News Digest 5-21-2019

IOSH fines RV accessories maker in fatal accident

Iowa OSHA has fined a manufacturer of metal and plastic RV accessories $8,700 after a 42-year-old machine operator was fatally crushed by machinery March 1. The agency charges the company did not have procedures in place to control the area where the incident occurred and that that proper machine guarding was not in place at the time of the incident. Des Moines Register

Retainer fined more than $500K for violations at Washington store

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries last week announced a $503,200 fine against a Vancouver retail discount store for alleged violations including blocked emergency exit routes, unsafe ladder use and improper stacking of merchandise. The agency says it found the same safety hazards at the store during prior visits. Columbian

Connecticut worker injured in trench collapse

A worker in Westport, Connecticut was injured Friday afternoon when the trench he was working in collapsed. Officials say two workers were in the trench at the time of the collapse but the second was not caught in the collapse. WFSB (Rocky Hill, Conn.)

Florida man seriously injured by glass pallet

Fed-OSHA is investigating after a man who had been unloading a truck at a Naples, Florida worksite was caught underneath a large box filled with glass and seriously injured. WBBH/WZVN [with video]

Fed-OSHA requests info on possible updates to LOTO standard

Fed-OSHA is requesting information on a possible update to the Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout) standard, specifically regarding use of control circuit-type devices to isolate energy, as well as the evolving technology for robotics. The current standard specifies that control circuit devices cannot be used as energy-isolating devices, but the agency says it recognizes recent technological advances may have improved the safety of control circuit-type devices. EC&M