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U.S. to Order Contractor Disclosures

Federal contractors will have to own up to a wide range of labor law violations before receiving future work with the government, under a new order issued by the White House.


$5M Settlement to Repay 500 Workers

A New York general contractor will pay nearly $5 million to make good on wages and benefits owed to hundreds of its subcontractors' employees on a federally funded project. about bout 200...


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.


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...


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...


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 ...


Kansas DOT Settles with EPA for $477K

Racking up almost a half-million dollars in fines, the Kansas Department of Transportation has agreed to settle alleged federal violations of the Clean Air Act.


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.


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.


Exxon Fined $1.7M in Yellowstone Leak

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has been slapped with a $1.7 million federal fine for its 2011 crude-oil pipeline failure in the Yellowstone River, doubling its tab to date for the disaster, reg...


Feds Challenge Chevron on Pipe Material

Federal officials are pressing Chevron to justify its selection of an alloy pipe to replace the carbon-steel pipe destroyed in an August blaze at the company's refinery in Richmond, CA.


Abrasives Maker Fined for Labeling Issue

An Alabama abrasives maker has been fined $1,100 for one federal labeling violation for failing to list beryllium as a component of a coal slag abrasive.


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...


Repeat OSHA Violator Goes Bankrupt

Shouldering a lengthy, costly record of health and safety violations, a New Hampshire roofing, painting and construction company has declared bankruptcy.


NH Plant Facing 66th OSHA Citation

Cited dozens of times since 1998 for federal lead violations, a New England foundry is now shouldering a new case that carries a $185,900 price tag.


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...


1 City + 671 Sewage Floods = $250+M Tab

A federal and state stink over hundreds of illegal sewer overflows will cost the city of Chattanooga, TN, more than $251 million to resolve, under a settlement agreement announced this week.


OSHA Cites TX Pipe, Tank Company

A Texas oil tank and pipe manufacturer is facing a dozen federal health and safety violations—half of them repeats from 2011—and $129,800 in fines for hazards at its plant in Abilene.


EPA, Shipyard Settle Paint Waste Fine

Fairhaven Shipyard Companies, Inc. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $175,000 to resolve violations of the federal Clean Water Act at two of its facilities in Fairhaven during paint remov...


Nuclear Plant Inspection Firm Fined

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has fined a major plant inspection firm $49,000 for safety and security lapses and has banned one of its former employees from NRC projects for a year.


Paint, Other Hazards Draw $86K Fine

Slippery coatings on floors, inadequate protection for paint workers, and other hazards have drawn 26 federal safety and health citations against an Atlanta manufacturer of metal storage sys...


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: RI Bridge Project Lacks Fall Plan

Inadequate rescue procedures and fall protection on a Rhode Island bridge project have landed the contractor in hot water with federal safety officials.


Containment, Exposures Draw $163K Fine

Paint stripper hazards, inadequate paint-area fire extinguishers, lack of training and MSDS, and widespread lack of respiratory and personal protection have led to 30 citations and a $163,22...


OSHA Hits Galvanizer with 22 Citations

A Mississippi branch of North America’s largest galvanizer is facing nearly two dozen federal health and safety citations and $78,500 in fines after an inspection triggered by a complaint.


Adhesive Maker to Pay $600K for Blast

Adhesives manufacturer Bostik Inc. will pay a reduced fine of $600,000 to settle 50 federal health and safety violations stemming from a 2011 explosion that rocked its plant in Middleton, MA...


Shop Coating Operation Draws $54K Fine

Combustible residues, excessive exposures and flammable liquids in the coating operation have landed a Georgia metal fabricator in hot water with federal health and safety officials.


Firm Cited after Coating Worker Crushed

The employer of a man who was crushed to death in a coating machine faces 10 federal health and safety violations—including a repeat violation—and a $51,300 fine in the case.


Steel Structure Supplier Fined $72K

A manufacturer of steel substation and transmission structures is facing $72,000 in fines and 14 federal safety violations related to combustible dust and other hazards at its plant in Louis...


Contractor Admits Stormwater Felonies

A prominent Washington State developer faces up to three years in prison and will pay $750,000 after pleading guilty to felony federal stormwater violations that led to two major landslides.


Steel Maker OKs Multi-Plant OSHA Pact

A major steel producer with a lengthy history of federal health and safety violations at its plants will be writing checks indefinitely to resolve the latest case, involving an employee who ...


Court Slaps OSHA on Citation Time Limit

A federal appeals court has sharply limited the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s power to cite employers for record-keeping violations.


Training, Ventilation Faulted in Blaze

A Texas chemical plant faces seven federal health and safety violations and $45,000 in fines for a massive fire that burned the facility to the ground in October.


OSHA Fines OH Coating Contractor $88K

An Ohio industrial and military coatings applicator is facing 26 federal health and safety violations and $88,200 in fines for spray booth violations, combustible dust hazards and other issu...


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.


Pipe Maker Faces 6th OSHA Case

Just two months after getting slapped with a $1+ million fine, a Houston-based pipe maker is again in trouble with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Pipe Maker Fined $469K in Repeat Case

A Texas pipe manufacturer is facing 36 federal citations and nearly $470,000 in fines for a variety of serious and repeat health and safety violations at its facility in Baytown.


Coatings Maker Fined $55K for Waste

A South Carolina industrial coatings company will pay a $55,000 fine and develop a training regimen to settle federal allegations of hazardous waste violations at its facility.


Exxon to Pay $1.6M in Yellowstone Spill

ExxonMobil has agreed to pay $1.6 million to the state of Montana for a pipeline break that fouled the Yellowstone River last summer—a spill that the oil company now admits was far larger th...


Navy Fined for Pipe, Tank Inspections

The Navy will pay nearly $161,000 in fines to settle federal claims that it failed to properly monitor pipes and underground fuel storage tanks for leaks at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, in Silv...


Report Spurs New Probe of CA Utility

California’s Public Utilities Commission is weighing major penalties against Pacific Gas & Electric after a staff investigation turned up numerous violations of laws, regulations and standar...


Creek Dumping to Cost Contractor $900K

A California contractor will spend about $900,000 on fines, mitigation measures and environmental contributions for illegally dumping tons of fill material into a San Francisco-area creek.


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...


Contractors Cited in NJ Bridge Project

A New Jersey construction joint venture is facing seven serious safety violations and a $41,580 fine for conditions found on a major bridge project over the Passaic River.


EPA: Navy Landlords Hid Families’ Lead Risks

Two contractors are facing more than $150,000 in federal fines for allegedly failing to disclose residential lead paint hazards at two Navy bases to military families, some with young childr...


Cement Maker’s Emissions Tab Tops $35M

A leading U.S. cement producer will spend $1.7 million in fines, $33 million in pollution control upgrades, and $745,000 in mitigation measures to settle emissions violations at six of its p...


Company Fined $7,300 in Fatal Collapse

A New York demolition contractor will pay a $7,300 fine in the catastrophic collapse of a Florida power plant that killed a 65-year-old welder last summer.


TX Pipe Maker Ends 2011 with $1M Fine

A Houston-based pipe manufacturer with a history of federal safety violations faces more than $1 million in federal fines in a new case alleging amputation risks and other dangers to employe...


OSHA Fines Navy Shipbuilder $166K

Government contractor Huntington Ingalls Industries and five subcontractors face a total of 50 federal citations and $176,444 in fines related to health and safety conditions at the company’...


$46K Fine Set in Barge Painting Death

A deadly flash fire explosion that killed one painter and burned another aboard a barge has led to 12 federal health and safety citations and a $46,600 fine against the men's Tennessee emplo...


3 Pipe Plant Accidents Spur $468K Fine

Three serious accidents in five months have led to the issuance of 16 federal citations and $468,000 in fines against a pipe manufacturing plant in Texas.


OSHA Fines PPG Resin Plant $90K

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited PPG Industries Inc. for four safety violations, including one willful violation, at its resin production facility in Barberton, OH...


DuPont Fined $725K in Repeat Plant Case

DuPont has agreed to pay a $725,000 fine and upgrade maintenance and hazardous material handling procedures at its century-old chemical plant in New Jersey—the facility’s second such sanctio...


Dumping to Cost Contractor, GDOT $2.8M

The Georgia Department of Transportation and one of its contractors will pay more than $2.8 million in federal penalties and environmental offsets for dumping a million cubic yards of highwa...


RPI Plea Likely in 5 Painters’ Deaths

RPI Coating Inc. is expected to plead guilty to several misdemeanors and financially compensate the families of five painters killed in an underground fire at the Xcel Energy Cabin Creek hyd...


OSHA Program Targets Chemical Plants

Facilities that process and store chemicals will face heightened federal scrutiny, including more surprise inspections, under a new safety program designed to prevent catastrophic releases o...


Lafarge Runoff Settlement Tab: $11+M

North America’s largest construction materials supplier has agreed to pay a $740,000 fine, protect nearly $3 million in land, and invest $8 million in a program to resolve violations of the ...


AK Pipeline Operator to Pay $600K+ in Corrosion Case

Alyeska Pipeline Service Inc. will pay a $600,000 federal fine—far less than originally proposed—to settle several regulatory enforcement cases relating to failures, corrosion inspection iss...


Painting Contractor Faces 9th OSHA Case

Federal authorities have slapped hefty fines on a Wisconsin painting contractor after one painter was found straddling the parapet of a highway overpass and another fell 25 feet from a bridg...


MA Rail Operation Fights OSHA Case

A commuter railroad in Massachusetts is contesting 22 federal health and safety citations and a $130,800 fine related to working conditions at a maintenance facility.


Shipbuilder Again Runs Afoul of OSHA

Four months after settling one federal safety case involving 21 violations, a Texas shipbuilder has been hit with 25 new citations and a $150,700 fine.


AkzoNobel Fined for Chemical Release

AkzoNobel is facing serious federal safety citations and a $63,000 fine in the wake of a toxic chemical release at an Illinois plant in May.


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.


Paint Plant to Pay $40K Waste Fine

An Arizona industrial paint producer has agreed to pay a $40,000 state penalty for hazardous waste violations unresolved since 2008.


Tower Firm Fights Fine in Fatal Falls

The Indiana employer of two tower workers killed in a 320-foot fall is disputing the state’s finding that the company “knowingly” exposed the men to dangerous working conditions.


Pipe Maker Faces 27 OSHA Citations

One of the oldest names in American pipe manufacturing has been fined $85,000 and accused of 27 federal health and safety violations at its facility in Bessemer, AL.


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.


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...


Asbestos Contractor Gets 6-Year Term

A New York construction and asbestos abatement contractor has been sentenced to six years in prison for lying to his untrained employees—and, later, to a federal inspector—about their asbest...


Facial, Eye Injuries Draw $175K Fine

A Massachusetts metal fabricator for the defense industry is facing dozens of federal citations and $175,500 in fines following a grinding accident that caused serious eye and facial injurie...


Bridge Painter Fined $5,600 in 2nd Death

A Pennsylvania industrial painting contractor has agreed to pay a $5,600 fine to resolve a federal safety citation issued after an employee fell to his death on a worksite.


Adhesives Maker Fined $917K in Blast

Global sealant and adhesive giant Bostik Inc. faces 50 federal safety citations and $917,000 in fines for an explosion March 13 that injured four workers at a company chemical plant in Middl...


Chemical Co. OKs $245K EPA Settlement

Chemical maker Hercules Inc. has agreed to pay a $245,521 federal civil penalty to resolve claims that it violated Clean Air Act requirements at a manufacturing facility in Louisiana, MO.


Bridge Repair Work Draws $83,160 Fine

A New Jersey contractor has been accused of 12 serious federal safety violations and fined $83,160 for conditions on a bridge repair project in Princeton.


OSHA Probes 3rd Death at Shipyard

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a Jeffboat maintenance employee—the third worker killed at the Ohio River shipyard since May 2010.


NY Sewage Wall Failure Tied to Design

A design that violated code and multiple construction problems—including structural deficiencies flagged earlier—caused the sudden collapse of a massive wall at a New York sewage plant in Ma...


OSHA Slaps AFB Painting, Blast Shops

Painters, blasters and sanders at Hill Air Force Base are working with excessive noise, lack of respiratory protection, lack of training, and excessive exposures to cadmium, hexavalent chrom...


Firms to Pay $1.4M in MA Paint Blast

The owners and former operator of a Massachusetts paint and ink manufacturing plant have reached a $1.4 million federal settlement in a massive explosion and fire that destroyed dozens of ho...


Painting Violations Draw $102K OSHA Fine

A wide variety of paint-related violations—from open drums of lacquer to unprotected lighting spattered with overspray to lack of training in first aid and respirator use—has an Ohio fabrica...


OSHA Hits Ft. Bragg with 37 Citations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued notices for 37 safety and health violations at the U.S. Army’s Fort Bragg installation, following an inspection focusing on the f...


EPA Cites Underground Tank Owner

The Environmental Protection Agency has taken action against Schmitt Sales Inc. of Buffalo, NY, for improperly managing underground tanks used to store gasoline and other fuels at two of its...


Dow to Pay $2.5M Environmental Fine

Dow Chemical Company has agreed to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty to settle alleged violations of federal air, water and waste regulations at its century-old manufacturing and research com...


Yellowstone Spill Spurs Pipeline Alert

While 900 people continue working to clean up the ExxonMobil crude oil spill on the Yellowstone River, the federal government has issued a warning to all owners and operators of pipelines in...


Coating Plant Cited in Worker’s Death

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has accused an Ohio powder coating company of 15 safety violations following the death of a grinder operator who was killed when the abrasiv...


$354K Trench Case is Contractor’s 8th

A Massachusetts wastewater and bridge contractor with a long history of federal safety violations is now facing its eighth series of citations and $354,000 in new proposed fines, for exposin...


Ex-PPG Exec Accused Of Nuclear Paint Smuggling

Six months after PPG Industries’ Chinese subsidiary pleaded guilty to exporting high-performance coatings to a Pakistani nuclear plant, a former company executive is facing charges in the ca...


National Lift Safety Program To Come from Student’s Death

The death of a University of Notre Dame student employee will bring forth a new nationwide safety program on scissor lifts, under a unique settlement the university has reached in the case.


US Stiffens Oil & Gas Violation Fines

Federal fines for corroding pipelines, crumbling offshore structures, and other neglected facilities will soon increase, under new penalties announced this week.


Contractors Fined in Concrete Death

Two Wisconsin contracting companies are accused of willfully violating federal safety standards in the death of a worker crushed by a wet concrete wall at a plant construction site.


IL Asbestos Removal Draws $1.2M Fine

What began as an internal safety audit at a Chicago-area manufacturer has backfired into state enforcement action and a $1.2 million federal fine against the company for using untrained, unp...


OSHA Cites Steel Plant for 26th Time

Steel manufacturer Republic Engineered Products Inc. is facing $563,000 in federal fines for alleged repeat and willful safety violations at its plant in Lorain, OH.


Fabricator Cited for Exposures, Spray Issues

An Alabama steel fabricator is facing a $48,510 fine as well as repeat and serious federal citations for spray and blasting booth hazards, chemical exposures and other conditions at its faci...


EPA May Take Over City’s Crumbling Sewer System

The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the city of Columbia, SC, to pony up nearly $600 million in water and sewer infrastructure upgrades or face a federal takeover of the municipa...


Parker Hannifin Faces 42nd OSHA Case

Parker Hannifin Corp., the world’s largest manufacturer of motion and control technologies, faces 33 federal health and safety citations and $487,700 in fines for conditions at its plant in ...


WA Orders Hazards Fixed During Appeal

Washington State employers who have been cited for broken equipment, unsafe practices and other serious workplace hazards must now correct those issues immediately, even if the case is being...


Blade Maker Cited 8th Time in 4 Years

A wind turbine blade manufacturer with a history of federal safety violations, including some related to a 2010 death, is now accused of having employees work in a confined space filled with...


OSHA Fines Ship Repair Yard $45K

A Pennsylvania-based ship maintenance operation faces 13 federal safety citations and $45,900 in fines related to operations at its West Virginia facility.


Firm’s Double Whammy: OSHA, Fire

Authorities are investigating two explosions and a fire that heavily damaged an Ohio chemical processing facility shortly after it was cited—a second time—for electrical hazards and other fe...


Tank Company Cited in Worker’s Death

A Mississippi propane tank maker faces 19 federal safety citations and nearly $47,000 in fines in the death of a worker who was ejected and crushed by a rough-terrain forklift he was operati...


IN Wastewater Exec, Managers Sentenced in Federal Felonies

Three former officials of Ecological Systems Inc. (ESI), a now-defunct environmental contractor that operated a major waste treatment facility in Indianapolis, have been sentenced in federal...


Boat Maker Fined $95K in Repeat Case

A Georgia boat maker faces $95,240 in federal fines and 19 health and safety violations for failure to abate a variety of violations found on earlier inspections.


OSHA Fines TX Steel Pipe Maker $124K

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Tex-Tube Co. with 26 health and safety violations and proposed $124,740 in penalties following an investigation at the company’s f...


OSHA Alleges Lead-Hazard Violations in Bridge Project, Proposes $129,000 Penalty

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued 35 citations against Panthera Painting Co. Inc., Canonsburg, PA, for allegedly exposing workers to dangerously high levels of lead, a...


Notre Dame Fined in Lift Death; ‘Knowingly’ Imperiled Untrained Worker

The University of Notre Dame has been fined $77,500 for “knowingly” allowing an untrained student to operate a long-uninspected lift in dangerously windy conditions, leading to the student’s...


Top U.S. Galvanizer Fined Over Waste

The nation’s largest galvanizing company has agreed to pay $79,700 to settle multiple state and federal hazardous waste violations at its Phoenix-area facility.


Scaffold Firm Settles 3rd OSHA Case

New England’s self-described “premier scaffolding rental and erection company” has admitted to a serious federal violation in the collapse of scaffolding that sent a construction worker plun...


Shipper Fined $2.4M for Dumping, Lies

A federal judge has fined Cardiff Marine Inc. $2.4 million and placed the shipping company on three years’ probation after it pled guilty to a felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollutio...


Aqueduct Noise, Fall Hazards Cited

Deafening noise, multiple fall hazards, lack of fire extinguishers, and unprotected work near energized electrical panels are among the federal health and safety violations a contractor face...


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...


Tank Painters’ Fall Prompts Citations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Florida contractor $69,168 for a scaffolding collapse that critically injured two men who were painting the interior of a munici...


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...


Cemex to Pay $3.4M in Clean Air Case

Global Portland cement producer Cemex Inc. has agreed to pay a $1.4 million federal penalty and spend $2 million for equipment to control illegal toxic emissions at its plant in Fairborn, OH...


IL Contractor Cited 4th Time for Cave-In Hazards

For the fourth time in eight months, a Chicago-area pipeline and sewer contractor is facing federal citations and fines in connection with cave-in hazards during trenching operations.


AFB Painting Facility Cited 3rd Time

From lead on the ice machine, to cadmium in the sanding booths, to open-sided work 13 feet high in the paint area, the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Georgia is facing a new slew of v...


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...


OSHA Slams GA Air Base Painting Facilities

For the second time in seven months, the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Georgia faces numerous federal health and safety citations regarding its painting and sanding facilities, and m...


Contractor Fined in Fall from Bridge

A Vermont industrial contractor has agreed to pay a state fine of $3,500 for a 22-foot fall suffered by a worker on a bridge redecking project last fall.


Zinc Producer Fined $45K in 2 Worker Deaths

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued nine safety citations and proposed $45,000 in fines against the nation’s largest zinc producer for a refinery explosion that kill...


2 Shipyards to Pay $410K in EPA Suit

Two New England shipyards will pay a total of $410,000 in penalties to settle claims by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that they violated federal environmental laws.


9th OSHA Case Labels NJ Transit Contractor a ‘Severe Violator’

A New Jersey contractor with a record of federal fall-protection safety violations has been cited again for work at a state train station—this time, leaving the company with a $69,300 fine a...


2 MO Contractors Jailed for OSHA Violations

Two St. Louis masonry contractors have been ordered jailed for repeatedly failing to comply with court sanctions enforcing citations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


PPG, Paint Subsidiary to Pay $4M For Exports to Pakistan Nuclear Agency

PPG Industries and its Chinese paint subsidiary will pay more than $4 million to settle federal criminal and civil violations involving shipments of protective coatings to Pakistan for the c...


DuPont to Pay $3.3M for Failure To Report Coating Chemical Risks

DuPont has agreed to pay a $3.3 million federal penalty for failing to report “substantial risk” found during testing of chemicals for use as coatings, sealants and related products.


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 Cites GA Contractor on Cr(VI) Exposures

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 17 citations and proposed $300,400 in fines against a Georgia industrial painting contractor, alleging chemical overexposures, la...


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...


EPA Fugitive Arrested in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic authorities have arrested a Massachusetts woman who vanished after her 2008 federal-court conviction for running an asbestos-removal business built on hundreds of fraudule...


Chevron Faces $423K Fine for Pipeline Spill

The federal government has proposed a $423,600 fine against Chevron Pipe Line Co., citing inadequate corrosion control, pipeline protection and other failures for the release of 800 barrels ...


Metals Supplier Cited in Crushing of Worker

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Georgia-based steel manufacturer for multiple safety violations in the death of a worker who was trapped and crushed in a polish...


Goodman Oil to Pay $171K for Tank Violations

An Idaho oil company has agreed to pay $171,091 to settle a series of fuel storage tank violations dating to 1991 at former gas stations across Idaho, federal officials say.


Environmental Firm, Managers Guilty of Fraud

A federal jury has found a New York environmental services company and three employees guilty of conspiring for nearly 10 years to falsify lab results and air-quality data.


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.


Fall Hazards Again Top OSHA’s Violations List

Scaffolding, fall protection and ladder violations claimed three of the top five spots on OSHA’s list of violations in 2010—a record that has stubbornly persisted for years, officials said.


OSHA Reduced ’07-’09 Fines by $321M Without Studying Safety Impact, Auditors Say

The federal agency charged with overseeing workplace health and safety reduced fines to 98% of the employers it cited for violations—$321 million in all—in one 23-month period without ever e...


OSHA Cites Employer in Painter’s Electrocution

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a $57,900 fine against a Pennsylvania painting contractor accused of workplace safety violations that led to the electrocution ...


OSHA Issues Mixed Report Card on State Programs

Hawaii’s occupational safety and health program is so deficient that it may be taken over by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, while California, Minnesota and other sta...


Naval Shipyard Fined for Hazardous Waste

The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility has agreed to pay $56,000 for hazardous-waste violations at its facility in the Bremerton Naval Complex, according to an ...


Targeted EPA Sweep Fines 9 Metal Finishers

Nine California metal finishers have paid thousands of dollars in fines for federal hazardous-waste violations after a recent rash of targeted inspections by the U.S. Environmental Protectio...


OSHA Hits Contractor with 4th Fine in 3 Years

A New York painting and masonry contractor cited and fined by federal authorities in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for scaffold and fall hazards now faces 15 new citations and an additional $225,200 f...


OSHA Crackdown on Chromium Hits WI Company

A Wisconsin plating company faces a $74,500 fine and 53 citations as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to tighten its focus on Hexavalent Chromium, a carcinogenic c...


Pipeline Company to Pay $44.25M for Oil Spills

Display Abstract: Plains All American Pipeline and several subsidiaries will spend about $41 million to upgrade 10,420 miles of crude-oil pipeline and pay a $3.25 million civil penalty for 1...


EPA Releases Enforcement Results, Map of Actions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released enforcement results for fiscal year 2009, and has developed a new Web-based tool and interactive map that allows the public to get...


Bridge Painter Contests Lead Violations

A Cincinnati, OH, bridge painting contractor is contesting citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and proposed fines of $321,000 for allegedly violating OSHA...


Contractor Faces $321K Fine in Lead Case

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration has proposed $321,000 in fines against an Ohio painting company accused of exposing workers to lead.


Defendants in Painters’ Deaths Get Extension

Defendants facing criminal charges in the deaths of five painters at a hydroelectric plant were granted a motion on October 23, 2009, for more time to prepare for trial, according to Jeffrey...


‘Most Wanted’ Contractor Arrested

One of nine California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) “Most Wanted” suspects has been arrested on charges of diversion of construction funds and financial elder abuse. Unlicensed co...


Contractor Faces $181K in OSHA Fines

A Connecticut-based contractor faces $180,950 in proposed fines for allegedly failing to protect its employees against falls, drowning, and other hazards, according to an April 6 announcemen...


Ex-Asbestos Training Head on EPA Wanted List

The Criminal Enforcement Division of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added Albania Deleon to its fugitives web site.


 
 
   

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DeFelsko Corporation
PosiTector Inspection Kits

PosiTector 6000 Coating Thickness Gage easily converts to a surface profile gage, dew point meter or ultrasonic wall thickness gage with a simple probe change.


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Montipower, Inc.
The MBX Bristle Blaster

Get a 2.7 to 3.3 mil profile and a Near White Metal Clean. For info visit www.mbxit.com or call 877 629-8777


Hempel (USA) Inc.
HEMPEL PROTECTIVE COATINGS

Efficient systems and high quality products to reduce your maintenance costs. Visit Hempel Protective for more information.


Industrial Vacuum Equipment Corp.
Hurricane Vacuums
& Dust Collectors

Vacuum and dust collector hose, filters and related accessories.
IndustrialVacuum.com


Bullard

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