Following the recent Louisiana Flooding, emergency workers, various employers, and countless public volunteers have begun the massive task of cleanup and recovery throughout the state. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has begun an effort to raise awareness and maintain compliance with national safety and regulation standards in the undertaking of the cleanup process. One of the methods which OSHA has implemented to inform disaster-site workers of the various hazards associated with restoration, is the creation of a comprehensive website. In addition to the recovery website, OSHA maintains a flood awareness website which provides a resource of general flooding information for those individuals who are both affected by and working to recover from… Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations to Pennsylvania-based feed mill operators, Albion Mill. The citations issued for the most recent February 10th inspection, some of which being repeat offenses, were as a follow-up to a pair of previous inspections, conducted in July and August of 2013, respectively. OSHA Erie Area director, Theresa A. Naim, said, “Our follow-up inspection at Albion Mill found (that) employees continue to be exposed to severe combustible dust issues. In some areas, six inches, or more, of dust had accumulated, creating a dangerous risk of explosion. This company had ample opportunity, time, and guidance to correct the hazardous conditions but chose business-as-usual, by disregarding… Continue reading
OSHA’s National Emphasis Program triggered an August 1, 2016 inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It issued a total of eleven safety violations to Solvay Specialty Polymers LLC, a Beligum-based chemical company. The inspection which yielded these violations was conducted at a North American chemical facility, located in West Deptford, New Jersey. Of the eleven violations, eight were categorized under as serious, while the remaining three hazards were repeat violations.
As part of OSHA’s national emphasis program for chemical facilities, a directive enacted in 2011, with the purpose of decreasing the likelihood of catastrophic release of highly hazardous chemicals (HHCs) in facilities above a specific threshold quantity, OSHA inspected… Continue reading
Repeat Mechanical Hazards were cited among 11 other safety violations at Pyongsan America Inc. following a recent inspection in Auburn, Alabama by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. These safety violations involved a lack of safety training for employees and a lack of proper machine implements for the prevention of machine operator injury, among other items. Pyongsan America Inc., a manufacturer of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning hoses for Hyundai, Kia, Chrysler, and General Motors, have been cited for several of the offenses for which they were charged with during the most recent inspection, before. As such, Pyongsan American Inc. is under consideration to be placed in OSHA’s Severe Violators Enforcement Program
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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted an inspection of RWS Manufacturing Inc., a miscellaneous wood product manufacturing company, on Jan 13, 2016, as a follow-up to a previous 2012 inspection which yielded a total of 22 violations. That follow-up inspection revealed several extant violations, with a variety of dust-related hazards among them. Inspection found that the company failed to correct issues with the dust collection system that were occurring, years prior.
Robert Garvey, OSHA- Albany area director, said, “RWS Manufacturing has disregarded its employees’ safety in failing to correct an obvious fire and explosion hazard and in allowing the existence of new and recurring hazards. Especially disturbing is the fact that, since OSHA’s last… Continue reading
Crane safety again came into question again at a California refinery. On Monday, June 20th, a 300-ton crane collapsed at a Torrance, CA Exxon-Mobil refinery. The cause of the incident has been identified as human error, on the part of the crane operator. In its collapse, the crane struck nearby equipment and injured three employees. The event triggered a release of flammable vapors, which were promptly eliminated.
This collapse is just the latest in a series of accidents involving a breach of crane safety, including a February 2015 explosion, which shut down production of gasoline at the refinery, for over a year. The refinery is currently in a transition of ownership to New Jersey-based, PBF Energy, which agreed to purchase… Continue reading
A new accident rule issued by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will go into effect on Aug. 10, will change the way that manufacturers and businesses log their injuries and illnesses.
OSHA directives state that all businesses inform their employees of their respective rights to file any injury or illness, without fear of retaliation. According to OSHA’s new accident rule, it “clarifies the existing implicit requirement that an employer’s procedure for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses must be reasonable and not deter or discourage employees from reporting; and incorporates the existing statutory prohibition on retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses,” according to OSHA representatives.
While the current OSHA… Continue reading
A Steuben County-based rail manufacturing and repair facility in Hornell, NY, Alstom Transportation Inc., was recently cited with seventeen violations totaling $105,000, following an inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Among those seventeen citations were four chemical exposure violations which left those employees at the facility, involved in sandblasting and welding, exposed to unsafe levels of chromium, copper fume, iron oxide, and silica. Other violations included a failure to provide cleaning areas for those employees who worked with cadmium, improper housekeeping leading to the dining area being contaminated with lead and silica residue, several noise violations, and citations related to respiratory combustible materials and blood-borne pathogen hazards.
Syracuse OSHA Area Director, Chris… Continue reading
Digital Signage in the workplace is becoming more and more important and popular in today’s working environment. Digital signs have taken the place of unsightly posters and other wall hangings that tend to detract from areas where employees expect a visually enticing environment.
Predictions for the growth of these in the coming year include the continued proliferation of devices, especially since the cost to deploy has drastically gone down. Connection of company data to digital signage has become commonplace to boost morale. KPIs, financial data and the like are popular displays, but the emphasis goes much deeper. Work schedules, price lists, safety metrics, production goals and even cafeteria menus are being published in companies.
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Falls, confined spaces, and electrical hazards aren’t the only dangers affecting workers. Noise exposure is an often overlooked safety topic, especially in industrial workplaces where noise is constant. Each year in the United States, thousands of workers suffer permanent, avoidable hearing loss, with 21,000 cases in 2009 alone. Another often missed danger is crystalline silica dust, which can cause the sometimes fatal lung disease, silicosis. Businesses should ensure that all workers be protected and receive comprehensive training in OSHA safety topics to help prevent exposure to these and other workplace hazards.
Double Safety Hazard at MCM Precision Castings
During an eight-hour shift, an Ohio worker at MCM Precision Castings Inc. was bombarded by sustained noise levels of nearly 100… Continue reading