News Digest 7-10-2019

CSB issues report in drilling rig explosion that killed five

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board has found a variety of operational and safety management problems with a natural gas drilling rig that exploded in January 2018 near Quinton, Oklahoma, killing five workers. Their remains were found in a room where drilling operations take place on the derrick. A sixth worker suffered injuries trying to close the blowout preventer. Oklahoman

FAA nomination stalled over pilot’s mental health case

The nomination of Steve Dickson, a former Delta Air Lines executive, as Federal Aviation Administration administrator is on hold as a U.S. Senate committee investigates how the airline treated a pilot who claims that after she came forward with safety concerns, the airline grounded her and referred her to a company doctor who then diagnosed her with bipolar disorder. The pilot filed a complaint with Fed-OSHA in 2016; in 2018 the agency found insufficient evidence to determine a violation occurred. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Contractor in New Jersey scaffold collapse had past Fed-OSHA violation

A Winslow, New Jersey contractor whose employees fell in a scaffold collapse Wednesday paid a prior fine after being cited by Fed-OSHA in 2015 for failing to provide fall protection for employees working at an elevation. After the accident, one employee remained in critical condition, one suffered an ankle fracture and two others had non-serious injuries, according to Fed-OSHA’s regional media office. Cherry Hill Courier-Post

Fed-OSHA investigating death at downstate Illinois truck stop

Fed-OSHA is investigating the death of a 60-year-old man who was injured while working on a vehicle at a Bloomington, Illinois truck stop. Bloomington Pantagraph

Fed-OSHA investigating Orlando water park after possible electrocution

Fed-OSHA is investigating an incident at Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort, after an electrical incident at the water park sent some of their employees to the hospital last Sunday. According to fire officials, crews were dispatched to the water park for a possible electrocution. Fox 35 (Orlando) [with video]

Georgia tire manufacturer says it will work with Fed-OSHA to resolve citations

Kumho Tire is pushing back on more than $500,000 in Fed-OSHA fines for various safety hazards including burns, eye injuries and amputations investigators say they found at the company’s Bibb County, Georgia plant, but the company says it’s working to correct the citations. WMAZ (Macon, Ga.) [with video]