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Blog Author Steve Hudgik

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with what is happening at OSHA as well as other workplace safety news. Includes a report on the significant OSHA citations announced the previous week. Plus we scan national and local (and world) publications for workplace safety news. This is your source for the latest safety news.


Monday, April 30, 2012

Safety News Briefs - Week Ending April 28st




A weekly feature that provides short summaries of safety related news   articles with links to the complete stories in other publications.


Last Week's International Day of Mourning Remembers Workplace Deaths and Accidents

Canada: A larger crowd than usual, about 400 people, gathered this year for Metro Vancouver’s annual Day of Mourning for those killed or injured on the job – in accidents every speaker said were ultimately preventable.

Read the complete story in the Vancouver Sun

United Kingdom: As wreaths were laid in a ceremony for people who have died while doing their jobs, workers and union leaders from throughout Waterloo Region decried a shameful absence

Read the complete story in The Record

United States - The message presented at the Workers Memorial Day ceremony held Friday evening in Lafayette hit very close to home for a few of the people who attended.

Read more in the Journal-Constitution


OSHA Issues Alert on CSE Corp's Self-Contained Self-Rescuer

Some of these devices have a critical defect that may cause the release of insufficient oxygen during start-up, a defect that could immediately result in a life-threatening situation for workers using the respirator.

Read about the OSHA alert in Occupational Health And Safety


Thursday Is The Worst Day For Accidents In Irish Workplaces

Thursday is the most dangerous day of the week in Irish workplaces, a study has revealed. The State agency charged with assessing personal injuries claims has also identified November as the worst month of the year for workplace accidents.

Read more in the Irish Examiner


GSA's Exploding Toilets

The General Services Administration continues to piece together the reasons behind the erupting johns that injured two employees in Washington, DC. However, new insights behind the GSA's exploding toilets have emerged.  The GSA has been pretty hush about the exploding toilets so far, but internal memos show some cause for concern.

Read the complete Reuter's story.


Related Past Posts:
Safety News Briefs Week Ending April 21st
Safety News Briefs April 8th
Safety News Briefs April 1st

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Bus Falls On Teen

The following accident report comes from Australia.

"A Perth mechanic will pay $3200 for a workplace accident that left a 16-year-old apprentice with serious head injuries after a bus fell on top of him."

Read more in the Sydney Morning Herald

Notice that it is the worker who is fined for this accident. There is no fine or citation for the company because the company had done all that was required.

The articles states:

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said Mr Egerton was a very experienced employee and "should have known better."

"The consequences were serious, and should serve as a warning to everyone to think again before disregarding safe systems of work, and to always consider the safety of others in the workplace," Mr McCulloch said in a statement today. Path Transit had not been prosecuted because it had written protocols in place, that should have prevented the accident from happening, he said.

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Summary Of Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending April 28th

Summary of major OSHA citations announced during the week ending April 28th.


The following are based on press releases from OSHA.


OSHA Cites AA Foundries For Willful, Multiple Safety and Health Violations ($107,600)
OSHA cites New England Wood Pellet Following October. 2011 Fire ($147,000)
Summary of Other OSHA Citations Last Week

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OSHA has cited AA Foundries Inc. with one willful and 20 serious violations for exposing employees to excessive noise levels, lead and copper at the company's work site in San Antonio, Texas. The proposed penalties total $107,600.

An investigation that began on Oct. 24, 2011, as part of OSHA's Primary Metals National Emphasis Program found that employees were exposed to noise levels surpassing 85 decibels, as well as excessive airborne levels of lead and copper, while conducting operations such as pouring molds and grinding on metal cast.

The willful violation is for failing to ensure that employees underwent required annual audiograms.

Serious violations include failing to implement effective lead compliance and air monitoring programs protecting employees from overexposure to lead and other heavy metals such as copper and cadmium, ensure medical surveillance included blood lead testing and monitoring, and provide annual training on hazards of working with lead. Additionally, the employer failed to ensure that employees were protected by effective hearing conservation and respiratory protection programs, respectively.

The citations can be viewed http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/aafoundries_315628503_0428_12.pdf*.


OSHA has cited New England Wood Pellet LLC (New Hampshire) for alleged repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards at its wood pellet manufacturing plant on Old Sharon Road in Jaffrey. The agency has proposed a total of $147,000 in fines for fire and explosion hazards in the aftermath of an Oct. 20, 2011, fire at the plant.

According to the Keen Sentinal Source just hours after OSHA released the announcement about this citation, a new three-alarm fire broke out at New England Wood Pellet.

The October fire, which started in the pellet mill, was transported through several conveying systems to a pellet cooler and then to a dust collector, and caused several other flash fires. Shortly thereafter, explosions occurred in the dust collector and an exhaust muffler. The explosions sent fireballs outside of the building and likely ignited materials in two silos.

An inspection by OSHA's found numerous fire and explosion hazards stemming from the absence of protective devices in the transport system, dust collection duct and conveyor systems that would prevent sparks, embers and fires from spreading throughout the system, as well as a lack of effective explosion protection due to the construction and/or location of dust collection ducts. The hazards were exacerbated by a buildup of combustible wood dust on surfaces throughout the plant and from the use of unsafe equipment to vacuum combustible dust.

As a result of its findings, OSHA issued two repeat citations with $140,000 in fines for failing to provide a workplace free of recognized fire and explosion hazards, and for using unapproved electrical equipment to vacuum combustible dust.

One serious citation with a $7,000 fine was issued for the buildup of combustible dust on equipment and surfaces throughout the facility.

Information on combustible dust hazards is available online at http://www.osha.gov/dsg/combustibledust/index.html.

The full citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/New-England-Wood-Pellet-108074-04-17-2012.pdf*.

Summary Of Other OSHA Citations Last Week

We normally only report on OSHA citations in which the proposed fine is over $100,000. However, this week we are also including a short summary of other OSHA citations during the past week:

Big D Brake and Clutch Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas was cited for 17 serious safety violations. Proposed penalties total $46,200. OSHA's Fort Worth Area Office began an inspection on Jan. 9 at the company's facility on Martin Luther King Freeway as part of the agency's National Emphasis Program on Amputations. The investigation found that the company exposed workers to possible amputation hazards by failing to provide required machine guarding, among other hazards.

Spurgeon Vineyards and Winery LLC in Highland, Wisconsin, was cited for 12 safety and health – including nine repeat – violations for failing to provide fall protection and a hazard communication program. The citations are the result of a follow-up investigation conducted in January. Proposed penalties total $71,280.

Duraframe Dipnet was cited for 20 safety violations - including three repeat - at the net manufacturer's Viola, Wisconsin facility. Proposed penalties total $71,400. The repeat violations include allowing the accumulation of combustible material in the paint spray area, lacking a tongue guard on the grinding wheel and not guarding a belt on a lathe. Sixteen serious violations involve failing to maintain sanitary conditions in walkways, guard machinery and provide hazard communication training. The violations also include various electrical and respiratory hazards, including the lack of a written respiratory protection program.

American Foods Group LLC was cited for seven safety violations – including one repeat – at the company's Sharonville, Ohio meat processing facility following a Feb. 23 inspection conducted under OSHA's National Emphasis Program on Amputations. Proposed penalties total $47,000.

The repeat violation was for failing to conduct periodic and regular inspections of lockout procedures for the energy sources of equipment.  The six serious violations involved failing to train employees who service equipment so that they are authorized to implement the energy control program, train employees on how to troubleshoot electrical equipment using safe work practices, train employees on the operation of powered industrial trucks, affix locks to machines' energy isolation devices prior to allowing employees to perform maintenance and servicing operations, and provide locks to production employees who service equipment.

High Roller Wells Pearsall SWD No. 1 Ltd. was cited for 10 serious safety violations following an explosion and fire that injured three workers at the company's Pearsall , Texas work site.  The company disposes of hydraulic fracturing fluid and employs about 34 workers at the site. At the time of the incident, employees were injecting waste water underground that was left over from hydraulic fracturing and drilling operations.

Midwest Biofuel LLC was cited for 15 safety and health violations, including a repeat violation for failing to provide an eye wash station. A complaint prompted an Oct. 26 inspection at the organic chemical manufacturer's facility in Clinton,Wisconsin. Proposed fines total $46,200. 

The company was cited for 12 serious violations for failing to use proper electrical equipment in the control room; correct deficiencies of its hazard analysis and operating procedures; investigate chemical releases; train workers engaged in chemical hazard clean-up operations; provide material safety data sheets for process chemicals; develop, implement and train workers on the permit required confined space program; evaluate fork lift operators; develop and implement a respiratory protection program, including fit testing; and provide medical evaluations for workers required to wear respirators.

Retail clothing chain Forever 21 Inc. was cited for two repeat and five serious safety violations at its store in the Bridgewater Mall (New Jersey). OSHA opened an inspection in November 2011 upon receiving a complaint alleging blocked exit routes and improper storage of merchandise. Proposed penalties total $69,000.

The repeat violations, with $50,000 in penalties, were for failing to provide adequate workspace around electrical equipment and maintain an exit route free of obstructions. The same violations were cited in January 2010 at a Loan Tree, Colorado store. The serious violations, carrying $19,000 in penalties, include failing to ensure workers had full access to exits, keep storage areas free from tripping and fire hazards, ensure that a fire extinguisher was not blocked, provide employees with training on the use of fire extinguishers and properly store materials.

Wrayco Industries Inc. in Stow, Ohio with 14 serious safety and health violations. OSHA initiated an inspection on Jan. 19 in response to a complaint alleging numerous safety violations. Proposed fines total $51,300.

Eleven safety violations were cited including failing to develop machine-specific lockout/tagout procedures to control hazardous energy, train employees to use portable fire extinguishers, adequately guard equipment, use electrical equipment according to labels and listings, and install stair railings. Additionally, three serious health violations involve failing to implement a hearing conservation program, a written respiratory protection program and a written hazard communication program.

Garland Welding was cited for 30 violations at its Lowellville, Ohio  metal fabrication shop. A complaint prompted a health inspection on Oct. 26, 2011, which triggered a subsequent safety inspection. Proposed fines total $94,500.

The citation includes 14 serious health violations involve failing to provide adequate ventilation within confined spaces during welding operations; evaluate sites as permit-required confined spaces; develop an effective hearing conservation program; develop a written respiratory protection program to evaluate hazards and train workers; train workers to use and periodically inspect fire extinguishers; develop a written hazard communication program to teach chemical awareness; maintain material safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals; assess whether existing hazards necessitate personal protective equipment; and maintain and provide reliable welding helmets. Another health citation involves failing to keep flammable and combustible liquids stored around spray operations to a less than needed per-shift level and in amounts less than 120 gallons outside of storage cabinets.

Norcross-based construction company LRG Framing Inc. was cited for six safety violations at a residential work site in Cumming, Georgia. OSHA received a referral, and an inspector observed employees working at heights of up to 30 feet without fall protection, among other hazards. Proposed penalties total $66,660.

LRG Framing is being cited with one willful violation, with a $46,200 penalty, for allowing employees to work without fall protection.  One repeat violation, with a $9,240 penalty, is being cited for failing to provide employees with fall protection training. The same violation was cited in 2007.

Four serious violations, with $11,220 in penalties, include failing to ensure that workers use head protection such as hard hats when exposed to overhead hazards, and remove from use a damaged electrical cord and a powered saw with a deficient guard. The company also lacked a training program to teach employees how to avoid electrical, "struck-by" and fall hazards.

S and K Machineworks Co. Inc. was cited for 17 safety and health violations after OSHA conducted two inspections at the company's production facility in Theodore, Alabama. A planned safety inspection began in December 2011 as part of OSHA's emphasis programs to prevent amputations and injuries related to powered industrial trucks. The identification of exposure to hexavalent chromium and silica triggered a separate health inspection. Proposed penalties total $50,645.

The company also lacked both an effective hearing conservation and respiratory programs. Three serious safety violations included the presence of floor openings that risked fall hazards, a lack of machine safety guards on an abrasive wheel, and unused openings in cabinets, boxes and fittings that exposed workers to electrical hazards.

MVP Piping Co. Inc. of Acworth, Georgia was cited for two trenching violations while workers were installing sewer lines along South Lake Terrace in Rossville. MVP Piping was contracted by Georgia's Catoosa County to complete phase three of the sewer project. The inspection was initiated as part of OSHA's National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation. Proposed penalties total $45,000.

Nance Carpet and Rug Co. Inc. in Calhoun, Georgia, was cited with 10 serious violations for exposing workers to amputation and electrical shock hazards at the company's Calhoun facility. OSHA's inspection, initiated in November 2011 upon receipt of a complaint, was conducted as part of the agency's National Emphasis Program on Amputations and its Local Emphasis Program on Powered Industrial Trucks. Proposed penalties total $53,000.


Related Past Posts:
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OSHA Citations For The Week of April 16th
OSHA Citations For The Week of April 1st

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OSHA Fatality Report For October 2011

This starts the final quarter of 2011 OSHA workplace fatality reports. This months seems to have a lot of fatalities resulting from falls from roofs or buildings.  Anytime you are working above ground level be aware that gravity is a killer. Be particularly careful around skylights. Tripping when near a skylight, and falling through the skylight, has killed several people in 2011. And when working on a roof never step on other material (wood, sheet metal, etc.) as that material nay be covering a hole and the material you are stepping on will not support you.

10/2/2011
The Associated Press, Sparta, KY, 41086 - Photographer on assignment at a race track suffered fatal head injuries after falling on track.

10/3/2011
Landmark Pacific Builders Inc., Honolulu, HI, 96817 - Residential construction worker renovating roof died after falling two stories.

10/4/2011
Klin Drying Systems and Components, Inc., Etowah, NC, 28729 - worker operating a metal cutting machine was killed when caught between machine's back gauge and top plate.

Novelis Corporation, Oswego, NY, 13126-0028 - worker was connecting hoses inside a machine and was crushed between the machine's support block and bulkhead.

Gregory Dodge (DBA), Munnsville, NY, 13409 - worker died from head injuries after falling from a roof.

10/5/2011
Wayne Farms, LLC., Decatur, AL, 35602 - worker was crossing a road on company property and was struck and killed by a vehicle.

Stovens Brothers Water Wells, Hampden, MA, 01036 - worker drilling a hole for a well died after he stepped back and fell 10 feet down into water.

10/6/2011

IRBY Construction Company, Sandersville, GA, 31082 - worker assisting on a power transmission line was electrocuted when he touched a loose cable.

Dean A. Bowman, Construction, Inc., Troy, OH, 45373 - worker performing indoor construction died when he fell nearly 20 feet from the second floor to the basement.

Kelley Trucking, Inc., Bailey, CO,. 80421 - worker was struck and killed by a rock while at a construction site.

10/7/2011
Soil & Material Testing, Inc., Williamstown, MA, 01267 - worker was crushed under the front and rear tires of a powered industrial vehicle.

Airtite Insulation, Goshen, IN, 46528 - worker suffocated after falling into a pit of insulation.

Jeff Rotella Transport Corp., Manheim, PA, 17545 - worker disconnecting an airline underneath a truck was asphyxiated when his head was caught between the spare tire and a bracket.

Agustin Valladares Tree Trimming, Thousand Oaks, CA 91361 - Tree trimmer died from head injuries after falling 30 feet from a tree.

B & B Contracting, Inc., Paintsville, KY, 41240 - worker traveling to another work location fell out of back of truck and struck head on ground.

10/8/2011
Mondi USA, Inc., Romeoville, IL, 60446 - worker lubricating a chain on an automation conveyor died after falling 9 feet from an I-beam to the concrete floor.

Built Rite Contracting Corp., New York, NY 10021 - worker was struck and killed by his unoccupied truck as it rolled to the bottom of an incline.

10/10/2011
Roger Kreps Drywall & Plaster, Lisbon, OH, 44432 - worker died after falling 14 feet from a roof onto the concrete floor.

Woodhaven Industries, Sugar Land, TX, 77498 - worker died of a possible heart attack after collapsing while unloading his work truck.

Gulf Island, LLC., Houma, LA, 70361 - worker was killed when a load of metal plates he was moving fell on top of him.

D & H Pump Service, dba D&H Petroleum and Environ, Albuquerque, NM 87113 - worker died from injuries sustained when a fuel dispenser fell on him.

Unnerstall Contracting Co., St. Louis, MO, 63146 - worker was found unconscious in a manhole.

10/12/2011
L & D Sign, Centreville, MN, 55038 - worker repairing commercial sign was electrocuted after touching live electrical parts.

Granite Rock Concrete, La Honda, CA, 94020 - worker was killed when the loaded concrete mixer truck he was driving rolled over.

Centimark Corporation, Lima, OH, 45804 - worker was performing roofing work on a melt shop and was fatally injured.

Community Recycling and Resource Recovery, Lamont, CA, 93241 - worker died after being overcome by toxic fumes while cleaning the inside of a drain pipe.

10/13/2011
General Mills, Inc., Lodi, CA, 95242 - worker attempting to stop a moving rail car was crushed between rail car and dock.

Egan Company, Burnsville, MN, 55337 - One worker killed and one injured after being struck by a vehicle that entered a construction zone after going off road.

PG & E, Bolden, CA, 95915 - Two workers died after their work truck sank 25 feet in a reservoir.

Walden General Contractors Inc., Lebanon, TN, 37090 - worker died after falling down a flight of stairs.

Grove River Mills, Inc., Monroe, GA, 30656 - Worker operating a truck's boom was electrocuted when the boom touched a 14,400-volt power line.

Sams Discount Grocery, Inc., Tampa, FL, 33610 - worker was shot and killed during a robbery.

West New York Restoration of CT, Inc., New York, NY 10019 - worker installing a fall protection safety line died after touching a live wire while on a ladder and falling 92 feet.

Walker Police/Fire Department, Walker, MI, 49534 - Police Officer laying a spike strip was run over and killed by suspect vehicle during police chase.

10/14/2011
Visions Telecommunications, Pinch, WV, 25156 - worker installing cable between utility poles was electrocuted.

Six Forks Cinema, LLC, Raleigh, NC 27615 - worker fell at movie theater.

10/15/2011
Sergio Arroyo-Contreras dba SAC Hands, Gray, TN 37615 - Employee fell approximately 18 feet from the roof of a frame residential structure, after striking his head on a trailer jack.

W.A. Klinger, L.L.C., Sioux City, IA, 51104-2324 - Construction worker died from fatal head trauma when a wall collapsed, crushing him.

Boat Grotto, San Diego, CA, 92115 - Mechanic died from possible aneurism and heart attack after making repairs to boat engine.

10/16/2011
Esther's 103, Inc., Miami, FL, 33150 - worker trying to replace pumps inside a manhole collapsed and later died from exposure to toxic air.

10/17/2011
Cherokee Freight Lines Stockton, LLC, St. Helena, CA, 94574 - Worker tripped and fell while walking on job site, hitting his head on a step. Worker later suffered a heart attack at hospital.

Moores Contracting Services LLC, Buckhannon, WV, 26201 - worker died after falling 35 feet through the doorway of a silo-type structure.

PCH Hotels and Resorts, Inc., Mobile, AL, 36602 - worker was electrocuted while repairing a hotel room air conditioning unit.

10/18/2011
Complete Coverage Inc., North Kingstown, RI, 02852 - worker replacing a roof was killed after falling 47 feet.

Advantage Plumbing & Heating, Inc., Mencken, ND, 58558 - Trench engulfment.

10/19/2011
Midco Diving & Marine Services, Inc., Parshall, ND, 58770 - water treatment plant worker diving into a 138-foot-deep chamber to perform maintenance died after his umbilical line failed.


Blackowiak Disposal Inc., Mound, MN, 55364 - worker removing debris from back of trash truck was crushed between truck's cart tipper and the loading dock.

All-Town, Incorporated, Marshfield, MA, 02050 - worker rotating truck tires was killed when one of the rings holding the tire in place struck him in the head.

Performance Abatement Service, Berkeley, CA, 94709 - worker in full suit and mask died from a seizure while removing asbestos.

10/20/2011
Mark Dewsnup, General Contractor, Marysville, CA, 95901 - worker was killed after he was run over by a farm tractor.

Calpine, Middletown, CA, 95461 - worker went off a cliff.

Hilltop Tune, Inc., Pelham, AL, 35124 - worker repairing an SUV was killed when the truck slipped into gear and ran over him.

Metro Construction, Mckenzie, ND, 58854 - Truck driver hauling gravel was killed when his truck tipped over.

NYSDOT Bridge Maintenance Shop, Warrensburg, NY, 12885 - worker inspecting a bridge died after he was pinned between bridge and lift basket.

10/21/2011
K.P. Meiring Company, St. Augustine, FL, 32084 - worker repairing a roof died after stepping on a metal sheet that covered a hole and falling 20 feet.

Hilario Valero, San Antonio, TX, 78245 - worker applying siding on a chimney died after falling 18 feet.

Lawrence Construction & Leasing, Inc., Florence, KY, 41042 - Pipe layer was killed when a testing machine he was using swung around, striking him in the head.

10/22/2011
A-1 Self Storage LLC, Seattle, WA, 98119 - Manager of self storage facility was stabbed during a robbery.

Sante Shipping Lines, Inc., Miami, FL, 33142 - worker inspecting a vessel's cargo from a suspended man basket died after equipment failure caused him to fall 18 feet to the ground.

North Star Cable Construction, Inc., Chicago, IL 60651 - worker servicing a cable line died after falling 15 feet to the concrete pavement.

10/23/2011
Quality Castings, Orrville, OH, 44667 - worker using a wheelabrator machine died of complications sustained when his finger was amputated.

10/24/2011
Orestes Lescano, Miami, FL, 33130 - worker installing weather stripping at an apartment building was killed after falling 40 feet.

R.L. Mitchell, Lyons, GA 30436 - worker installing metal roof panels on a warehouse building died after falling 21 feet through a roof opening.

Spartan Steel Coating, Monroe, MI 48162 - Maintenance worker adjusting a belt wrapper was crushed between the wrapper and machine frame.

10/25/2011
EAL Fig LLC dba 5-Point Tire & Auto Repairs, Camden, NJ, 08105-3855 - worker was struck and killed when a tool disk struck him in the chest.

American Building, LLC., Stamford, CT, 06902 - worker installing metal roof panels died from head injuries after falling 35 feet to the ground.

G & S Paving, Palo Alto, CA, 94304 - worker was run over by a semi-truck traveling in reverse.

Dickson Dept. of Public Works, Dickson, TN, 37055 - worker was struck ad killed by a falling tree limb.

Cumberland Garage and Trash Service, Inc., Fayetteville, NC, 28306 - worker riding on rear of trash truck was killed when he fell under the truck traveling in reverse.

Nucor, Crawfordsville, IN, 47933 - worker was run over and killed by machine.

G &S Paving, Palo Alto, CA - worker struck by truck travelling in reverse.

Yubas Construction, Johnstown, PA 15906 - worker died from head and spinal injuries after falling 20 feet from a roof.

10/26/2011
Dennis Stearns Concrete, Vernal, UT 84078 - worker lifting a 21-foot pipe died from head trauma after the pipe fell and hit his head.

Simon Roofing and Sheet Metal Corp., Charlotte, NC, 28262 - worker unclogging trash chute died after falling 40 feet when the chute collapsed.

10/28/2011
Harris Quality Inc., Fort Worth, TX, 76140 - worker was found crushed between truck and loading dock.

10/29/2011
Anibal Landscaping Corp., Jamaica, NY, 11435 - Landscape worker riding in the back of a truck died from carbon monoxide fumes after he used a gas-powered lawn mower to keep warm.

10/27/2011
Noble Casing Incorporated, Watford City, ND 58854 - worker was killed in a vehicle roll-over incident while enroute to a job site.

Walter R Lindenmuth Lumber & Supply, LLC, Green Point, PA 17038 - worker changing knife blades on a wood chipper was killed when he was caught between the chipper's spout and mounting plate.

Team Carolinas, Inc., dba Domino's Pizza, China Grove, NC 28023 - Pizza delivery worker died from head injuries after falling from front porch striking his head on the sidewalk.

10/28/2011
Ringo Drilling ILP, Pecos, TX 79772 - Three workers were injured when a centrifugal pump exploded while they were setting up a rig site.

Intercounty Paving Associates of NY, LLC, Hicksville, NY 11801 - worker was struck by a motor vehicle.

Dependable Highway Express Inc., Los Angeles, CA 90023 - worker died after falling off dock while trying to stop an out of control forklift.

J.J. Tree Service and Landscaping, Monroeville, PA 15146 - worker died when he suffered a severe laceration to his leg while cutting tree branches.

Arberia, LLC, Lakewood, OH 44107 - worker was killed when he fell 15 feet from a collapsed roof.

10/29/2011
Bartlett Grain Company, LP, Atchison, KS 66002 - Four workers were killed in a grain elevator explosion and fire.

Kansas Grain Inspection Services, Inc., Atchison, KS 66002 - Two workers were killed while performing grain inspection services at a grain elevator when an explosion occurred.

Arcelor Mittal, Burns Harbor, IN 46304 - worker died from burns after a steam pipe erupted.

10/30/2011
Yorkville Gin Company, Yorkville, TN 38389 - worker was crushed by a lift box while fixing a hydraulic leak on a press.

10/31/2011
BJB Properties, Chicago, IL 60657 - worker was found unresponsive in a stairwell of the building where he worked.

Irving Diedrich Construction, Chehalis, WA 98223 - worker repairing a dry-rotted roof died when he fell 30 feet through a hole.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

OSHA, FHWA And State Of Georgia Announce Safety Stand-Down

OSHA is partnering with construction contractors, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the state of Georgia and local government organizations to sponsor a safety stand-down hour at construction sites around Georgia during National Highway Work Zone Awareness Week, which will be April 23-27.

Workers voluntarily will stop work at construction sites from 7 to 8 a.m. EDT to conduct work zone safety training focused on the prevention of distracted driving, such as texting while driving, and worker injuries from traffic objects and vehicles. Objects and vehicles striking workers are the leading cause of construction-related deaths. Approximately 75% of struck-by fatalities involve heavy equipment such as trucks or cranes.

The stand-down is being organized by the Georgia Struck-By Alliance.

"The members of this alliance have demonstrated initiative and leadership organizing this safety stand-down industry-wide throughout Georgia to emphasize the importance of work zone safety. The stand-down will heighten construction workers' awareness of and ability to identify and eliminate work-related hazards," said Cindy Coe, OSHA's regional administrator for the Southeast.

An informational flyer and toolbox, in English and Spanish, are available on the Associated General Contractors of America Inc. Georgia Branch website at http://www.agcga.org/cs/safety_stand_down_program/2012_georgia_struckby_alliance_stand_down. For more information, contact Marilyn Velez in OSHA's Atlanta-West Area Office at 678-903-7301, Steve Simmons in the Atlanta-East Area Office at 770-493-6644 or Phillip Moncrief in the Savannah Area Office at 912-652-4393.

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Safety News Briefs - Week Ending April 21st

A weekly feature that provides short summaries of safety related news articles with links to the complete stories in other publications.


OSHA Takes Too Long To Enact Safety Rules, Federal Agency Says

"The nation’s main worker safety agency takes too long to develop regulations to protect workers from dangerous chemicals and other on-the-job hazards, government auditors said in a report issued Thursday."

Read more in the Kansas City Star or the Washington Post

OSHA Investigating Workplace Death Caused By An Aggressive Swan


"Swans patrol the pond of Bay Colony Condominiums near Des Plaines. Authorities believe an attack by an aggressive swan played a role in the drowning of a Villa Park man there Saturday morning."

Read the story in the Daily Herald

Plants Expect Equipment Suppliers to Prevent Arc Flash

Though responsibility for arc flash safety has not traditionally fallen to the OEMs, as standards tighten, users are beginning to put some of the burden back on the machine builder.

Read the complete article in Sustainable Plant magazine.

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Free "How Do You Know?" Workplace Electrical Safety Program

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFi) has announced the introduction of  How Do You Know?, a new workplace electrical safety awareness program developed by ESFi to help employers answer the question, "How do you know if your workplace is properly protected from electrical hazards?"

The "How Do You Know?" set of videos and self-assessment questionnaire are freely available on the ESFi's website at: http://esfi.org/index.cfm/pid/12386

The How Do You Know? program elements include the How Do You Know? Video Series and the Electrical Safety Self-Assessment tool.

The video series features short videos that reinforce the importance of electrical safety programs and compliance with standards and regulations, while demonstrating how safe electrical practices are vital to the entire workplace. The videos in the series include:

-- How Do You Know?, an introduction to the problem of occupational electrical injuries and fatalities.

-- What Does Electrical Safety Mean to You? explains the roles of OSHA and NFPA70E

-- Perspectives on Electrical Safety, these three videos provide perspectives on electrical safety from the viewpoints of a manager, a safety professional and an employee.

-- This is How You Know, introduces the free online Electrical Safety Self-Assessment tool.

The Electrical Safety Self-Assessment tool is a resource to help safety professionals review and analyze their company's electrical safety practices related to facilities, personnel, and procedures. The free online safety tool guides users through a series of questions that will help identify areas that may require further examination or improvement to ensure employee safety.

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Summary Of Last Week's Major OSHA Citations

Summary of major OSHA citations announced during the week of April 16th.

The following are based on press releases from OSHA.


There  were no citations in excess of $100,000 announced by OSHA last week.
Related Past Posts:
OSHA Citations For The Week of April 16th
OSHA Citations For The Week of April 1st
OSHA Citations For Week of March 26th

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OSHA Fatality Report For September 2011

We continue our summary of OSHA fatality reports with the reports from September 2011.  Vehicle accidents account for a significant portion of the fatalities in these reports. Even small vehicles such as golf carts and law mowers are involved in fatal accidents. Whenever you are operating, or near a vehicle of any kind, including heavy equipment down to a lawn mower -- be careful. Be aware of your surroundings and things that could go wrong.

9/1/2011
A-1 Tree Service, Bradenton, FL 34203 - Worker trimming a tree died after falling 55 feet, head first, onto a concrete surface."

Titan Drilling, LLC., Dumas, TX 79029 - Worker was struck on the head and killed by the bottom of a blow-out preventer he was resetting.

Edison Park Fast, New York, NY 10036 - Parking garage attendent retrieving a customer's car was crushed between the car and a vertical post.

Miller Poultry, Orland, IN 46776 - Worker processing chicken was crushed while using a press.

Davey Tree Care, St. Peter, MN 56082 - Worker was killed by a falling tree branch.

SKF USA Incorporated, Hanover, PA 17331 - Worker died after he was severely burned by a molten salt mixture following an explosion.

9/2/2011
A C Morrison Farms LLC, Lillington, NC 27526-9581 - Worker fell ill from possible heat stress while working in a tobacco field.

Membrane Technology Research, Menlo Park, CA 94025 - Worker died in an explosion while transferring compressed gas from one cyclinder to another.

9/3/2011
Shultz Steel Company Inc., South Gate, CA 90280 - Worker died from head injuries after falling 19 feet into a service pit.

9/5/2011
Jessica Rodriguez, Patterson, CA 95363 - Worker harvesting peaches died from possible drowning when he drove into an aqueduct.

Tiller Sanitation, Farmland, IN 47340 - Worker was struck and killed by a sanitation truck.

9/6/2011
MaxYield Cooperative, Dickens, IA 51333 - Worker suffocated after being engulfed in corn inside a grain bin.

CMC Steel Arkansas, Magnolia, AR 71753 - Worker was killed when his lanyard became tangled in a rotating shaft pulling him into the equipment.

Bryan Shirk, Upper Arlington, OH 43221 - Worker was trimming trees from a truck-mounted basket lift, and was killed after being thrown from the basket and falling nearly 30 feet to the ground."

9/7/2011
Liverpool Coil Processing Division, Valley City, OH 44280 - Worker died after his head was caught between steel coil and another piece of equipment.

Fabrication International Inc., Houston, TX 77093 - Worker using an aerial lift to detach rigging was killed when a derrick hit the aerial lift basket, throwing the worker more than 20 feet."


9/8/2011
Williams Brothers Construction Company, Inc., Lake Jackson, TX 77566 - Worker was crushed by a front end loader while working on a highway drainage inlet.

Full Throttle Oil Field Services, Wilson, OK 73463 - Worker was struck and killed by a pump jack weight.

Undetermined Company Name, Los Angeles, CA 90011 - Worker performing maintenance underneath a bus was crushed when the bus fell off the jacks.

Freshmark Meat Plant, Canton, OH 44705 - Worker was electrocuted when he plugged a floor fan into an outlet while standing in water.

Caterpillar, Inc., Milwaukee, WI 53172 - Worker was crushed by a crawler piece that fell from a sling.

Ace Automotive, New Albany, IN 47150 - Worker struck by vehicle while performing automotive service.

9/9/2011
Liberty Swabbing Inc., Raymondville, TX 78580 - Worker was killed when pressure released from a wellhead struck him in the abdomen.

Express Glass and Mirror, Inc., Los Angeles, CA 90015 - Worker was fatally injured when he fell 15 feet through a 4-foot by 4-foot unguarded opening in a glass catwalk.

Walsh & Kelly, Griffith, IN 46319 - Worker struck by pieces of a large tire that exploded while adding air to it.

Dan Williams dba Dan Williams Roofing, Whitakers, NC 27891 - Worker repairing a building roof was electrocuted when an aluminum bar he was installing touched an electric power line.

Sanchez Corporation, Albertson, NY 11507 - Worker cutting tree branches died after falling nearly 40 feet to the ground.

9/10/2011
Ross Stores Inc - Moreno Valley DC, Moreno Valley, CA 92551 - Worker driving a golf cart was pinned after losing control and driving under a tractor trailer parked behind the warehouse.

Adventure Island, Tampa, FL 33612 - Worker was struck and killed by lightning.

APER Construction, Port of Miami, FL 33132 - Worker operating an excavator died when he was thrown forward in the cab and hit his head on the machine's support bar.

9/12/2011
Stella-Jones, Inc., Warrior, AL 35180 - Worker was caught in or between rotating machinery during cleaning operations.

Jesco Industrial Services LLC, Calvert City, KY 42029 - Worker was struck and killed by high pressure water after the hose ruptured.

9/13/2011
Ashton Inc., Baton Rouge, LA 70815 - Worker on a riding mower struck a large pipe and was pinned between the pipe and the mower.

J. B. James Construction Company, LLC, Hosston, LA 71043 - Worker repaving a roadway was run over and killed by a dump truck.

Barnhill Farms of North Carolina , Inc., Stokes, NC 27884 - Worker refueling a tractor was killed when the tractor ran over him.

Foxworth Forestry Consultants, LLC., Coffeeville, AL 36524 - Worker operating a four-wheeler was thrown off and run over by a log truck.

Austin Maintenance & Construction, Inc., Augusta, GA 30901 - Worker testing a wiring system was electrocuted when he touched energized parts carrying nearly 14,000 volts."

Bath Magic, Inc., Toledo, OH 43614 - Worker for a bathtub reglazing company was found deceased, slumped over a bathtub and wearing a half mask tight-fitting respirator; cause of death is suspected asphyxiation from methylene chloride in the stripping compound."

Sam Critchelow dba Critchelow Backhoe Service, Hardinsburg, KY 40143 - Worker jumped out of a sliding backhoe and was killed when the backhoe's bucket struck and landed on top of him.

9/14/2011
Verizon Communications, Brooklyn, NY 11212 - Worker making electrical repairs was electrocuted when he touched a live wire.

J.C. Masonry and Concrete Pumping, Inc., La Follette, TN 37766 - Worker laying bricks while standing on a scaffold died after falling 35 feet when a scaffold plank shifted.


9/15/2011
Network Construction Company, Inc., Atlantic City, NJ 08401 - Worker pouring concrete on building's roof was struck and killed by lightning.

LVI Environmental Services, Seattle, WA, 98121 - Worker removing debris with skid loader died when punctured in the neck by protruding rebar.

9/16/2011
Cardinal Health, Groveport, OH 43125 - Worker using a forklift was killed after being pinned against a support beam.

Hi-Plains Millwright & Supply, Inc., Plainview, TX 79072 - Worker was killed when a shelving unit frame fell and struck him on the head.

9/17/2011
Glen Cove DPW, Leech Circle Water Station, Glen Cove, NY 11542 - Worker died after being stung by bees while clearing overgrowth.

TDG General Contractor, Inc., Cleveland, TX 77328 - Worker connecting a pipe to the bottom of a 3,000-pound water tank was crushed when the tank fell on him.

Knecht Farm Drainage, Charles City, IA 50616 - Worker was crushed between the front of the track and the back of a bucket while checking the track on a skid loader.

9/18/2011
First Energy Generation Corp., Haywood, WV 26366 - Worker inside of a coal tunnel was crushed between a concrete shelf and a guardrail.

9/19/2011
Wayne's Welding Service, Monahans, TX 79756 - Worker helping to install a 30-foot water tower was killed when the tower fell on him.

Furrer Construction Inc., Woodland, WA, 98674 - Worker pressure washing exterior of silo was electrocuted after contacting a high voltage line.

Faria Brothers Dairy, LLC., Dumas, TX 79029 - Worker in a dairy production facility was killed after his head was caught in a rotary carousel system.

The Indian Club, Irons, MI 49644 - Worker suffered burns and died from asphyxiation after a storage facility fire.

KG Construction, Saltsburg, PA 15681 - Worker moving an aluminum materials lift was killed when the lift touched an energized power line.

9/20/2011
Riverview LLC, Hancock, MN 56267 - Worker was killed after hitting a tree while driving an ATV on the work site.

Morrow Meadows Corp., Los Angeles, CA 90045 - Worker was electrocuted while installing new wires.

Halliburton Energy Services, Carlsbad, NM 88220 - Worker was fatally injured when a blowout preventer fell and struck him on the head.

A-1 Tree and Landscape, Lansing, MI 48911 - Worker cutting trees died after a falling branch struck him, causing him to fall 40 feet."

Al and John, Inc., T/A Glen Rock Hams, Paterson, NJ 07503 - Worker cleaning a meat mixer died when he fell into the machine.

Gedek Trailer, Indianapolis, IN 46201 - Worker was possibly electrocuted after being found with small electrical burns on hip.

Sharon Gulf Club, Sharon Center, OH 44274 - Worker was killed after the golf cart he was operating collided with a tractor.

9/21/2011
Yellow Brick Properties, LLC., Springfield, MA 01109 - Worker making repairs to a residential building died after falling from a 34-foot ladder.

Livengood Excavators, Palmerton, PA 18071 - Worker was killed when his dump truck overturned, rolled down a hill and landed on top of him."

Stevens Electric & Pump Service, Inc., Kennebunkport, ME 04046 - Two workers died from overexposure to hydrogen sulfide while inside a sewer tank.

Gozip LLC, Hilo, HI 96720 - One worker was killed and another worker was hospitalized after a zipline tower collapsed.

Otis Elevator Company, Brookwood, AL 35444 - Worker performing operations on top of an elevator car was struck and killed by another elevator car.

Mid-State Equipment, Inc., Jackson, WI 53037 - Worker making repairs underneath a piece of equipment was killed when the equipment fell, crushing him.

Wedekemper's Construction, Inc., Pinckneyville, IL 62274 - Worker died when struck-by or caught between a grain elevator leg that was under construction.

9/22/2011
Aloha Tree Experts, Kailua, HI 96734 - Worker was killed when he fell 28 feet from a tree that fell over at its base.

Reproduction Services, Inc., Stillwater, OK 74075 - Worker, on the roof of a barn he was building, died when he fell through a skylight, hitting the floor below.


9/23/2011
QTI Management Services, Inc., Madison, WI 53714 - Worker died after being found unconscious at the bottom of a staircase.

George Pagany Farms, West Sacramento, CA 95691 - Field laborer died from possible heat illness.

Witten Logging Co., Tehachapi, CA 93561 - Logger cutting trees was struck and killed by a large falling limb.

9/24/2011
E&R Construction, Washington Boro, PA 17582 - Worker died from head injuries when he slipped and fell 15 feet from a ladder.

9/26/2011
Murphy-Brown, LLC, Laurinburg, NC 28352 - Worker trying to access an auger motor died after becoming entangled in the machine.

Mohawk Industries, Orlando, FL 32819 - Worker was found unresponsive on a warehouse floor.

Kenai Drilling Limited, Ventura, CA, 93001 - Worker was crushed by a piece of drill equipment while working in oilfields.

GreenLeaf's Tree Service, Inc., Chelmsford, MA 01824 - Worker performing tree removal activities died after falling 70 feet while climbing from a crane to the tree.

Demas Enterprises, Inc., Dallas, TX 55210 - Worker who was cleaning while standing on the roof of a gondola lift died after striking his head and falling off the lift.

9/27/2011
Monroe Drywall Construction, Panama City, FL 32405 - Worker installing drywall was electrocuted when he touched a 480-volt wire.

Blooming Prairie Well Co., Blooming Prairie, MN 55917 - Worker was killed after he was struck in head by a 35-pound weight that fell 30 feet from a broken cable.

9/28/2011
R & R Construction, Inc., Westlake, LA 70669 - Worker attempting to attach slings from a metal bar to a crane was electrocuted when he touched an energized bus bar.

Performance Welding & Machine, Fresno, CA 93725 - Worker was electrocuted while using a welder that was not grounded properly.

9/29/2011
Integral Bldrs LLC, Dewitt, MI 48820 - Worker building an addition on a barn was electrocuted after touching a 4,800-volt powerline."

Greenes, Inc., Draper, UT, 84020 - Worker hit and killed by dump truck while removing temporary traffic control barrels.

9/30/2011
F & T Farms, Caruthers, CA 93609 - Worker operating a farm vehicle was killed when he hit a gate and a metal pipe struck his head.

Commercial Construction, Inc., Kearney, NE 68924 - Worker using a dozer to fill a lake with sand drowned when the sand could not support the equipment's weight.

Art Rodriguez, Colfax, IA, 50054 - Roof worker died when he fell 20 feet after stepping on a fiberglass skylite.

Austin Tyler Construction, LLC., Lockport, IL 60441 - Worker was struck by a truck.

Steve Wolota General Contractor, McKees Rocks, PA 15136 - Worker performing roofing work died after falling more than 10 feet to the ground.

Greenstar Recycling, Northampton, PA 18067 - Worker performing maintenance on a baler was killed when falling cardboard caused him to fall back onto a protruding machine part.

Art Rodriguez, Colfax, IA, 50054 - Roof worker died when he fell 20 feet after stepping on a fiberglass skylite.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Safety News Briefs - Week Of April 8th

A weekly feature that provides short summaries of safety related news articles with links to the complete stories in other publications.


Court Rejects OSHA's Continuing Violation Theory for Recording Workplace Injuries

"The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on April 6 unanimously ruled in favor of Volks Constructors in its appeal of OSHA citations alleging the company failed to record some workplace injuries between January 2002 and April 2006."


Read more in EHS Today
Read Additional Information the Seyforth & Shaw blog


Worker Killed When Concrete Truck Flips Into Hole Dug For Swimming Pool

"A Purdy Materials truck was preparing to off-load concrete in to a hole for an in-ground pool when the embankment gave way around 9:30 a.m. The truck flipped sideways and landed on 55-year-old William M. Harrison."

Read the story in the Star Press

Safety Video

I saw this video on another blog. They described it as "Corny but funny orientation video of accidents in the workplace. Take about 4 minutes away from DOOM and laugh."

This video is nothing to laugh at. I can relate to many of the "accidents" shown in this video.  Watch it and be scared... these are things that could happen to you.



Related Past Posts:
Safety News Briefs April 1st
Safety News Briefs March 26th
Safety New Briefs March 19th

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Not Allowing OSHA Inspection Results In Contempt Of Court Citation

The following is from an OSHA press release:

Senior District Judge Joe Billy McDade of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Peoria Division, has found All-Feed Processing & Packaging Inc. in civil contempt of court for failing to allow OSHA to inspect its Galva facility between May 4 and July 5, 2011. The Alpha-headquartered company has been ordered to pay $31,000 in fines for contempt and $10,964.95 in attorney's fees.

All-Feed as responded, stating that the OSHA news is out of date. Their response is reported in the Star-Courier, which states:

"The information coming out now we expected. It's about six months old. It takes time for the court system to get their information public," Tim Anderson general manager at All-Feed said. "Our appeals were filed six months ago, and we expect favorable results when we get before a new judge."

Read the Star-Courier article here.

The OSHA press release reported that Judge McDade determined that the company's refusal to allow subsequent inspections of its pet food research and packaging facility in Galva, unless OSHA would agree to limitations on time and conditions, constituted clear and convincing evidence of a deliberate attempt to evade the warrant requirements issued by the district court in May.

In November 2011, OSHA cited All-Feed for 23 safety and health violations at its facility in Galva, including citations defining some violations as willful violations of OSHA's air contaminant, respiratory protection and hearing conservation standards. Some of the violations were cited under OSHA's "general duty" clause, including failing to provide appropriate fire and explosion protection in locations where concentrations of combustible dust existed. All-Feed contested the proposed fines, which total $758,450.

The Star-Courier article reports on All-Feed's response last fall, stating: "The company contended it allowed full access, but the contempt action was taken by OSHA 'because they felt All-Feed was not as cooperative as they would like,' according to a company statement released then."

Related Past Posts:
OSHA Cites Pet Food Company
Grain Bin Fatality In Ohio
OSHA Settles Litigation In Death Of Two Teens

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Republic Steel Agrees To Pay $235,000 OSHA Fine And Make Workplace Changes

OSHA and Canton, OH based Republic Steel Inc. have reached an agreement resolving citations issued by OSHA in May 2011 for violations found at the company's facility in Lorain.

Republic Steel, formally known as Republic Engineered Products Inc., will pay $235,000 in fines, hire full-time health and safety managers, and improve safety training for workers at its steel mills within federal OSHA's jurisdiction. In addition to the Lorain mill, this includes three other facilities located in Canton and Massillon, Ohio, and Blasdell, N.Y.

The safety and health managers to be hired at each mill will have the authority to suspend work until a safety or health issue has been abated without having to refer the matter to the mill's manager or other supervisors. Each safety and health manager will make a bimonthly, random safety inspection of the mill, as well as a quarterly inspection at another one of the company's mills. A Joint Safety Committee also will be established to audit inspections and develop best safety practices, and will meet on a monthly basis. 

Scene from a Republic Steel mill in Youngstown, OH

Additionally, the company will post in-plant safety bulletins, create a quarterly newsletter, implement a system for employees to notify management anonymously of health and safety concerns, and allow union safety coordinators with the United Steel Workers to have increased access to the company's hourly workforce.

Increased and improved training for workers will include training by a third-party consultant on fall protection and lockout/tagout procedures, training designed for contractors, and a 10-hour health and safety training program specific to Republic Steel's operations that will be developed within 12 months of the settlement. Additionally, the company will pay attendance fees for safety coordinators and joint safety committee members to participate in the United Steel Workers training conference.

Specific, additional abatement measures Republic Steel agreed to take at the Lorain mill include providing a two-hour lockout/tagout training program to all affected employees, conducting a fall hazard audit and developing a fall protection abatement plan. OSHA began its inspection of the facility in November 2010 upon learning that a worker had been hospitalized with a broken pelvis after falling 9 feet from a coil transfer car in the bar mill. The settlement affirms citations for three willful violations of fall protection standards and three repeat violations of lockout/tagout standards.

The Lorain mill, which employs approximately 250 people, has been inspected 25 times since 1990 and cited for a total of 86 violations. The company's other sites together have been inspected 53 times since 1990, resulting in citations for a total of 124 violations. Republic Steel employs more than 2,200 workers company wide and recently announced plans to hire up to 500 additional workers at the Lorain facility.

Related Past Posts
Paper Mill Settles Lock Out Tag Out Violations
Falls, Scaffolding, Rigging and Electrical Violations
OSHA Revises Standards For Fall Protection

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Summary Of Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending April 15th

Summary of major OSHA citations announced during the week of April 8th.

The following are based on press releases from OSHA.


Bartlett Grain In Atchison, KS Cited For Grain Elevator Explosion ($406,000)
OSHA Cites Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. After Combustible Dust Explosion ($231,000)
OSHA Fines Alabama Farmers Cooperative For Combustible Dust Hazards ($192,00)
Knowlton Manufacturing Cited By OSHA After Worker's Arm Is Amputated ($111,000)


The following report includes the response from Bartlett Grain's president Bob Knief, as reported in the Wall Street Journal.

Bartlett Grain Co. L.P. faces five willful and eight serious safety violation citations from OSHA following an October 2011 grain elevator explosion in Atchison that killed six workers and left two others hospitalized.  The citations to Bartlett Grain carry $406,000 in proposed fines.

Bartlett Grain has responded in a statement from president Bob Knief in which he said, "While all of the citations are flawed, none of the citations even assert a relationship to the cause of the accident, and indeed the cause cannot be determined. Some of the citations alleged "willful" misconduct by Bartlett Grain. We adamantly disagree with OSHA's assertions, and we take extreme exception to the willful characterization. We certainly look forward to proving wrong OSHA's unfortunate citations and characterization."

The OSHA press release reports that the willful violations include allowing grain dust – which is nine times as explosive as coal dust – to accumulate, using compressed air to remove dust without first shutting down ignition sources, jogging (repeatedly starting and stopping) inside bucket elevators to free legs choked by grain, using electrical equipment inappropriate for the working environment and failing to require employees to use fall protection when working from heights.

In response, Mr. Knief stated, "OSHA asserts that there was a hazardous accumulation of dust prior to the accident, however the evidence is clear and incontrovertible that the grain and dust found by OSHA after the incident was deposited by the accident, and could not have been there prior to the accident. OSHA also takes issues with the format of our preventive maintenance records even though that exact format was the result of OSHA guidance directly to the Company in the year 2000."

The complete statement from Bob Knieg can be read in the Wall Street Journal (click here).

The OSHA press release continues by stating that the serious violations involve a lack of proper preventive maintenance, certification and lubrication of grain handling equipment; inadequate emergency action plan training for employees and contractors; a lack of employee and contractor training on job hazards; and a housekeeping program that was deficient because it did not prevent grain dust accumulations.

OSHA also reports that Topeka-based Kansas Grain Inspection Services Inc., a contractor employed by Bartlett Grain, is also being cited by OSHA for one willful violation involving a lack of fall protection for employees working on the top of rail cars; one serious violation, the lack of a hazard communication program; and one other-than-serious violation, not providing basic advisory information about respirators to employees. These violations carry total proposed penalties of $67,500.

OSHA reports that over the past 35 years, there have been more than 500 explosions in grain handling facilities across the United States that have killed more than 180 people and injured more than 675. Grain dust is the main source of fuel for explosions in grain handling. This dust is highly combustible and can burn or explode if enough becomes airborne or accumulates on a surface and finds an ignition source (such as a hot bearing, overheated motor or misaligned conveyor belt, as well as heat or sparks from welding, cutting and brazing operations). OSHA standards require that both grain dust and ignition sources be controlled in grain elevators to prevent potentially deadly explosions. For more information on grain handling, visit http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/grainhandling/index.html.

The OSHA citations to Bartlett Grain Co. L.P. and Kansas Grain Inspection Services Inc. can be viewed at
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Bartlett_issued_04122012.pdf* and
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/KGIS_issued_04122012.pdf*, respectively.



OSHA has cited Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. for six safety violations – including three willful – after two maintenance employees conducting welding operations sustained serious burns to their upper bodies as the result of an explosion within a dust collector at the company's Steeleville pasta manufacturing plant on Oct. 6, 2011. The proposed penalties total $231,000.

At the time of the incident, the two maintenance workers were repairing a hole in the side of a metal trough containing a screw conveyor that was leaking granulated sugar within several feet of an operational dust collector. The dust collector exploded due to a spark from the welding operations.

The three willful violations include failing to eliminate dust deflagration and explosion hazards on indoor dust collectors and air material separators, contain dust during the bagging of powdered sugar, shut down ducts and conveyor systems during welding operations (which had been responsible for carrying a spark to the nearby dust collector), and ensure that electrical equipment installed in areas exposed to combustible dust was approved and safe for those locations.

Three serious violations include failing to inspect areas where welding was to be performed, prohibit welding in the presence of explosive atmospheres and ensure the safe use of welding processes in the presence of combustible dust.

Due to the willful violations, OSHA has placed Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law

Prior to this inspection, the food manufacturer had been inspected by OSHA 30 times since 2002, resulting in citations for 46 violations, some involving combustible dust explosion, deflagration and other fire hazards cited at the company's Steeleville and Momence plants in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. is headquartered in Chester. The company employs more than 2,000 workers at 12 facilities located in Chester, Steeleville, Momence and Centralia, Ill.; Joplin, Jasper, Perryville and McBride, Mo., and Wilson, Ark.

The citations can be viewed at: http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/GilserMaryLeeCorporation_107443_04062012.pdf*.


OSHA has cited Alabama Farmers Cooperative Inc. with 17 safety and health violations for exposing workers at its Decatur facility to combustible dust and other hazards. Proposed penalties total $191,700 following an October inspection initiated based on a complaint.

Two willful safety violations, with penalties of $126,000, include failing to establish a housekeeping program to reduce the accumulation of, and use approved electrical equipment in the presence of, combustible dust.

Thirteen serious safety and health violations, with penalties of $65,700, include failing to provide working interlocks on the personnel elevator to prevent the door from opening when the elevator was not present, cover the grain chute opening, provide guardrails on open-sided floors and platforms to prevent fall hazards, provide handrails on stairways, establish an audiometric testing program and guard various pieces of equipment. Additionally, workers were exposed to nuisance dust 1.6 times higher than the permissible exposure limit.

Two other-than-serious health violations with no monetary penalties involve failing to review and verify that OSHA 300 log entries were accurate and complete from 2008 to the present, and to provide the certified OSHA summary form from 2008 to the present.

The citations can be viewed at
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/AlabamaFarmersCooperativeInc_315981480_0405_12.pdf*
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/AlabamaFarmersCooperativeInc_315969436_0405_12.pdf*.

Decatur-headquartered Alabama Farmers Cooperative Inc. provides a range of agricultural supplies and services to farmers in the state.


OSHA has cited Knowlton Manufacturing Co. Inc. in Cincinnati with 10 safety violations – including three willful and one repeat – after an employee's arm was amputated on Nov. 12, 2011, while the individual was performing maintenance on a mechanical power press that did not have its energy source properly secured.  Proposed penalties total $111,000.

The willful violations include operating power presses without point-of-operation guards, failing to isolate the energy sources of power presses and failing to affix locks to energy isolation devices prior to performing maintenance on mechanical power presses.

The repeat violation is failing to conduct periodic and regular inspections of the power presses. Similar violations were cited at the Cincinnati plant in July 2007.

Additionally, six serious violations involve failing to provide machine guarding on lathes and grinders, properly stamp dies with weight requirements, use safety blocks when making adjustments to dies in the presses and protect flexible cords from damage.

Due to the willful and repeat violations and the nature of the hazards, OSHA has placed Knowlton Manufacturing in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law.

The specialty parts manufacturer had been inspected by OSHA on three previous occasions since 2001, and received citations for violations relating to electrical hazards, general machine and power transmission guarding, power press guarding and the lockout/tagout of energy sources.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/knowlton_107657_0406_12.pdf*.


Related Past Posts:
OSHA Citations For The Week of April 1st
OSHA Citations For Week of March 26th
Summary of OSHA Citations For Week Of March 19th

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OSHA Fatality Report For August 2011

This week we have the OSHA fatality reports from August 2011. Every day we go to the same place and do the same thing... and never get hurt. That's probably what many of these people thought. Don't let habits lead to complacency. Be alert. Pay attention. We don't want you to be listed in next year's OSHA fatality reports.

8/1/2011
Roberts Sand Company, LLLP, Quincy, FL 32351 - Worker using an excavator inside a clay pit was killed when the 25-foot wall of clay soil fell, crushing him.

G.P. Evans Contractors, LLC, Port Arthur, TX 77640 - worker died after his tractor fell down an embankment and landed on top of him.

Five Star Masonry, Manhattan, MS 66506 - worker died after falling nearly 45 feet from a scaffold.

S&S Cabinets & Woodworking, Lake Crystal, MN 56055 - worker died after falling from a roof while making repairs.

ANSCO & Associates, LLC, Laurinburg, NC 28352 - worker installing a wooden power pole was electrocuted when his truck and trailer came into contact with an energized pole.

MSD Buncombe County, Asheville, NC 28801 - worker was struck and killed by bucket after the hydraulic lines of a backhoe failed.

Randy Davenport dba Davenport Roofing, Helena, AR 72390 - Two workers were electrocuted when the aluminum ladder they were positioning against a building came in contact with an overhead powerline.

Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano, TX 75093 - Football coach collapsed and died on the practice field while working in 106-degree weather.

8/2/2011

USS Cal Builders, Los Angeles, CA 90068 - Worker, whose fall protection was connected to a 30-foot wall panel he was erecting, died when the panel came loose causing him to fall.

Estes Enterprises, Hapeville, GA 30354 - worker was crushed by a loading dock that had been taken out of service.

Robert J. Denton, Warrensburg, NY 12885 - worker was struck and killed by a tree.

Ashton Sawing & Drilling, LLC, Richmond, TX 77407 - Construction worker was killed when he was crushed between two walls.

Global Propane Energy LLC, Rose Hill, KS 67133 - worker died from burns after several propane tanks exploded.

Park Construction Assoiciates, LLC, Katy, TX 77494 - worker helping to rescue a stuck cement truck was killed when the sling broke loose and hit worker in the chest.

CSM Bakery Products North America, Dallas, TX 75238 - worker unjamming part of a bakery oven was killed after he was caught between the robotic arm and the oven's conveyor belt.

T & S Sawmill, Inc., Clarendon, AR 72029 - worker died from possible heat-related illness after working on a sawmill machine.

8/3/2011
Zimmerman Sales and Services LLC, Goshen, IN - worker welding inside a silo died from possible electrocution.

Campbell Road Sawmill, Spencerville, IN 46788 - Logging worker died when struck in the head by a falling tree branch.

M & K Logging, Spring, TX 77373 - worker was killed when the tree he was cutting down fell on him.

Rea Trucking, Inc., Newton, KS 67114 - Worker was killed when 13 bales of hay, each weighing 1,200 pounds, fell on top of him.

Sink Tower Erection Co, Inc., Lexington, NC 27295 - worker was killed after a 50-foot fall from a cellular tower.

Seneca Foods, Payette, ID 83661 - worker died after he was run over by a semi-truck in the loading area.

Nix Contr LLC, Linden, MI 48451 - worker died after falling into a manhole.

Chrysler Group Transport, Detroit, MI 48234 - worker adding fuel to a truck died of poisoning after diesel fuel sprayed over her body.

Natal Excavating, Inc., Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046 - worker was paying for fuel he had just pumped into his truck and was run over by the truck.

8/4/2011
Select Services LLC, Caddo Parish, LA - Worker was crushed when the truck he exited rolled backward, crushing him between it and a backhoe.

Patrick Lovett Farm, Tabor City, NC 28463 - worker unclogging tobacco materials from a harvester conveyor died when his clothing was caught and he was pulled into the machine.

Clement B Rozanski, Pleasantville, NY 10570 - worker cutting down a tree died when a large section of the tree fell and struck him.

Clay Mohon Mowing LLC, Mortons Gap, KY 42440 - worker lost consciousness and was killed after being crushed by the tractor he was operating.

Nielson Construction Inc, Price, UT 84501 - worker performing yard work between the road and property was struck and killed by car.

8/5/2011
Sai's Truck Repair Inc., Mauston, WI 53948 - worker making repairs to hoisted semi-truck was crushed when the truck fell on top of him.

Eiver Vergara dba Vergara Roofing and Repair, Monroe, NC 28110 - worker died after falling nearly 30 feet from roof onto concrete driveway.

Blue Collar Construction, Pecos, TX 79972 - worker resurfacing a street was killed when crushed between a chipper spreader and dump truck.

Air Liquide, Hahnville, LA 70057 - Worker attempting to remove a plug from a line at a pressure bottle died when the bottle ruptured, hitting him in the head."

U.S.A. Hauling & Recycling Inc., Enfield, CT 06082 - Truck driver standing outside the truck trying to close its tailgate was killed when another truck backed over him.

Dresser-Rand, Wellsville, NY 14895 - worker was crushed between a crane-held load and a fixed object.

Arc Industries, Inc., Columbus, OH 43230 - Worker fell to the floor, striking her head.

Central Landscape and Maintenance, Pearland, TX 77584 - worker performing landscape work collapsed and later died from hyperthermia.

Act Electric Inc., Youngsville, NC 27596 - worker died after falling 25 feet from a scissor lift after collision with a crane.

8/6/2011
Kessler Construction, Munich, ND 58352 - worker nailing rafter stringers on a barn died after falling nearly 20 feet to the ground.

Wally Park, Lester, PA 19029 - worker conducting routine maintenance on a shuttle bus was crushed when the rear of the bus collapsed.

Neilson Construction Inc., Price, UT 84501 - Road flagger was struck and killed by a truck that failed to stop.

8/7/2011
Reinhausen Manufacturing, Inc., Kissimmee, FL 34741 - worker died from burns when a transformer exploded.

8/8/2011
Wave Hydro, LLC, Baldwinsville, NY 13027 - worker performing electrical maintenance fell into the water and drowned.

Naybor's Well Services Company, High Island, TX 77623 - worker trying to detach a load from a forklift died when the load fell on top of him.

Crawford Construction, Van Buren, AR 72956 - worker bending down to make marks on the road was killed when a road/motor grader operator backed over him.

Deisel Diagnostic & Repair, West Point, GA 31833 - Worker replacing brakes on an automobile carrier truck died when the jack slipped, causing the truck to fall and crush him."

JNJ Holdings, LLC., Pittsburgh, PA 15211 - worker died of head injuries after falling 18 feet from a scaffold to the concrete.

8/9/2011
BMW Motorcycles of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV 89113 - worker loading a motorcycle into a customer's vehicle died after falling backwards off ramp and hitting his head.

Watervliet Public Schools, Watervliet, MI 49098 - worker stripping wood died from head injuries after falling from step.

Rod Van Erp Farm LLC, Ubly, MI 48475 - worker was crushed when a backhoe rolled over him.

S & J Logging Inc., Chelsea, MI 48118 - worker was struck in the head and killed by falling trees while logging.

MVT Iron Works, Guttenberg, NJ 07093 - worker standing on a ladder on the second-story walkway was killed after falling over the guardrail to the ground.

Georgia Power Co., Tifton, GA 31754 - worker was repairing a downed power line and was electrocuted.

8/10/2011
Foreign Auto Salvage, INC, dba Walton Imports, Walton, KY 41014 - Auto salvage worker was crushed when the car fell off lift.

Ohio Gratings Texas, Houston, TX 77045 - worker stacking gratings in a warehouse died after being found unconscious.

Extreme Fab Inc., Houston, TX 77015 - worker using hand-held tools and a drop light while inspecting a skid was electrocuted when his sweat caused the drop light to arc.

Sadoff  & Rudoy Industries, Fond du Lac, WI 54935 - worker was killed when a clamp fell on him while performing maintenance on a shearing machine.

Cardone Industries Inc., Harlingen, TX 78550 - worker was sorting motor vehicle parts when he collapsed and died of a heart attack.

Excel Energy, Granite Falls, MN 55401 - worker was killed after falling nearly 10 feet while working on a spillway clearing debris.

8/11/2011
Mark Morin Logging, Tampico, IN 47220 - worker crushed while cutting down trees.

Hayward Baker Inc., Aspen, CO 80020 - worker drilling geothermal holes died after becoming entangled with the rotating drill stem and auger.

Hayden Tower Company, Topeka, KS 66618 - worker dismantling a 100-foot tower died after falling 80 feet from the tower.

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., Wichita, KS 67210 - worker trying to remove a sling caught inside a plane's fuselage was killed when he fell 13 feet off a platform.

Permacolor Inc., Camarillo, CA 93012 - worker pulling metal pipe out of chimney was electrocuted after making contact with overhead powerlines.

8/12/2011
ACJ Construction Corp, Mayaguez PR 00680 - worker installing a pipe inside a 6-foot deep trench died after the trench walls collapsed on him.

Greenwich Terminals, Philadelphia, PA 19148 - Worker was assisting a yard horse driver, hooking up to something at the pier, and was run over.

Nicholas Cable Communications, Terre Haute, IN 47801 - Worker discovered unconscious while using a trencher to install underground TV cable.

Kantner Iron and Steel, Inc., Stoystown, PA 15563 - worker was fatally burned while removing padlocks from a steel container with a propane/oxygen torch.

Maher Terminals, Elizabeth, NJ 07201 - worker performing crane maintenance was electrocuted.

Pompei and Sons, Inc., Millsboro, PA 15333 - Construction worker walking across a new roadway was struck and killed by a vehicle.

Merry Maids, Mansfield, TX 76063 - Worker cleaning a residence collapsed and died after hitting her head.

8/13/2011
Union Carbide Corporation, Seadrift, TX 77979 - worker performing maintenance on a pressure vessel was killed when the vessel's rim struck him in the face.

8/14/2011
NYSMTA, Long Island Rail Road, Babylon Yard, West Islip, NY 11795 - worker electrocuted after touching a high-voltage rail or component while working on railroad cars.

Baker Petrolite Corporation, Sand Springs, OK 74063 - Worker died after being struck in the face with a hose cap and sprayed in the face with the chemical, isopropylamine."

Wickliffe Paper Company LLC, Wickliffe, KY 42087 - worker died from severe burns from paper by-products while removing a manway.

8/15/2011
Town of Wingate Public Works, Wingate, NC 28174 - worker was struck and killed by a lawnmower that slid down an embankment and overturned.

Hennen Siding, Fridley, MN 55432 - worker was electrocuted after touching an overhead power line while installing metal fascia from a truck-mounted boom lift.

Vigo County Parks & Recreation Department, Terre Haute, IN 47807 - worker drowned after being trapped underwater when the tractor slid into lake while attempting to remove tractor.

Reynolds Sign, Arlington, TX 76011 - worker died from falling 30 feet to the ground after the catwalk grate collapsed.

H & S Constructors Inc., Corpus Christi, TX 78409 - Worker performing welding operations was killed when the steel structure he was working on moved, striking him."

Patterson-UTI Drilling Co., LLC. Rig #531, Carrizo Springs, TX 78834 - Worker was killed after rigging equipment struck him, throwing him over the guardrail, 26 feet to the ground."

Springer and Sons Tree Service, LLC., Osgood, OH 45351 - worker was trimming trees on a drainage project and was run over and killed by a skid loader.

Ron Brown and Sons Inc., Bear Lake, MI 49614 - worker was struck in the head and killed by a rim that broke while adding air to a truck tire.

Pinnacle Roofing & Painting Inc., Mesa, AZ 85206 - worker performing underlayment repair work fell nearly 30 feet from roof.

Chimenti's Baking Company, Los Angeles, CA 90032 - worker opening the building was crushed when the facility's gate fell on him.

8/16/2011
Evco Transport, Inc., Mt. Tremper, NY 12457 - worker moving furniture to a storage area died after falling from a stairwell.

Bailey Farms Intl LLC, Ephraim, UT 84627 - Worker was crushed between the stacker and support brace while operating a hay press.

Barreiro Concrete Materials, Inc., Medley, FL 33178 - Worker standing outside of his truck, waiting to fill it with concrete, was killed after being run over by another truck.

Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, Shawnee on Delaware, PA 18356 - worker died from head and neck trauma after losing control of lawn tractor and rolling down an embankment.

Lancaster County Fire Service, Lancaster, SC 29720 - Firefighter, who complained of chest pains and nausea after returning from a fire call, later died of cardiac arrest.

8/17/20
Coastal Cargo Company, Inc., New Orleans, LA 70112 - Worker loading grain on a cargo vessel was killed when the closing hatch cover struck him, causing him to fall 40 feet.

Hundts Auto Salvage, Plymouth, IN 46563 - worker was crushed underneath a vehicle that fell from a front-end loader.

Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations Inc., Mills, WY 82644 - worker was crushed after being pinned between two vehicles in a storage yard.

APAC Texas, Inc., Beaumont, TX 77713 - worker serving as a flagger was struck and killed by a car.

Sands Point Golf Club, Sands Point, NY 11050 - Golf club worker died from cardiac arrest due to a heat stroke.

New Urban Forestry, Hull, GA 30646 - worker was killed when a tree limb he was removing struck him.

8/18/2011
Inergy Propane, LLC dba Jenkins Gas, New Bern, NC 28560 - worker died from gas fumes while servicing an underground liquid propane tank.

Glen-Gery Corporation, Shoemakersville, PA 19555 - Worker was removing a lighting fixture from an aerial lift, touched the conductor, and was electrocuted.

U.S. Army - Fort Huachuca, Fort Huachuca, AZ 85613 - worker was performing his physical fitness test and collapsed.

8/19/2011
Anaya Welding Service & Lease, Inc., Alamo, TX 78516 - worker operating a trencher machine to dig a four-foot trench died when he fell from his seat onto the machine's extended arm.

Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corp., Columbus, OH 43219 - worker was electrocuted after connecting a battery to his forklift.

Jeffboat LLC., Jeffersonville, IN 47130 - worker was crushed between a barge mover and a barge.

Econo Auto Painting and Body Shop, Ocala, FL 34475 - worker died of possible heart attack while painting a vehicle inside a paint booth.

Oakridge Cemetery Inc., Hillside, IL 60162 - worker was killed when he lost control of the lawnmower and it fell on top of him.

TitleMax of Illinois, Inc., Peoria, IL 61604 - worker was working at a cash loan facility and was stabbed to death.

American Apparel Knit and Dye, Garden Grove, CA 92841 - worker cutting fabric was crushed in an energized machine.

8/20/2011
Delaware River Stevedores, Inc., Philadelphia, PA 19137 - worker unloading cargo died when he fell 45 feet inside a ship's hull.

US Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Benning, GA 31905 - worker was inspecting a paving project at a military installation and was struck and killed by an asphalt truck.

8/22/2011
Luna Landscape Service, San Clemente, CA 92672 - worker performing landscape work collapsed after complaining of chest pains and later died.

Metropolitan Condominium Association, Irvine, CA 92612 - worker found unresponsive on work site later died from possible carbon monoxide exposure.

20/20 Real Estate Review, Inc., Sahuarita, AZ 85629 - Worker fell off a ladder.

K Reed Roofing, Union City, CA 94587 - Roofer using a fall protection harness that was not tied off died when he fell more than 10 feet from a roof.

Independence Drilling, Inc., Gainesville, FL 32608 - worker was electrocuted when he hit an underground utility while drilling.

NextEra Energy Resources, Ocheyedan, IA 51354 - worker died after falling more than six feet through an unprotected hatch door in a wind tower.

IL Dept. of Transportation- District 1, Woodstock, IL 60098-3295 - worker struck and killed by a car while preparing for a roadway stripping operation.

Building Products Corporation, East Saint Louis, IL 62205 - Employee working around the lower section of a conveyor belt was killed after being caught in the belt.

8/23/2011
Coastal Catering, LLC., Mayersville, MS 39113 - Employee was working aboard an uninspected work barge and fell overboard and drowned.

M. Griffin Plumbing & Piping Co., Louisville, KY 40207 - worker using a backhoe to perform renovation work was pinned in an excavation site when a concrete window well fell on him.

Celestrial Landscaping & Construction, Inc., Lemont, IL 60439 - worker conducting tree felling operations slipped and fell 40 feet.

Lumiere Place Casino & Hotel, St. Louis, MO 63102 - worker died after falling into an elevator shaft while trying to retrieve keys.

Stammerrama General Engineering, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 - Construction worker resurfacing road collapsed and died from possible heat stroke.

Garden Center Maintenance, Davis, OK 75030 - Worker assembling a fabric building structure became ill and died, possibly from heat stroke.

8/24/2011
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., San Antonio, TX 78219 - worker connecting the trailer's air lines was crushed between the trailer and a dolly.

Cameron International, Ville Platte, LA 70586 - worker repairing a lathe machine was killed when his head was caught between a junction box and piece of iron.

Mark Stephens dba Four S Farm, Raleigh, NC 27614 - worker was killed by a 70-foot tree that was knocked over by another tree being removed.

Roach Brothers Painting Contractors, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA 15241 - worker died after falling nearly 40 feet from a roof without wearing fall protection.

Springfield Golf Club, Fort Mill, SC 29715 - worker was struck and killed by a golf cart.

8/25/2011
Inglett & Stubbs, LLC., Americus, GA 31709 - worker was electrocuted while installing light fixtures.

Unknown, Boulder City, NV 89006 - Worker towing an airplane crashed into a building at an airport.

Edgar Wayne Ellington, Madison, NC 27025 - worker died when his tractor went off the road and overturned while pulling a tobacco trailer.

Inglett & Stubbs, LLC., Americus, GA 31709 - worker was electrocuted while installing light fixtures.

Emeritus Assisted Living, Grand Terrace, CA 92313 - worker died after falling about 40 feet while trimming a palm tree.

Novak Construction, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831 - worker died after falling from the back of a moving pickup truck.

8/26/2011
UPS Ground Freight, Uniontown, PA 15401 - worker using a scissor lift to transfer parts into a trailer died after falling from the lift.

Hocking Printing Co., Inc., Ephrata, PA 17522 - Worker servicing an industrial riding mower was killed when the mower rolled forward from its parked position, striking the worker.

8/28/2011
Lazem Development Corp., Miami, FL 33313 - worker installing ceiling beams died after falling from a scaffold.

Princeton First Aid & Rescue, Princeton, NJ 08540 - Worker, attempting to rescue a trapped motorist in fast moving water, drowned after being separated from his tether.

City of Rutland, Mendon, VT 05701 - Worker drowned after falling into a river while checking the water system after a hurricane.

8/29/2011
Old Orchard Country Club, Pittsfield, IL 62363 - Worker was in the process of mowing when the lawn mower tipped over, crushing him.

Blattner Energy, Inc., Byron, CA 94514 - worker using bulldozer to cut roadway was ejected from and crushed by the machine after it rolled down a hillside.

Wild West Construction LLC, Glenrock, WY 82637 - Two workers were killed in an explosion while installing piping on an existing well site.

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, Keanu, HI 96749 - Worker died when he struck a tree after crossing the center line on a private road.

Double D Welding and Fabrication, Glenrock, WY 82637 - Worker was killed in an explosion while installing piping on an existing well site.

8/30/2011
Sunshine Laundry and Dry Cleaning, Inc., Toledo, OH 43612 - worker was working on a washer and was electrocuted.

ASI Technologies, Inc., Milwaukee, WI 53225 - Worker was working on a press and the cable snapped, crushing his head.

Gerace Construction Company, Inc., Rochester, NY 14620 - worker was crushed when a 35-ton crane he was operating tipped over.

Active Staffing Services, LLC., Jersey City, NJ 07305 - worker was killed when 50-pound bags he was unloading struck him.

8/31/2011
D.W. Shouppe Coast dba B&M West Coast Co of TX LTD, Byron, GA 31008 - worker installing a diesel exhaust fuel system died from a heart attack after complaining of chest pains.

J & A Loading, Inc., Naples, FL 34102 - worker unloading roof tiles from a delivery truck was run over by a forklift.

R & R Metal Erectors, Marletta, GA 30063 - worker installing metal decking died after falling 40 feet from the roof.

Hormel Foods Corporation, Tucker, GA 30084 - Worker was struck and killed by a stand-up forklift.

DA Services Hauling & Dumpsters, Martinez, CA 94553 - worker was crushed between dumpster's lift bed and frame.

Liberty Denim, LLC, Liberty, SC 29657 - worker died when caught between rollers while working in a textile machine.

Related Past Posts:
OSHA Fatality Report For February 2011
OSHA Fatality Report For April 2011
OSHA Fatality Report For June 2011

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