K on Bridge Job

The general contractor on a floating bridge project is facing $170,500 in proposed penalties after a 13,000-pound weight broke loose from a tower crane and fell in Aberdeen, WA.


Injury Reporting to Increase Jan. 1

It shouldn't take three employees hospitalized at once before an employer is required to report the accident that led to it, federal safety officials say.


Concrete Maker's Plea Averts Prison

The owner of an asphalt company who doctored the scene of his employee's fatal accident will pay $20,000 in fines and restitution to the victim's widow, but avoid a jail sentence, under a fe...


Dust Rule Shelved in OSHA's 2015 Plan

Combustible dust, a common source of fatal explosions and fast-burning fires in a variety of industries, has once again been moved to the regulatory back burner.


OSHA: 3M Americans Injured on the Job

Burns, amputations, fractures and other serious injuries darkened the work day for three million U.S. private-sector employees in 2013, the government reports.


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...


30 Years on, Lessons from a Catastrophe

Invoking the 1984 tank explosion that ignited the world's worst industrial disaster, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has issued an urgent new call for measures to improve chemical handling sa...


Repeat Hazards May Cost Yards $142K

One shipbuilder and one ship repair facility have each been hit with a dozen health and safety violations after exposing workers to numerous fall and other hazards, federal officials allege....


Steel Company's 3 Plants Facing Fines

An Ohio steel manufacturer faces $77,000 in proposed fines after federal safety officials discovered amputation and fall hazards following employee complaints alleging unsafe working conditi...


Coating Makers Score Label Reprieve

Federal regulators will grant coating manufacturers more time to meet new global requirements for labeling and safety data sheets, the American Coatings Association has announced.


Repeat Hazards Hit Company for $62K

An Ohio powder coating facility repeatedly accused of exposing workers to amputation hazards now faces $62,400 in proposed penalties, according to federal safety officials.


Water Tower Painters Killed in Fall

Two painters who reportedly were not wearing harnesses perished in a 100-foot fall when their scaffolding failed on a water tower project in Ohio, the Butler County Sheriff's office said.


Fines Follow Fires at Coating Maker

Three separate, and apparently unreported, fires at an industrial coatings plant have triggered a strong response from federal health and safety officials.


Auto Coater Cited for Dust Hazards

An Ohio powder coating company faces $62,300 in penalties for allegedly exposing workers to combustible dust and amputation hazards, federal officials say.


Worker Reinstated after Secret Filming

A railroad machinist who was fired after secretly recording a test of faulty equipment will return to his position with back pay and damages, federal officials announced.


OSHA Launches Sweeping PEL Review

How can the U.S. ensure worker health and safety amid thousands of hazardous chemicals now in use in the workplace—without creating thousands of new rules?


OSHA Adds 3 Years for Crane Rule

Federal safety officials are giving employers an extra three years to make sure crane operators are competent to operate the equipment safely.


Contractor Gets 2nd Confined-Space Case

Four months after settling 17 federal health and safety violations, a Kansas-based provider of railcar painting and maintenance services is facing a second case for similar issues.


U.S. Toughens Injury Reporting Regs

Sharpening its focus on severe injuries in the workplace, the U.S. will step up accident reporting requirements for employers as of Jan. 1.


‘Gravity Doesn’t Give You a 2nd Chance’

Leaving workers "one slip, trip or step away from deadly or disabling injuries," a Connecticut contractor is facing nearly $300,000 in fines for federal fall, electrocution and other hazards...


U.S. Focuses on Temp Worker Safety

Aiming to avert simple mistakes that can kill or maim untrained workers in their first day on a job, the U.S. has issued new guidance for employers charged with safety.


U.S. Beryllium Proposal Advances

After nearly 12 years in the pipeline, a federal plan to reduce beryllium exposure in the workplace has moved to the White House for final review.


Court Rejects TX Contractor’s Appeal

"Spit and sniff" are not adequate testing methods for confined-space work, an appellate court has informed a Texas contractor whose employee died during an industrial cleaning job.


Construction Tabs Silica Plan at $3.9B

Unworkable, unaffordable and unnecessary is the construction industry’s final judgment on a federal proposal to reduce worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica.


Contractor Must Rehire Whistleblower

The contractor that is removing 177 underground storage tanks from the U.S.'s largest nuclear site has been ordered to reinstate an employee who had voiced safety and environmental concerns.


Contractor to Pay Whistleblowers $1M

Two drivers and a foreman who were fired by a Michigan paving contractor after raising safety concerns will receive nearly $1 million in back wages and damages under a federal settlement.


Backlash Stalls OSHA Reporting Rule

Widespread employer concern over the public reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses has prompted U.S. regulators to rethink the plan.


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.


Company Cited After Two Fatalities

An Alabama construction company faces $54,500 in proposed penalties after two workers were killed in falls from an interstate bridge project in January.


Painting, Amputation Hazards Draw Fines

A Missouri manufacturer is facing new federal allegations and fines involving its paint shop and other areas of operation.


NRC Faults Nuke Plant in Death

Nuclear regulators have found two lapses “of substantial safety significance” in a 2013 plant accident that killed one young worker and injured eight others in Arkansas.


OSHA Poses $72K in Teen Worker’s Death

An international construction company is facing $72,000 in proposed penalties and numerous violations in the death of a teenage worker who was crushed by an 1,800-pound bridge panel.


Patrol Hazards in OSHA Video Game

A new video game can help workers identify safety issues and raise awareness about resources to address hazards in the workplace.


CA Eyes Major Lead Level Changes

California regulators are moving closer to slashing lead exposure limits for workers, calling the current standards outdated and harmful to human health.


OSHA Fines TX Cement Company $286K

A Texas cement mixer manufacturer faces $286,200 in proposed fines for nearly three dozen alleged safety and health violations, federal regulators said.


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.


Stand-Down Harnesses 1M Against Falls

From a military base in Seattle, WA, to a YouthBuild event in Braintree, MA, to a stadium in Atlanta and a rebar maker in Longview, TX, more than one million U.S. construction workers are ge...


2 Firms Fined $130K in Stadium Death

U.S. authorities are alleging willful wrongdoing in the fatal fall of a 25-year-old construction worker on the $450 million Texas A&M stadium redevelopment project


Two Killed on CA Bridge Project

Two construction workers fell 80 feet to their death when their crane-hoisted basket broke free Friday (May 30) on a bridge project outside of Sacramento, CA.


Company Cited Again for Cave-In Danger

For the second time this year, a Chicago engineering company is facing federal fines of over $100,000 for allegedly exposing workers to trench cave-in hazards on a water and sewer line proje...


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.


Accident Burns 7 at Site of OSHA Critic

A foundry owner critical of federal health and safety regulations is now dealing with a horrific workplace accident that sprayed his workers with molten metal.


OSHA Hits Powder Coatings Firm

A Wisconsin powder coatings facility faces $51,800 in federal penalties for allegedly exposing workers to toxic substances.


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...


Webinar Aids Safe Painting at Heights

Ensuring the right equipment to protect painters working at heights will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Republic Steel Signs $2.4M OSHA Deal

One of North America’s largest steel makers will pay $2.4 million and overhaul its health and safety management to settle more than 100 federal health and safety violations cited in inspecti...


25-Foot Fall Claims Pressure Washer

A 26-year-old father of four has perished in a 25-foot fall while doing pressure-washing work at a plant in Texas.


On Construction Day, a Safety Snapshot

Engineers and trades workers are racking up the highest death rates in construction—two of many sobering statistics laid out Wednesday (April 23) on the seventh annual Construction Safety Da...


$23K Fine Set in ‘Preventable Tragedy’

Federal authorities are holding a Pennsylvania paving contractor liable for the death of a employee who was killed while inspecting the inside of a tank on an industrial vacuum truck in Octo...


Tower Painter Falls to Death

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a 29-year-old painter who perished in a fall from a water tower in Virginia.


Severe Injuries to Cost Company $185K

A coatings company outside New York City is facing $185,400 in federal fines after one worker suffered a partial amputation and another a crushed hand, the Occupational Safety and Health Adm...


Hospital Cleanup Draws $2.3M Fine

Federal authorities have shut down and fined an intensive cleanup project at an old psychiatric hospital complex in New York, following complaints about dangerous lead and asbestos practices...


Free Webinar Addresses Blasting Safety

The inhalation hazards of working with toxic substances during abrasive blasting will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Paint Makers Seek OSHA Rule Immunity

Coatings manufacturers want an exemption from a proposed federal rule that would make injury and illness records publicly accessible online.


Abrasives Maker Gets 10th OSHA Case

Fourteen months after resolving numerous federal health and safety violations at its plant in Harvey, LA, U.S. Minerals is facing a fresh round of citations at the facility.


CA Targeting Stripper, Foam Chemicals

“Is it necessary to use this toxic chemical?” That’s the question that makers of paint strippers and spray polyurethane foam may soon have to answer in California.


Blasting Contractor Cited for Lead

An Illinois contractor is facing nearly $47,000 in fines for allegedly exposing its abrasive blasters to lead paint, federal officials say.


GC to Pay $126K in 2 Fatal Accidents

A Wisconsin general contractor has agreed to pay $126,000 in federal penalties to resolve safety citations following two fatal crane accidents in mid-2012.


$560,000 Fine Set for Crushed Arms

A Texas supplier of elastomers and other products for the oil and gas industry is facing major federal citations and $560,000 in fines after a worker's arms were crushed on the job—the compa...


Bridge Worker Lands Feet First in Fall

Thiago Santos, 29, probably has eight lives left. He used the first one to land, cat like, on his feet after falling 25 feet from the landmark Pulaski Skyway in Jersey City, NJ.


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...


Diver Death Prompts $300K Fine

Nearly $300,000 in proposed penalties have been levied against a marine construction company in Florida after an untrained worker was killed while diving to do underwater construction work, ...


OSHA Alleges Repeat Painter Hazards

A Texas trailer manufacturer has repeatedly exposed painters and abrasive blasters to airborne particles over eight times the permissible limit, as well as several other hazards, federal saf...


Bridge Worker Killed on Stadium Project

One bridge worker drowned and another was serious injured when the man-lift to which they were tethered toppled from a floating dock and vanished into the Brazos River in Waco, TX, authoriti...


‘Willful’ Citation in PPG Worker’s Death

Federal authorities are accusing PPG Industries of willful and serious safety lapses in the death of a worker last summer at its facility in Barberton, OH.


Silica Comment Period Extended Again

Federal authorities will once again allow more time for public comment on a controversial proposal to limit worker exposure to silica.


Fines in Fatal Blast Contested

A Louisiana chemical plant is challenging fines issued in an explosion that killed two workers and injured 80 last summer, authorities said.


Abrasives Maker Faces New OSHA Case

One year after settling eight federal health and safety cases with a $700,000 fine, U.S. Minerals is facing new allegations at the plant that started it all.


Feds to Query Contractors on Lead Plan

Do public and commercial construction projects need new federal lead-safe mandates to protect occupants and workers?


Worker Injured at Pipe Coating Company

A temporary worker at a Pennsylvania pipe coating company is lucky to be alive after a large steel pipe fell on his back and pinned him face first to the ground, authorities said.


OSHA Adds Comment Time for Injury Rule

Stakeholders will have 30 more days to comment on a proposal that would require electronic reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses, and eventually make the data publicly available onli...


Woman Crushed in Steel Bridge Mishap

Authorities are investigating how an open Boston drawbridge came to crush a mother of two as she stood on it last week.


Plant Fined after Painter Half-Blinded

A Columbus, OH, metal staircase manufacturing facility faces $90,090 in proposed penalties after a head injury left a painter blind in one eye and half-sightless in the other.


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...


After Review, Stadium Death Draws Fines

Rescinding a “no violation” decision, California labor officials are now holding an elevator contractor responsible for the death of a worker on the San Francisco 49ers stadium project.


Explosions at Chemical Plant Injure 2

Authorities are searching for answers after two workers were injured in two explosions and a subsequent fire at a phenol plant in a Chicago suburb.


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...


Worker Fatally Crushed by Steel Beam

Authorities are investigating the death of a worker at a Massachusetts bridge steel fabricating and coating plant who was killed this week by a 12,000-pound steel beam.


Railcar Finishing Operation Fined $133K

Abrasive blasting without fall protection, lining work in unexamined confined spaces, silica hazards and other dangers have drawn federal citations against a railcar finishing contractor for...


Bridge Paint Hazards Draw $110k Fine

An Illinois railroad faces $110,500 in proposed penalties after allegedly exposing workers to lead-paint hazards during bridge demolition work in Chicago.


OSHA Floats 4 Possible Rule Changes

From spray finishing to chemical safety, the federal government is seeking input on four potential rule changes that could affect the coating and blasting industry.


Concrete Training Goes Fatally Awry

One construction worker has died and two others are injured, one critically, after a retaining wall they were using to practice concrete work collapsed in upstate New York, authorities said....


Company Blamed in Trainee’s Death

Cited twice in five years for hazards, including several that led to an amputation, a Texas plating company is now being held responsible for the death of a 22-year-old worker who was learni...


Lining Maker Loses Bid to Block Inspector

A Pennsylvania-based pipe lining maker is barking up the wrong legal tree in its effort to head off a federal health and safety inspection at its facility, a federal judge has found.


OSHA in Standoff with Pipe Lining Maker

Federal health and safety authorities have gone to court to obtain a warrant to carry out their inspection of a Pennsylvania-based pipe lining maker that stores a highly flammable resin.


Pipe Maker Cited for Amputation Hazards

For the fifth time in five years, a pipe manufacturer in Arkansas has been cited for health and safety violations—this time alleging amputation hazards, federal officials announced.


Pipeline Pig Maker Gets 19 Citations

Methylene chloride exposures, impalement and amputation dangers, and other alleged hazards have racked up $58,100 in fines against a Texas-based maker of pipeline cleaning pigs.


OSHA: Cable Ignored Before Collapse

A Nashville contractor declined to replace a damaged cable on a crane before it collapsed, despite daily inspections showing replacement was needed, federal authorities say.


OSHA Proposes Public Injury Reporting

Nearly 500,000 companies would start reporting workplace injuries and illnesses electronically, eventually making the data publicly accessible online, under a newly proposed federal rule.


Teen Worker Falls from MN I-90 Bridge

A 19-year-old construction worker has been critically injured in a 45-foot fall from a $187.5 million bridge construction project into a cofferdam, authorities say.


2 Cited in Ship Repair Heat Death

A coating contractor and a staffing agency are each facing $7,000 in proposed penalties after a temporary worker died from excessive heat while performing surface preparation work on a ship ...


OSHA Cites Air Force Sanding Operation

Toxic chemical exposures during paint-removal operations have once again landed an air base in trouble with federal health and safety authorities.


‘Fatal Inequality’ Seen on Jobsites

Construction is dangerous for all workers, but Latinos and immigrants are more likely to be killed on the job and less likely to speak up about its hazards, a new report warns.


OSHA Urges Self-Regulation on Chemicals

Admitting that its own standards are inadequate, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is urging employers to take their own steps to protect workers from deadly exposure to haza...


Concrete Maker Hit with 18 Citations

Silica exposure, confined-space infractions, respiratory hazards, and other health and safety dangers have drawn $153,900 in fines and a lengthy list of federal violations for a New Jersey c...


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.


OSHA Seeks Money Trail in Silica Debate

Individuals and organizations who want to comment on a federal proposal to limit silica exposure are being asked to disclose their funding sources and any conflicts of interest—reportedly a ...


Fall Arrest System Adds Air Hose

A new fall arrest system combines a pneumatic tool air hose with a fall protection system that complies with Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.


Senator Relays Deadly Explosion Fines

The company that owns a Texas fertilizer plant where 15 people were killed in an April explosion has been hit with $118,300 in proposed penalties and two dozen alleged safety violations, off...


Navy Charges 4 in 2 Diving Deaths

The U.S. Navy has charged four senior leaders of an elite diving unit with dereliction of duty in the deaths of two Navy divers who perished during a training exercise at Aberdeen Proving Gr...


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.


Falls Again Top OSHA Violations

Employers may not be getting the message about fall protection, according to a new ranking that keeps those violations well atop a new Top 10 list of federal health and safety citations.


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...


Electrocuted Painter’s Widow Gets $3.2M

The family of a painter who was fatally electrocuted while working on a bridge will receive a $3.2 million settlement from utility company Commonwealth Edison, attorneys announced.


Tank Cleaner Hit with 33 Violations

Federal authorities have slapped a slew of citations and $83,300 in fines on a tank cleaning company in Texas for chemical, explosive and confined-space hazards.


Flash Flood Claims Worker in Sewer

A worker who may have removed his harness to reach a tight space on a sewer relining project was then swept to his death by flash flood waters in Chicago.


OSHA Hits Chicago Paint Shop for $75K

Blocked exits, lack of ventilation and combustible dust in the paint shop have drawn federal citations and fines to a Chicago company that coats and manufactures industrial shelving and stor...


Painter Injured on DE Bridge Project

A painter was injured in a fall from a Delaware bridge over the weekend, but details about the fall—particularly the distance—remain unclear.


Adhesive Mixer Death Draws $200K Fine

Calling the gruesome death of a temporary worker “completely preventable,” California authorities have slapped a leading industrial adhesives maker with a list of safety citations and a $200...


OSHA Publishes Proposed Silica Rule

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


3-Ton Concrete Topples onto Worker

A Colorado construction worker is lucky to be alive after massive decorative concrete panels fell onto a hydraulic lift vehicle he was driving on a rail and highway project.


Troubled Mill Fined $185K in Accident

A Wisconsin pulp and paper mill where five people have died in recent years is now facing federal citations for an accident that severely burned a worker in March.


Gas Leak Exposure Leads to Citations

A Wisconsin metal finishing facility that allegedly failed to evacuate workers during a natural gas leak has been cited with 17 health and safety violations, the Occupational Safety and Heal...


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.


Contractor Error Cited in Deadly Blast

Federal inspectors are holding a utility contractor primarily responsible for a natural-gas explosion that leveled a Kansas City restaurant and killed one of its employees in February.


OSHA Fines Steel Producer $1.1M+

Adding to an already long list of federal health and safety violations, Republic Steel has received two dozen new citations and a proposed penalty of $1,138,500, the Occupational Safety and ...


Navy Hazards Addressed; Review Unlikely

Navy officials have addressed toxic-metals exposures that threatened to shut down a California painting and maintenance facility last fall, but federal health officials have declined to take...


Fear Seen in Injury Underreporting

Fear of firing, reluctance to undermine safety incentives, and assumptions that getting hurt is “part of the job” are fueling widespread under-reporting of work-related injuries in construct...


SHARP Employers to Keep OSHA Breaks

Federal health and safety officials have dropped a plan to increase their scrutiny of so-called “exemplary employers” who participate in recognition programs.


OSHA Whistleblower Awarded $820K

The federal agency tasked with protecting corporate whistleblowers has just signed an $820,000 settlement with one of its own, who had accused the agency of complicity in underreporting inju...


NYC Construction Deaths on the Rise

Construction worker fatalities are soaring in New York City, possibly due to a resurgence in construction activity there, federal regulators are reporting.


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.


Amputations Bring 7th OSHA Case

Despite dozens of federal safety citations and more than a million dollars in fines to their employer, two Texas employees have suffered amputations at a Texas pipe fabricator and coating fa...


Bridge Projects in MO, AZ, PA Kill 3

Devastating bridge construction accidents in three states have claimed the lives of three workers in 10 days, authorities report.


Fatal OH Plant Blast Draws $325K Fine

A deadly explosion at a Cincinnati sewage plant has drawn 22 federal health and safety violations and $325,710 in fines for the facility owner.


OSHA Fines Follow 24-Foot Fall

A general contractor building a wind turbine in Hanover, MA, has been fined after an employee survived a 24-foot fall down the structure.


From OSHA, A Peek Behind the Probes

Against the backdrop of a mounting number of deadly structural collapses, the federal government has just released extensive documentation of its investigations into several such disasters.


Second LA Plant Blast Claims One

Just miles apart, two chemical plant explosions within two days in Louisiana claimed the lives of three people and sent well over 70 others to the hospital.


OSHA Cites Controversial Contractor

A New York contractor who has initiated several high-profile lawsuits over various projects is now on the receiving end of bad news, facing $84,000 in federal fines over severe safety violat...


No Answers in Parking Deck Cave-in

Investigators continue to comb the rubble of a suburban Maryland parking garage to determine why a 50,000-pound concrete slab fell, fatally crushing a construction worker and critically inju...


Settlements Seen in Painters’ Deaths

A coating contractor and Colorado utility implicated in the 2007 deaths of five painters are reportedly close to settling federal safety cases for reduced amounts.


Firm Told to Rehire Nuke Whistleblower

A senior engineer who was fired after raising safety concerns during construction at a Kansas nuclear power plant must be reinstated and compensated more than $260,000, federal regulators ha...


Spray Booth Hazards Draw $119K Fine

Unsafe spray finishing operations, including flammable liquids and paint booth hazards, are among the violations that have landed a screen printing company in hot water with federal regulato...


OSHA Impostor Gets Prison Term

A Louisiana woman will serve nearly five years in prison for impersonating a federal safety trainer to profit off of displaced members of the Gulf of Mexico's fishing community, many of whom...


Contractor Fined in Tank Worker’s Death

An Illinois industrial cleaning and painting firm is being held responsible for the death of a worker, who was stricken while cleaning a methylene chloride tank inside a paint thinner plant.


ACA Fights Customer Disclosure Plan

What's more important: the privacy of a customer list or the possible need to reach those customers about product dangers?


OSHA Drops Citations in 2 Deaths

Two workers asphyxiated in a manhole’s toxic atmosphere were engaged at the time in “construction,” not “general industry work”—a distinction that is likely to spare their employer federal c...


Coating Shop with OSHA Record Burns

A steel plant coating facility cited last year for combustible residues, excessive exposures and flammable liquid hazards has been destroyed in a fire.


New OSHA Rule on Cranes to Begin

Underground construction and demolition must soon follow the same crane and derrick standards that now apply to the rest of the construction industry, under new federal rules set to take eff...


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...


Painting Contractor Cited in 2nd Death

A New York industrial painting contractor who lost two transmission tower painters in two deadly falls two years apart is now facing $35,000 in fines for new federal safety citations.


OSHA Fines Paint Co. $41K in Injuries

Worker injuries at a powder paint manufacturer have drawn multiple federal health and safety violations and more than $40,000 in fines, officials announced.


Amputation Dangers Draw $589K Fine

An Ohio paint-can manufacturer that allegedly operates with unguarded machinery in order to speed up production is facing egregious federal safety violations and nearly $600,000 in fines.


Disney Closes Rides after Citations

M-i-c-k-e-y M-o-u-s-e is in big trouble with C-a-l/O-S-H-A.


Coating Facility Hit With Repeat Fines

A Georgia industrial coatings contractor is facing repeated federal safety violations for allegedly allowing painters to be exposed to—and eat in areas laced with—hexavalent chromium.


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.


New Spider Rail Made for Strength, Ease

Spider has introduced a high-strength, temporary guardrail system that is designed for easy assembly and portability without compromising fall protection.


Scissor Lift Topples, Kills 2 at Port

Two public-works employees were killed and a third was critically injured when a scissor lift they were working from toppled over in Port Everglades, FL,, hurling them several stories to the...


MT Contractor Cited in Worker's Death

A Montana paving contractor is facing 16 federal health and safety violations, including one willful violation, in the death of a worker who slipped from the top of a tank and struck his hea...


Fired, Injured RR Workers to Get $1.1M

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. has been ordered to pay more than $1.1 million and clear the records of three employees, including a bridge worker, whom it allegedly fired after they were injur...


Safety Firm Fined $448K in Fatal Shock

One of the nation's largest highway marking and safety contractors is facing $448,000 in fines and a list of egregious federal safety citations after an employee was electrocuted on an inter...


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.


Bill Urges Action on Combustible Dust

Five years after a combustible-dust explosion killed 14 workers in Georgia, legislators are again demanding that federal safety regulators set standards for such hazards.


Plant Collapse Kills 1, Injures 1

One worker has died and another has been injured after the collapse of a coal-fired power plant being demolished in Pampa, TX.


Contractor Cited in Traffic Cop’s Death

The construction contractor on a project that claimed the life of Westfield, MA, police officer has been issued a $14,000 fine after an investigation found a repeat safety violation.


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...


Bogus OSHA Trainer Pleads Guilty

A Louisiana woman has admitted impersonating a federal health and safety trainer in order to fleece immigrants displaced from the Gulf Coast fishing industry by the Deepwater Horizon ...


Tank Worker Killed, 2 Hurt at SC Plant

Authorities are investigating the death of a contract worker who was cleaning a fume tank at a South Carolina paper mill owned by Resolute Forest Products.


New Rules Could Shake Up Industry

SAN ANTONIO—Coating manufacturers are starting to see sweeping changes in hazard communications that could potentially impact every safety data sheet in the industry.


Expert Rejected, Contractor Upheld

Unimpressed with the testimony of both an expert witness and a federal compliance officer, a federal commission has thrown out a safety case filed against a pipe contractor in a rupture that...


Hoover Dam Hit with 58 OSHA Citations

Lead contamination, hexavalent chromium exposures and a wide variety of other hazards at the Hoover Dam Hydroelectric Power Plant have resulted in the filing of 58 federal health and safety...


Feds Map Regulatory Plans for 2013

Outdated exposure limits, reinforced steel, nanotechnology, and confined spaces are among the critical health and safety issues slated for federal action this year.


The World’s Most Dangerous Commute

Tired of fighting traffic on your way to work? Try free-climbing to your job. More than 1,700 feet in the air. Without safety lines.


OSHA Fines MT Tank Maker $75K

Spray area and confined-space hazards, improper resin storage and a variety of other dangers have led to a dozen federal safety citations and a $75,600 fine against a Montana tank maker.


WI Contractor Fined in 2nd Crane Death

Two Wisconsin construction firms are being held liable for a fatal crane collapse at a bridge construction site last year—the second death in three months for one of the contractors.


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...


EU Banning Most DCM Paint Strippers

While deaths from methylene chloride paint strippers continue in the United States, most sales and use of the products are about to be banned in Europe.


 
 
   

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