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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.


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...


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.


Permit Lack Seen in Fatal Tank Blaze

Unpermitted welding by three workers inside a "dilapidated" storage tank below a Dallas skyscraper apparently ignited the blaze that led to their deaths, authorities say.


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...


Explosion-Proof Light for Tight Space

A new temporary manhole light fixture provides an alternative to traditional string or tank lights for workers in storage tanks, railcars and other confined spaces, the manufacturer says.


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.


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.


Contractor Fined after Painter Burned

A California contractor is being held responsible for a flash fire inside a metal tank that left a painter severely burned—and for not reporting the incident for four days.


1 Killed, 2 Hurt in Tanker Cleaning

One worker perished and two were injured over the weekend when they were apparently overcome by vapors while cleaning the inside of a tanker.


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...


$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...


Industry Faces ‘Big Regulatory Year’

ORLANDO—Fasten your seatbelts: 2014 will break open a dam of pent-up regulatory action, expert Alison B. Kaelin is warning the paint, coatings and blasting industries.


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...


Concrete Maker Blamed in Ash Engulfment

Federal safety authorities are holding a major Midwestern ready mix producer responsible for the death of a plant operator who was buried in a storage silo full of fly ash.


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...


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...


2 Burned in Tank Lining Blast

Two workers were seriously burned this week when an underground gasoline storage tank erupted in a flash fire as they were lining it, authorities say.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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...


7 Workers Perish during Tank Cleaning

Seven workers have died while cleaning a tank at a brewery in Mexico City for Grupo Modelo, the parent company of Corona beer, the company has confirmed.


Coating Firm, GC Cited in Manhole Death

A St. Louis-area industrial painting contractor and general contractor share responsibility in the suffocation of an employee who perished in a pipe 18 feet underground a sewer plant last su...


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.


3D Printing Shoots for the Moon

The possibility of using 3D printing for construction has researchers over the moon—or literally on it, if all goes according to plan.


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.


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.


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.


Paint Chemical Maker Fined in Blast

An explosion at a Georgia plant that makes paint and coating chemicals has drawn 20 federal citations and $77,000 in fines for a “wide range of safety hazards.”


$246K Fine Set in Blast that Burned 2

A Texas oil and gas services company is facing nearly $250,000 in federal fines for an explosion that injured two tank cleaners shortly after the company was cited for similar hazards.


New, Free JPCL eBook Focuses on DH

JPCL has announced its newest eBook, Dehumidification and Other Environmental Controls for Coating Projects—an expert-written compilation of articles on the critical conditions...


OSHA: Firm Delayed 911 Call for Worker

Waist-deep and sinking in 25,000 pounds of sand, the worker was eventually rescued. But the ending is not so happy for his employer.


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...


UK’s OSHA Adopts ‘Loser Pays’ Policy

UK employers who flout health and safety laws will start subsidizing the cost of their own enforcement, in a novel “cost recovery scheme” that the government will launch this fall.


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.


Stricken Tank Workers Left to ‘Nap’; Paint Maker Fined $159K

Co-workers of two unconscious men slumped at the bottom of a paint mixing tank full of toxic vapors “assumed” the men “were taking a break” and did not seek help because they did not want to...


Brothers’ Deaths in Drain Called ‘Completely Preventable’

A California facility has been fined $166,890 for what authorities called the “completely preventable” deaths of two brothers who perished in a storm drain from toxic gas vapors.


Harness Designed for Painters, Blasters

MSA has introduced a new full-body construction harness designed for comfort and ease of use in painting, abrasive blasting, confined space and other applications.


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.


Audit: OSHA Too Slow on Rule Making

For those who view the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a slash-and-burn regulatory monster, the General Accountability Office begs to differ.


CSB Blames DuPont in Fatal Tank Blast

DuPont engineers fatally misjudged the level of flammable vapor inside a 10,800-gallon tank that then exploded during welding at a New York polymer plant in 2010, the U.S. Chemical Safety Bo...


Tank Cleaner’s Appeal: Scripts, Lies and Intrigue

Pot-smoking witnesses, statements by an unconscious supervisor, government conspiracies, lying to investigators, coached witnesses, obscenity-laced threats, and a texted offer to sell hearin...


NSRP Eyes Lasers, Lessons, Real Risks

Laser-powered coating removal, real-life confined-space risks, and lessons from foreign shipyards will all be the focus of research projects newly funded by the National Shipbuilding Researc...


3 Painters Found Dead in CA Home

California authorities are investigating the deaths of three painters who perished while working in what officials described as a “sealed-off home.”


Worker Dies in Fall into Chemical Tank

Authorities are investigating the death of an Oregon barge worker who fell into a tank of corrosive chemicals just moments after opening the hatch cover.


Remote Monitoring Service Protects in Hazardous Exposures

A new multi-company collaboration couples the latest gas detection technology with wireless remote monitoring of employees working in potentially hazardous environments.


CA Issues Confined Space Alert

Reeling from seven confined-space deaths in one year, California has issued an alert and launched a special employer initiative to stem that toll.


Blasting Accident Kills Shipyard Worker

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a 66-year-old Mississippi shipyard worker in an accident involving abrasive blast equipment.


Action Set on Silica, Confined Space

Long-delayed federal standards on crystalline silica, confined-space work, hazard communications and other critical industry issues will see action in 2012, according to the Occupational Saf...


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...


2 Truckers Injured in Paint Fume Blast

Two men who were apparently trying to warm a tractor trailer full of paint on a cold Canadian afternoon managed to escape serious injury when their propane heater ignited the paint vapors an...


KKR Buys Capital Safety for $1.12B

Capital Safety, a global supplier of fall-protection, confined-space and rescue equipment, has been sold to investment buyout firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) for $1.12 billion.


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...


Paint Plant Fumes Kill Man, Injure 2nd

One man has died and another was critically injured after they were overcome by chemical paint remover fumes while working in a storage tank at a California paint company.


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.


Report: OSHA Toothless, Paralyzed

Defying popular wisdom that paints OSHA as a regulatory monster run amok, a new report contends that the federal agency is actually attempting little and accomplishing even less.


OSHA: No Ventilation in 2 Tank Deaths

No ventilation was used and the air quality was not tested or monitored in a small underground septic tank where two men worked and perished last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Ad...


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.


Boatyard Cited in Fatal Flash Fire

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 40 federal citations and a $221,200 fine to a Texas boat repair facility in a confined-space flash fire that killed two workers i...


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


Powerful Underground Light Hangs Clear

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight has introduced an innovative manhole entry light for use in a wide variety of underground and enclosed work spaces.


Jury Clears Xcel in 5 Painters’ Deaths

A federal jury has found Xcel Energy and its Colorado subsidiary not guilty in the 2007 deaths of five painters who were trapped by fire in a utility penstock.


Manhole Rescue Effort Ends in 2 Deaths

Authorities are investigating the suffocation of two North Carolina workers in a water system manhole—one of whom apparently died trying to rescue the other.


Gas Detector Monitors Continuously

MSA has unveiled the Ultima OPIR-5 Detector, an open-path IR gas detector that provides continuous monitoring of combustible gas concentrations at a path length of up to 150 meters (nearly 5...


Prosecutor: Xcel Knew Of Tunnel Safety Issues

Xcel Energy Co. knew of workplace safety violations in the area where five painters later died, yet chose the low-bid proposal by their employer, RPI Coating Inc., over another company with ...


Trial Begins in Deaths of 5 Painters

Federal criminal proceedings have begun in Denver against Xcel Energy Co. in the deaths of five men killed in a fire at the Cabin Creek hydroelectric plant in 2007.


New MSA Unit Detects Up to 6 Gases

MSA has just rolled out the Altair 5X Multigas Detector, with XCell Sensors for SO2, Cl2, and NH3 and a typical life span of more than three years.


0-VOC Line Touts Corrosion Protection

CETCO Corrosion Protection Solutions has introduced a new line of water-based, zero-VOC protective coatings designed to adhere directly to rust and suitable for application in confined space...


City Cited in Official’s Drowning

Washington State authorities have issued 12 safety citations and fined a small town $15,750 in the death of its public-works director, who drowned last summer in a storm drain.


Webinar Takes Up Confined-Space Perils

Approaching the life-threatening task of working in a confined space demands strict adherence to best practices and regulatory requirements—protocols that will be discussed in a free upcomin...


Firms Face $229K Fine in 2 Tank Repair Deaths

Two western Pennsylvania companies face federal citations and fines totaling more than $229,000 in a tank repair explosion that took the lives of two workers in July.


SSPC Highlights Confined Space Dangers

Working with flammable and hazardous materials and managing the unique hazards of penstocks are among the topics addressed by SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings in a new “Confined Spa...


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 Heightens Scrutiny of Shipbreaking Hazards

Marine coatings exposures, coatings removal and confined-space safety during ship demolition are facing new federal scrutiny as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration implements a...


US Slams Painting Contractor, Xcel in 5 Deaths

An industrial painting contractor’s lack of training, planning and “zero” safety rating were among the “vital safety failures” that caused a 2007 plant tunnel blast in which five painters pe...


Firm Fined for Hydrogen Sulfide Death in Sewer

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is recommending a $136,000 fine against a Texas construction company in the death of an employee working inside a sanitary sewer manhole.


 
 
   

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