A worker at a Stop & Shop Distribution Center Freetown, Mass. died late night Tuesday, Jan. 24.
Alphonse Ferent, 51, of Stoughton, Mass. fell between a truck and a loading dock as a tractor trailer pulled away. A forklift unloading merchandise from the trailer then fell on top of Ferent, killing him, according to news reports.
First responders provided first aid. However, Ferent was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
OSHA officials confirmed to news outlets that it is investigating the incident. No other information has been reported at this time....More
OSHA issued citations for one repeat and two failure-to-abate violations to County Concrete Corp., after an inspection on July 19, 2016 determined that the company failed to abate hazards found in a 2013 inspection. At that time, OSHA cited the company for 18 safety and health violations, and assessed $153,900 in penalties....More
A recent OSHA whistleblower investigation discovered the National Railroad Passenger Corp., also known as Amtrak, reprimanded a supervisor in its inspector general's office when he raised safety concerns.
In early to mid-2010, the worker, a supervisory special agent, was in the process of investigating an Amtrak contractor for fraud and was testing concrete at Amtrak tunnel projects. While at the worksite, the employee discovered unsafe conditions resulting from work performed by the contractor and raised concerns....More
Three underground utility workers in Florida died Monday after entering a confined space without the proper protective equipment.
The incident, which occurred in Key Largo, Fla., began when the first man removed a manhole cover, entered a 15-foot-deep drainage hole and became unresponsive, according to news reports.
The second worker entered with the intention of saving him but also lost consciousness. Likewise, a third man climbed into the hole was overcome by fumes. All three workers perished. None were wearing any respiratory protective equipment....More
OSHA recently discovered two dozen violations at BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc. after a complaint of unsafe working conditions at the company.
Oklahoma-based BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc., which operates as CM Truck Beds, racked up $535, 411 in fines for 20 serious violations, one willful and three repeated violations....More
OSHA’s final rule lowering the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium couldn’t come soon enough, according to safety industry advocates.
About 62,000 workers are exposed to beryllium during their work day, including 11,500 construction and shipyard workers, according to OSHA. Beryllium, either inhaled or through skin contact, contributes to an increased risk of lung cancer, chronic lung disease and various sudden on-set respiratory ailments among workers....More
A lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor just before year-end alleges that Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. fired a safety manager for complying with an OSHA inspection.
The suit is the result of an investigation by OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program....More
Registered nurses who are members of National Nurses United (NNU) are testifying Jan. 10 at a public stakeholder meeting convened by OSHA to allow interested parties to comment on the need for a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance. The meeting is intended to supplement written comments by allowing workers to tell of their personal experiences with workplace violence.
Members of NNU – from states around the country – will ask that OSHA promptly pass regulations to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings. ...More
OSHA began an inspection of Jersey City Medical Center RWJ Barnabas Health in Jersey City, N.J. on June 28, 2016, after the employer notified the agency that a worker needed to be hospitalized after falling from a ladder as he changed an overhead ballast in a light fixture. The worker later died from his injuries on July 17, 2016....More
Participating in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program hasn’t raised Robert Barringer’s awareness about fall protection and employee safety.
The Illinois roofing contractor has again been cited by OSHA to the tune of $214,782 after a recent inspection at a home construction site in Troy found workers exposed to fall hazards....More
OSHA has proposed Lauren Manufacturing pay $274,934 in penalties after two workers suffered debilitating injuries related to the company’s lack of machine safety.
An investigation was launched on the New Philadelphia, Ohio manufacturer after a pneumatic bench cutter severed a 27-year-old employee's finger as she cut rubber material on June 22, 2016. This is the second debilitating injury suffered by an employee in less than 18 months, according to the agency....More
John Deere has signed a settlement agreement with OSHA, resolving a lawsuit centering around the anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
A pipefitter who was terminated from the company in 2012 will receive a total of $204,315 in back wages and "front pay" and $70,685 in other damages after reporting unsafe working conditions and filing a complaint with OSHA after John Deere failed to correct one of the unsafe conditions....More
On Dec. 9, OSHA issued citations to Vanilson Da Silva, doing business as Real Contractors LLC, for four alleged repeat and two alleged serious safety violations. Proposed fin is $87,794.
OSHA began an inspection of one of the company’s job sites on June 10, after a compliance officer observed Real Contractors’ employees exposed to fall hazards....More
Editor's Note: The following is an open letter to various district attorneys regarding the alleged negligence of Dollar General stores and its repeated and willful violations related to blocked exits. The letter was written by Edward Stern who served the U.S....More
June 18 should have been one of the happiest days of Regina Allen Elsea’s life. When the 20-year-old wasn’t wasn’t working as a temporary employee at a Cusseta, Ala., manufacturer that stamps metal parts for Hyundai and Kia vehicles, she was making final plans for her wedding and looking forward to a new life with her future husband.
On June 19, her family and fiancé were planning her funeral....More
A settlement agreement has been reached between Minnesota’s OSHA, Berwald Roofing and Mortenson Construction after an August 2015 fatality at the U.S. Bank Stadium construction project.
According to the agreement, both companies addressed the hazards found during the subsequent inspection and have paid the citation penalty amounts. Berwald Roofing paid $113,200 for three OSHA violations and Mortenson Construction paid $34,300 for one OSHA violation....More
(This Legal Alert from Fisher Phillips provides an overview of agency positions and predictions. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice for any particular fact situation.)
President-elect Donald Trump has announced that he plans to nominate Andrew Puzder to be the next Secretary of Labor. This cbinet-level position heads the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), one of the federal agencies that has the widest and deepest impact on employers across the country....More
“Recent changes in OSHA rules and regulations will affect chemical companies and countless employers of all sizes,” veteran labor and employment attorney Joseph P. Paranac Jr. warned at the recent Metropolitan New York Coatings Association (MNYCA) Fall Technical Forum....More
OSHA has fined Alliance Laundry Systems after the company returned a hydraulic press to operation without machine safety guards, resulting in an amputation.
The amputation injury, which occurred on July 20 2016, was the second amputation injury at an the global laundry equipment manufacturer in less than two months....More
OSHA’s new drug testing and anti-retaliation rule, which alters the circumstances when drug testing can be conducted and reemphasizes the protections for employees to report injury and illnesses without fear of retaliation, is now in effect.
The final rule, which likely has led to more calls to our firm than any other change we’ve seen this year, contains three key provisions of which employers should be aware....More
OSHA’s has released its Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction to help industry employers develop proactive programs to keep their workplaces safe.
"The recommendations outlined in this document will help contractors prevent injuries and illnesses on their construction sites and make their companies more profitable," said Dr. David Michaels, OSHA assistant secretary of labor, in a statement....More
U.S. District Court Judge Sam Lindsay of the Northern District of Texas Dallas Division has ruled against plaintiffs TEXO ABC/AGC Inc., Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., the National Association of Manufacturers, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Great American Insurance Co., Atlantic Precast Concrete Inc., Owen Steel Co....More
OSHA paid an unannounced visit to one of Hua Da Construction sites and it turned out to be more than a social call for a Philadelphia contractor.
The federal occupational safety and health agency on Nov. 9 issued citations for one alleged repeat and one alleged serious safety violation. Total proposed penalties are $72,511....More
EHS Today's February 2017 spotlight is hearing protection. See the latest products from companies including Honeywell, MSA Safety, EAR Inc., Ericson, HEMCO, Dickies, Industrial Scientific, SafeVision, INO Technologies, New Pig, Brady Corp. and Larson Electronics.
To view the product descriptions and photos, use the arrows to move back and forth through the slideshow.
Each year, the NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College and DietDetective.com share the exercise equivalents needed to burn off those tasty Super Bowl snacks. Here are those equivalents and some "fit tips" to cut calories.
Workers are exposed to a number of hazards when their eyewear fogs.
A new white paper released by Honeywell examines and addresses the factors that cause lens fogging as well as tips to select the best eyewear with anti-fog properties.
"Fogging is the number one problem faced by safety eyewear users," the white paper states. "....Fogging on untreated lenses is nearly impossible to avoid no matter where work is conducted, and it might seem like no big deal."
Each month, EHS Today's print edition features a variety of personal protective equipment, literature, software and services geared to improve your workplace. January 2017's product spotlight was hand safety.
To view product descriptions and photos, use the arrows to move back and forth through the slideshow.