News Digest 7-22-2021


El Paso metal stamping manufacture fined after finger amputation injury

Fed-OSHA has cited an El Paso metal stamping manufacturer after an employee lost two fingers in an amputation incident inside a 500-ton hydraulic press. Citations include failure to use required machine guards to prevent employees from coming into contact with machines’ operating parts and not conducting periodic and regular inspections, resulting in machine malfunctions. Proposed penalties total $412,750. KFOX


New York man injured by stump grinder

A Long Island man was seriously injured when his leg became entangled in a stump grinder late last week. According to police, he lost his footing, which caused his leg to become entangled in the machine. Fed-OSHA was notified. Nassau Daily Voice


Heatwave drives surge in complaints to OR-OSHA

Between June 24 and June 30, more than 250 complaints were filed with Oregon OSHA, 114 of which were related to extreme heat. Several complaints were filed against fast-food restaurants, food manufacturing businesses, grocery stores and dispensaries, including that employees were told that if they left due to heat concerns they would be fired. KOIN (Portland)


Steel plant employee dies in fall from catwalk

A 50-year-old employee died after falling from an elevated catwalk while performing maintenance at a Detroit steel company last week. MIOSHA is investigating. The facility, which handles carbon steel melting, casting, cold-rolling and finishing operations for carbon steel, and serves markets including automotive, heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Detroit Free Press


Fed-OSHA and National Demolition Association ink safety alliance

Fed-OSHA and the National Demolition Association have signed a two-year alliance intended to protect the safety and health of employees in demolition and related industries. It will focus on developing best practices in power plant demolition and providing agency staff with training on best practices related to deconstructing and dismantling building components for reuse, repurposing, recycling and waste management. Construction & Demolition Recycling


Fed-OSHA alleges three Missouri companies exposed employees, residents to asbestos

Three employers at a Missouri residential nursing facility exposed employees and residents to asbestos and failed to ensure the safe removal of the known carcinogen during a flooring replacement project, according to Fed-OSHA, which conducted an inspection starting in January. The agency alleges bulk samples of tile backing and mastic collected at three locations in the facility indicated that between 45 percent and 51 percent of the samples contained chrysotile asbestos. Ozarks First


Forklift accident kills Boston-area man

A 38-year-old man died following an accident inside a storage facility in Everett, Massachusetts on Monday afternoon when his torso was crushed by a forklift as he worked alone on its hydraulic system. Boston 25 News


Employee killed by falling piece of tree in Delaware

A 64-year-old tree-cutting service employee died after being struck by a falling piece of a tree he and another man were cutting down in the backyard of a residence in Newark, Delaware on Monday. Fed-OSHA is investigating. WDEL