News Digest 8-14-2019


Georgia countertop manufacturer fined $130K for violations including silica exposure

Fed-OSHA has fined a countertop maker in DeKalb County, Georgia more than $130,000 for cited violations including amputation and electrical hazards and exposures to silica. Atlanta Journal Constitution


Carbon monoxide deaths spur $17K in fines to New Jersey landscaping firm

Fed-OSHA has fined a Cresskill, New Jersey landscaping company more than $17,000 for several cited violations related to an incident in which two workers succumbed to carbon monoxide when a gasoline-powered lawnmower was started inside an enclosed company trailer that was transporting the crew to a jobsite. Irrigation & Green Energy


Kansas City-area worker dies after possible electrical shock, fall

A 44-year-old worker who was found dead at a Harrisonville, Missouri consumer goods manufacturing plant may have suffered an electrical shock, causing him to fall and sustain blunt force trauma to the head. Fed-OSHA is expected to investigate. Kansas City Star


How Arizona’s outdoor workers stay safe in the heat

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, introduced a bill that would establish a federal safety standard for workers who labor in indoor and outdoor heat. If adopted, Fed-OSHA would limit the amount of time workers are exposed to high heat and require that they receive paid breaks to cool down and drink water. Cronkite News [with video]


Fed-OSHA fines two contractors $687K following fatality

Fed-OSHA has fined two contractors $687,000 for allegedly exposing employees to fall hazards after a fatal injury at a Delaware Port of Wilmington worksite in January. Work crews were renovating a 1.5 million gallon above-ground storage tank at an orange juice processing facility when an employee of one of the companies fell 40 feet from a scaffold. Both companies were cited for willful violations involving scaffolding and lack of fall protection. Delaware Business Now


Australian survey shows 80 percent report being made ill at work

An Australian survey has found that 80 percent of working people in Australia are exposed to unsafe work practices and have been injured or become sick at work. Almost half say they were exposed to traumatic or distressing situations in the last year. Around one-third say they’ve been abused, threatened or assaulted by co-workers. Onmanorama


Fed-OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week going on

So far in 2019, more than 2,400 businesses have signed up to to raise awareness about workers’ health and safety as part of Fed-OSHA’s Safe + Sound week, going on nationwide August 12-18. AgPro