Environmental Law & Safety

OSHA cites wind farm servicing company for willful violations after worker suffers burns in wind tower

Outland Renewable Services has been issued six citations for willful safety violations after a wind farm technician suffered severe burns from an electrical arc flash on Oct. 20, 2010. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the citations following an investigation at the Iberdrola Streator Cayuga Ridge South Wind Farm near […]

OSHA cites Georgia trenching company for willful, repeat and serious safety violations; proposes $94,050 in fines

OSHA has cited D&J’s Trenching Services of Mansfield with five safety violations and $94,050 in penalties for exposing workers to unsafe trenching practices at a job site in the Orchard Park subdivision of Covington, Ga. OSHA found that employees installing a new sewer line were exposed to engulfment hazards while working in an 8-foot-deep trench […]

Department of Labor web tool helps employers understand OSHA recordkeeping

The DOL has announced a new web tool to help employers understand their responsibilities to report and record work-related injuries and illnesses under Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. The OSHA Recordkeeping Advisor helps employers and others responsible for organizational safety and health quickly determine whether an injury or illness is work-related; whether a work-related […]

OSHA cites Multi-Cast Corp. for safety and health violations at foundry; proposed penalties total $178,500

OSHA has cited Multi-Cast Corp. in Wauseon for 13 safety and health violations, including failing to ensure foundry employees wore fire-retardant clothing and protective equipment while working with molten metal. The company faces $178,500 in fines as a result of a November 2010 inspection. “Employers have a responsibility to ensure employees have safe working environments, […]

OSHA forms partnership to protect workers on US Coast Guard headquarters construction project in Washington

OSHA has announced a partnership with Clark Construction Group LLC to promote workplace safety and health, and provide guidance and training for workers involved in the construction of the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters building in southeast D.C. “This partnership affirms OSHA’s commitment to ensuring the safety of workers involved in this project,” said Michael Walterschied, […]

OSHA cites Albin Carlson & Co. of Addison, Ill., for exposing workers to lead at Chicago job site; fines total more than $180,000

OSHA has cited Albin Carlson & Co., a road and bridge construction company in Addison, Ill., with eight health, including two willful, violations, for failing to protect workers from lead exposure while performing torch cutting on a steel structure. The employer faces proposed penalties totaling $180,180 as a result of an OSHA investigation conducted in […]

OSHA cites Republic Engineered Products for repeatedly exposing workers to fall and energy control hazards at Lorain, Ohio, facility

OSHA has cited steel manufacturer Republic Engineered Products, Inc., in Lorain, for seven willful and three repeat safety violations, with proposed penalties totaling $563,000, for failing to protect workers from fall hazards and implement adequate energy source lockout/tagout procedures to prevent injury from hazardous equipment. The company also has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violators […]

OSHA cites Houston-based O’Brien Wire Products of Texas for safety and health violations; Company failed to follow terms of settlement

OSHA has cited Houston-based O’Brien Wire Products of Texas Inc. for five serious, two repeat, three other-than-serious and two failure-to-abate violations for exposing employees to workplace safety and health hazards. Proposed penalties total $159,390. “This company has continued to jeopardize the safety and health of its workers after agreeing to corrective action,” said Mark Briggs, […]

New OSHA educational booklet discusses indoor air quality in commercial and institutional buildings

A new OSHA educational booklet addresses concerns about poor indoor air quality and the impact it has to the health of office workers and other building occupants. Indoor Air Quality in Commercial and Institutional Buildings provides building owners, managers, employers and workers with recommendations to prevent or minimize IAQ problems in commercial and institutional buildings. […]

OSHA cites Georgia sheet metal fabricator with 42 safety and health violations following fatality

OSHA has cited Don Park USA LP in Conley for 42 safety and health violations. OSHA began an inspection in October 2010 after an employee died when he was crushed by a large steel frame weighing approximately 1,550 pounds. The agency has cited Don Park USA for one serious safety violation related to the fatality: […]