OSHA http://ehstoday.com/taxonomy/term/6617/more en Brooklyn Construction Company Owner Indicted for Manslaughter http://ehstoday.com/construction/brooklyn-construction-company-owner-indicted-manslaughter <div class="field-deck"> Workers’ safety concerns and industry protocols allegedly were ignored prior to a wall collapse that killed a young, inexperienced worker. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The owner of a Bedford-Stuyvesant construction company and his businesses have been indicted on manslaughter and other charges after a wall collapsed at an excavation site, killing construction worker Fernando Vanegaz and injuring two others.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/brooklyn-construction-company-owner-indicted-manslaughter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/brooklyn-construction-company-owner-indicted-manslaughter#comments Construction OSHA Training News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 22 May 2017 16:31:00 +0000 55161 at http://ehstoday.com <p>The owner of a construction company has been indicted on charges of manslaughter after a wall collapse killed one worker and severely injured two others. He allegedly ignored building codes, worker safety concerns and workplace safety laws.</p> Thinkstock Regulation to Expand Safety at California Oil Refineries http://ehstoday.com/osha/regulation-expand-safety-california-oil-refineries <div class="field-deck"> California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board passes regulation outlining new safety order. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A new regulation in California aims to improve workplace safety and health at oil refineries across the state.</p> <p>The state&rsquo;s Department of Industrial Relations&rsquo; (DIR) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board <a href="https://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2017/2017-37.pdf" target="_blank">approved the rule</a>, which provides a standardized framework for anticipating, preventing and responding to hazards within the refinery sector.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/osha/regulation-expand-safety-california-oil-refineries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/osha/regulation-expand-safety-california-oil-refineries#comments OSHA Safety News Fri, 19 May 2017 17:53:00 +0000 55141 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Are Injuries Still the ‘Cost of Doing Business’ at Some Companies? http://ehstoday.com/safety/are-injuries-still-cost-doing-business-some-companies <div class="field-deck"> The struggle between safety and production continues: A new study finds that managers, struggling to meet earnings projections, are willing to sacrifice worker safety and health. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>New research conducted by Professors Judson Caskey of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and Naim Bugra Ozel from the Naveen Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas and published in the <em>Journal of Accounting and Economics</em> finds that managers of U.S. companies facing market pressures to meet earnings expectations may risk the health and safety of workers to please investors.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/are-injuries-still-cost-doing-business-some-companies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/are-injuries-still-cost-doing-business-some-companies#comments OSHA Safety Training News Tue, 16 May 2017 15:32:00 +0000 55081 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Cal/OSHA Cites Two Companies After Confined Space Death http://ehstoday.com/construction/calosha-cites-two-companies-after-confined-space-death <div class="field-deck"> D&D Construction Specialties Inc. and Tyler Development Inc. are cited for ten serious and three willful violations following a worker's death. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Oct. 21, 2016, a D&amp;D Construction employee entered a drainage shaft to clean out mud and debris.</p> <p>No personal fall protection was utilized as the worker descended via bucket 10 ft. into the shaft, which was 4.5 ft. in diameter and lined with concrete.</p> <p>At some point, the worker lost consciousness due to the oxygen deficient atmosphere in the confined space and fell 40 ft., then drowned in a foot&nbsp;of water.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/calosha-cites-two-companies-after-confined-space-death" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/calosha-cites-two-companies-after-confined-space-death#comments Construction OSHA Industrial Hygiene Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 10 May 2017 15:37:00 +0000 54961 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Ohio Auto Insulation Manufacturer Faces $500,000+ in Fines Following Amputation of Worker's Hand http://ehstoday.com/osha/ohio-auto-insulation-manufacturer-faces-500000-fines-following-amputation-workers-hand <div class="field-deck"> Autoneum North America was cited for willful violations of machine safety procedures following the amputation of a worker’s hand by a shredder. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>An auto insulation manufacturer in suburban Toledo faces $569,463 in proposed penalties following an OSHA&nbsp;investigation triggered by a report that a machine amputated a 46-year-old worker&rsquo;s right hand, wrist and part of his forearm two days before Christmas.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/osha/ohio-auto-insulation-manufacturer-faces-500000-fines-following-amputation-workers-hand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/osha/ohio-auto-insulation-manufacturer-faces-500000-fines-following-amputation-workers-hand#comments OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Fri, 05 May 2017 15:47:00 +0000 54851 at http://ehstoday.com <p>An Ohio auto insulation manufacturer faces $569,463 in proposed penalties after a shredding machine amputated a 46-year-old worker&rsquo;s right hand, wrist and part of his forearm two days before Christmas.</p> Spokane Business Fined More than $150k for Exposing Employees to Ammonia Leaks http://ehstoday.com/respirators/spokane-business-fined-more-150k-exposing-employees-ammonia-leaks <div class="field-deck"> Lack of emergency planning for ammonia leaks put workers at Johanna Beverage Co. of Spokane in harm’s way three times in the past year. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Washington Department of Labor &amp; Industries (L&amp;I) has fined Johanna Beverage Co. $154,000 for multiple willful, serious and general workplace safety violations related to three ammonia leaks at the facility.</p> <p>In each of the three incidents, when the leaks occurred, employees were unsure what to do, which way to run to escape the corrosive vapors and how to call for emergency help. In one situation last August, panicked employees ran downwind of the leak into the vapor cloud. Eight employees were exposed; one was sickened and taken to the hospital.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/respirators/spokane-business-fined-more-150k-exposing-employees-ammonia-leaks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/respirators/spokane-business-fined-more-150k-exposing-employees-ammonia-leaks#comments OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Training News Thu, 04 May 2017 14:51:00 +0000 54811 at http://ehstoday.com <p>The company was issued a serious violation for not ensuring that voluntary use of respirators was done safely. During a hazardous situation, improper use of a respirator can result in a serious injury or even death.</p> Thinkstock Cal/OSHA Cites Building Supply Company for Fatal Forklift Accident http://ehstoday.com/construction/calosha-cites-building-supply-company-fatal-forklift-accident <div class="field-deck"> Cal/OSHA cited Good View Roofing & Building Supply Corp. for multiple serious safety violations following the investigation of a fatal forklift accident in San Francisco. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Nov. 21, 2016, a 60-year-old forklift operator was transferring building supplies from the Good View Roofing &amp; Building Supply Corp.&rsquo;s warehouse to a customer&rsquo;s vehicle. When the forklift descended a sloped ramp, a bag of mortar mix fell off of the load and blocked the front right wheel.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/calosha-cites-building-supply-company-fatal-forklift-accident" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/calosha-cites-building-supply-company-fatal-forklift-accident#comments Construction OSHA Safety News Tue, 02 May 2017 18:44:00 +0000 54761 at http://ehstoday.com <p>&nbsp;A 60-year-old California worker was crushed beneath the forklift he was operating when it tumbled off the edge of a ramp at the loading dock.</p> Dying at Work in California: 388 Workers Didn’t Come Home http://ehstoday.com/construction/dying-work-california-388-workers-didn-t-come-home <div class="field-deck"> Recently released data show 388 workers were killed on the job in California in 2015, more than one per day. This and other findings are included in a report released on Workers Memorial Day by Worksafe. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Recently released data show 388 workers were killed on the job in California in 2015, more than one per day. This and other findings are included in a report released today by <a href="http://www.worksafe.org/">Worksafe</a>, an Oakland-based worker health and safety organization, to commemorate Workers Memorial Day 2017, an international day of remembrance for workers who have been killed and injured at work.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/dying-work-california-388-workers-didn-t-come-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/dying-work-california-388-workers-didn-t-come-home#comments Construction OSHA Safety Training News Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:22:00 +0000 54701 at http://ehstoday.com He Died Standing: Tales from the ‘Dirty Dozen’ http://ehstoday.com/safety/he-died-standing-tales-dirty-dozen <div class="field-deck"> National COSH solicited input from its network of 21 COSH groups around the country as well as worker advocates and labor groups to determine the 12 employers who most egregiously put their employees and communities at risk. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The &quot;Dirty Dozen 2017&quot; report &ndash; which highlights 12 companies that put workers and communities at risk due to unsafe&nbsp;practices &ndash; was released on April 26 in observance of Workers&rsquo; Memorial Week, which honors workers who lost their lives on the job and their families.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/he-died-standing-tales-dirty-dozen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/he-died-standing-tales-dirty-dozen#comments Construction OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:20:00 +0000 54651 at http://ehstoday.com <p>OSHA released a white paper in 2012 that estimated the total cost of a workplace fatality &ndash; legal costs, medical costs, training, lost productivity, etc. &ndash; at $8.7 million.</p> Roger Kerson/National COSH Judge: Two Companies Operated as Single Employer at Worksite Where Employees Were Injured http://ehstoday.com/construction/judge-two-companies-operated-single-employer-worksite-where-employees-were-injured <div class="field-deck"> An OSHA administrative law judge with the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has ruled that two Massachusetts contractors – A.C. Castle Construction Co. Inc. and Daryl Provencher, doing business as Provencher Home Improvements – were operating as a single employer at a worksite when three employees were injured in October 2014. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Three employees at a Wenham, Mass., worksite were performing residential roofing work on a ladder jack scaffold when the wooden plank on which they were standing snapped, causing them to fall 20 feet to the ground. An OSHA investigation found that the wooden plank was not graded for scaffold use and its invoice made clear it was not for scaffold use. Other hazards noted during the OSHA inspection included deficiencies with the scaffold&rsquo;s components and structure and lack of fall protection for the employees.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/judge-two-companies-operated-single-employer-worksite-where-employees-were-injured" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/judge-two-companies-operated-single-employer-worksite-where-employees-were-injured#comments Construction OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:46:00 +0000 54611 at http://ehstoday.com