News Digest 5-4-2021


Maine manufacturing plant settles with Fed-OSHA for $220K

A Waterville, Maine truck body manufacturing plant has agreed to pay $220,000 in penalties to settle Fed-OSHA citations, reduced from the original $394,000, according to the settlement agreement. The plant, which makes aluminum truck bodies and racks, failed to protect employees against struck-by and crushing hazards, among other violations, according to Fed-OSHA. CentralMaine


OR-OSHA can fine businesses up to $126K for willful COVID-19 violations

Oregon OSHA says it has seen cases of businesses defying state health orders ranging from not enforcing mask/social distancing mandates, to allowing indoor dining. In most cases, OR-OSHA says it cited employers for willful violations ranging from $8,900 to a maximum of about $126,750. KOBI


Truck fatally strikes construction worker at Florida Panhandle bridge worksite

A 61-year-old construction worker was fatally struck by a dump truck at a Pensacola, Florida-area construction site on Wednesday. According to the Department of Labor, seven inspections have been conducted at the worksite. WEAR [with video]


How drones made fighting Missouri chemical plant fire possible

A new firefighting tool—a drone aircraft—helped keep crews safe during a chemical plant fire in Affton, Missouri last week. KSDK [with video]


Pork line speed limits will return, court orders

Line speeds at U.S. pork plants will be slowing down after a federal judge ruled the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s removal of processing speed limits did not adequately take worker safety into consideration. Faster line speeds for both pork and chicken processing lines were allowed under the Trump administration, but those rules have been rolled back. Food Dive