Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Thursday, May 24, 2018
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited P&S Paving Inc., a Daytona Beach underground utility construction company, for exposing employees to cave-in hazards. The company faces $138,927 in proposed penalties. OSHA investigators cited the company for allowing employees to work in a trench without cave-in protection.  The company was also cited for failing to train employees on trench hazards,
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
ORLANDO, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered Orlando-based SIMCOM Training Centers to reinstate a flight instructor who was terminated after he raised concerns about potential violations of Federal Aviation Administration regulations. An OSHA investigation found that SIMCOM terminated the flight instructor for repeatedly raising safety concerns, a protected activity under the 
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
KANSAS CITY, MO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Brandenburg Industrial Service Company have signed a strategic partnership to promote worker safety and health during the demolition of the former Bannister Federal Complex in Kansas City. The partnership will identify common construction hazards such as falls, struck-by,
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
NAPLES, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Douglas N. Higgins Inc., a South Florida utility company, after an employee suffered fatal injuries at a Naples Park worksite. The company faces $162,596 in proposed penalties, the maximum allowed. The employee suffered the fatal injuries when a steel plate fell on him as he installed sewer lines. OSHA cited the company for permitting employees to work in a trench wit
Friday, May 18, 2018
BISMARCK, ND – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and several safety stakeholder organizations recently signed an alliance with North Dakota employers and employees to reduce exposure to trenching and excavation-related hazards. Alliance members include Workforce Safety and Insurance, North Dakota Safety Council, Associated Builders and Contractors of North Dakota, Associated General Contractors of North Dakota, Bakken Basin Consortium, Energy Coalition for Contractor Safety, North Dakota One Call, the National
Friday, May 18, 2018
MILWAUKEE, WI – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited C & D Technologies Inc. for exposing employees to lead and failing to implement an effective lead management program. The Milwaukee battery manufacturer faces proposed penalties of $147,822 for two repeated and six serious violations. OSHA inspected the facility, and determined that 14 employees were exposed to airborne lead at levels 11 times the permissible exposure limit. The company failed to implement sufficient controls to prevent exposure; monit
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
GRATZ, PA - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has certified MI Windows and Doors’ manufacturing facility in Gratz, Pennsylvania, as a Star worksite, OSHA’s highest level of recognition for workplace safety and health excellence. OSHA’s certification of MI Windows and Doors into the Agency’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) recognizes the company’s commitment to workplace safety and health. In the last three years, the facility recorded an injury and illness rate 54 percent below the national average. The compa
Friday, May 11, 2018
HUNTSVILLE, AL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited All Power Construction Corp. and staffing agency Labor Finders of Tennessee Inc. after a temporary employee installing sewer lines suffered a fatal injury in a trench collapse. All Power Construction Corp. faces $139,684 in proposed penalties and Labor Finders of Tennessee Inc. faces the maximum allowed $12,934 in proposed penalties. OSHA issued willful and serious
Friday, May 11, 2018
ALBANY, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited New Windsor-based Verla International LTD, and proposed fines of $281,220 for failing to protect its employees from dangerous chemicals, and other hazards. In November 2017, OSHA investigated the cosmetics manufacturer after an employee was fatally injured in a fire. The company was cited for 11 violations for fall, and compressed air hazards, and for failing to ensure proper electrical grounding and bonding to prevent flammable vapors from igniting; prop
Thursday, May 10, 2018
PLAINS, PA - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Midvale Paper Box Co. after inspectors found employees exposed to safety hazards during a follow-up investigation at the Luzerne County employer. OSHA has proposed penalties of $201,212. On Oct. 18, 2017, OSHA conducted an inspection as a follow-up to a May 2015 investigation of the paperboard manufacturer, and in response to a complaint. The agency cited the employer
Thursday, May 10, 2018
SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has certified Glen-Gery Brick’s Mid-Atlantic Plant as a “Star” worksite in the Agency’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), the highest level of recognition for workplace safety and health excellence. Over the past three years, the Shoemakersville brick manufacturer recorded an injury and illness rate 21 percent below the industry’s national average. “Glen-Gery Brick has demonstrated a commitment to protecting its employees by maintain
Thursday, May 10, 2018
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has again cited Hua Da Construction in Philadelphia for exposing employees to dangerous workplace safety hazards. OSHA proposed penalties of $222,152. In October 2017, OSHA responded to a complaint of imminent danger at a company work site. OSHA cited the employer for exposing workers to electrical shock, trip, fall, struck-by, and impalement hazards; obstructed egress routes; unsafe use of ladders and compressed gas cylinders; and lack of fall protection. Th
Thursday, May 10, 2018
ST. LOUIS, MO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the PARIC Corp. have formed a partnership to promote employee safety and health during construction of the 550,000-square foot Ballpark Village Projects. The project includes residential, office, retail, restaurant, and entertainment space near the St. Louis Cardinals’ Busch Stadium. Building and Construction Trades Council, Carpenters District Council of Greater St. Louis and Vicinity, Eastern Missouri Laborers’ District Council, and The Cordish Compani
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
DENVER, CO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited DCP Midstream LP and Complete Energy Services Inc. after two employees suffered fatal burns from a fire at a gas pipeline in Weld County. Two employees of Complete Energy and one employee of DCP Midstream were clearing a blockage in a gas pipeline operated by DCP Midstream when the fire occurred. OSHA investigators determined that flammable vapors or gases from a vacuum truck leaked, igniting the pipeline. The Agency cited both companies for failing to contro
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
SHADY DALE, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Oldcastle Lawn & Garden Inc. after a workplace safety inspection found 36 violations that put employees at risk. The Shady Dale, Georgia, manufacturer of mulch and other products faces proposed penalties of $251,108. Inspectors cited the company for safety and health violations, including amputat
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
BENSALEM, PA - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Strong Contractors Inc., based in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, for exposing employees to falls while working at Trinity Baptist Church. OSHA has proposed $110,971 in penalties. OSHA initiated an inspection on Dec. 21, 2017, after receiving a complaint that employees were working on a steep roof, approximately 20 feet high, without fall protection. OSHA inspectors cited the company for exposing employees to fall hazards, and failing to pro
Monday, May 07, 2018
HATFIELD, PA - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Prime Packaging Partners LLC, a dog treat manufacturer, for exposing employees to safety and health hazards at its Hatfield facility. OSHA proposed $180,685 in penalties. OSHA inspected the Hatfield, Pennsylvania, facility in response to a complaint that an employee suffered an amputation from unguarded saw blades. OSHA cited the company for 19 violations, including failing to implement lockout/tagout procedures; blocking electrical panels; e
Friday, May 04, 2018
JACKSONVILLE, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Desouza Framing Inc. for exposing employees to dangerous falls at two northwest Florida worksites. The Jacksonville-based residential framing contractor faces proposed penalties of $199,178. OSHA inspected a worksite in Jacksonville in October 2017 after observing the company’s employees performing roofing activities at heights up to 11 feet without fall protection. The Agency conducted a sec
Thursday, May 03, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold its annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls May 7-11. The event encourages companies and workers to pause during the workday for topical discussions, safety demonstrations, and training in hazard recognition and fall prevention.
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
BRADENTON, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Premier Behavioral Health Solutions of Florida Inc. and UHS of Delaware Inc., the operators of Bradenton-based Suncoast Behavioral Health Center, for failing to protect employees from violence in the workplace. Proposed penalties total $71,137. OSHA responded to a complaint that employees were not adequately protected from violent mental health patients. OSHA cited

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