Insurance Journal » OSHA http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:31:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Minnesota Demolition Company Fined for Ballpark Worker’s Death http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/09/325893.htm Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:25:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325893 Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health is fining a company nearly $52,000 for violations following an accident that killed a demolition worker on a new St. Paul Saints ballpark. Johnny Valek, 61, of Plymouth, was killed in September when a concrete …

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ACE, ESIS Launch Programs for Construction Industry Addressing OSHA http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/03/21/323963.htm Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:38:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323963 ACE has launched specialized servicing capabilities designed for the construction industry through ESIS, Inc., a risk management services company owned by ACE Group. These services are available for general contractors, construction managers, trade contractors, and developers for both new construction …

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Maine Gov. LePage Resists Workplace Safety Data Plan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/03/11/322987.htm Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:57:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322987 A proposal from the federal government to make more specific workplace safety data available online could violate individuals’ privacy and embarrass employers and workers, Maine officials said. Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is pushing back against the U.S. Department of …

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SeaWorld Charges OSHA in Cahoots with ‘Blackfish’ Documentary Filmmaker http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/03/06/322256.htm Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:30:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322256 SeaWorld has filed a complaint alleging that an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigator who probed a SeaWorld trainer’s death engaged in unethical conduct by fraternizing with makers of a documentary critical of the park. The six-page complaint to the …

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Louisiana Company Fined $91K for Safety, Health Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/25/321497.htm Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:42:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321497 The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Carol Callahan, doing business as Natural Advantage, for 19 serious safety and health violations at the Oakdale, La., facility. The citations stem from an August 2013 chemical fire in …

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Keep Away from Small Farms, Lawmakers Tell Safety Agency OSHA http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/02/04/319308.htm Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:47:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319308 Small farms have been off-limits to the federal agency that oversees workplace safety for decades. But lawmakers in North Dakota and other states have grown sufficiently concerned that they’re warning the Obama administration to keep regulators away from family farms …

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OSHA Findings Contested in Williams Olefins Explosion in Louisiana http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/01/27/318561.htm Tue, 28 Jan 2014 03:24:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=318561 Officials say Williams Olefins is contesting six workplace safety violations and $99,000 in civil penalties federal regulators proposed for a fatal explosion June 13 at the company’s Ascension Parish, La., plant. The blast at Williams’ Geismar ethylene and propylene facility …

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2 Companies Cited After Texas A&M Structure Collapse http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/12/24/315447.htm Tue, 24 Dec 2013 17:13:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315447 Federal officials have fined two construction companies for safety violations related to this summer’s collapse of a barn frame at Texas A&M University’s $80 million equestrian complex. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated when four workers were hurt in …

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Worker’s Head Injury Leads to $90K Fine for Ohio Manufacturer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/12/18/314910.htm Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:39:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=314910 Ohio-based McNeil Group, doing business as Pinnacle Metal Products, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a worker suffered a serious head injury that resulted in blindness in one eye and the …

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Democrats Question Government Contracts to Firms with Safety, Labor Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/12/17/314551.htm Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:00:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=314551 The federal government awards billions of dollars in contracts each year to companies that routinely violate safety, health and wage regulations, according to a report that calls for stricter measures to hold federal contractors accountable. The study from Democratic leaders …

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Left and Right Are Both Wrong About Regulation: Viewpoint http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/12/05/312791.htm Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:00:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=312791 In 1981, President Ronald Reagan instructed federal agencies that they could issue regulations only after demonstrating that their benefits justified their costs. With modest changes, Reagan’s successors, both Republican and Democratic, have continued to impose this requirement on agencies considering …

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India-Based Company Fined $77K for Amputation Hazards at Arkansas Plant http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/11/26/312284.htm Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:20:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=312284 The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Welspun Tubular LLC in Little Rock, Ark., for two safety and health violations for exposing workers to possible amputation hazards at its Little Rock facility. The proposed penalty …

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$300K Awarded to 2 Terminated Ohio Truck Drivers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/26/312281.htm Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:19:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=312281 Under the terms of a consent judgment, a now defunct North Canton, Ohio-based company, Star Air Inc., and owner Robert R. Custer, will pay two Ohio truck drivers $302,000 to resolve a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor …

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Dallas Employers Face $97K in Penalties Following Forklift Deaths http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/11/25/312187.htm Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:46:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=312187 The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Georg Fischer Central Plastics LLC and Nationwide Plastics Inc. for 16 safety and health violations at the plastic manufacturing facility on Joseph Hardin Drive in Dallas, after a …

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Manufacturer Faces Nearly $148K in Fines for Amputation Hazards in Ohio http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/01/310100.htm Fri, 01 Nov 2013 16:36:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310100 Napoleon Spring Works Inc., a manufacturer of garage door hardware, has been cited $147,600 in proposed penalties by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 16 safety violations, including exposing workers to amputation hazards at its …

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United Ethanol Cited After Worker Dies in Wisconsin Corn Bin http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/10/31/309979.htm Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:51:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=309979 United Ethanol LLC has been cited for 15 health and safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a worker died inside a grain storage bin on April 19 at the Milton, Wis., ethanol …

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OSHA Fines Trucking Company $113K After Worker Fatality in Arkansas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/10/31/309977.htm Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:47:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=309977 Sherman Brothers Trucking Inc., doing business as Team Transport Inc., has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 11 safety and health violations and fined $113,400 following the death of a worker at …

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Agency Won’t Release SeaWorld Trainer-Killer Whales Safety Protocols http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2013/10/25/309123.htm Fri, 25 Oct 2013 16:00:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=309123 A federal agency is refusing to release SeaWorld’s new safety protocols for trainer interactions with killer whales despite a judge’s ruling that they are not trade secrets. The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has refused to make public the …

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Shutdown Sidelines Safety Inspectors of Workplaces, Mines, Nursing Homes and More http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/10/09/307604.htm Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:13:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=307604 The partial shutdown of the U.S. government has sidelined thousands of inspectors who monitor everything from air and water pollution to safety hazards at factories and the condition of nursing homes. Federal law requires agencies to retain workers whose jobs …

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Georgia Auto Parts Plant Cited 18 Times by OSHA Since 2009: Report http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2013/10/09/307491.htm Wed, 09 Oct 2013 09:03:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=307491 Representatives of a car parts manufacturing company say they’ve remedied several issues and have increased training after receiving the most federal safety violations in Georgia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday that Sewon America, which manufactures components for Kia, has been …

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Nebraska Company Fined $194K for Trench Collapses, Worker Injuries http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/09/23/305966.htm Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:13:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=305966 Taylor’s Drain and Sewer Service in Nebraska has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 10 safety violations, including two willful, and proposed penalties of $194,000. OSHA found that the company failed to protect …

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Worker Finger Amputation Leads to $137K in Fines for Missouri Glass Plant http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/09/20/305873.htm Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:36:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=305873 Piramal Glass USA Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 21 safety and health violations after a worker lost a finger while repairing a machine at the Park Hills, Mo., manufacturing …

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Illinois Based Company Fined $185K for Injury at Wisconsin Plant http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/09/11/304428.htm Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:50:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=304428 Federal safety officials fined an Illinois-based company more than $185,000 after a worker suffered severe burns at the same northern Wisconsin plant where five people have been killed since 2008. Packaging Corp. of America was cited for 30 alleged safety …

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Manufacturer to Pay $1.3M in Penalties, Fines for Worker Death in South Dakota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/09/10/304425.htm Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:15:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=304425 Federal officials announced that Adams Thermal Systems Inc. has agreed to pay more than $1.33 million to resolve criminal penalties and fines in a prosecution agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and …

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South Padre Island Water Park Fined Nearly $100K for Workplace Hazards http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/08/27/303058.htm Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:48:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=303058 A popular water park on Texas’ South Padre island has been fined nearly $100,000 after a 20-year-old lifeguard died and a maintenance supervisor was severely injured at the facility. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited …

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OSHA Proposes Silica Dust Limits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/08/26/302830.htm Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:47:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=302830 Federal regulators are proposing a long-awaited rule that would dramatically limit workplace exposure to silica dust. Officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration say the new limits would save nearly 700 lives each year and prevent thousands of illnesses, …

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Texas Cabinet Manufacturer Fined $267K for Severe Work Hazards http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/08/19/302174.htm Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:42:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=302174 Federal officials have cited a San Antonio, Texas-based cabinet manufacturer with 29 safety and health violations and a proposed penalty of $267,434. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Cardell Cabinetry LLC for failing to …

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OSHA Investigates After Lightning Hits 9 Colorado Farm Workers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/07/26/299747.htm Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:06:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=299747 Federal authorities are investigating safety procedures at a northern Colorado farm after nine workers were struck by lightning. Two of the workers in the organic fields in Wellington were critically injured when the lightning struck Thursday afternoon. The Fort Collins …

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OSHA Cites Ford’s Buffalo, N.Y., Plant Over Asbestos http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2013/07/22/299302.htm Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:59:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=299302 Federal safety officials have cited Ford Motor Co.’s Buffalo-area plant for alleged asbestos violations. The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines of $41,800. OSHA officials say inspectors found eight violations. One involved a pipefitter who they …

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OSHA Again Probes Georgia Auto Parts Plant After Worker’s Death http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2013/07/22/299177.htm Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:45:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=299177 Federal authorities are questioning working conditions at a Georgia auto parts plant for the eighth time in four years, this time in connection with a worker’s death. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an inquiry of Sewon American in …

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