News Digest 5-6-2019

Appeals court orders Ohio roofer to pay nearly $342K

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered a roofing contractor in Holland, Ohio to pay nearly $342,000 in unpaid penalties issued since 2014 and abate cited safety violations including exposing workers to fall hazards, failing to provide training to avoid fall injuries, providing eye protection, and implementing an accident prevention program. According to Fed-OSHA, the contractor has never contested an inspection citation, paid a penalty, or provided any proof that the safety problems have been eliminated. Toledo Blade


Construction worker dies in fall at South Florida site

Fed-OSHA is investigating after a construction worker fatally fell 10 stories down an elevator shaft in the building under construction in Hallandale Beach, Florida on Friday. Local 10 (Miami) [with video]


North Carolina worker crushed by falling steel plate

An industrial accident killed a 23-year-old worker Tuesday in Caswell County, North Carolina when a 2,000-pound steel plate fell and crushed him. OSHNC is investigating. Fox 8 (High Point, N.C.)


North Carolina: Greensboro fined in fatal water tower fall

The N.C. Department of Labor has fined the city of Greensboro and its water resources department $26,000 in connection with the fatal fall of a 28-year-old city employee at a water tower in 2018. The woman was a part-time employee who had worked at other water-treatment companies before coming to the city. Greensboro News & Record


Workplace death rate in Delaware remains low: Report

A new report finds Delaware ranks low in the number Fed-OSHA inspectors but has an industrial accident fatality rate below the national average. This translated into 10 deaths in 2017, the last year complete information was compiled. Penalties leveled against Delaware employers by the agency are the highest in the nation. Delaware Business Now


Tennessee recycling plant was fined prior to huge fire

Tennessee OSHA has cited a North Knoxville recycling plant for various violations including hazardous electrical installations, poor sanitation and housekeeping, improper procedures for shutting off dangerous machines, and improper wiring after two safety inspections in early 2018. Both investigations remain open. A massive fire ignited at the plant Wednesday. Knoxville News Sentinel [with video]


Electrician electrocuted a New Hampshire mobile home park

A 56-year-old electrician in Danville, New Hampshire apparently was electrocuted while doing some work at a mobile home park on Wednesday. Fed-OSHA began an investigation last week. Concord Monitor